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Welcome back my old friend

Friday, January 29th, 2016

New Year is shit: Fancy dress parties, drunk people trying to hug you, public transport closed down, overpriced entry to places you normally wouldn’t dream of going to. Just shit. The only silver lining to this cloud of enforced fun comes from the foil surrounding that Cadbury’s perennial – the Crème Egg. For just three […]

The only 10 Food Rules you need

Thursday, November 26th, 2015

  You can never have too many condiments There has been an explosion in the sauce aisle (not literally, well not since my mum dropped that massive glass bottle of ketchup in Wolverhampton Sainsbury’s in 1984) – with a kaleidoscope of shapes, colours and flavours proliferating the shelves. There is a tomato, BBQ or chilli […]

McRib I missed you, but I won’t be missing you again

Wednesday, November 4th, 2015

McDonald’s has fallen on relatively hard times recently.  Sales in the US are down and the UK middle classes are flocking to overpriced burger chains such as Byron – where they mistakenly think paying more means they’re getting better burger. Its banker is the McRib. This sporadically appearing pork-based patty has somewhat of a cult following […]

Cadbury’s is telling me “Fuck off Grandad”

Tuesday, October 27th, 2015

  I love Heinz Tomato Sauce, I make no bones about it. I have dipped my chips in many others and none have hit the spot like Heinz. One of the reasons my love affair with this particular condiment endures is the bottle, they know what works and stick with it. Whilst it may not […]

Crossing the food review Rubicon

Sunday, December 15th, 2013

In the last year there have various incarnations of a piece penned on the subject of food critics – with a mind to one day making it more palatable, removing the bitterness and replacing with a sabayon of warm wit. But something has happened to make me reassess my musings – I have discovered the […]

Shrinky-dink Twix

Monday, May 27th, 2013

The thing about it is, I love a Twix and if I’m honest I’m a massive fan of Mars, despite their chocolate not being the best and their obsession in putting peanuts in everything ­– but a conversation with my sister brought something to my attention. “Have you seen the Twix has got smaller?” she […]

Drink some Sherry NOW!!

Friday, May 24th, 2013

I have a solution for Europe’s economic problems – a big claim I know, but bear with me – the answer in getting money, jobs and prosperity back into these stalling nations is food and drink. Europe has some amazing products with decades of heritage, and because of this they are overlooked – taken for […]

The good, the bad and the Oreos

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

It all started well over a year ago, when a work colleague brought in Oreos to share with the office. A lovely gesture, from a lovely person of whom I hold in high regard. The person, not the Oreos. I have a huge problem with Oreos – they are an invasive species of biscuit, wonderful […]

Dear Swizzels-Matlow

Saturday, April 13th, 2013

We have known each other for so long now, I feel able to be frank with you, knowing that you will take this in the spirit it is intended. In our time together you have taught me so much – it’s down to you that I know I don’t like coloured puffed rice – even […]

Everything old is new again

Saturday, August 11th, 2012

Messing with perfection is a tricky business at the best of times, but when you’re playing with people’s favourite brands you run the risk of ruining years of food magic. That, of course, doesn’t stop multinationals exploiting the heritage of brands by constantly introducing new variations. Some are good and others not so, but I […]

And the gold medal for apathy goes to… McDonalds

Friday, June 1st, 2012

McDonalds Australia made a profit of over $260 million last year. You’d have thought they’d have spent some of that cash employing somebody to come up with some good ideas for their 2012 Olympic promotion. Apparently they didn’t. The most disturbing part is everyone knows when the Olympics are, (McDs are an official partner after […]

McDonalds will double your fun

Friday, May 25th, 2012

A colleague was recently regaling me with an example of her twin sister’s naivety. This particular girl didn’t believe seahorses existed in reality, convinced they belonged in the pantheon of mythical beasts, alongside unicorns and Pegasus. Imagine her utter confusion and delight when seeing them for the first time at an aquarium? Can you imagine […]

My oven hates me

Friday, February 10th, 2012

My oven hates me. It really does. Imagine an evil Herbie in oven form (except there is no split-in-two happy ending). To everyone it’s just a standard built-in oven in a rental property. To me, it has become my nemesis. My issues have become such, that I have been banned from cooking in my own […]

The Tea Tipping Point

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012

There comes a time when things that are good become not so good. Remember that bowl of crisps you put out for that party? Not quite as crispy in the morning were they? That roast potato that was so delicious last night, when you were picking at the remains of the roast dinner? Now cold, […]