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Fatty, sugary breakfast

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by Roger Hicks, Aug 14, 2017.

  1. RovingMike

    RovingMike Crucifixion's a doddle...

    As a wise man once said, there is usually a very good reason why local dishes are not international ones.
  2. Footloose

    Footloose Well-Known Member

    I'm sorry, rather late to this thread, some interesting stuff here though ...
    Probably my favorite late breakfast nowadays is Eggs Benedict, using Polish 'Grandmothers' dry-cured ham. Can't help bringing up some other past comments as well though, eg.
    Back when Vauxhall's QC was dire, The Opel version was far, bar better, whilst if the tyre tests were for motorcycles, the worst by a mile were Barums, unless you really wanted a tyre that would last at least twice as long before the tread wore out and didn't mind regular excursions sliding sideways down even slightly damp roads!

    Yes Roger, I'd also nominate Durian as the fruit with the most revolting smell; probably the only fruit officially banned within the confines of hotels, aircraft , and many other places, it's also called the 'King of fruits' - I can only presume that if this was indeed attributed to a particular king, he must have suffered from halitosis, flatulence and never washed! Not too sure which smells worse, Durian or Surströmming ..

    As for Marmite/Vegimite, back in NZ a few years ago, this product's factory was damaged during an earthquake and as a consequence it's unavailability, became a serious issue in Parliament there!
    Last edited: Aug 19, 2017
  3. RovingMike

    RovingMike Crucifixion's a doddle...

    Not in the era when some models came out of the same factory. :)
    Will be interesting to see whether PSA revive the Opel brand in UK. Probably a lot of cost cutting to do before then, but easier to get into the premium sector here than trying to invent another CS Autos kind of Lexus brand.
  4. GeoffR

    GeoffR Well-Known Member

    Vehicles at work, when I first started, were Vauxhall HA vans, dreadful things but they got us from A to B, usually, though I did once pull the gear lever out of one when changing up. They were followed by Ford Escorts and Fiestas, Later we had Bedford Rascals, they were OK in many respects, being high they were easier to get in and out of than a car easy to roll apparently as several ended up on their sides. Later there were Renault Kangoos good in the same was as the Rascal but much safer.

    I drove Renaults for many years before switching to Saabs but my experience with company Vauxhall and Ford cars determined that I would never own either if there were another option. The Ford Focus was the best of the ones we used but had the most dreadful panel layout, Jaguar must have been inspired by it when they designed the XF dashboard as that has some similarly dire aspects.

    Any of the above vehicles were however perfectly acceptable when going to the canteen for "dinner" on night shift.
  5. Footloose

    Footloose Well-Known Member

    Ah yes! the Vauxhall HA and Viva vans ... (Shudder) Delco electrics which weren't and were dreadful, - even worse than Minarelli at that time - I had the dubious pleasure of having to drive a s/hand one of these for about 6 months, which was nicknamed the 'Slug'.
    The only 'Thing' I've had the misfortune to drive which was worse than this, would be the 3-wheeled Blue 'Spaz-mobile' which Stirling Moss described as being "Lethal and an abomination I wouldn't even wish upon my worst enemy." A few years later, its production was stopped (because it cost significantly more to make than a Mini!) and Motability was started up, offering ordinary cars. Not many years ago, this monstrosity acquired the probably unique distinction of being banned from being driven on any highway.
  6. PhotoEcosse

    PhotoEcosse Well-Known Member

    In Iceland they go one farther - fermented putrified shark meat known locally as kæstur hákarl.
  7. John Farrell

    John Farrell Well-Known Member

    The factory that made Marmite was damaged. Vegemite is imported from Australia, so was not in short supply.
  8. DaveS

    DaveS Well-Known Member

    Marmite used to do an XO version matured 4 times longer than normal and nearly black, with an intense flavour.
    It was wonderful, and I still miss it!
  9. gray1720

    gray1720 Well-Known Member

    Greeves motorcycles came out of a wager that Derry Preston Cobb made with his cousin, Bert Greeves, that he couldn't put a motorcycle engine into DPC's invalid carriage. The result was the Thundersley Invacar and DPC had one fitted with a "hot" Greeves Starmaker engine - hence regular phone calls to the factory to put him the right way up, extract him from hedges, etc...

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  10. Geren

    Geren Well-Known Member

    A very fatty sugary breakfast here this morning. My other half needed to go to CostCo last week and because I wasn't really very 'with it' I asked him to get me a few items while he was there - momentarily forgetting that it was CostCo and not Asda he was going to. Consequently I've been dealing with a variety of mismatched 'gluts' ... I made mushroom soup out of the lorryfull of mushrooms he brought back and while the first three days were fine, I was getting decidedly sick of it by the last scrapings. I still havent used up all the onions, although they keep for ages and I do use a lot of onion in cooking so nothing will go to waste there. However I was struggling with the lemons. There are only so many gin and tonics a girl can cope with. So yesterday I made a massive batch of lemon curd. Butter, Sugar, Eggs, Lemon. On Toast this morning. But think of the vitamin C I keep telling myself. (Did it all get cooked out? Tell me it didn't!)
  11. MJB

    MJB Well-Known Member

    Slice the lemon, then freeze it. Ice and a slice in one handy package.
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  12. SqueamishOssifrage

    SqueamishOssifrage Well-Known Member

    Tsk, tsk. Switch to very dry martinis, with a slice of lemon instead of the olive. Being of a smaller volume than a G&T, you will be able to consume more.
    A caveat, however - take note of my mother's cautionary tale:-

    "I dearly love a Martini,
    but one or two at the most.
    After three I'm under the table,
    and four I'm under the host."
  13. Geren

    Geren Well-Known Member

    I would but the freezer is full of the roasted pepper glut!
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  14. Geren

    Geren Well-Known Member

    I don't think I've EVER had a martini. In my dim and distant youth the underage drink of choice was pernod (with blackcurrant cordial for some reason) and having acquired a taste for that, when I was first offered vermouth I thought it disgusting in comparison. I have yet to be disabused of that first impression! (I still like pernod but minus the cordial and not for breakfast.)
  15. SqueamishOssifrage

    SqueamishOssifrage Well-Known Member

    A very dry martini has little to do with vermouth. Basically, you fill your glass with very cold gin, while the glass is standing next to a bottle of vermouth. Job done!
  16. Geren

    Geren Well-Known Member

    That I could like.
  17. SqueamishOssifrage

    SqueamishOssifrage Well-Known Member

    Excellent. By the way, you can get very nearly the same thing by thinking very, very hard about possibly buying a bottle of vermouth next time you go shopping, while pouring the very cold gin (best if the glass comes out of the freezer).
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  18. GeoffR

    GeoffR Well-Known Member

    Would looking up a bottle of Vermouth on the internet work the same way?
  19. SqueamishOssifrage

    SqueamishOssifrage Well-Known Member

    I'm not sure. I will experiment, but I suspect it would have to be the full one litre size bottle to be effective, not the usual 26 fluid ounce one. I'll get back to you.
  20. Zou

    Zou Well-Known Member

    Been doing this for ages, saves a lot of waste and always have lemon ready for a jug of water or gin cocktail.

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