Iwas chatting to a friend the other morning when he suddenly announced that he would have to run because he hadn’t had his bacon sarnie yet. I was immediately transported back in time by about fifty years to the first time I ever heard that word; “sarnie”. My Grandfather (anyone remember, Da?) used to use the word when he took his sarnies to work for lunch when I was a kid. I don’t know how widely used the word is so apologies if this sounds like I am teaching my Grandma how to suck eggs, but a sarnie is a sandwich. I don’t think it is used too often on Merseyside but it might be in more common use around England. Urban Dictionary describes it as “English Slang” but doesn’t give any more details of its origins.
As most of you will know, Jammy Toast, despite some of the fun we have along the way, is actually here to look after lost and unloved Renault Bears. Well I have something to admit after the weekend – I am thinking of dumping the bears and starting a new genre of blog called a “Mukbang”. A Mukbang is an online audio-visual broadcast in which a host eats large quantities of food while interacting with their audience. Usually done through an internet webcast, Mukbang became popular in South Korea in 2010. Foods ranging from pizza to noodles are consumed in front of a camera for an internet audience who sometimes even pay, depending on which platform they are watching on.
Last night I was feeling a little peckish and decided to raid the fridge for a little sustenance. I mean a man (or even a Lord) has to keep body and soul together when all is said and done. There in the fridge under some tin foil was some ham. A nice ham butty that will do and of course topped off with some mustard – Colman’s of Norwich Original English Mustard, you can’t beat it. Then this morning, you can’t start the day without a good old bacon butty. Needless to say, you can’t have a bacon butty unless it is topped off with some HP Sauce – the original Houses of Parliament Brown Sauce, of course. Both of these culinary delights are washed down with my newly discovered favourite brew – Twinings Everyday Tea (thanks Costa for the heads up). Some of my best loved treats; HP sauce, Twinings tea and Colman’s Mustard are about as British as Buckingham Palace… or so I thought.
This week seems to be the week for confessions and so I think it is time to get the big one out of the way. We have told of past lies to you, our loyal Toasters, and I have also made a few confessions about things we have said here on Jammy Toast in the past. Now, after some of the nonsensical comments Chimpton has left about her bald Dad needing a hair-cut, it is becoming more and more obvious that she has a drink problem. To be fair to Chimpton she has always been open and above-board about her stoner habits – she could even put Jay & Silent Bob to shame – but has always been in denial about her drinking. Now is time for a confessional.
If you don’t already know it, then you have probably guessed that we love eating our Jammy Toast here at Jammy Toast. What you may not realise is, we also love Jaffa Cakes. So this weekend we were intrigued to find out that the nation’s favourite way of eating a Jaffa Cake is wrong, according to research. While a third of fans go for the Half Mooner and take a bite to create a half moon shape then polish off the remainder, boffins say their technique fails to make the most of the flavours. A study by food scientist Dr Stuart Farrimond found the All Rounder – preferred by more than a quarter of biscuit lovers – is the perfect method. For nibbling around the edge and saving the centre with the orange filling until last “gives the almost perfectly optimised balance of zesty orange, slightly bitter chocolate and sweet airy sponge,” the report revealed.
If there is one thing we love here at Jammy Toast it is ice cream, and in particular Ben & Jerry’s Cookie Dough. They do have some fantastic flavours to choose from; Peanut Butter Cup, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, Phish Food and many, many more lovely flavours. However, there is one new flavour on the way that had us raising an eye-brow and had Chimpton chomping at the bit. Ben & Jerry’s could, possibly, maybe, one day, perhaps make a Cannabis-laced Ice Cream.
Back in the 1970s, it was the dessert that any self-respecting mum gave to their sugar-craving kids and now Angel Delight is making a big comeback. Half-a-century after the whipped desert first hit the shelves, sales are up by nearly a third over the last six months. According to Premier Foods, consumers are being tempted back by a new ready-to-eat version of the retro milky dessert, first launched in 1967 by Birds. In its traditional form, which is still available, consumers whisk milk into the Angel Delight powder, which comes in strawberry, chocolate, banana and butterscotch flavours. The range now also includes “no added sugar” alternatives in the same flavours.