Friday, 30 November 2007

Thursday Night Curry 29th November 2007

Attendees : Thomas Blythe, Hatty Pollard-Britten (Thisbe Pollard-Britten sleeping) Robert.P.Mills, Fiona Garland and PLH.

Menu - Poppadoms, Courgettes in a spicy curry way, pota lamb (cardamom, coriander, black peper and chilli, bindi aloo (potatoes and okra), not home made parathas!

Pudding - Forest fruits and plums in a hot creamy madeira and amaretto biscuit jus!! (sorry about the amaretto fiona totally forgot that the biscuits are made from nuts!)

Virgin Count - 1

Spicy Rating - 1600

Well well - 2 Thursdays in a row whatever next. PLH was confused, I don't think he likes change - come to think of it neither do I. Wednesday will be back next week and there will be no change I tell you.

My grandmothers recipe for lamb made an appearance again today, I love this dish and it always makes me feel better as for some reason I was on feeling rough side for most of the day, but a plateful of lamb and I was content. It is better with homemade chapattis but Once again I did not get home until about 6.45ish and so I cooked the frozen parathas.....'wrong but delicious' or 'just don't tell your granny' should be the strapline on the packaging.

The lovely people at TNC this week made me and PLH laugh and cry with the witty banter and the deep philosophical debate. Here are some of the highlights:

Q - Was Jenga truly created after a sleeper train to scotland handed out some shortbread fingers?

A - The game in its current form was invented in the 1980s by Leslie Scott. It grew out of a childhood game created around a present of wooden building blocks purchased from a local wood craftsman in Ghana.
The word jenga is derived from kujenga, the Swahili verb "to build"; jenga! is the imperative form.

Q - Are baked beans the devils spawn?

A - # 1901: The first Beanz are sold in the UK as a luxury item at London fine grocer’s Fortnum & Mason.
# 1928: The first British-made Heinz Baked Beanz go on sale to an already hooked public.
# 1941-1948: Baked Beanz are classified as an “essential food” by the Ministry of Food as part of the wartime rationing system.
# 1958: A Heinz factory opens in Wigan, which uses some 1,000 tonnes of dry beans every week making the nations’ favourite toast-topper.
# 1967: Heinz strikes gold with an advertising campaign that now ranks among the most famous and successful of all time. The simple, catchy slogan Beanz Meanz Heinz was created by an advertising executive named Maurice Drake, who claimed that: “it was written over two pints of beer in The Victoria pub in Mornington Crescent”.
# 1998: Heinz Baked Beanz is chosen as one of 12 brands that people think best represent the final ten years of the millennium, along with Coca-Cola, McDonalds, The National Lottery, Adidas, Yellow Pages, St Michael, Bell’s Whisky, Manchester United, BBC, BT and Visa.

Now all of that may have 'bean' a little too informative on the topic of beans but i did receive a photo message from Mr Blythe in which he was holding a can of the fortnums beans....so I thought it only appropriate to give a little history of the nations humble bean inna tin.(sorry not to have replied cruddy reception in the middle of nowhere, but i can get internet access!!)


The drinks party will be soon people......the 19th don't forget to put it in your diary....very important - champagne and samosas!

This week there can only be one thing i leave you with.....the late seventies bunch of freaks called mother goose - if yo like dr hook and split ends then you will know who I am talking about!!


love you all

sxx

10 comments:

thomasjb said...

Another interesting bean factoid you omitted from the list Shaan was that they are, of course, Hugh Grant's favourite projectile of choice when fending off paps. Though it does raise the question of why the UK's favourite prossie-bother goes jogging with a tupperware of beans?

http://thesuperficial.com/2007/04/hugh-grant-baked-beans.jpg

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