A very poor offering in the work canteen at lunchtime today. Very nice battered fish, but no gravy available to put on the chips, and no ketchup available either. Fish & chips without some adulteration with gravy and ketchup is just not right!
’Tis Friday, but there was no battered fish on offer in the canteen today. Breaded fish and poached fish, but not battered. Very disappointing. So disappointing that I had to resort to the ‘vegetable and lamb pie’, the filling of which was rather thin. The canteen gravy contributed more lamb flavour than the pie. I think that is all that need be said on this poor offering. They could definitely learn from the Terra Nova in Cardiff.
The chocolate and strawberry sponge pudding was a little more satisfying. Suitably moist, but rather an all or nothing affair when it came to the strawberries — they would have been better chopped rather than whole.
All-in-all a bad day rounded off with a poor culinary offering and England losing their first match in the cricket world cup.
Had a very good pie today at Terra Nova, which is a pub at Mermaid Quay on Cardiff Bay. It was a little lacking in gravy (just a squirt of thickish gravy around the mash) and in vegetables and the placing of the pie on top of the mash was rather too nouvelle cuisine for a meal like pie ’n’ mash, but the pie was definitely a cut above the average pub pie. Well filled with succulent meat in a beer gravy. Delicious. The pint of Brains Dark was good too.
It being Friday, for dinner (by which I mean my midday meal — I’m a breakfast, dinner and tea person) I had fish, mushy peas and chips. As usual, I poured a generous quantity of gravy over my chips. For some reason, some of my colleagues regard this as almost unacceptably ‘common’ and vulgar. I like my chips moist, and that means in gravy. (And if the fish is rather dry, I’ll put gravy on that too!) Some people are just too pompous to accept that personal preference and taste comes before silly ‘rules’ about acceptable food combinations.