Sunday, February 20, 2011

SUNDAY BREAKFAST












When I got back to England, my eating habits went on a Billy Bunter/Just William nostalgia binge. Treacle tart, black pudding, pie & mash, you name it. If I’d liked when I was four, I tried it one more time, but not everything was as I remembered it. Tizer, for instance, was disgusting, and now tasted wholly unfit for adult consumption. One thing that stayed with me, whoever, was a return to Weetabix. Weetabix is hard to find in California. You have to resort to Canadian imports sold at Brit expat specialist food stores. Also, in LA, my choice of cereals had grown close to degenerate. I was starting too many days with something called Reese's Puffs that, made from chocolate and peanut butter, could be eaten straight from the box without the benefit of milk or spoon. I felt that a Weetabix breakfast some kind of return to healthy nutrition if only by my own warped criteria. Weetabix was also soggy and when you’ve logged as many hungover morning as I have, it’s hard to be a fan of crispy cereals. Indeed, I was feeling quite pleased with myself until, on late night TV, I caught Russell Brand at Hackney Empire during which he did a bit on Weetabix as the food of the hideously impoverished. Is this a universal belief, or just a Brand fabrication? After the recent abuse I engendered by my brief defection from Marmite to Vegemite, I don’t need another cultural breakfast faux pas.

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10 comments:

the fat owl of the remove said...

yahroo he ejaculated!!marmite is true ambrosia (tinned rice pud) i flirted with vegamite but decided it tasted like the compost heap that bounder heath perpetually threw me in,cad! doorsteps + tuck are the way forwards. incidentally,i`m waiting for a postal order from home so if you could...cave!

Anonymous said...

Like most cereals Weetabix is less nutritious than the cardboard box it's sold in.
Nothing wrong with that.
But, if a return to four year old diet is your thing, don't forget to eat up all your greens!

Jon said...

I have no opinions on the nutritional value of Weetabix. I've only had the Canadian import. I know that Russell Brand will never influence my opinions on any subject.

zmyth said...

if you love your ticker stick with the vegemite....marmite has a much higher salt content...of course, this may be irrelevant if your overall consumption is low.... i eat vegemite by the spoonful....when i was at school i used to keep a jar of marmite in my blazer pocket so i could have a dip'n'lick any time...

Anonymous said...

It's Sunday? Ugh... how did this happen?

WV = ingiatio

Löst Jimmy said...

I'm glad to note you have returned to the Marmite fold, you know it makes sense.

Zmyth above is correct about Marmite's salt content but nothing hurts in moderation, that's what my Uncle Heinrich always said.

As for Russell Brand I agree with Jon above.

M. Bouffant said...

Sorry to burst your bubble, but Weetabix has been available for yrs. at Trader Joe's & Ralphs back here.

G. Tee said...

Very pleased to welcome you back to the Marmite fold. The one true path.

As for Weetabix, there is art in everything if yo look, and in this instance the art lies in the speed. There needs to be a careful arrangement of bowl, packet of Weetabix with required number available to pick out easily (i.e. inner packet pre-torn), sufficient milk, sugar and spoon. With all those requirements to hand, one can then proceed to eat your chosen number of 'bix' one-by-one, quickly enough to stop them turning to mush, not so quick that there's any crispiness-induced noise to rattle a dehydrated brain pan.

Trust me. I know about these things. I was right about Marmite.

Anonymous said...

Perhaps the "hideously impoverished" know that the cardboard box is as nutritious as the contents and eat both.

Russell Brand rocks.

Mr Kite said...

Dunno about the "hideously impoverished" bit, but I did once survive on Weetabix and Marmalade for a week once before collapsing with a tough case of the quincies - I seem to recall that was quite a neat combination, all things considered.
Russell Brand? Who's he?