Friday, 3 July 2009

Strawberry gaff - not...

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Pips was talking about strawberries and raspberries etc just now, and I remembered - with some anxiety, an occasion when I wish they'd never been invented!

My old firm used to welcome our MD down to our Sussex office occasionally, and we'd always repair to the local restaurant for a long and liquid lunch. This was about the time of 'Spitting Image', and they'd been doing sketches about Margaret Thatcher, Kinnock, etc ad nauseam - but very funny. One sketch was about Mark Thatcher being able to come and go through a flap in the back door of No 10, which claimed the description 'Prat Flap'.

Cue lunch with said MD, whom we all knew well and actually liked. He'd once told us that strawberries tasted much better with a dusting of ground black pepper, rather than cream etc, as it brought out the flavour etc. We'd all tried it and 'had' to agree of course, but when we saw him at this particular lunch, everyone had forgotten this culinary epithet.

So, the liquids continued to pour, we all got more relaxed, and the conversation wandered around cricket, work prospects and TV stories. The No 10 sketch was the masterpiece of the Scrobs end of the table and we were all laughing heartily, until Scrobs himself just mentioned when the strawberries arrived, 'Who was the chap we knew who used to put pepper on his strawberries'?

Because I worked with utter, callous, mean bastards then, I hated them all and wanted to run them all over every second of the day (not true...), the place went quiet and one of the said bastards gestured towards our MD, and muttered, 'Who was the PRAT who put pepper...???'

And I never did say that, I really, honestly never did, but to this day I've never been allowed to forget it, especially when I see the bastards who tweaked my friendly little statement, and now I hate pepper on strawberries, and I hate the bastards (again), just for good measure...

Bastards...

11 comments:

Philipa said...

OH NO! I hope the MD had a sense of humour.

I've heard of pepper on strawbs and balsamic vinegar too. I'll stick with champagne on mine or in HD Ice cream; I'm not over keen on strwbs, but my boy loves them.

Thud said...

If it ain't broke etc I'll stick with the cream.

Philipa said...

I like them in fresh fruit trifle too. Love trifle. yummy yummy yummy

Scrobs... said...

Pips, we love 'em, and because Mrs S grasped a single wild strawb plant growing in our garden wall 20myears ago, and planted the runners on, we've got them all over the place now!

Just recently, we've been picking near enough half a pound each day, and they are exquisite...

Frais de bois ...pah!!!
Frasises de Turrets!

Mind you, I'd join you in a glass of champers with a few of the little chaps as well...

The Balsamic vinegar touch leaves me a little bewildered somehow.

Scrobs... said...

Thud, it's worth just trying, because I put on a stone just reading about cream...

Pips says try Balsamic vinegar so you've got two recommendations here, and she's probably right!

Scrobs... said...

Now you're talking Pips!

Trifle - loads of sherry, a little fruit, more sherry, a bit of sponge, sherry, and then to top it off, cream and a glass of sherry.

Then a glass or three of Calvados...

lilith said...

Hmmm. Gin, or pomegranate liqueur is what we are doing mostly this week on our strawbs.

RVI said...

Up in the Cameron Highlands in Malaysia there is a smallholding where they grow strawberries. The sign on the gate says "Pluck your own". Believe me, these feathered strawbs are unbeatable..

Scrobs... said...

Lils; alcoholic strawbs are a 'must' (pun not intended...)!

Never tried either of your recipes and as I've just run out of gin, will scotch do?

Angostura?

Scrobs... said...

Reevers, I can just see a plucker doing the rounds, nicking the best there are...

'I'm not a pheasant plucker, I'm a pheasant plucker's son...'

BTW, I just can't stand watching two sisters play at Wimbledon. Why can't they go and do it at home with Mom and Pop watching...?

Scrobs... said...

Reevers, Pips, Thudders, Pips, Scrobs - who?....again,

They were BASTARDS1!!!!

Did you hear that?

BASTARDS...


Utter, unmitigated BASTARDS.............