February 10th, 2012

A Question For Mr Kipling

Khan came to the door last night with a fruit cake. His wife had bought it at the shop and one of his kids had read the box and discovered it contained pork fat. Instead of throwing it in the bin, he thought of me...

Now, seriously, why would a major manufacturer use an ingredient that puts its product off limits for Muslims and Jews? It's not as if pork fat is an essential ingredient of fruit cake. What's wrong with butter, or vegetable fat or vegetable oil? Don't they want to reach the broadest possible market? 

Nice cake, by the way.

PS; Ailz has worked in a bakery. (A big one). They didn't use pork fat: partly because they were working for the "high end" market and partly because it would have entailed operating under "meat regulations"- which (for obvious reasons) are tighter than those governing other foodstuffs. For instance they'd have had to have the premises tiled- like a butcher's shop. Clearly the pork fat didn't arrive in Khan's cake without decisions having been made at a high level...

A Dream

My life was a house with at least three floors and I was wandering through it. A couple (I knew them at university) complained that I'd been neglecting them and accused me of being an antisocial eccentric. "Why, yes." I said," I thought you knew."

Ice And Snow

It rained yesterday- but not enough to get rid of the impacted snow. We had a little more snow fall this morning; it didn't stick. This afternoon I walked up to the Post Office. Honeywell Lane has been gritted and the pavements are fine. Our street and Villa Road have been left untouched and the pavements are hummocky with ice.