When I haven't the time to make my own bread - only using a breadmaking machine, but nevertheless it requires a bit of organisation - our favourite bread is a "sunflower and pumpkin seed" loaf made by Morrisons. It's very tasty, a nice texture and a sensible price, too.
I work in what my mum would describe as a "rum area". I went to the nearby Morrisons on Tuesday for one of these loaves only to find the shelf bare. As I was weighing up the alternatives a voice behind me said, in very local dialect and vocabulary "tha's no f...kin sunflower bread left. Wot can I 'ave for me f...kin tea now." I turned to see the individual concerned and found a very large and fearsome looking bloke with an equally scary female in tow. I had to stifle a chuckle in order to avoid the risk of a punch on the nose and left the store with a random loaf grabbed in a hurry.
Did I miss something? Is the standard white sliced losing in the popularity stakes? Did that weird 'doctor' Gillian Whatsit on the telly finally convince the masses that brown bread, especially with bits in, is better for us?
I am looking forward to our girlie weekend in the Loire starting tomorrow and ending Tuesday. Our blokes are threatening a night on the town on Saturday, which actually means a beer and a curry in the little Derbyshire (ex)mining town where we live. They are making jokes about talent spotting. I told them to be careful as most talent will think they've come to collect the grandkids!
I wonder which of us will have the most fun, the girls or the boys. Us girls are really looking forward to another look at the fields of sunflowers surrounding Le Grand Pressigny.