Friday, 12 October 2007

No Beans

I went to the supermarket to get enough provisions so that I won't starve over the weekend. This is a real worry, as my daughter comes to stay, and she doesn't stop eating. However, she doesn't like anything too spicy, so as long as I have something curried left, I'll probably survive.

I've got plenty of lemonade for her to drink, bread and humous (she takes after her dad there), and I never like to run out of pickeld onions (it annoys her mum when she goes home with the smell of those on her breath).

One of Helena's favourite meals is farfalle pasta with green beans and green pesto. However, it's been (bean?) hit and miss lately whether or not I manage to get any green beans. The shelves are stacked high with sweetcorn, and there's never any shortage of artichoke hearts, but common or garden green beans? I am, of course, talking about the tinned variety. I believe they sell them loose, but I prefer the real thing.

I'm getting really worried about this - I mean, where are all the tins going? My best guess is that Gordon Brown likes them, and that they're stocking up his bunker with them. Which can only mean that something bad is going to happen soon. World War 3? Invasion of the Flashy Light Aliens? Or maybe a General Election? Whatever it is, I think I'll stick to ignoring the news and hope I don't notice.

In the meantime, I've got garden peas in brine to look forward to tomorrow.


Bee said...

Okay going back to read now.

Bee said...

We usually have Can Drives here in the states so I'll organize one of just beans so we can send them right over!

Your 9 year old daughter has a very sophisticated palate... kids here survive on chicken Fingers (not real fingers!), burgers, and hot dogs (not real dogs!).

elasticwaistbandlady said...

Heeeyyyyy, you DO have a blog. I asked Bee and nobody told me you had a blog. I think she's trying to keep you all to herself

Brian o Vretanos said...


Emergency Rations:

That would be appreciated, the situation is getting a bit desperate...

Junk Food:

She'd live on chocolate if she could. She won't eat chicken, but she does like hot dogs - with houmous.

Brian o Vretanos said...


Well, I have one now, though it's less than 24 hours old!

Bee said...

Dang gum it!
Elastic found you!

Bee said...

I blame jean knee! ;o)

Brian o Vretanos said...


Don't pay any attention to Bee.



Don't blame J/K just for being different.

Jean Knee said...

I didn't tell anyone about your blog because I was a good mom today and visited the school, obeyed all the rules.

if you call something meat Lean won't eat it. we have to say pig or cow or chicken.

I'm gonna have a cooking post in a few days full of yummy things kids will eat.

Brian o Vretanos said...


Helena keeps threatening to give up eating cows because they're her favourite animal, but she likes the taste too much ;-)


Stop it, you're making me hungry ;-)

Andy said...

You don't wanna know what byproducts are made by canned green beans, or maybe they ARE the byproducts????

Brian o Vretanos said...


I imagine they feed the odds and ends into something even more processed.

Who says you can't improve on nature ;-)

Anyway, I was fed all this stuff as a child, never did me any harm [twitches manically]

One thing (being slightly more serious!) that I notice when I visit your side of the pond is the amount of artificial colouring in things. They've taken all that out here. The green beans aren't as green as they were when I were a lad.