The Weekend Photo Challenge over on our other site https://weeklyprompts.com is Food for Thought. We asked those taking part to tell us the names they use for mealtimes. For example, teatime, dinnertime or suppertime and we invited them to share their photographs. This is my personal response to the challenge.
Breakfast – A couple of months ago, during an early morning shopping trip to the supermarket, I called in at the cafe and ordered a full English breakfast; although not a regular occurrence, a cooked breakfast will normally fuel me for the day. Unfortunately, on this day I couldn’t eat all that was served and the photo below shows why.
I ought to have complained and sent back this plate of over cooked food with brittle hash browns and a split burnt sausage, but I felt uncomfortable doing that.
Lunch – This was enjoyed on a shopping trip to a Dunelm home store with two of my daughters and I’m sure you’ll agree that this simple salad with baked potato and cheese looks far more inviting than the supermarket full English!
In England, tea is the name for our evening meal. This is eaten at teatime, and in my house that’s approximately 6:15 pm, but if we were to go out for the evening or stay over in a hotel the name for the meal would change to dinner!
Then there is afternoon tea, a delightful custom that is usually taken from 3:00pm onwards and most often before 5:00pm. The following two photos were taken during afternoon tea at a Harrogate hotel with third and fourth daughters Lizzy and Sophie.
Not all restaurants serve afternoon tea in the same way. The above pictures are not typical examples, but nonetheless it was a very enjoyable afternoon tea. Please excuse Lizzy’s puzzled expression/frown, you’d think by now she would be used to Sophie and me taking pictures of everything and everyone!
A more traditional English afternoon tea is the one below, served at nearby Crag House Farm restaurant, run by the charity ‘Caring for Life’.
A few days ago, with some of my family, we took a stroll down to the village and had tea at the local pub where new management is in place.
I ordered typical pub grub, scampi and chips (fries). When my food arrived I took one look at my plate and without a thought (I do not know what came over me) I turned to the waitress and asked: “Are you operating portion control now?” The expressions on the faces of my family said it all. I’d shocked them because as I said earlier I don’t normally complain, but the portion of chips resembled a child’s portion, the food wasn’t well presented and neither did it look appetising.
When the previous management was in place the food at the village pub was of a higher standard. Compare this plate to the picture below, a lunch taken a couple of weeks ago at another pub, also typical pub grub but with thought given to the presentation.
Back to the Scampi and chips – A few minutes after being served the senior waitress arrived, apologised for the small amount of chips and presented me with a side portion. A little later, when the side portion of chips remained untouched, all eyes were upon me as Victoria, my eldest asked, “Mum are you going to eat those extra chips?” I looked around the table and reluctantly replied “I can’t I’m too full!” This was one of those moments where my dad would have said “Susan, Your eyes are too big for your belly!”
Fortunately, my son-in-law arrived and ate the extra portion, thus saving my embarrassment when the waitress came back to clear the table!
PS. I feel I should point out that my diet at home is far healthier than my menu choices when out and about!
(c) SueW-nansfarm.net 2018. In response to the photo challenge Food for Thought