A tasting time with canteen foodie police

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Last time I told you about my love of trees.

I must have them on the brain because when I saw a motion for debate headed “Wood Commission”, I toyed with the notion of speaking.

Pressure on my diary thankfully saved the day – turns out it was a report by Ian Wood on education.

Crumbs! I’d have had to be at my ad libbing best as I scanned my scribbles about the beauty of the birch and the haven of the holly.

Salt or good old sodium chloride

There are foodie police in the Parly.

It started with the removal of salt cellars from the canteen tables.

Despite my protest in the “comments welcome” book that we are Scottish and it is in our DNA to take food with our salt, my mini campaign has failed, though I peevishly and pointedly carry several cellars of salt to my table.

We now are funnelled in the food queue to the “healthy” food first – green stuff, pumpkin seeds, lentils and the like, which I actually like.

However, I grump about being told at my age what to eat.

Last week I came upon the forbidden fruits – actually pies and beans and cartons of chips – in a concealed corner of the canteen.

My Glasgow colleague refers to it as Weegie Food!

And it’s full of sodium chloride.


Of supermarkets and Spouty things

Speaking of supermarkets, although it’s recently got a bit milder again, last week a snell wind caught me out as I crossed to the supermarket for the inescapable cat food and biscuits.

I mentioned this to Kezia Dugdale MSP (Labour) who cheerily explained it was all the fault of those, and I quote, “spouty things to keep the carrots cool”.

Now it would be naughty of me to tell you she is Labour’s shadow cabinet minister for education.

But she was quite right – I knew what those spouty things were right away.


I see a supermarket – mustn’t publicise, but begins with “T” and ends with “O”– is ditching Buy One Get One Free.

Thank goodness, as it used to make me really cross.

How many strawberries, plums or salad mixes can a girl eat?

What actually happened was that the plums putrefied and the mixes mushed.

Can we now just have costs cut instead?