None of the above!
One of those dishes was fresh, hot and very tasty.
its got to be the starter
The soup? What IS that main course????
Is this a trick question?The soup looks as though it originated from a packet (but looks the most palatable) and the main course must be at least a week old. Surely the pud is a washing-up sponge covered in custard, isn't it?Oh dear. I give up!
the 'bits' in the soup look far too chunky for a packet mix. thereagin, there isn't anything in the picture to give it 'scale'
It's not a trick. One of those dishes was faultless.
"Traction Man said... A housebrick?"A solid foundation on which to build your recovery? Probably not ...
Well I'll plump for the soup then.
The bowls have the diameter of about four inches or 8cm.
I would say the soup, but the pudding may have been. It looks better tha any of the other puds I've seen you recieve.
The soupThe housebrick is their version of Quiche LorraineThe pudding is Spotted Dick (Lol)
the soup looks good, maybe they've sussed you out TM...
That custard looks fairly thick, so I'm going to guess that the desert was the freshly made one.
I'm going out on a limb (groan) and saying the Dick.
The pudding was Spiced Fruit Pudding in Custard. Not palatable at all and the custard was slightly thicker than unusual bot not better for that.The main course was supposed to be tomato quiche. The brown layer on top really was horrible and could have been used as a skin graft on an elephant. The potatoes were unpleasant and the peas were Taliban ammo.The soup had a clear broth consistency with lots of fresh carrot, leek, onion and other vegetables. Not too salty but neither too bland. Piping hot and more than adequate. I'm convinced there is no way it could have come from a factory or a packet. It tasted like homemade.
soy de Ecuador, esta nota a salido en un periodico local, www.ultimasnoticias.ec , en los hospitales de mi pais, se vive lo mismo, creo que peor, que bueno que exista un blog del tema. suerte , saludos desde mi pais
Anyone care to help me with that translation. I got a bit of it... but not the important bits!
My first guess: the soup. Second guess: the dessert. I do not think it was the middle one. If you were not the only one again to receive the tasty dish, it might even be the onset of improvement, very good! And it might mean you have found some undercover friends in the hospital kitchen! You keep on battling them and for yourself and the other patients, maybe you'll win the system over before you even leave there!! TM, the Knight of Femur, Purveyor Of Food Bingos and Foe of the Food Foulers! Best wishes! Barbara
Incidentally, that quiche would be just perfect for throwing though a jeweller's window. They gave me an extra large portion... bad move guys.
I know Italian, not Spanish, but I have tried the same:"I am from Ecuador, this blog has come up on a local newspaper (www.ultimasnoticias.ec). In the hospitals in my country it is the same, if not worse. Haw fabulous that there has sprung up a blog on this issue." "suerte" I do not understand. and after this word: "Greetings from my country" Best wishes, Barbara
Thank you, Barbara. That was roughly what I got. Suerte is 'luck'.
The soup looked reasonable, the main course and pud looked truly disgusting. It would seem your hospital bought frozen peas and custard powder in bulk. I'd think the peas could be fired through a concrete wall, and the custard could deffo be used to hang wallpaper. I'm so glad you at least got the Pannini today :)
In my comment of 19:56 a word got lost, but it is an important one. I was speaking of your undercover friends in the kitchen, but of course you are not and should not be battling them, but with them and for them (as well as for yourself and the other patients) Incidentally, vegetable broth used to be a classic remedy dish for ailing people, good thing they are rediscovering it! Barbara
I remember my mother's Consultant, many years ago, commenting on the 'quality' of hospital food. 'Here's me, trying to save lives, and the catering staff seem hell bent on trying to kill off my patients'Fortunately I was only a mile or two from the hospital, and could take food in for her at least once a day.
Hi TM. hope you are feeling a little better after today's lunch. The fresh dish is obviously not the sand stone walled quiche with bullet peas and and soggy new potatoes, I use the term 'new' loosely! The so called custard on the pudding has a nuclear green tinge to it so I'm guessing that it's not the freshly prepared part of your dinner. That leaves the soup which looks quite edible, I think I can even see fresh herbs in there, so that's my guess, the soup! Looking forward to tomorrows offering.Linda Tenerife x PS so pleased to see the scientology ad has gone - you might well succumb in your state!
I like the ad for the flat belly tips. Simple. Check into an NHS hospital. Simples.
Oh by the way if you need any further Spanish translations drop me a line, I've lived in Tenerife for 20 years so my Spanish is pretty good. Looks like you have the gist from Equador so nothing to add there - email@example.com - buenos noches xLinda Tenerife x
And so much better than Babelfish :-)
The soup at least looked palatable, as for the axel grease topped pie... more bloody pastry, tut tut , hight fat content. The spuds looked rather dry and depressed, and more peas ???Fruit sponge and custard, looked a week old.Ness..xx
Remember that every pea that stays uneaten is another weapon in the war against the Taliban!
I need those tips! 40 something mother of three boys with a partner 12 years my junior who is a gym freak! (he's been on the sick for almost two years with a shattered knee cap but that hasn't stopped him buying a multi-gym which presently sits on our roof terrace!)Buenos Sueños y un beso, Linda x
Yes and google! We have a scream at work sometimes when we type in a translation as they translate literally and sometimes they make absolutely no sense whatsoever. I work for an estate agent (not the best job to be in in the present climate) so we are constantly translating legal documents, some translations you get from the web are total gobbledy goop and have us in stitches. Lovely language tho, Spanish is, I love it! Tengas un buen noche, Linda x
I just asked my kids what they thought your dinner was - 13 year old just said toast? When I said no he guessed some sort of beef. He was absolutely astounded when I said it is supposed to be quiche! He said I should go and work there! 15 year old said, (believe it or not) TOAST! So that'll be some dry inedible piece of burnt bread that makes your mouth stick together! Quieres aprender español?Linda Tenerife x
Good God, the half-a-cardboard-eggbox made a grim return!!And that is what they call Quiche???????? Where are Trading Standards when you need them for an emergency call-out for criminal misadvertising?!Think the soup is possibly the freshest, but, as it involves diced carrots, it could be pavement-pizza and water-cleaning-liquid, straight from the street cleaning machine's tank..... Muhahahahaha!!!!!!
but at least you had 3 courses...... how many others have that?
and the soup looks fine to me. As does the pud.
Not sure that's relevant in this context. This is a hospital in a rich and developed nation. Are you suggesting I should lower my expectations because others have less? It's a point but not relevant to what were discussing. Incidentally I'd be happy with one nice course than three bad ones.
I always thought the soups were good although most of them could have done with being a bit hotter. One usually got a tiny smear of it at the bottom of a plate and the first thing I did when I got out of hospital was have a tin of soup piping hot - a full bowl. I never usually have tinned soup - I'm a homemade soup fan but let me tell you, it was the best soup I ever tasted
Oh and we NEVER got 3 courses, even when I ticked all of the boxes in a fit of rebellion. There was a snack which was also cheese and biscuits and I ticked it every single day and never got it. They also asked if you wanted juice or hot drinks. Ticked that - yep, nothing
I think you should name and shame.
How many more yards of that dreadful quiche casing are they going to saw up and distribute among the frail? And as for the lead lining on the top, they could use that on rooves to make them watertight, I should imagine.Ye gods.Glad about the soup though. Someone is taking it seriously.
Its obviously been a bumper year for the pea harvest where you are, nice warm spring, and wet and windy ever since ;o) Lansdowner
But the soup looks like it's got rhubarb in it ?
The pud is from Flintshire, North wales - no one at the council HQ DARE ask for Spotted Dick......
Traction man - it appears as if your potato in the main course had teeth marks? I presume they weren't yours?
Not guilty, Your Honour.
I am sorry to say but I am almost sure that the soup is not home made, I tried it myself before, but shhhhh...you know we are not allowed to try, crime against the NHS. from Frank
Estás loco? Notas de un hospital! Soy mexicano
Traction Man,Yum, there's my custard again !Moira (Canada)Hope you are holding up over the weekend. Is your wife coming to visit?
Good God! I hope to God you found the soup first and didn't dis/uncover the other weapons until you had at least had that. Seeing the "quiche" would have made me suicidal. How on earth can tomato quiche end up looking like that unless 4 year olds are involved? I would scrap even trying with the pudding and get your wife to bring you in a bag of dried apricots or pears and just stick to those. I ham incensed that that would even be toured round in a hospital it just looks bloody dangerous even if it was in an armouured vehicle let alone a meal trolley. When it is brought to you is it by some big bruiser who looks like Geoff Capes?The market is on this morning and I'm going to go to the olive lady to get olives and dried pears and send them to you by carrier pigeon (provided I can find one brave enough to fly past any windows that are open in your hospital. Keep your chin up TM you must have reached the lowest point now???? The panini looked great though. Zoe
Mmmm. Burnt paver with rat embryos and, er, peas. The soup looks okay, in a relative way... But the pudding looks like it escaped from an autopsy room. Gaark!
"Anonymous said... The pud is from Flintshire, North wales - no one at the council HQ DARE ask for Spotted Dick......"it's back on the menu now. Six simple words to the council staff would of sorted that out before it became a news storey...'grow up and act your age' I think i need to book into my local hospital (glan clwyd) so i can lose some weight...as long as the asbestos doesn't kill me first (gonna cost £300,000,000 to remove it all...)
I've got a guilty secret. I've got a soft spot for hospital food.... However, I've only ever had it about four times (and I'm kinky). This, though? How is it possible to do that to peas?!! The peas, in the photos, are very wrong!! Are they baking them? Do they start their prep by putting the peas in the oven? And, I'm sorry, but that is not quiche! Quiche should be eggy and cheesy. There is no room, on a quiche, for a wholemeal pastry lid. Might it not have been some sort of pie using two types of pastry (just to be boast the culinary skill)?You poor, poor man. When it's occasional - hospital food can be an exciting treat (hence my prepared, but as yet unused, reply to the threat "Do you like hospital food?!!") but I can understand how the novelty has worn off for you.Best wishes.