Tuesday, 29 September 2009

Tonight’s dinner 29/09


That was quite tasty actually...
or else I’ve developed Stockholm Syndrome


Hmm...


Looks familiar.

38 comments:

  1. Soup looks good - tomato and basil?

    Main looks REVOLTING - is that macaroni and green beans that have been boiled within an inch of their molecular structure?

    Dessert - more goodness free nursery food.

    Eat it up and be a good boy now!

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  2. It was red pepper and celery soup. Just a nice piece of crusty bread and butter and you wouldn't need the other two courses. Come to think of it... You wouldn't want them anyway.

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  3. darling , it may be that the quality of food is esculating to more edible fare is that maybe , they know your traction man , is it possible that they have found you out?


    rhonda ,usa

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  4. p.s,

    it seems that all your desserts are some sort of sponge floating in a pudding type thing .have they ever served anything better?a nice piece of cake or even a fruit salad?

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  5. Fruit salad? What do you think this is? A private hospital? Its nothing of the sort Cheap custard, burnt sponge easy to make and full of cheap ingredients, powdered egg, margarine,cheap white flour, and a few emulsifiers and raising agents.

    Sorry I had to get that off my chest.

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  6. They know who I am but I believe they also know I'm on their side. These caterers do a difficult job with measly budgets and Puritan food guidelines from the government. The chefs here are more than capable of cooking delicious food but that cost money. It's the system that's wrong. More attention needs to be paid by the NHS to nutrition. People are much more aware about food issues and have more adventurous palettes and a taste for good fresh ingredients. The NHS food service has to change, particularly for the elderly and chronically sick.

    As for puddings... It's either something with custard or ice cream, tasteless light yogurts or poor quality fruit.

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  7. we have a lot of the same problems here with budgets in the hospitals , but it doesnt stop them from making a nice baked chicken leg and something other then peas and potaos,and i would have to imagine that including a fresh salad on the menu for those who want it cant be very expensive .i even checked , prisoners here in georgia are eating better then you and they are working with a 6 dollar a day per prisoner feeding budget .


    rhonda ,usa

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  8. Thats almost 6 times the budget

    WV neadi Arent we just

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  9. oops , imeant 3 dollars a day

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  10. Good thing you had soup you liked!!
    I would have loved to eat the green beans with roasted breadcrumbs instead of with overcooked pasta. This meal looks however slightly improved in comparison to some that you have showed us before. Could you choose another type of dessert if you wanted, such as unsweetened yoghurt or chocolate flan or even tea and some biscuits? My hairy cats send you their purrs. Best wishes! Barbara

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  11. just a final thought ,
    if they had prisoners grow the fruit and veg for the hospitals , as well as prepare them , it would save a ton of money for the nhs and provide the prisoners of the hospitals some decent food, grow it pick it prepare it , freeze it , all nhs would have to do is pick it up and distribute it .

    rhonda .usa

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  12. I believe prisoners are already involved in the food packing. They're paid £5 a day but I imagine the savings probably go into the food manufacturer's pocket. Good idea about growing vegetables although the NHS is such a big purchaser it might upset the farmers.

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  13. no protein again!... I still think you can't beat a nice jar of roll mop!

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  14. Green beans have protein (just like peas, actually). It is about 7 grams of proteins in 100 grams of green beans.

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  15. Even when they've suffered death by drowning? Apparently the vegetables are allowed to cool in their own water.

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  16. Oh my God. It's not getting better is it?

    Would it be very cruel of me to tell you that we're having sausages, creamy mash & onion gravy for dinner?

    Yes I thought so. Courage Camille.

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  17. Macaroni Provencale... apparently.

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  18. Hi TM, of course it would be better to not cook vegetables in water at all. Green beans should be cooked with salt in a little bit of olive oil and just enough water to prevent burning. Or maybe steamed. But a little bit of olive oil helps digest the vitamins and enhances the flavour. Or if they are boiled in water, the water should then be used for making soup, so whatever went into it won't get lost.

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  19. lets all have a moment of silence for the veggies , sadly departed of this earth by drowning

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  20. That main is a disgrace. Show that to the catering manager and if he or she doesn't weep then they deserve shooting.

    Then skinning, gutting and hanging for at least a week. Pot roasted with herbs (lots of rosemary), served with wild rice, a rocket salad and a robust Chianti Classico!

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  21. Only if prepared by Anthony Hopkins

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  22. Ah! So the cheesy pasta that was not eaten at every meal time in the paeds ward here has made it's way to you! WOW! That is amazing recycling!!!

    Good to know the soup was good! The soup in the paeds ward was apparently good as well.

    Stay strong!

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  23. I've missed something somewhere. Macaroni Provencale!!!! Looks like macaroni boiled in tea water and then lots of dust thrown over it. Sorry TM. I hope you are appealing and will be given a suspended sentence. Can you contact NASA and get some pills sent over?

    Take care, how's the cold by the way?
    Ruth

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  24. ...fava beans absolutely.

    One begins to have this Grand Guignol fantasy where starving patients capture and spit-roast a flavoursome young nurse. Beds barricade the doors and as helpless, hapless management looks on, the poor girl is devoured to the last crunchy drum stick.

    Just a thought. ;)

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  25. Hi Mr Man,

    Hope the leg is getting better. Loving the blog. Just a thought - could you stir the beans (or other veg) into the soup to make the whole lot a bit more edible?
    Yours
    Chelsea girl. (Just made a beef stir fry for dinner. Sorry!)

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  26. So excited by the soup. Then plunged into gloom with the... did you say Macaroni Provencale??? Perhaps Provencrap Macaroni?

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  27. Who ever is in charge of the food budget needs shooting or fed on the crap you eat for 6 months till the shelf of his a**e collapses.

    I love a challenge and I bet you i could do a mean beef stew with dumplings for well under a quid per patient.

    Simple economics, correct calculations, all nutritional value and the right suppliers of food stuffs without the firms ripping you off because you are NHS.

    Since living in Crete I have had to depend on bulk buying on special offers and batch freezing as the tax on food here is 19%. It is so expensive here to live and the government is so corrupt.

    Life is a struggle for everyone to exist here. Not for me as I make sure we manage and are well fed as I am a bargain predator.

    The government needs to put someone in charge of the budget of hospital catering, that has experienced first hand what it is like to live on the bones of your a**e, no income and wondering where the next meal is coming from.

    Anyone who has experienced a hellish struggle to survive being so poor, has the driven force to hunt for bargains to feed the family, has the ability to seek out and utilise anything in order to survive, I know , I have been there.

    Ness..xx

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  28. the main course just looks wrong. what is that on the pasta - mould, pepper, or maybe the ashes of a recently cremated malnourished victim of the dreadful diet you have to endure

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  29. That's my black pepper. A futile attempt at making my regenerated food vaguely palatable.

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  30. That's pretty nasty looking. i wouldn't have guessed the soup and I'm pretty familiar with all the flavours, Macaroni provencale????? Words fail me and that thing with custard. Ugh. nearly time for the poll results

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  31. theres an idea bonnie , cannibalism , and apparently not a new suggestion as one patient released from a nhs hospital became a cannibal after his stay , true story read it in the newspaper .at least tm would be getting some protein

    rhonda

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  32. I wonder if other prisoners -excuse me, patients- have tried photographing their meals and pretending to blog? Surely if they all played "I'm Spartacus" then the NHS would have to improve the food of everyone it thought might be you, just in case...?

    p.s. Is custard compulsory with the puddings? because I HATE custard and am now afraid of ever ending up in hospital...

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  33. Aargh! What do those people have against protein?

    Although, that dessert looks suspiciously like part of the kidney of a large mammal...

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  34. More mush. Do they think that all people who are ill in hospital are toothless?

    I can see the point of easy to eat meals for those struggling to eat solid food, but as we've seen on a practically daily basis, you're struggling to get any food worth eating at all.

    For all those wondering why the issue of food in hospital is such a big issue, here's a page from Age Concern with a lists of concerns about elderly patients in hospital. Anyone not up to speed may like to have a squint.

    http://www.ageconcern.org.uk/AgeConcern/hungry2bheard.asp

    Interestingly, on an NHS document entitled 'Improving Nutritional Care' which is here ...

    http://www.dh.gov.uk/prod_consum_dh/groups/dh_digitalassets/@dh/@en/documents/digitalasset/dh_079932.pdf)

    .. they actually cite the list of ten essentials of nutritional care in hospital, as found on the British Dietetic Association website:

    http://www.bda.uk.com/resources/071012CoEHospitalNutrition.pdf

    I'm just wondering if hospital managers, drafted in from non-NHS posts, ever get the urge to do a little reading around the subject of healthcare. One assumes not.

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  35. Many years ago I taught with a woman Maureen M who, while in hospital in Melbourne in Oz for the removal of a kidney, had a grilled breakfast - you guessed it - including a grilled kidney. Yup, she was upset!

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