Saturday, 17 April 2010

Soup, 'Dave' and the Clitheroe Green


This is a gastronomic variant on the usual grumpy old man type query. Why do soups seem to be overwhelmingly nothing more - or less - than pureed vegetables these days? Everything - and meat suffers as badly as vegetables in this respect - just seems to get pureed to mush. Why is this? Is it something to do with 'Elf and Safety - a fear that someone choking on a lumpy bit would sue for not being warned 'Caution: may contain lumpy bits'? Or is it some strange perception that a customer getting a lighter soup will somehow feel they aren't getting value for money?


Talking of mush, this splendid offshoot from Dave's performance in the all singing all dancing (okay it wasn't but I can dream) Election Debate and in particular his imaginary friend who popped up therein has hit the ether. Those naughty parodists have been at it again. Is there no repect these days? I think my personal favourite is 'last week, I met a young gentleman, who told me that Lady Gaga raped the next door's beagle'. There is of course a lot of that sort of thing about these days. Or possibly 'last week, I met an Afghan baker, who told me that the underclass took all of their money and spent it on a duck island'. Okay check it out yourselves. I do actually think something very - erm - mould breaking is stirring among the avalanches of dross in the run-up to the election but there are sure to be plenty of twists yet.


Another election-related comment, I fear. Caroline Lucas, the leader of the Green Party...


...for some bizarre reason reminds me of (younger readers will have to bear with me) the Clitheroe Kid.




Think I lie down now. Just 7 more hits and White Rabbit will go over the 50,000 mark! I resisted the temptation to cheat and click on refresh seven times, he typed virtuously. Oh and another gem from jailhouselawyer. A man pleaded guilty to a number of counts at Leicester Crown Court including buggery of a horse and of a donkey. He awaits sentence and when the topic of bail came up his counsel announced that he 'did not have a stable address'. Stable? Geddit? Oh never mind...

22 comments:

JoJo said...

I don't know, I think that soup looks yummy! All it needs is some croutons.

tony said...

Hay,Good Joke!

童紫勳 said...

人生是故事的創造與遺忘。......................................................

Catch Her in the Wry said...

Perhaps you should order "stew" or "chowder" instead of "soup." I've never seen a stew or chowder that wasn't lumpy.

When I horse around, I've always been a fan of punny jokes.

wv: aropses Wasn't he a Greek philosopher? ;-)

Petit fleur said...

Can I just say, I love the 'Elf and Safety bit... funny you!

That woman's eyebrows are totally weird and sinister even. Creepshow!

Haven't watched the vid yet, but I will... and I do like the ole buggery joke too. Good one!

No comments about the soup thing, except that I have noticed this syndrome over here too. Not sure what its all about.
ciao wabbit.

white rabbit said...

JoJo - Croutons on the way.

Tony - I liked it (I assume you mean the stable one). How could some hapless barrister have said this without realising what -he/she - um - was saying?

Catchy - aropses is in fact the plural of aropsis, which is a Himalayan plant.

Don't believe me?

Little Flower - we do our best, thankies :D Ms Lucas may well be the first Green MP - quite apart from the eyebrows and Clitheroe Kid thing...

The Dental Maven said...

"Stable address" - tee hee! And now that you mention it, yeah, all soups have gone to the pureed varietal. Who'd have thought food could be so trendy and have its own fashion sense?

ann said...

i think she looks a bit like glenda jackson - yeah i geddit - as they say, don't give up the day job ;>)

white rabbit said...

Ann - welcome to my humble blog and yes, I suppose she does (look like Glenda Jackson, that is)

And chance of giving up the day job would be a fine thing.

white rabbit said...

Maven - consider yoursel bloigrolled :D

Renegade Eye said...

You need to try Seafood Gumbo Soup.

jailhouselawyer said...

I suspect it was Counsel's little joke because it was a direct quote. It was the sort of pun you would normally expect from the Sun.

A barrister friend of mine who represented a gay client before the Parole Board, mentioned that he was a lonely chap, "Being the only gay in the vilage". She also reported that it went right over the top of their heads!

Jessica Harper said...

I saw this on the daily Mail! "The Rabbit Whisperer" Thought it was so funny. What a talent! :-) haha!
White Rabbit may I ask? How did you get so much traffic on your blog!?
I know that it is due to content and your blog is truley wonderful. But I just wondered how else I could go about making my blog a busy place!
Sorry to be so rude!

Jessica

JoJo said...

Hey! I finished your book! It was great! But I really think you need to write a sequel b/c I want to know what happens w/ Charlie and his family and the resistance!

Daniel Hoffmann-Gill said...

I've been to Clitheroe, do I get a point?

white rabbit said...

Renegade - Lots of lovely lumpy bits I take it?

JHL - It's not difficult to go over your tribunal's head, experience tells.

Jessica - I'm not sure what to say, What you said was very kind and not rude at all. I think a big part of the answer is networking, another part is to have a peg to hang your blog on (you've got this - the theatrical bit). Plus it takes time to build the blog up so patience....

I'm sure yours will come good.

JoJo - I'm really pleased to read that ypou liked twentytwelve. I did start a sequel set eightb years later in which dear little Natalie was a sweary, dreadlocked, Marlboro lights smoking teenager but concluded that the original needed more traction for this to be a runner so moved on top othert projects.

Now if you know any film producers on the lookout for ideas...

;)

white rabbit said...

DHG = Oh several points...

simply wondered said...

rabbit - they are pureeing your soup because you are in a home.
bless! he's obviously forgotten.

Sarcastic Bastard said...

I hate pureed food. Yuck. I don't wear damn dentures. I can chew, thank you.

JoJo said...

So in other words you are just going to leave me hanging? Like Stephen King does? lol ;)

Jimmy Bastard said...

I once sat down to puried clery soup. It was like eating the hair of a witch. At £5.50 a bowl, it was only missing the eye of bat!

white rabbit said...

SW - And who exactly are you, young man? And who are these nice ladies in white uniforms?

Sarcastic Person - I'm sure you can. Tou are just - multitalented!

JoJo - If someone makes it worth my while financially then bring it on.

Mr Bastard - It's wool of bat in fact - although I've never thought of bats as very wooly. All very confusing. I always found soups much improved by eye of newt, and toe of frogge.

Yums!