Wednesday, 20 January 2016

"Back off from the loaf bitch! "

I've just had a row-ette with an old lady in sainsbury's.
There was only one white" half loaf" left on the shelf and I picked it up before she did.
The old bag tried that " I'm an old lady and don't want to spend an extra 60p on a full loaf" victim thing but I was having non of it.....
Having said that, I did finally give her the loaf, but Only after I told her not to pull the guilt trip on me
In retrospect the guilt thing worked.....
My mother did it, to me all of the time.

Anyhow I wanted half a white loaf because I have the Randa girls this afternoon and The activity of the day will be constructing a bread a butter pudding from scratch. It was either that or wash the car and less damage can be done to school uniforms with a bread and butter pud.

The Prof is away in London working this week, and has just popped into the National Portrait gallery inbetween meetings. He fell in love with this painting and linked me into it as he was looking at it.
How wonderful is modern technology.!
He was gazing at National treasures......and exactly at the same time ...I was fighting an old lady over half a loaf of sliced white.
Go figure

I may go to the cinema later 
Review later


103 comments:

  1. Quote from Jan 13: "I am not a lover of conflict..."

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  2. At some point you have to let go of any guilt trips....and just go for it. But then again you can freeze what you don't use for another day :)

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  3. oh the things we do at certain "times" of the month. Poor Winnie's hormones are rubbing off on you!!

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    1. I just sprayed my monitor, thanks so much. Have missed seeing your comments!

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  4. Does the portrait look like Young John [yourself] to Chris?

    Freeze the half loaf you don't need, no need to be mean to old ladies in the grocery store. And be glad you can sometimes buy a half loaf, I ve never heard of such a think, good idea.

    lizzy

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    1. Trust me - John never EVER looked like this!

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    2. When i was twelve i did

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    3. In your imagination my friend....

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  5. You really think that less damage can be done to school uniforms with bread and butter pudding than by washing a car? Not the way I cook/bake!!!

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    1. They left the building without so much as a splatter of custard

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  6. I used to visit the NPG quite often and know this painting well. I fancied growing a wispy beard like Emile Bernard but was too self-conscious. Not very Left Bank I'm afraid. But then I was brought up a Catholic and am similarly unable to engage in competitive loaf buying with old ladies.

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    1. Well done, you are the only one who recognised him

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  7. My grandmother made wonderful bread pudding. My mother, not so good. I just looked at a recipe and realize the difference is between butter and cream and margarine and milk.

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  8. Happy to hear the old lady won!

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  9. Do I see a 'row' habit forming, John?
    Lovely portrait.

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  10. Do you ever watch "Seinfeld"?

    "He took my marble rye!"

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  11. You can always freeze the extra bread, John, or feed it to the menagerie. Poor old pensioner carefully hoarding her 60p...

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    1. She had a designer handbag

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    2. The bag could have been a gift.

      love, a lady that carries designer handbags.

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    3. She had posh shoes on too

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    4. And that's why she can't afford a whole loaf of bread.

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    5. Well done River, well done. HAHA

      MissFifi

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  12. Bravo for standing up, and giving in. What conflicted lives our minds live. I had a nice wander National Gallery the first time I was in London. Lots of great galleries here in DC, you should pop over for a visit.

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  13. ahhh, guilt trips,, work everytime,, even if we say they don't ,, they really do,, I had to laugh when you said he was gazing at the painting and you were gazing at the older lady at the same time,lol,,,,

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  14. You should have said,"Ok I guess you need the smaller loaf because at your age you could die anytime!"

    Terribly rude, of course, but she's the one who played the "old lady" card.

    Ha!

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    1. LOL !!!! I have to remember that ! although I can probably play the role of the poor old lady.

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    2. Hehehe Brilliant!

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  15. I would have used Jennifer's reply to the old lady needing a half a loaf! I make a mean bread-and-butter-pudding taught to me by Grant's Nan when I was an innocent 15 yo! Thanks for the tip to google my blogger problems. I did at the time, but it turned out to be more of a server problem than a blogger one.

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    1. Theres a few problems around blogger tom stephenson has had problems

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  16. I thought the adage was "Half a loaf is better than none!". That's what you ought to have said to her as you walked off, bread in hand.

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  17. Ray just beat me to it. My late uncle you always say: "half a loaf is better that none."

    The half filled glass of beer is another one. Being of a pessimistic nature. I would say:

    "my glass is half empty."

    You would say John:

    "It's half full."

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    1. Dave thats true.... My glass is always half full.......the prof's strangely enough is a third empty

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  18. I don't know if this is just a Pennsylvania thing, but there have been multiple reports of an impending and possibly brutal snowstorm working its way from West to East across the US. Every time the media whips up fear over a big snowstorm, everyone runs out and buys:
    Milk, Bread and Eggs. Literally, the store shelves are empty now and the storm is not even a definite for Saturday. Come Sunday everyone will be gorging on french toast to use their milk, bread and eggs.

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    1. We are lucky storms generally are never as bad as yours x

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    2. Carlnepa - FYI - Preppers call them "French Toast People"
      I am in NJ and I don't get that either. Considering milk and eggs will go bad if you have no power. I don't understand why no one has boxed milk at the ready for emergencies. We are the Northeast, we get hit by storms every year. Prepare people, prepare. :)


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  19. You and the Prof's daily lives are a World apart! I too am taken by that portrait. Its lovely.

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    1. Its Emile Bernard by
      Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec
      1886

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  20. Old ladies = razor sharp elbows. Can I have custard with my pud please? Thank you.

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  21. Problem solved- If you made some bread yourself you wouldn't need to fight old ladies in the shop!

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    1. Cheep white sliced bread makes great bread and butter pudding

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  22. I am headed off to the market now . First stop, the Bread Section.

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  23. John John John...beating out a little old lady for a half a loaf of bread....what is this world coming to?

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    1. I didnt raise my voice deloras!

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  24. Enjoy the cinema... softie!

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  25. I agree . . .
    Love modern technology . . .
    Especially
    When
    There
    Is
    Fine Art
    in the midst of a bread loaf fight . . .

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    1. Only here lynne, only here

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  26. I think both you and Chris were looking at national treasures. No nation does little old lady like Britain!

    And bread and butter pudding can do a number on school uniforms, one false move and you're in custardy!

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  27. Refer to Seinfeld "Marble Rye" episode as relates to the designer bag-toting bread guilter!

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  28. Could of kept the bread...she's old, probably used to disappointment!

    Man, I can sound really cold sometimes!

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  29. You could have told her to freeze t'other half then she wouldn't have to venture out again for a fortnight.

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  30. I can't stand the ubiquitous sliced white loaves. They taste of nothing at all. "Chalk and blotting paper" as my old headmaster used to say. The old lady is welcome to it. Our current favourite is the multi-seeded loaves from Sainsburys.

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    1. They made bloody great butter puds though

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  31. An old lady wacked my leg with her metal walking stick in a supermarket once to get past me. I found myself apologising when I wasn't even in her way !!!!

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  32. PS, making bread and butter pudding in your kitchen sounds like a great winter activity. I'm sure the girls will love car washing in the summer !

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    1. It did smack of child exploitation

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  33. Us old ladies are pretty scary when we get in full flow you know. Love the young man in the portrait - who is he, do you know?

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    1. Emile Bernard by
      Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec
      1886

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  34. OMG - wrestling bread with old ladies in supermarkets now. Can things get any lower?

    Portrait? My guess is the young Whistler - before his mother became too old to mug for bread Weave, but I could be wrong.

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    1. We didnt get physical, though if we had of done she would have won ( leather faced old ladies are tough as fuck)
      We only had " words"

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    2. Painting is Emile Bernard by
      Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec
      1886

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    3. Ah - on both counts!

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  35. LOL I wouldn't have let her have it?? maybe I would
    you should have said I need it to feed children etc
    Or told her we can split the loaf so we can both have bread?

    Oh Well

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    1. There are so many grumpy old broads here

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  36. I'm looking forward to playing the old lady card. Love the portrait.

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    1. I am still using the poor helpless lady card. Little 'old 'will be hard ..

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  37. I really dig a whopping belly laugh at that haha :-)

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  38. I really dig a whopping belly laugh at that haha :-)

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  39. If I am not mistaken I believe that portrait is of Emile Bernard by Toulouse-Lautrec and it was completed in about 1886 when Bernard would have been a budding artist of eighteen. Though not as well known as Gauguin, Van Gogh and Lautrec, Bernard moved in their circles and it is said that he went to his grave still feeling bitter that Gauguin never acknowledged his powerful influence upon Gauguin's artistic development.

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    1. Google is wonderful is it not YP X

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    2. Yes, but unfortunately I have been unable to access Google today. I gained an A grade in A level Art when I was 18 and remember Mr Doyle talking enthusiastically about Bernard.

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    3. My apologies dear heart x

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    4. Accepted even though our tissue box is now empty.

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  40. I've promised myself I will never play the "old lady" card and so far I never have, even on buses where I've had to stand throughout my journey. Things might change when I get to be doddery, but that's years away yet.

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    1. Just dont play the victim..i hate that

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  41. I have a loaf of crappy white bread, John, due to the impending storm. Time for you to post the recipe, pls, otherwise I ll have to feed it to the gulls. [ps I still think the portrait looks like you, he has your [possibly] gentle eyes.]

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    1. Cut the bread into fat strips and dip them into melted butter, line a pie dish with them. Layer 3 oz caster sugar and raisins with more soaked bread until dish full.
      Make a basic custard with two large eggs 200 mls of cream and 100 mls of milk pour over bread
      Cover with brown sugar
      Bake for 30-4o minutes

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    2. Oh and add lemon zest of 1 lemon into the mix

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    3. Thank you! Tho I ll now have to look up castor sugar
      Do I cook the custard first or it cooks while baking ?

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    4. No , just beat the eggs, cream and milk ,
      It will cook in the oven
      Castor sugar is just cooking fine sugar

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    5. Thx again ! I was glad to read that you sent the pudding home w the girls. It does not sound weight watchers-y after all your slimming efforts

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    6. Im starting again very soon x

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    7. I layer the soaked bread with home made marmalade then pour on the custard.....perfect!

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    8. I layer the soaked bread with home made marmalade then pour on the custard.....perfect!

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  42. yummy bread and butter pudding! poor old lady - you will feel so guilty when you eat it now :D I like the portrait.

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    1. The affable despots have the pudding the girls made it so the parents got to eat it

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  43. Ha ha, you had no choice but to give in to the old bag!!! Bet you slept well that night!

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  44. So ..... the old lady got the loaf and the girls parents got the bread and butter pudding .... you didn't do very well today did you!!

    Have you had the email from Bodnant about the £15 vouchers .... think of all the Scotch Eggs you could buy with that :-)

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    1. No i bloody well have not x

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    2. I've forwarded you the email :-)

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  45. I play the broken back card, but I really do need assistance. I do a lot of things I'm not supposed to do. It's rare for me to have help. I manage, though.

    Love,
    Janie

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  46. You are too kind. No way would I have given her the loaf. She probably has all the time in the world on her hands so she should bake bread.

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  47. Working with children will always take precedent over practically everything else anyone else has to do. You are helping to shape society. And you are a soft touch, John...

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