Saturday, March 19, 2011

Quiche On Demand

I've never liked that "Abortion on Demand" slogan, even ignoring the whole debate about abortion in the first place. Surely what they really wanted was "Abortion on Request". Far more polite. Surely it's better not to go round demanding things if you can simply request them?

In the excellent cafe at Strikes Garden Centre the lunchtime menu included various types of soup and quiche - - and at the bottom of the menu, in chalk on a blackboard, was:

"Gluten-Free Quiche on Demand".

I looked to see if there was a queue of angry people banging their fists on the counter.

"We demand gluten-free quiche!"

A few people with placards would have been good. "What do we want? Gluten-free quiche! When do we want it? NOW!"

Sadly there was no such queue - - just another lady, also there with her elderly mum, and they were both marvelling at the low price and high quality of Afternoon Tea.

From the kitchens out came Motherly Cook and looked at the menu on the blackboard.

"Hey," she said to Young Serving Wench, "you've written Gluten-Free Quiche on Demand. It should be on request!"

"I'ts the same thing, innit?" asked Wench. But Motherly Cook won the debate and shortly afterwards the board was changed. Gluten-Free Quiche on Request. Hurrah.

At the canteen I sometimes go to at Leeds University there are some pretty decent sandwiches and hot food too.

There is a notice board that says:

Chips with Baked Beans
Chips with Chilli
Chips with Cheese
Chips with Egg
Chips with Baked Beans and Cheese
Chips with Gravy
Chips with Curry

At the bottom, gloriously, is the canteen's slogan:


But there is no quiche on demand, gluten-free or otherwise. Shame.


Blogger Jennytc said...

I love their idea of healthy food! :)

4:28 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Healthier than what students might provide for themselves, perhaps? Though I'm struggling to wonder what is less healthy than chips with everything.

7:39 am  
Blogger Yorkshire Pudding said...

Good point Daphne. Some people might dismiss your point as being pedantic but is in such little ways that civilisation reveals itself.

11:17 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Daphne, just wondering: are you going to tackle Tesco's 'three items or less' next?

4:40 pm  
Blogger Daphne said...

Jennyta - well seeing how many people have Chips with Gravy for lunch it does seem to be a popular health food amongst - er - medical students!
YP - I agree. And Im definitely pedantic and not ashamed of it!
Lucy - - don't think I haven't already gone "FEWER! THAT SHOULD BE FEWER! NOT LESS! FEWER!" and been met with blank stares - -

4:51 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

These are the crosses us pedants have to bear.

8:02 pm  
Anonymous Milo said...

LOL! The picture of Mother Cook and the Serving Wench had me chuckling!

PS My word verification for this post is 'prolon'! Almost sounds like a real word.

7:05 pm  

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