Grumpy Old Man Blog #34
Don't you still hate cranberries. Some of you may remember that, a while ago, I complained about the number of products we were now seeing over here with cranberries unnecessarily added to them. Well, I still hate them! And they get into everything. Uninvited. Smoothies, juices, cereals, pop groups; the list is endless. It's either an Ocean Spray plot to take over the world or there's a world glut and they have so many of the damn things they have to hide them in other foods. Well hide them in someone else's food, thank you very much. Or better still - leave them in the trees or under the ground or wherever they come from. All that trouble to pick them (or dig them up) and then nowhere to put them except in my breakfast, and lunch, and even in my dinner.
Strawberry, blueberry, banana and cranberry smoothie. What's the cranberry for? It's no doubt because cranberries taste so tart on their own that no one can eat them without concealing them under other fruit or tons of sugar. Well just leave them out then!
Stilton with cranberries. Agh! What's so wrong with Stilton that we can't have it without cranberry contamination? Stilton with red spots?!
Last night I had pate, served on little water biscuits. They looked rather nice. 'Oh, I hope you like these,' said the hostess. 'The pate has cranberries in it.' In a pate!! What's that all about?
Then today I was offered mince pies. 'These are made with cranberry mincemeat for a change.' Cranberry mincemeat!!! Surely that's an oxymoron? I have been eating mincemeat ever since it was invented and never has it required cranberries in it. That lovely brown, sweet, aromatic, almost meaty flavour, sticky with syrup and sultanas! Not a bit reddy in colour and stuck with cranberries!! 'No, I'll have the original sort, thanks. That last one was fabulous! Full of fruity flavour and oozing sugar'. 'But that was a cranberry one.' Oh.