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To think that it's really not necessary to put "serve and enjoy" on cooking instructions?

(58 Posts)
MrBloomsMarrow Thu 18-Jul-13 10:30:57

That's it really. Yes, I know it's trivial but what else would you do with a microwave meal when it's ready? You're hardly going to chuck it straight in the bin or feed it to the cat.

Isnt it meant more like bon appetite?

YouTheCat Thu 18-Jul-13 10:32:34

You might not enjoy it? grin

I like the instructions on Ainsley Harriot brand sausages - 'Prick with a fork'. So apt.

Flobbadobs Thu 18-Jul-13 10:39:13

youthecat grin grin
I once read instructions on a pack of rice that said "bring water to boil. DO NOT attempt to test the water temperature with your finger." Genius....

AKAK81 Thu 18-Jul-13 12:09:31

We should remove idiotic warnings and instructions off things and just let natural selection do the rest.

BlueStones Thu 18-Jul-13 12:10:59

Agree - it makes me cringe.

YouTheCat grin

WilsonFrickett Thu 18-Jul-13 12:12:58

Ah, it always makes me smile. It should say:
Slop on a plate and eat in front of the Apprentice final with a fork. Refrain from stabbing self with fork.
but I suppose that's too many words?

grin YouTheCat

MrBloomsMarrow Thu 18-Jul-13 14:05:17

Actually I didn't enjoy it, it was fucking revolting.

TheRealFellatio Thu 18-Jul-13 14:08:42

YABNU. I hate patronising crap written on food packaging. I particlarly hate it when a packet of burger buns says 'Ideal for barbecues' or a packet of scotch eggs says 'ideal for picnics' or mini Baybels say 'Ideal for packed lunches.'

Do they think we all just arrived from another planet and have no idea what to do with everyday foodstuffs? hmm

And all sorts of serving suggestions can just take a running jump as far as I'm concerned.

InsanelyBrainDeprived Thu 18-Jul-13 14:10:08

For some reason the allergy advice label on tins of tuna really wind me up. 'Contains fish' really? Is that necessary?!

WilsonFrickett Thu 18-Jul-13 14:11:29

yep, and bags of nuts contain nuts, apparently. Who knew? shock

peanutMD Thu 18-Jul-13 14:13:35

But how else would one know what to do when they have prepared a pot noodle although I used to get in a right old mess before they added "grab a fork" grin

PseudoBadger Thu 18-Jul-13 14:14:56

Some brand of bath emolient says "take care not to slip" on the label. I found the concerned tone quite sweet.

MrBloomsMarrow Thu 18-Jul-13 14:27:15

Oh God, don't get me started on serving suggestions. I bought a packet of burgers last week adorned with a serving suggestion of a burger in a bun. Just as well because I was planning on putting it in a fruit salad.

wriggletto Thu 18-Jul-13 14:31:32

I think it's marginally less tweesome than when the actual packet of Scotch eggs tells you how perfect they would be for a picnic and how much they love being smothered in yummy tommy k, because they're full of free range happy hen goodness, etc.

I had a Higgedy-pie last night. The cardboard box was chattier than most of my friends, and seemed to be on more intimate terms with my likes and dislikes.

WilsonFrickett Thu 18-Jul-13 14:33:42

Oh yes, now I do love a Higgedy pie but I have to approach it carefully if I'm not in a sunny, chatty mood. I mean, seriously. Sssshhhhh!

PseudoBadger Thu 18-Jul-13 14:44:11

Ah they must be mates with those Innocent smoothies.

cory Thu 18-Jul-13 14:44:16

MrBloomsMarrow Thu 18-Jul-13 14:05:17
"Actually I didn't enjoy it, it was fucking revolting."

tut tut, these people who can't follow simple instructions grin

TheRealFellatio Thu 18-Jul-13 14:44:16

I once bought a tiny box of Paxo, about 2" by 6" with a photo of a stuffed roast chicken on the box. It said 'This is a serving suggestion only. Chicken not included.'

LaBelleMadamePenguinSansMerci Thu 18-Jul-13 15:03:32

I think they put "serve and enjoy" so people know the instructions have finished, and there's nothing else that's meant to be on the end that's been forgotten.

Fillyjonk75 Thu 18-Jul-13 15:10:16

It just tells you that's the end of the instructions. It's a lot less twee than bon appetit and a lot less blunt than "That's it". Most ones I read just say "Serve". But I quite like some serving/cooking suggestions and have taken them up. E.g. cooking skate with oil AND butter. Oh yes, yum.

WilsonFrickett Thu 18-Jul-13 18:52:10

There's this thing called a full stop and a paragraph break that tells you it's the end though.

<may be hot and grumpy>

Fillyjonk75 Thu 18-Jul-13 18:59:39

Sometimes I've opened something and ripped through the cooking instructions though. It's good to have more clarity as to where the end is.

wriggletto Thu 18-Jul-13 19:04:24

'Serve' is quite terse. But I can't stop myself adding, 'I'LL BE THE JUDGE OF THAT... and that verb takes an object, btw' when instructed to 'enjoy!' something.

God, the heat is really getting to me.

TheCunnyFunt Thu 18-Jul-13 19:37:24

On the bottom of the trifles etc 'do not turn upside down' grin

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