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

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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.

Trills Thu 18-Jul-13 19:38:01

What should they put?

The End

And they all lived Happily Ever After

PipkinsPal Thu 18-Jul-13 19:40:11

A tin of tuna proclaims "allergy advice - contains fish". I love the serving suggestions on food cans. I once saw a tin of corned beef with a picture of a couple of slices and a whole tomato.

CeliaLytton Thu 18-Jul-13 19:48:06

I like the tins of soup with a photo serving suggestion of soup... in a bowl.

Before this I was putting it on a plate and wondering why it was so hard to eat.

Trills Thu 18-Jul-13 19:57:39

Will it ruin your fun if I point out that they are legally required to write "serving suggestion" or similar if they picture anything other than what it in the packet?

Even if it's a sprig of basil.

CeliaLytton Thu 18-Jul-13 20:05:11

Yes Trills that has completely ruined the mocking.

Why would you do that?


(Although I suppose we could mock whoever decided on that legislation)

Tilly333 Thu 18-Jul-13 21:40:30

I worked with food labelling for a while... the reason you have to put 'serving suggestion' on the packaging is if the product is showing anything else .. yes even the plate... on the product shot.. It covers you in case a customer expected to open the packaging and receive everything shown. Believe me people have sued over it!

Glitterandglue Thu 18-Jul-13 22:01:32

I once called Innocent Smoothies to report my concern that there was apparently a helicopter in the ingredients. They didn't seem to quite know what to do with me. But if they're going to be funny on the labels, they should hire funny staff to man the phones.

xylem8 Thu 18-Jul-13 22:03:10

OP I think you need to get out more!! wink

HouseAtreides Thu 18-Jul-13 22:03:57

I remember years ago, the Somerfield peas my parents bought used to have a picture of peas on the tin, a simple photo about 1/2 inch by three inches. Nothing else in the photo but peas. It still said 'serving suggestion'- as if it was suggested that you look at them through a small letterbox.

Brevitybabe Fri 19-Jul-13 13:11:14

The one that always gets me angry is "serving suggestion only" what else do you do - use it as an ornament???

OnIlkelyMoorBahtat Fri 19-Jul-13 13:19:11

I like the "serving suggestion" pictures where they just have the foodstuff on a plate - simple, but to the point!

beeben31 Fri 19-Jul-13 13:23:44

I once bought the cheapest lawnmower that Homebase sold, the first line of the instructions about how to assemble it was "you may find this lawnmower hard to assemble".

We did & had to take it back to Homebase where the staff couldn't assemble it either. We had to upgrade and buy the second cheapest.

limitedperiodonly Fri 19-Jul-13 14:02:47

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.


What's a Higgedy-pie btw? I'm thinking of something made from hedgehogs.

StealthPolarBear Fri 19-Jul-13 14:18:07

Oh yes "heat me in the microwave but as your mother always says be careful when you take me out as I might be hot. I contain two of your five a day so I'm healthier than I taste. Enjoy me responsibly and serv me with cream"

It almost gets pornographic when food talks to you

MrBloomsMarrow Fri 19-Jul-13 14:23:50

Do you mean the pie has this stuff written on the packaging? Please reassure me the pie doesn't actually talk. Somebody mentioned talking scotch eggs earlier and I can't get the image out of my mind.

ImperialBlether Fri 19-Jul-13 14:48:47

I really hate it when people say "Enjoy" just before you eat. Ffs why not say, "Enjoy your meal" or even "Enjoy it." It's so bloody pretentious but really belongs in Pseuds' Corner.

It puts me right off my dinner.

The other 'enjoy' I hate (on a roll here) is that bloody song that Simon Mayo plays on a Friday. (Enjoy yourself, it's later than you think.) And then he reads out notes from all the listeners who've waited until Friday to hear that song. Have they never heard of YouTube?

yoshipoppet Fri 19-Jul-13 14:58:57

I get unreasonably annoyed by telly chefs banging on about pan-fried this or pan-fried that.
It's so unnecessary - what else are you going to use for frying it in but a flipping pan? Why not just say Fried?

Thurlow Fri 19-Jul-13 16:44:07

A database I use at work asks me to "wait patiently for your results" while it thinks about stuff. I'm worried it has a webcam. How would it know if I wasn't waiting patiently? <worried>

And a bottle of liquid soap: "Protect from frost" confused

StealthPolarBear Fri 19-Jul-13 16:44:39

a deep fat frier?

StealthPolarBear Fri 19-Jul-13 16:45:11

IB what is a pseud?

StealthPolarBear Fri 19-Jul-13 16:46:26

Thurlow, if you start to notice cats appearing and disappearing in your line of vision, you'll know the database has noticed.

Thurlow Fri 19-Jul-13 16:49:26

Only cats? What about dolphins?

StealthPolarBear Fri 19-Jul-13 16:50:36

iot's been a very long time since I saw that film, were there dolphins?

whomovedmychocolate Fri 19-Jul-13 18:12:13

If you want to have a laugh sometime, call the people who make the catfood and describe how you did not enjoy their product and neither did your cat. If you can pretend you ate at least two different flavours, to give it the benefit of the doubt, it's best. I asked them if they thought he might perhaps enjoy it more if I shoved the dead vole I found by the door into it?

And who can forget:

limitedperiodonly Fri 19-Jul-13 18:29:30

I looked up Higgidy Pies in Sainsbury's tonight. I feel quite benign to them but I didn't buy one.

for *Stealth*

IB I like Enjoy Yourself especially the Specials version. I do hate Simon Mayo though.

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