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To not understand why food is such a class issue in the UK????

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Notcontent Sun 15-Nov-15 22:36:27

This is prompted by the food bank thread in Chat. If you haven't read it, it's basically various posters claiming that porridge and honey are "posh" foods that "normal" people don't eat...

Anyway, I have lived in the UK for over a decade and still don't understand this obsession with categorising food in such a way. What is the origin of it? Many of the foods considered "posh" are basic foods which normal people around the world have eaten for hundreds or thousands of years, and are still eating them.

Why are chick peas sneered at while baked beans are ok?
Why do people prefer to give their kids cornflakes and think that having porridge is something to laugh about?

Moln Sun 15-Nov-15 22:38:31

Porridge is posh?

Well I never!!

ghostyslovesheep Sun 15-Nov-15 22:38:42

it's not a UK thing - it's an idiot thing hth x

MaudGonneMad Sun 15-Nov-15 22:39:26

Porridge, honey and oatcakes are posh apparently. Not the type of food 'normal' people eat. confused

laffymeal Sun 15-Nov-15 22:40:59

What ghosty said.

WorraLiberty Sun 15-Nov-15 22:41:13

It's a Mumsnet thing

Mumsnet reflects my personal life experience less and less every day.

KeepOnMoving1 Sun 15-Nov-15 22:41:56

It's not a Uk thing, it's a mn thing which is by no means a reflection of RL.

Holstein Sun 15-Nov-15 22:41:45

Porridge isn't 'posh'! confused

pigsDOfly Sun 15-Nov-15 22:41:58

How can porridge be posh, it's probably one of the cheapest food products on the market.

ElsaAintAsColdAsMe Sun 15-Nov-15 22:42:25

Porridge oats are about £1 a bag confused I eat lots of it.

I eat oatcakes with stovies.

I buy honey every week (to go in my porridge)

I am not 'posh' in the slightest.

There are some very strange people about.

Artandco Sun 15-Nov-15 22:42:50

I don't understand either. Someone on here said Humous was 'posh' the other day, it's basically what half the Middle East eat daily, especially if poor. I mean Israel without humous wouldn't be the same.

timelytess Sun 15-Nov-15 22:42:56

I must be incredibly posh. We ate all those things when I was a single mother with a mortgage on £400 a month.

howtorebuild Sun 15-Nov-15 22:43:06

In my experience, those keen on cleaning, obvious labels, branded food etc are normally people moving class. The movers don't want to be associated with dirt or cheap food.

Philoslothy Sun 15-Nov-15 22:43:28

Porridge is not posh. Mnet is obsessed with making out that the working class are feckless wastrels that live on kebabs.

Krampus Sun 15-Nov-15 22:43:30

Agree with ghosty this is not something I encounter in everyday life.

AyeAmarok Sun 15-Nov-15 22:43:57

Do they? Are baked beans okay? I'd have thought it was the other way round these day.

I have to admit that if there are rules, then I don't know them!

Other than the obvious fatty poor quality, unhealthy food that would be associated with a certain section of society, I don't think the rest is grouped in Amy specific way.

Chocolateteabag Sun 15-Nov-15 22:45:26

What?? Porridge is posh? They need to start sticking it on the packets surely!

I agree with Ghosty - baked beans and cereal are just easier to eat, chick peas and porridge require a very little bit more effort to prepare to eat.

headexplodesbodyfreezes Sun 15-Nov-15 22:45:33

In my very working class childhood, we had ReadyBrek not porridge. And jam rather than honey.

Tbh I do still consider honey to be quite posh. Not sure what that proves.

Twowrongsdontmakearight Sun 15-Nov-15 22:45:26

I don't think it's posh as much as effort. Some things require cooking and others just need a packet opening. I think the theory is that the middle classes look down on those eating processed packet food and think them lazy and unhealthy. While those who open packets and don't cook are suspicious of foods that require a recipe! Not what I necessarily think, just paraphrasing the cliche!

KingJoffreyLikesJaffaCakes Sun 15-Nov-15 22:45:55

Wasn't gruel made from porridge oats?

If that's posh then that prick Oliver should've stopped complaining...

Twowrongsdontmakearight Sun 15-Nov-15 22:45:53

X post!

usual Sun 15-Nov-15 22:46:37

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BaronessEllaSaturday Sun 15-Nov-15 22:47:32

it wasn't about them being posh it was about practicalities, What was said about porridge is that ready brek is preferred as it takes less milk and is quicker to prepare so takes less energy in either gas or electric. The honey is a different one because it can be an acquired taste, I keep honey in myself i use it to glaze carrots and parsnips, I add it to Yoghurt and fruit or if I'm making a hot toddy what I don't do though is spread it on toast because I find it too overpowering by itself. Both porridge and honey are storecupboard ingredients for me but that doesn't make them practical and helpful if you are struggling to feed yourself or your family.

I would quite happily sit down to a meal of baked beans on toast, chick peas on toast just wouldn't have the same appeal, chick peas need additional ingredients to go with them which baked beans don't

Tiggeryoubastard Sun 15-Nov-15 22:47:20

The things I read on here are becoming increasingly out of touch with reality (ok, my reality, but I do mix with an extremely wide range of people), and that's not counting the 90% of posts I suspect to be false

usual Sun 15-Nov-15 22:47:24

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