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How is beans on toast a treat?

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kit05 · 22/11/2019 14:09

Saw someone on here the other day said they were having beans on toast as a "treat".

Why is this a treat? Is it due to salt and sugar in them ?

This was staple of my student diet, not sure I see it as a treat , more so that times are hard.

Any other treats ?

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isabellerossignol · 22/11/2019 16:44

I'm desperate for a home grown lentils and massive salad mumsnetter to start a YouTube channel where they taste the food of the masses.

I can see it now. Opening the Angel Delight packet and getting the powder all over them. Then making it up and tasting it suspiciously before declaring that she expected it to taste more like panacotta.

Quick taste of Cathedral City cheddar and 'oh, it's got a stronger flavour than the Comte that I usually buy...'

chipsychopsy · 22/11/2019 16:44

This place is a hotbed of batshit disorder eating, or a lot of people lying.

Beans on toast is a great meal option. Cheap, quick, nutritionally good, and even fussy eaters enjoy it.

isabellerossignol · 22/11/2019 16:45

Actually, for all my mocking, I love beans on toast. And I also love lentils. And salad...

Rickandportly · 22/11/2019 16:45

Low carb here - beans on toast is a lovely day off the diet treat!

perplexedagain · 22/11/2019 16:47

I had beans on toast last night - what's the problem?

Longdistance · 22/11/2019 16:48

My dds had beans on toast last night, with grated cheese on top.

Now, fish finger sandwich with runny fried egg 😋

Gasp0deTheW0nderD0g · 22/11/2019 16:49

isabelle Grin

kateandme, how dare you doubt me?

randomchap · 22/11/2019 16:49

My wife couldn't stand beans so whenever she went out for dinner and left me at home I'd have beans on toast. Anything can be a treat if you have it rarely.

phoenixrosehere · 22/11/2019 16:53


Would never ever consider it a treat, but then the sight and thought of it grossed me out. I like beans and I love toast but not those kind and definitely not on toast.

Ferretyone · 22/11/2019 16:55

Now cold baked beans out of the tin, that's another matter!

To make baked beans even vaguely palatable else these days you need to add what they took out. Salt, sugar [yes the horror of it] and some tomato puree or - at a pinch - ketchup.

Then to convert it to super baked beans. Freshly toasted good white bread with butter. Hot beans on top topped with grated good cheese and sliced raw tomatoes.

You will note - I hope - that I am a gourmet Shock

isabellerossignol · 22/11/2019 16:55

If I were having beans on toast, I'd actually be having beans beside toast, because I don't like stuff on toast, just with it.

Wonder what that would be called on Masterchef. Haricot beans with a tomato reduction, pres d'un piece of toast perhaps?

dreichwinter · 22/11/2019 17:02

It would be a treat for me.
Living in the USA hienz baked beans are hard to get and very expensive!

GorgonzolaTombola · 22/11/2019 17:03

It's a treat because it has to be paid for in flatulence.

Babybel90 · 22/11/2019 17:04

I think it’s a treat because you don’t have it often but enjoy it. I have a pot noodle once a year on our camping holiday as a ‘treat’. Technically I could have one every day if I wanted but they’re junk so I don’t!

dancinginthekitchen · 22/11/2019 17:06

My daughter and I had it for lunch today. It’s a treat to have when you arrive home cold and wet and need a quick hot lunch or tea, or perhaps are a bit upset and need something comforting and familiar that doesn’t take much preparation - I love it, but it is a treat!

Slazengerbag · 22/11/2019 17:06

It’s a treat for me. It’s comfort food. If I’m feeling under the weather beans on toast is my pick me up. Toast with real butter, beans with cheese stirred in whilst they are cooking and a poached egg on top. Love it 😊

Thehop · 22/11/2019 17:07

It’s a treat for me on weight watchers because it’s really high in points.

RuffleCrow · 22/11/2019 17:09

It's a treat for the person who doesn't have to think about cooking!

Thinkingabout1t · 22/11/2019 17:11

Of course it's a treat if it's something you love and don't eat very often. It doesn't matter what it is.
My favourite comment on this thread so far, Zara. Simple pleasures.

Ragwort · 22/11/2019 17:12

I think it’s a typical Mumsnet inverse snobbery at its best, of course I cook from scratch every night, we all love sea bass and quinoa, once in a while I might serve (organic) beans on (wholemeal) toast to give myself a night off cooking.

No one I know, poncey middle class types, cooks from scratch every single night. Hmm

SchadenfreudePersonified · 22/11/2019 17:13

It's not a 'treat' in terms of monetary value, treat yourself to something posh, more like treat yourself to something easy, crappy and comforting.


Cheap, easy, delicious and actually not that bad nutritionally, surely?

There's protein as well as carbs in them thar beans, and they are full of fibre which is also good for your digestion. You can put bit of cheese or a poached egg on them if you fancy jazzing them up (I don't - I'm a purist in these matters) and increasing their nutrition value even more.

Bouledeneige · 22/11/2019 17:15

To me it's comfort food and rather nice when you don't fancy a big meal. Has resonance with childhood. My kids love it too.

SchadenfreudePersonified · 22/11/2019 17:15

Sorry Slazenger - didn't realise you'd already mentioned the cheese and egg.

(Reading backwards up the thread - as you do!)

SchadenfreudePersonified · 22/11/2019 17:17

Wonder what that would be called on Masterchef. Haricot beans with a tomato reduction, pres d'un piece of toast perhaps?

"Pres d'un piece du pain brûlée" maybe Isabelle

'Tis starting to sound quite exotic . . . Grin

SchadenfreudePersonified · 22/11/2019 17:19

I'm also longing to watch your YouTube "Is this what poor people eat?" channel Isabelle - sounds like a winner to me!

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