One of the ‘joys’ of Mrs Bob having a broken leg is that I have to go to the supermarket to do the shopping. In the last few weeks I have probably been into Coles more times than I have in the previous five or six years.
I am, of course, given a shopping list to work from and I like to have a quick look through it before I embark on my journey to the store.
On the list the other day was Marmite but, after clarification, I was told it’s not called Marmite here, it’s called…
I was also told to specifically buy Our Mate and not to buy the Australian equivalent which as you know is…
I must make it clear though that Our Mate is not exactly the same as Marmite, there is a very slight difference in the taste. For that reason genuine Marmite brought in to this country from the UK is like a tiny little pot of gold in these parts among aficionados of this spread; it has even been used here to win friends and influence people.
My search for Our Mate
So there I was, in the store, wandering from aisle to aisle, looking for Our Mate. Be fair, it’s a very small jar. Having little luck, I telephoned Mrs Bob from my mobile.
“Where is it?”
The answer surprised me a little, I was told it was in the ‘English Section’. The ‘English Section’?
Now I was looking for something much bigger, something with an exciting name; the ‘English Section‘.
Aisles and aisles later, I was still looking for the ‘English Section’. At that point I had to do something no bloke ever wants to do. I had to ask for directions.
In a supermarket!
A kindly lady walked me directly to the ‘English Section’…
With a small jar of Our Mate thrown into my shopping basket, I decided to have a good look around this ‘English Section’.
Here’s what I thought of it…
- Lyle’s Golden Syrup – I wouldn’t be who I am today if it were not for Lyle’s Golden Syrup; how else would I have been able to eat my porridge and grow up to be big and strong?
- PG Tips – Is there any other English tea worth mentioning?
- Coleman’s Mustard – Original English of course. It’s tasty!
- Yorkie Bars – I actually remember a time before Yorkie Bars; life was grey and dull and then all of a sudden Yorkie Bars hit the shops and there was colour!
- Yorkshire Puddings – How can you have Sunday roast without them?
- Paxo Stuffing – Ditto.
- Weetabix – (Another name change apparently, called Whole Wheat Biscuits here); Weetabix (and sugar) rescued me from porridge and syrup!
As for the rest of it, I couldn’t care less, but I have to say for a very small ‘English Section’ it brought back some quite fond memories.
And on that note, it’s time for an ad break..