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On this Wednesday’s episode of The Only Way Is Essex a.k.a. TOWIE (which I  just finished watching in ITV Player ’cause I missed it) , in a conversation with Kirk, Joey Essex asked:

“Asparagus? Is that broccoli?”

Erm, no Joey. Asparagus is asparagus. Just like broccoli is broccoli. He clearly hasn’t got a clue about his fruit and veg. Too busy being, looking and smelling “reem”,  I suppose. Now, if he had asked if asparagus was LIKE broccoli then he wouldn’t have come across so dopey. That one simple word ‘like’, which is so over used in Essex (though usually as an unnecessary additional word in the middle or at the end of a sentence), would have made such a difference. Nonetheless, you’ve got to love him for being him.

Oh, and don’t even get me started with Arg’s “How can he call us dumb and dumber? I’ve got 8 GCSEs!!”. Oh Lord!


The ‘Maggi – So Juicyadvert seemed to be popping up on TV enough times for me to take serious notice so I decided to purchase a pack to see what all the fuss was about. I bought the ‘paprika for chicken‘ sachet from Tesco for 65p.

I did exactly as instructed in the ad (well, the back of the packet): Take the bag > Add in some chicken (cleaned and skinned beforehand– I can’t stand meat with skin on) > Pour in the recipe mix > tie it up > pop it in the dish > and bake it in the oven.

Just before I put it in the oven, my mind triggered back to the advert. It’s apparently “so juicy that you don’t even have to add oil”. I poured a little inside just to be safe. Dry meat doesn’t go down my throat. I also added some extra seasoning of my own just in case the  paprika didn’t live up to my expectations. “Thyme and all purpose seasoning should do the job”, I thought to myself.

It took about an hour to cook properly, during which time I regularly brought it out to give it a good shake, making sure every one of those drumsticks was getting its fair share of juice.

So juicy, eh? I’ll be the judge of that. As it so happens, it actually was. I had it with roast potatoes and mixed vegetables.

Now, as tasty the chicken was, all the product is, in essence, is some seasoning in a packet that comes with a heat- resisitant plastic bag. Therefore, I need not buy the other flavours in the range. I can simply use my own seasoning, put it in a heat-proof bag and voila! I’d have the same results. Glad I tried it though. Satisfied my curiosity.

Have you tried anything culinary advertised on TV recently? Did it live up to your expectations or not?


Walkers' new cajun squirrel flavoured crisps

Now, I’m not a lover of crisps but when a colleague of mine bought a pack of Walkers‘ new flavour of crisp- cajun squirrel- I was quite tempted to try it. My verdict? Well, it didn’t tantalise my tastebuds, that’s for sure. It quite simply tastes like chicken.

Celebrity chef, Heston Blumenthal was part of a panel of judges who picked the flavour as part of the ‘Walkers’ Do Us A Flavour’ challenge. Other wackey flavours on choice for snackers include crispy duck, onion bhaji, fish and chips, and builder’s breakfast.

Squirrel eating died out in Britain in the 19th century…could it be put back on the toffs’ dinner party menues? I think not.