Fish and chip pie

Fish and Chip Pie

Say what? Marks and Spencer has created the first ever fish and chip pie?! Tell me more!

The box boasts, “A layer of minted pea puree, cod chunks in a béchamel based tartar sauce, topped with thick cut fries and smoked sea salt in a shortcrust pastry.” What kind of mad scientist created this amalgamation?!

Fish and chip pie

What do you think? Yay or nay? Would you try this?

On another note, Marks and Spencer are offering free delivery to the USA for items over £30 for a limited time, with promo code USDELIVERY. Please note that this doesn’t include fish and chip pie. :)

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Busy as a bee

Ah, it’s been one of those crazy busy weeks at work and on the home front, juggling and trying to stay afloat (and mixing metaphors in the process!).

Oh yeah, and I’ve discovered “True Detective,” and have been a veritable junkie, huffing episode after episode.

I’m reminded today that I may need to employ the Sherlock method of memory to keep my checklists in check and my to-dos done. Happy Tuesday!

Be Quiet Sherlock sign

RIP Sue Townsend

The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole aged 13 3/4It was very sad news to hear that British author Sue Townsend passed away this week. Her series of books featuring teenager Adrian Mole have been legendary (I suppose she’s the British Judy Blume?!).

If you haven’t had the privilege of reading any of her writing, I’d suggest starting at the beginning with “The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Aged 13 3/4.”

In the meantime, check out some of Adrian Mole’s best moments, courtesy of New Statesman.

The cronut spawns in London

dosant
The new trend for cross-breeding pastries has reached London. From the Townie (a brownie-slash-tart) to the Dosant (half doughnut, half croissant) and the Duffin (a doughnut/muffin fusion), these hybrid sweets are going down a treat.

And so begins this utterly delightful and mouthwatering read on BBC.co.uk. Have you tried any of these? They’ve arrived in the U.K. and sound amazing (I do have a sweet tooth!)

Read more about the latest cronut spawns!

International Pillow Fight Day

International Pillow Fight Day

Oh, London! I love you for your utter whimsy! Check out the celebration that took place this weekend in Trafalgar Square to mark International Pillow Fight Day. Organised by Urban Playground Movement, the fight rules were simple: don’t hit anyone with a camera and don’t hit anyone without a pillow.

International Pillow Fight Day

International Pillow Fight Day

International Pillow Fight Day

International Pillow Fight Day

British People’s 13 Greatest Fears

Fear of heights

A new YouGov survey has revealed the 13 things that the British public fear the most, with fear of heights, fear of snakes and fear of public speaking in the top 3. Read the full list.

But I particularly like Huffington Post’s comedic take of this. “That someone will push in front of us in a queue” ranked #1, with “That someone will go in for a second kiss on the other cheek” at #2 and “That Stephen Fry may be wrong about something” at #3. Read their full list.

Is your greatest fear on the list?

Introducing Flormite

Flormite

This came up in my Facebook feed this morning:

Introducing Flormite, the perfect Flora and Marmite pairing in 1 tub. Available in light, medium or dark – how strong will you go?

Aw, I know this was an April Fools joke, but I really wish it wasn’t…

The pitfalls of marrying an American woman/British man

Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin

In light of the Gwyneth and Chris Martin split, the Daily Telegraph has taken it upon itself to do some deep digging into the British man/American woman match, which I touched on last week. I absolutely ate it up!

Here’s journalist Sally Peck’s piece, “Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin split: The pitfalls of marrying a British man.”

And here’s writer/comedian/British husband Tom Cowell’s piece, “Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin split: The pitfalls of marrying an American woman.”

Woo! Enjoy :)

Dan Croll and “Home”

Dan Croll

On “All Things Considered” yesterday, NPR featured British singer-songwriter Dan Croll, a native Stoke-on-Trent resident who has since made himself home in Liverpool. After returning home to see his family in Stoke-on-Trent, he wrote this lovely song “Home,” which just oozes comfy, warm loveliness.

Listen to the full story and watch the full video for “Home.”

The end of Gwyneth and Chris

Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin

When I heard that Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin were separating after 10 years of marriage, I can’t say that it come as a huge surprise. And yet Gwyneth’s quintessentially Britishness has been so rooted to her marriage to Chris that the idea that that they are “consciously uncoupling” is kind of unsettling.

If there’s anything that I find endearing about her, it is her pseudo-British quality. That properness of her that makes most people haters. I like the fact that she married an Exeter boy and the idea that she became an anglophile and raised her family in England. She is invariably my favorite non-British British person and I’m admittedly a little sad that she could be shacked up in the near future with a non-Brit and unwind herself from the British scene altogether.

Unless she ends up with Robert Downey Jr. because they are just ridiculously adorable together (which is unlikely since he is still married and good for him! Keep that going!) then I don’t wanna know. Certainly, don’t tell me she’s going to Chateau Marmont with anyone on Lindsay Lohan’s sex list. Please.

If you’re looking for me, I’ll be gorging myself on her dad’s recipe for pancakes (which I think are my favorite homemade pancake recipe of all time) with extra maple syrup and mourning the loss.

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