petite anglaise

August 8, 2004

with scraps please

Filed under: missing blighty — petiteanglaiseparis @ 2:11 pm

Will be airborne in a couple of hours with screaming, wriggling toddler strapped to me and fellow passengers wishing that BMI baby provided complimentary earplugs.

However, it will all be worth it when I get to my destination and unwrap my fish, chips, mushy peas and scraps. ‘Scraps’ would appear to be a Northern delicacy only, as when I lived south of Watford, no-one I met was willing to believe that eating fish shop cupboard scrapings was legal. Southerners have some far stranger practices of their own: curry sauce on the chips, and mushy peas which are the wrong colour (not nearly fluorescent enough). I used to bring the odd can of Bachelors ‘chip shop style’ mushy peas over in my hand luggage, but I have to say that crispy, skinny little French fries just don’t do them justice.

Aahh. I can almost smell them already.

Or maybe the Tadple needs a nappy change?

NB – this bizarre spellchecker integrated into blogger just tried to replace ‘earplugs’ with ‘warbles’? What is a ‘warble’ when it’s at home?


  1. “Warbles” is what Hélène Segara does, in her dreams. The reality is, sadly, “loin de là “.

    Comment by Suziboo — October 7, 2004 @ 2:02 pm

  2. never heard of any warble…

    Negrito | 08.08.04 – 5:18 pm |

    Comment by Negrito — October 8, 2004 @ 9:01 pm

  3. dunno what a warble is, just give me real mushy peas and vinegar…malt vinegar, none of this wine vinegar rubbish!

    Vitriolica Webb | 08.08.04 – 7:29 pm |

    Comment by Vit — October 8, 2004 @ 9:02 pm

  4. doh!

    of course, warble as a verb. missed that completely…

    Comment by petite — October 8, 2004 @ 9:03 pm

  5. There’s an amusing-ish mushy pea anecdote at:

    Personally, I think they’re a crime against peas.

    Tim | 08.08.04 – 9:49 pm |

    Comment by Tim — October 8, 2004 @ 9:03 pm

  6. ????!!!

    Tim, you are from Preston and therefore supposed to be on my side!

    The fish n chips were divine by the way

    (it took me half an hour to write this – sodding qwerty keyboard…)

    petite anglaise | 08.08.04 – 10:55 pm |

    Comment by petite anglaise — October 8, 2004 @ 9:03 pm

  7. you meant you don’t have french qwerty?

    Vitriolica Webb | 08.08.04 – 11:30 pm |

    Comment by Vit — October 8, 2004 @ 9:04 pm

  8. I’m an azerty girl myself.

    Oh and my mum’s dictionary has this to say about warbles:

    n. swelling or abcess beneath the skin on the back of horses, cattle, and other mammals, caused by the presence of the larva of a warble fly (hypoderma bovis).

    Come to think of it, I think BMI baby do provide these. All part of the service.
    petite anglaise | 08.09.04 – 7:38 pm |

    Comment by petite — October 8, 2004 @ 9:05 pm

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