petite anglaise

November 13, 2004

fatted calves

Filed under: miam — petiteanglaiseparis @ 3:42 pm

Below is a list of what I’ve eaten during my stay in the UK (so far). This is a note to self to remind me what a lump of lard I would become if I lived here permanently…


lunch somewhere over the English Channel:
2 bacon and ketchup rolls (free plane food – one for me, one ‘for Tadpole’)

afternoon snack:
1 cadbury’s flake
1 chocolate covered flapjack bar
2 cups of tea

fish, chips, mushy peas and bread and butter, with ketchup
2 cups of tea


banana fruit loaf and tea

in town shopping, lunch scoffed while walking around:
sausage roll
pork and apple mini sausage roll
bacon and cheese mini sausage roll
iced bun

afternoon tea:
apple doughnut
several cups of tea

dinner at tapas bar:
crema catalana
too much red wine

pre-bed munchies:
apple doughnut


2 crumpets dripping with butter (yum!)

lunch in town:
quiche, coleslaw and pasta salad
half a (huge) slice of lemon meringue pie (shared with my mum)

tea, tea and more tea

I think I should take a leaf out of ‘The Hungry Caterpillar’ and think about having only salad tomorrow. But in the meantime, maybe I’ll stick the kettle on and see if there are any doughnuts left…


  1. Sounds brilliant, especially the fish, chips and mushy peas. I often thought about starting a fish ‘n chip shop here in France but I guess it wouldn’t be appreciated.
    BTW, the french girls at my work usually eat a plate of lentils or some such rubbish for lunch – exactly as you spoke about. Unbelievable. I think they regard poor Hairy as an English pig. Perhaps they’re right !

    Comment by Haiory — November 13, 2004 @ 11:02 pm

  2. When I lived in Italy I used to fantasise about cod all the time. Mmmmm.

    Comment by Claire — November 14, 2004 @ 9:48 am

  3. sounds yummy yummy yummy… however, am not impressed with calorie intake. That’s giving you fatty calves? You need to do more shopping!

    Anyways, about those french girls who don’t gain weight… in my tight circle of french girlfriends, 4 out of the 5 have really great appetites. The one who doesn’t, well she’s a beanpole and she watches what she eats. Girl #1 is insane eater with hole in big toe. She’s a real French Paradox with a Bardot like body. Girl#2 rides a bike all the time so appetite is healthy. The other two girls are rounded on the hips, but that doesn’t stop them from flaunting their Margielas and chowing down on giant chunks of gorgonzola or gobbling kebabs. Me, I’m asian. I don’t gain weight.

    But in general, the french girls don’t have anything more on other girls. There’s just less industrial food here.

    Comment by nardac — November 14, 2004 @ 3:43 pm

  4. Asian people don’t ever gain weight?


    I saw your pictures on flickr by the way. What a babe.

    Comment by petite — November 14, 2004 @ 10:15 pm

  5. You know there’s a little-publicised law of nutrition that says if you eat savoury and sweet things at the same time, they cancel each other out? (I think I read that somewhere…)

    Comment by Deirdre — November 15, 2004 @ 12:07 pm

  6. A few years ago, I wanted to try mushy peas becuase I’d read about them so often. Food was dumped on my plate and I was about to ask where the mushy peas were when I realised that the radioactive green lump nestling next to the fish was it. As for the taste… *shudder*

    Comment by Sierra — November 15, 2004 @ 12:16 pm

  7. I dunno… maybe it’s just my asian family doesn’t gain weight, but don’t think so. I’m not a super healthy eater…chowing down on choucroute, rillettes, butter everywhere, religieuses, gorgonzola, not to mention my liver-depressing alcohol consommation…I kept a food blog for awhile and I had to stop because I started disgusting myself. But since moving to France two years ago, I’ve gained maybe .5kg, which is impressive considering how much more I eat over here…and I’m not sure if I’m any more active than I was in North America. What I’m sure about is that I eat a lot less industrial type foods (like bottled mayo, or canned ravioli…YUM), and more market foods.

    And thanks for the photo comment…that’s like the 40th take in the series. In the immortal words of Donna Summer, “she works hard for the money.”

    Comment by nardac — November 15, 2004 @ 5:21 pm

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