I am really partial to Potted Beef - well that is what we have always called it and I have fond memories of going to my Nan's and for Sunday tea we would have her big home made baps made in the Rayburn and then spread liberally with Potted Beef.
Anyway I was browsing in a very well known Butchers to me, a Butchers from my childhood today in Stamford and went in to have a look around and I espied a tray of what was called meat paste so I asked what it was made of and I was told Beef - so I said Potted Beef and he said yes but I cannot call it that!
So it made me wonder what in fact our Euro Members/MPs whatever you call them, are actually doing when there are many more crucial problems to deal with and fund especially when you hear of a long held British product not being allowed to be called by its proper name but now has to be called "Meat Paste". I am of course talking about Potted Beef. The latest ruling is that because it has an additional ingredient in and is not just Beef it cannot be called Potted Beef. I was bit bewildered by this because I have made Potted Beef at home and it has been made of just Beef - oh and of course salt and pepper which in this country (and many others is known as seasoning). I think I may be missing something here but not being allowed to call a long held favourite by its true name is tantamount to ridiculous just because it has salt and pepper added. What a load of Tommy Rot. Things like that make my blood boil.
This country has many traditional foods which do not need the EU's permission as far as I am concerned. This is interfering in what are traditional foods peculiar to this country and thank god for the little differences and our customs. They are slowly eradicating them one by one so eventually we will all be clone countries. How boring. Before they are finished we will need permission to breathe. Hands off British food.
Oh by the way does anyone know where I can obtain Hogs Pudding round the Peterborough area, my step-son had it at a restaurant and has taken quite a fancy to it.
What are your views about the Potted Beef. Would love to hear from you.
Catch up soon