Cafés. Remember them? It seems not so long ago that we could meet a friend for a coffee and a cake, or perk up a trip to the shops with a timely cup of tea… In fact, it was a week ago today that the UK government closed all sit-down dining venues, including restaurants, pubs,…

White eggs

In the UK, our breakfast eggs are brown. In the US, they’re white. Is there any actual reason for this?

Turkey twizzlers

Once a school lunchtime staple, the processed meat spirals passed into oblivion under the withering heat of Jamie Oliver’s stare. Some members of the public, however, believe they should return.

Free school milk

Free milk for schoolchildren sounds like a marvellous idea. Give them strong bones, boost their brains… Sounds great on paper. The reality was a little more squidgy.


Kellogg’s has announced it is discontinuing one of its breakfast cereals from January 2018. Bye bye, Ricicles!


Their name was evocative of bright lights, bewitching dazzles of sparkle on tulle, glitter under the chandeliers as you drank your champagne. Items that were in short supply when these sweets were launched in 1948, the same year that George Orwell looked into the future and saw nothing but a grim dystopia.

Russian salad

I’m not talking about the salad that was invented in the 1860s by Lucien Olivier, the chef of the Hermitage in Moscow.

No, I’m talking about boiled diced vegetables.