Monday, March 23, 2009

The cupboard is bare

My sandwich tasted naked.

I opened the new bread and for once it was squashy enough to eat fresh rather than toasted.

(Shhhh, don’t tell anyone, but the Thais aren’t very good at baking bread, it not being an important part of their diet… Unless you go to a five star hotel and buy direct from the bakers but then it costs rather a lot.)

Back to the naked sandwich: there’s no Branston Pickle anywhere in Bangkok – I’ve looked. Alright I haven’t looked everywhere… but I’ve checked out a branch of Villa, a Tops, Gourmet in Emporium and Carrefour. None, nada, nilch.

I am very sad.

15 comments:

Queenie said...

I would be very sad too. Poor JJ. You are in a pickle.

HelenMHunt said...

I wish I could send you some through the ether x

Pat Posner said...

JJ, maybe you can get the raw ingredients easily? If so, there's a great recipe for Branston type pickle here:

http://www.cookipedia.co.uk/wiki/index.php/Branston_pickle_recipe

JJ Beattie said...

Queenie, you are a terrible tease... I feel you aren't taking my crisis seriously, at all.

Oh me too, Helen, but i would clog up those tubes so much.

Pat! You are wonderful. I'm sure I can get most of that. Thank you.

sheepish said...

What a terrible way to start the week, Branston's is very hard to get here too so I make my own. And they won't let you take jars on planes anymore, what is the world coming to?

Flowerpot said...

I'll send some straight over! I agree I love it too.

Lane said...

You poor thing. I'd feel the same way about Victorian chutney - my absolute fav:-)

Debs said...

Do you have any jam? I love jam sandwiches, but hated them as a child.

BT said...

How awful, a cheese sandwich without pickle is naked dreadfulness! Poor you.

Jane Smith said...

If you can't take glass jars onto planes, could you seal the pickle into ziplock bags instead? It's pickle, after all, so it's not like it would need to be sterilised or anything (I think)--doesn't the sugar in it prevent bacteria growing by osmosis?

But, still: poor you. No pickle. I can't eat a sandwich without it. Eugh.

By the way, thank you for participating in my pitch party today (perhaps I should have called it a pickle party!): it's much appreciated.

Derek said...

Sawasdee krup!

I don't think you can buy Branston Pickle here in Canada either.

JJ Beattie said...

Sheepish, it's dreadful isn't it? I should make some...

Flowerpot, please do.

Lane, what is Victorian chutney?

Debs, Jam isn't a problem. We can get Bon Maman here - I don't look at the price... I just buy it. Must. Not. Look. At. The. Price.

BT, I know. It was one of my cravings when I was pregnant with Daughter, and frankly, I've never recovered.

Jane, thank you for checking in here. The pitch party was fabulous, what a brilliant idea. Can you imagine the mess in my case, on my clothes and books, if the ziploc bag punctured?

Sawasdee ka Derek! (I'm impressed) We can usually get it here, and then it disappears. I expect it'll turn up again, but what are my cheese sandwiches meant to do in the meantime? Thanks for coming by.

Simon said...

Very distressing J. But the most important question remains unasked: do you prefer original sized or small chunks? If only I could send only some of the 3 different pots already sitting in my fridge back in rainy London. Enjoy writing that shopping list ready for your trip back. ;-)

JJ Beattie said...

Simon, it IS most distressing. Actually I prefer the big chunks (more crunch, you see: texture is very important) however, Son requests the 'easy spread' teeny weeny chunks. I acquiesce because I'm nice like that. And also as long as the flavour is there, I'm okay.

During my blog break, I've received an email from a very nice woman I don't know, saying she'd spotted it in Villa in Soi 33. I rushed down there to buy some.

When it's unavailable, I'll take big chunks or little chunks without grumbling!

Nice to see you here.

Simon said...

Speaking from distant experience teenage boys will always opt for the easy life and choose easy spread. Not sure if you are aware, but it's even sold now in squeezable plastic packaging that you can point at the bread and squirt.

Dead easy and far less messy.