Category : Food
Temporarily in the UK several weeks after the Brexit vote, I noted there were differences to be seen in London. Everyone had an opinion on the result, obviously, and no hesitation in telling everyone else about it. Newspapers were full of the impending end of the world as we knew it, and – most painfully – our about to be new tenants ran back to Brazil despite having signed a contract which had entailed us buying them furniture we absolutely did not need for ourselves.
Amid the gloom, it was nice to find something that made me laugh…
There on the supermarket shelf was the confectionery version of a raspberry blown in the direction of the EU. Mr Kipling’s French Fancies, renamed for the brave new post Brexit world.
It was hilarious to see an update on the sort of national pride which was most famously seen in the USA both when German favourite sauerkraut was re-christened ‘Liberty Cabbage’ during the Second World War, and more recently when Republican representative Boy Ney tried to launch a resolution banning the use of the term ‘French fries’ in favour of ‘Freedom fries’. (The crime of the French? Failing to believe in the WMD hype of 2003, and voicing concerns about the proposed US invasion of Iraq.)
I expect that ‘British’ Fancies were a summer special, and the ‘French’ version are back in stock by now, but they put a smile on my face on a bad day, and for that I was very grateful!