Apparently everyone wants to "eat clean" these days. By eating "clean", this means not getting it all over yourself.
Okay, I'm messing with you. Messy-ing with you.. Get it? Clean, Messy...
(Hem, not funny.)
I've had a little bit of trouble with these food fanatics who start eating really healthily and make everyone believe that flour makes you bloat, sugar makes you hyper, butter makes you fat and everything in between doesn't do you wonders for you either.
I have always been mesmerised by how high the service is in developing countries, especially in Asia. I am writing this blog post from Hoi An in the north of Vietnam, where you walk into any shop and they will greet you with extreme politeness, ask where you are from and be completely at your disposal to ensure you get what you walked in for.
I supposed, along with many potential ideas that the main reason behind this is that most people selling products (be it food, drink, clothes or other services) are also the owners of the business, whereas in Britain, the business owner and the sales person are very different entities and perhaps do not even know each other.
Last year, my parents phoned me telling me that neighbours of ours were opening up a supper club. My dad (being the crazy old neighbour he is) even knocked on neighbour Ollie's door to put him on the phone to me so I could talk to him about their supper club. Our neighbour told me that they were always keen to grow their foodie network and I should pop in to a pop up when I was back popping.
The art of dining is not hard to master,
so many things seem filled with the intent
to be dined that their sugar may not be caster.
If you're ever stuck for an aperitivo idea I have the answer.
Gougères are little cheese puffs made with chou pastry, they are in fact the savoury version of "chouquettes" (light sugary wonders that you pop into your mouth.) These cheesy wonders entertain that gap between hunger and dinner time.