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Thank you and goodbye

December 31, 2011

Lees food:
09.45 Toast x2
15.10 Ham and Mustard Sandwich x2
19.00 Crisps, Doritos, Pringles, 2 slices of chocolate orange

Toms food:
11:40 bread
15:45 chicken and bacon sandwich
19:00 crisps, Doritos, Pringles, mint.

Remember this moment, it will go down in history… Probably. Here’s some of our inebriated readers over the year:

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Last time

December 30, 2011

Tomorrow will see the last proper post on one chicken nugget. It will then be 2012, and the end of the world or something if you believe that film. I wonder what the first thing I will eat ‘off the record’ in a year will be?!

Today’s food:

Yogurt and granola
Mulligatawny soup and bread
Sausage casserole, sprouts, potato, carrot

Then There Was One…

December 30, 2011
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Tomorrow marks the very final day of One Chicken Nugget. In for 364 days now, every single item that has been eaten by Tom and I has been collated and shortly after the last item is eaten we shall have some fun playing around with infographics of exactly what we’ve eaten. For example it’s very likely our most eaten food is:

22 Bags of Skittles
53 Croissants and 53 Pizzas
64 Bowls of Weetabix
110 Bananas
125 Clementines

And the winner is:

Toast (294 Pieces)

I’ll be ‘toasting’ in the new year with Tom tomorrow and celebrating with plenty of Champagne and of course a Plymouth Gin at Midnight! Happy New Year tomorrow if you don’t catch our final post before the ticks into 2012!

Eaten Today:

08.10 Toast Bagel and Scrambled Egg
15.40 Greggs Sausage Roll x2
20.25 Very Italian Bacon Taglettelli (including garlic, basil, bacon, red onion, white onion, oregano, courgette and lots of tomato).
Also 14 Celebrations (4 bounty, 8 Mars, 1 Snickers, 1 Milkyway).

Winter Berries – Do We Need Them?

December 30, 2011
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One of the very last guest blogs of the year is bought to you from Berry Buddies

Berry Berries

Berries were traditionally a seasonal treat in the UK. This season was defined by the 4-6 week availability of strawberries, mainly through the month of June. Improved growing techniques, new varieties and modern technology mean that UK strawberries are now on the shelves 40+ weeks of the year. It is even possible to have fresh berries grown in the UK available all the way through the winter. However this would involve a significant amount of supplementary heat and light, rendering the cost of production too high for consumers to afford the berries.

Today’s culture means that the average shopper expects to be able to find berries twelve months of the year. This desire is mostly satisfied by imported fruit. Sceptics will say that berries imported over the winter period lack the flavour of their homegrown counterparts. Indeed it would be true to say that the length of time in transport is longer than for UK production. However the advent and improvement of cool chain logistics has meant that the freshness of imported winter berries is now far greater than it was in the past.

So from where do these berries emanate? The answer is far and wide but some countries dominate depending on the type of berry. Winter strawberries are often grown in Spain where berry quality has improved dramatically in recent times and excellent transport links mean that the time between picking and consumption is now minimised. Look out for improved tasting Spanish strawberries such as San Andreas (www.sanandasstrawberry.com) and Sabrosa. You will also see strawberries from Egypt. Raspberries also mainly arrive on these shores from Spain. Just five years, arrivals were dominated by the variety Glen Lyon. This is still around but there are now also many other types that offer improved eating quality, not least Erika, http://www.erikaraspberry.com.

There has been a very significant surge in the consumption of blueberries in recent times. The natural shelf-life of a blueberry fruit is greater than that of other soft fruits, meaning that shipping around the world is facilitated. Winter blueberries are most often seen from South American countries such as Chile and Argentina. The production of blueberries is also on the increase in Spain and these berries can be found later in the winter time.

A major success in winter berries has been blackberries. In fact, it is often stated that imported blackberries are more flavoursome than the home produced types. The majority of imported blackberries hail from central Mexico. A mind boggling 20.000 acres of blackberries are produced in this area, almost every one of them being the variety Tupy. This variety has higher levels of sweetness than most of the berries grown in the UK, but is not perfect as it can have a background of a bitter after taste. However the UK blackberry market has seen tremendous growth during the winter months based on this cultivar. There is a lot of work now taking place to develop better eating types for these particular months.

In these times of 24 hour supermarkets and the expectation that berries will be available 52 weeks of the year, it is vital that better tasting berries are developed to meet consumers’ demands in the winter months.

Rest assured, this work is taking place with the aim of having super tasting berries 12 months of the year.

Thanks once again to Berry Buddies !

Forgetting to eat

December 29, 2011

Today I haven’t eaten. Until I remembered that is.

17:10 chilli rice crackers
18:45 lasagne chips salad garlic bread

Top 10 Bottles of Bubbly for New Year

December 29, 2011
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Today’s i article is well worth a read before the big night:

1. Freixenet Elyssia Rosado Cava

£14.99, waitrose.com

Silence your inner snob, this Freixenet rosé is actually a fine alternative to champagne. The wine is made in the standard champagne manner – although in addition to the pinot noir they’ve also added some trepat grapes for a tart berry-rich finish.

Continue Reading…

Eaten Today:

08.17 Toasted Bagel
13.30 Red Thai Chicken Wraps
19.20 Lasagne & Chips
Also Frozen Celebrations, Chocolate Truffles and Jelly Beans

Thanks for the Memories!

December 28, 2011
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It’s worth starting today’s post by reiterating Tom’s points [click here to read], the memory of starting OCN seems very fresh in my mind and I’m sure Laura could reel of countless times when my time could have been used more productively/ preferably. So like Tom said thanks to everyone who has stumbled across this and stopped to take a look, and a greater thanks to everyone how has either had to put up with Tom and my new found obsession with anything food related or indeed guest posted themselves!

In an equally reflective manor I thought I would repost one of my favourite nuggets from the last year written collaboratively by Tom and I:

Dear Americano Plymouth

Hope you enjoy!

Eaten Today:

09.30 Grilled Tomato and Mushrooms on Toast
13.10 Cheese Roll
14.00 Chocolates lying around the house
18.50 Poppadoms, Chicken tikka biryani, After Eight

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