A pudding is a pudding right? I'm talking sticky toffee pud, hot chocolate fudge cake, crumble and custard, you get the picture! (licks lips)
Then there's cheese and biscuits...As I've matured (pun intended) I'm there with the best of them choosing my cheeses for Christmas! But and this is a very big BUT! I'm only sniffing around a cheese board as a nibbly lunch, or as part of our Christmas eve buffet. Not enjoying a delicious meal with a cheeseboard as my dessert! Why would anyone choose cheese over a real pudding?! The nearest I am to understanding this is cheesecake, this is where the line should be drawn! Okay so if we're going to get picky, it's technically cheese on biscuits....but let's not dwell on this small fact, it's sweet, calorific and puddingy (yes my own word feel free to use it)
And speaking of non pudding puddings, you know that moment when you think you know your friends and then wham! they throw something out there that makes you question your friendship... We went for a meal to celebrate our friends birthday this weekend. The food was amazing, we're chatting and laughing and then with wide eyes we peruse the dessert menu. A list of calorific sweetness, the third and final course which will end our meal on a high, two chocolate fondants are ordered and a sticky toffee pudding but our friend looks troubled.
We imagine he's in awe of the tremendous sweet menu before him, he scans it one more time, the decision has to be right! The rest of us await his choice but none of us, not one of us expected to hear,
'I'll have the apple sorbet please'
The three of us are looking at him in confusion, I mean who the hell orders a sorbet for pudding?! Sorbets are freebies to 'cleanse the pallet', Mr Frosty himself can rustle up an icy creation right there in his plastic gut! Even the waiter paused with his pencil assuming he'd mis-heard and once confirmed he actually shuffled into the kitchen, his head hanging down as if he'd just encountered the most disappointing request in his life.
Ten minutes later, the chocolate fondants come out then the sticky toffee pudding and Sorbet Ste (as we now like to call him) sat waiting for his flavoured ice. Politely we sat eating our puds with our eyes when another waiter approached with his pencil and notepad wearing a look of despair.
'Erm is this right? did you order the apple sorbet sir?' he asks.
Obviously the sorbet has never been ordered during his reign! When Sorbet Ste replies (while the rest of us stifle giggles) the waiter apologises profusely whilst frowning and explains they don't have the sorbet today. (Or any other day we suspect, it's probably on the menu to fill some white space!)
So, a big high five to the creme brulee, a dessert which Sorbet Ste had to resort to! A dessert which saved our table's reputation, saved our friendship and possibly encouraged the waiter to let us in next time!
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