In Praise of the Fish and Chips

It has come to my attention, as one entered studenthood, they would most probably encounter a situation – unless they happened to be one of those obscenely rich ones – that in the middle of a bleak winter, with with nary a penny to one’s name, while there’s an upcoming exam or an extra important essay looming ahead, they must also face the fact that at that precise moment, they are also faced with an equally alarming threat. That of the rebellious rumbling tummy to boot!

Disaster! One simply can not think on an empty stomach! That is simply not done.

Now, of course you can say; well they ought to learn money management better and perhaps to cook as well so they will never be in that dire predicament. But I would wager, as for the rest of the student body, that they would be in similar situation. I mean, we’re talking about uni years here, fresh from mommy’s home, off to fend themselves for the first time, do you really think the majority of them would behave logically?

Well… maybe you would. But, it is safe to say, at some point any student would find themselves skint and hungry. What to do?

If, like me, you were in England, the answer is fairly obvious; beans on toast! What else? Frankly, I never got the taste of that I’m afraid. I did once on a sudden bout of nostalgia, took a piece of toast and slathered a healthy serving of beans. Two mouthfuls later I remembered why I only like the idea of it as opposed to the actual partaking of the meal.

So that’s not the solution for me. What then? Am I to withered away my youth until the next bundle of coins find their way to my reticule? Why, of course, the quintessentially British cuisine of Fish and Chips!

Joy!

I adore Fish and Chips. I do. I really do. Nothing quite like braving the gust of chilly winds up a block to our wonderful Chip shop in the corner. Entering the toastily warm shop, waiting for our orders to be wrapped up, nesting the package under our coats to warm our grumbling tummy while we trek back to the hall. Then, once safe in the common kitchen, it is time to tuck in. Oh heaven! Thank you for small mercies.

In all honesty, our Chippy shop is probably not the best in the England, nor Yorkshire, heck, or even the best in the city.  But, as it is the closest from our hovel (okay okay, our equally toasty hall) it is the best Fish and Chip shop in the entire city of Leeds. So there!

How about in other places? My Australian counterpart claimed that they rely extensively on a wonderful creation called; the meat pie. Cheap and filling, this delicacy has saved countless starving students from the brink of extinction during those cold cold winter nights. Practically each and every one of these former Ozzie got glazed eyed when they’re waxing lyrical about this baked goodies.

So of course when I finally got to visit Kangaroo Land I simply must taste this invention. And I did.

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This is it baybeh!

It’s…. interesting. Better than shepherd’s pie, more filling than ramen noodles, cheaper than beer, no wonder they fall in love with the humble meat pie. Perhaps had I gone there to school, I too would be a glazy eyed devotee. Since I didn’t, I pledge allegiance to the aforementioned dish. But since I know what it is like to hanker for something from our youth (yikes! I sound terribly old!), I got some to take back home for my friends. Got very positive reaction from most of them. Glad they do.

But you know what, they have Fish and Chips in Australia! They do! They really do!

Oh my, I am back in heaven!

Of course there are establishments here that can fry fish in a batter served with a portion of chips. But it come on a plate not wrapped up in paper and the ones in Oz does. Well, they are still part of Britain, I suppose that’s why it is so similar to the ones found over there. One bite and I’m in reverie reliving uni days. Of Ellerslie Hall, Hyde Park, Roger Stevens, Eddie Boyle, Parkinson Steps, Casa Latina, Sports Ball, the Dry Dock, the Old Bar and lest we forget the ubiquitous PolyBop! Woohoo!

Be it fish and chips or meat pie, a mighty big cheer to those wonderful creation that sustain and nourish us in our time of needs. The fact that it can turn us from (reasonably) sensible people into poets and lyricist upon a mere mention years after we left Uni… Such, is the power of food.

Now, if I can only find somewhere that serve a decent Yorkshire pudding, I’ll be one happy bunny.

Scrumptious. No?

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World Cup Fever : David Beckham

Sebenarnya dibilang nge-fans berat ama akang Beckham nggak juga sih. Emang betul si akang ini ganteng, cuma metrosexual banget gituh, lebih cihuy groomingnya daripada aye.

Eniwe, selain karena dulu sakolanya di Inggris, temen serumah juga ada yang dari Manchester, jadi kalau soal bola meski dia nggak terlalu hobi temen2 sekampungnya kan demen banget dan tentu kalau Premier League yang dijagokan ya Manchester United lah. Meski waktu itu masih jaman jayanya Ryan Giggs dan mbah Alex Ferguson masih wong biasa aja belon dapet gelar “Sir” tetap aje ngebekas tu percobaan brainwashing para ‘Madchesters” berusaha meyakinkan bahwa Man U is the best!!! Jadi ya meski nggak nonton bola, tetaplah diikuti berita2 si Man U pada ngapain aje, termasuk para pemainnya seperti Beckham inilah.

Karena nggak pernah nonton, sebetulnya saya nggak tau kehebatan dia tu bagaimana. Apalagi pas PD yang kemaren dulu – waktu debutnya Michael Owen – kan dia sempat kena kartu merah tuh gara2 nendang pemain lawan jadilah pers Inggris menjuluki dia “One Stupid Boy” dan dapatlah Brooklyn as a result. Tapi trus kan dia jadi kapten tim Inggris jadi pastilah sebagai pemain dia nggak jelek2 amat. Saya ingat menonton dokumenternya waktu dia baru aja diangkat jadi kapten, waktu itu dia masih sama Man U, trus dia lagi ngobrol ama temannya dirumah en dia bilang kira-kira gini, “Gile bo! Gw jadi Kapten Inggris! Itu pan impian gw dari kecil. Nggak kebayang euy!”

Nah, di PD sekarang ini jadi lebih sering nonton selain karena menemani suami (karena nggak ada pilihan lain sih ) jadilah melihat juga laga tim St. George’s Cross. Baru deh liat oh ya, ternyata dia itu emang pemain yang bagus ya, tendangannya memang lebih akurat dan lebih cihuy dibanding pemain tim lain di posisi yang sama. Juga karena sekarang si Beckham tampangnya lebih dewasa, rambutnya nggak neko-neko, cuma tatonya aja yang ada dimana-mana. Jadi sepertinya dia emang sekarang lebih serius. Dan terbukti kemaren dia yang nge-gol satu-satunya gol buat Inggris. Cantik nian golnya itu, dari free kick pula. Pantaslah dia udah merumput dari remaja, bakatnya emang keren banget.

Okeh deh akang David, kita liat sampai mana dikau bisa menggiring tim anda di PD kali ini.