The British Jubilee Feast
So out came the little pieces of fat and processed meat:
the sausage rolls,
the ham and pineapple on sticks, the tomatoes and cubes of cheddar cheese,
the mini sausages and
scotch eggs and chicken drumsticks...
and my father was in junk food heaven.
And then, for 'afters':
swiss rolls (in red white and blue), French fancies,
Maryland cookies with candy-coated chocolate chips and Battenburg cake.
As I put them out I noticed that each one of these British foods is named after some foreign place - which made me wonder if the Swiss prefer their cakes in a roll, or the Marylanders insist on cookies defined by their chocolate chips, or the Germans are susceptible to a square of marzipanned and coloured sponge cake. After a little in-depth research I can report that the cubes of sponge with white blob of 'cream' and lividly coloured icing is the result of Mr Kipling's fancy rather than an French one because Hodmandod Majorette assured me that she had never heard or seen such things for sale in France.
Poor Hodmandod Majorette! To think she has swapped all the delights of French cuisine for this...but the valiant girl assured me she liked it too and ate it all with as much relish as the rest of us.