Something On A Plate

There was not much on the shelf

A few bits of veg – some pasta – and not much else

But with some creative chopping

And herbs thrown in – Chef had an idea where to begin

And with a sauce made with tomato and prayer

He served the dish of “gourmet fare”

For it’s not so much what goes on the plate

Be sure they’re hunger and make them wait


Castle Carvery

Padre’s Ramblings

I have on several occasions reviewed meals at various outlets of the Toby Carvery chain. With no Toby nearby, my wife and I decided to give the Castle Carvery chain a try. Since we were staying in Sprowston, the Castle at the Racecourse was ideally placed.

The carvery options and prices were very similar to Toby’s but the Castle also had a more extensive table menu as well. My wife had the standard 2 meats carvery (pork and beef on this occasion), while I had the veggie option which included a cheese topped vegetable dish which reminded my very much of moussaka.

The meats were well cooked, and the veg plentiful. It being the Christmas season Brussels sprouts were a feature, and with the addition of broccoli, and two types of cauliflower there was some risk of the Saffir-Simpson scale being used later, but all-in-all it was very nice.

The Racecourse has a bar area which we found a bit loud, but the dining room/carvery area was relaxed and comfortable. There is also a children’s play facility with ball pool, etc. attached to the pub.

This is a worthwhile pace for a filling, tasty dinner (or lunch) if in the Broads, and I would say it competes well with its Toby rivals.


Warm Comfort

As I sit before my bowl of porridge

Contemplating its warmth sublime

I can appreciate this simple pottage

So often under-rated at breakfast time

It is though so warm and filling

Both cold and hunger it does decrease

And on mornings like this one

It is a grand as any feast


Turkey Day

Today’s the day that all the Yanks

Eat turkey, and pie, and profess their thanks

Parades and football give them something to do

As leftovers are prepared

To be repeated for a day or two

And if all that is not enough for them

In a month and a day – they’ll do it all again




Some say tomato

Or is that tomato?

Both are easier to say

Than Solanum lycopersicum

It’s described as a fruit

Well, at least by some

It is an argument as yet – still to be won

Placed is a sauce savory

And served as a veg

Is a better idea than with bananas

Or with a watermelon wedge