It’s beginning to look at bit like Christmas…

It’s beginning to look at bit like Christmas…so it is time again for the Mekon annual food Christmas audit.

Mekon Christmas 2019 Mince PiesThe Mekon team have once again conducting a seasonal food audit. This year our independent panel are tasting cranberry sauce and mince pies (not together) on sale this December in the UK supermarkets including Aldi, Lidl, Sainsburys, Marks & Spencer and Waitrose to help you make the right decision on what to serve your guests this Christmas.

For cranberry sauce we assessed presentation, thickness of sauce, level of spice, sweetness, quality of fruit, overall impression. For mince pies we looked at presentation, “butteriness” of pastry, crumbliness, quality of filling, sweetness, citrus, spice, aroma and overall impression. In addition, the amount of packaging is also being taken into consideration and its’ impact on the environment.

Mince Pie Results from 1st place to last place:

Day 6 ALDI 67.71%
Day 7 CO-OP 64.79%
Day 8 M & S 62.88%
Day 2 MORRISONS 58.91%
Day 3 WAITROSE 58.33%
Day 4 ASDA 58.33%
Day 1 SAINSBURYS 56.94%
Day 5 TESCO 53.75%

Cranberry Sauce Results from 1st place to last place:

Day 3 CO-OP 67.25%
Day 5 ASDA 66.44%
Day 7 Waitrose 65.31% (very tart )
Day 6 M&S 58.98% (could have been mistaken for jam)
Day 4 MORRISONS 48.26%
Day 8 OCEAN SPRAY 48.18% (did two tastings off the same but different very different result)
Day 1 OCEAN SPRAY 29.38%

Merry Christmas everyone.

Did you know in Cockney Rhyming slang for mince pies is an alternative word for eyes?

Can you “Adam” it’s nearly Christmas? A time to rest your “plates” and relax your “minces” whilst drinking a cup of “Rosie”. Does all this have you scratching your “loaf”? It will if you’re not familiar with Cockney rhyming slang – London’s once secret language.

How does it work?

Rhyming slang works by taking a common word and using a rhyming phrase of two or three words to replace it. For example, instead of using the word ‘look’ the rhyming phrase ‘butcher’s hook’ is used. To make things that little bit more confusing for you, the second word – the rhyming word – is often completely omitted by the Cockney rhymer. So, you might say “I’m taking a butcher’s at the Christmas tree”, which doesn’t rhyme with ‘look’ at all!

Cockney rhyming slang is thought to have originated in the mid-19th century in the East End of London, by market traders  and street hawkers. It was probably first used to disguise what was being said from passers-by. A true Cockney is someone born within the sound of Bow Bells. (St Mary-le-Bow Church in Cheapside, London).

How good is your Cockney? Test your cockney rhyming slang knowledge below – how many do you know?

Adam and Eve – believe
Apples and pears – stairs
Barnet fair – hair
Butcher’s hook – look
China plate – mate
Dog and bone – phone
Dustbin lid – kid
Hank Marvin – starving
Jack Jones – alone
Jam jar – car
Loaf of bread – head
Mince pies – eyes
Mutt and Jeff – deaf
Plates of meat – feet
Rabbit and Pork – talk
Rosie Lee – tea
Rub-a-dub – Pub
Ruby Murray – curry
Trouble and strife – wife
Whistle and flute – suit