April 20th, 2010

Tea-drinker par excellence

Flavour Cup #1 - American Cheeseburger

It's been difficult in finding the new Walkers' flavours but our local Sainsbury is stocking 6 of the flavours. I may have to take a detour to Clapham Junction tomorrow to get some of the others in Asda.

So. When you open the packet and sniff, what you mostly get is the odour of pickles, slightly vinegary and fairly sweet. These are vegetarian crips, regardless of what the flavour might be, so I wasn't expecting full on steak. When you taste them the initial flavour is hard to pin down. It's a mix of sweet and savoury, again with overtones of pickle, perhaps some tomato in there too. Then as that fades, you do get the meaty taste of burger towards the back of your tongue. None of this last very long but I would say that this is an incredible achievement to get all the aromas of a cheeseburger in one vegetarian snack. It's a good start.

Reading - The Devil's Paintbrush

This is a short book by Jake Arnott of The Long Firm and He Kills Coppers fame. I've not read or seen anything of his before but I'd heard good things, especially about the research and the period feel. It's an historical story, the meeting of Major-General Sir Hector Macdonald and Aleister Crowley. The first guy is the man on the Camp Coffee jar and a hero in Scotland, the second, well you know.

It's a good book technically, the story is well told and the characters work, including the secondary characters such as Baden-Powell and Astrid but it never really gets going and as such is too insubstantial. But as it's short it's still worth a few hours on the bus.