In Celebration of Food

Recently, the wonderful food writer and eat what you want advocate, Ruby Tandoh wrote a piece about the nostalgia of food. The simple kind of food that gives you instance gratification. That makes you feel safe and at home and easily fills you with joy. And most importantly the kind of food that makes you feel like you. She talked about Mars Bars and cheddar cheese a lot (girl after my own heart/stomach). Whilst, I’m generally in love with food 99.9% of the time, her piece rekindled my love of food even more. It reminded me that it is only to be enjoyed. That it is never to feel guilty about and that it is a privilege that I have easy, ready access to it. In honour of food and the simple, but wonderful pleasures it brings, I have written a list of food that gives me great oral pleasure (maybe I should reword that sentence, but Imma just gonna leave it as it is). It’s a very personal list, as what food brings you comfort and makes you feel at home, can only be unique to yourself.

Hot crumpets oozing with butter (never margarine).

Jacket potato with baked beans (always Heinz), cheese and yes lots of butter.

Seasonal strawberries and sugar served at room temperature.

Fried halloumi cheese, nicely browned on both sides.

Thin pancakes served on Pancake Day with sugar and freshly squeezed lemon.

Baked bananas with chocolate chips and mini marshmallows down the middle, so it’s nice and gooey when you open up the banana.

Mum’s roast dinner, with the roast potatoes done just right.


Enjoying one of Mum’s roast dinners on Christmas Day in (possibly) 1979. Yes I am the rosy cheeked child and yes that is a bottle of Brut aftershave in the back ground.

Mum’s macaroni cheese with more cheese than necessary.

Homemade bread, still warm, so the butter slightly melts with raspberry jam.

Marmite soldiers dipped in a boiled egg.

Crunchie ice creams.


Tunnock’s Teacakes

Hot chocolate overflowing with mini marshmallows

Fish and chips from the local chippy or eaten at the seaside in the wind.

Toasted brioche with Nutella and mascarpone

Fluffy pancakes served with strawberries and maple syrup on a lazy Sunday morning.

Pret’s chocolate mousse

Sweet potato fries dipped in Mayo.

Wensleydale cheese with cranberries on a digestive biscuit

Thornton’s Mini Caramel Shortcake Bites

Scottish Shortbread

Cinnamon and raisin bagels with, you’ve guessed it, lots of butter.

Marks & Spencer’s Raspberry jelly pots.

Plain bagels toasted with cheese and marmite.

Egg fried rice from the local Chinese takeaway. Preferably eaten whilst drunk.

Spaghetti served in any which way.

Walkers Prawn Cocktail crisps (the Daddy of crisps).

Homemade apple and blackberry crumble served with hot custard.

Maltesers in the cinema.

Bangers and mash with really creamy mash, gravy and peas.

Scones (pronounced like phone, no need to correct me) with BUTTER, jam and clotted cream.

Betty’s Fat Rascals.

Moist chocolate brownies. Oh yes. Moist.

Vegetable Korma with pilau rice and garlic naan bread dipped in mango chutney.

Pizza Express Fiorentina pizza (no olives thanks)

Fresh warm doughnuts served with sugar and cinnamon. This one is officially better than sex.

Nectarines in summer.

Clementines in winter.

Dad’s green beans from the garden.

Cheese and pineapple sticks, straight from the 80s.

Plain chocolate hobnobs

Rich tea biscuits dipped in tea (most underrated biscuits ever)

Lemon curd yogurt

Fishfinger sandwiches (please ignore Em Linthorpe’s view on fishfingers. She knows nothing).

Chocolate buttons.

Licked cake batter off of a wooden spoon.

Marks and Spencer’s Percy Pigs (my version of crack)

Cadbury’s Creme Eggs (I lied. These are my crack)

Nobbly Bobbly ice lollies.

Orange Smarties

Green & Blacks Dark Chocolate

Toasted marshmallows, slightly burnt

Corn on the cob. Lots of butter.

Prawn Cocktail in a glass.

Wagamama’s Katsu Curry

McVitie’s Jamaica Cake

Pub lasagne with bubbling cheese on top served with garlic bread and a token bit of salad (and I always eat every single scrap of it)


Enjoy your food and savour every taste. It’s a privilege.


You can read more about my thoughts on food and body image here

And you can sign up for Ruby’s brilliant tiny letters about food here.

I’ve been meaning to write this post for sometime, but Suzie’s excellent blog post here finally prompted me to.






  1. thatblogwherecheriemovestogermany · January 22, 2018

    I have just recently been introduced to the delight of fresh lemon juice on thin pancakes or crepes. Decadent. As far as I am concerned, there is no place in this world for margarine. What is the point of it? Always butter, always.

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    • thebeasley · January 22, 2018

      Yes! Butter forever beats margarine. Mmmm, it’s pancake day soon and I’ll be having plenty of pancakes with lemon and sugar.

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  2. Shailaja V · January 22, 2018

    Your list has me drooling and I’m not even hungry! I agree about food being delicious and worthy of being appreciated! Hey you like veg pulav and garlic naan? That’s lovely ๐Ÿ™‚ So do I!

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    • thebeasley · January 22, 2018

      It’s the best! And I forgot to add lentil dhal too, which is so warming and comforting. I’m hungry now too just thinking of it!


  3. suzie81speaks · January 22, 2018

    Oh. My. I wasn’t hungry before but I am now…

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  4. Midlife Smarts · January 22, 2018

    What a list!!!
    It’s lunchtime and you’ve got me thinking Tunnocks Tea Cakes!! Jx

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  5. Em Linthorpe · January 22, 2018

    Haha, pretty funny that we both publish a post the same day that references *that* fish finger heartbreaker!

    What a top list though. I also love butter. It’s a vastly superior spread to margarine.

    I’m sat here eating a Bachelor’s Pasta n Sauce and I feel quite disappointed thinking of all the better foods out there that are not in my house or my belly right now ๐Ÿ˜‚ xx

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    • thebeasley · January 22, 2018

      Haha, but a Bacherlorโ€™s Pasta & Sauce is perfect too at times. Yeah butter and double yeah fish fingers haha x

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  6. angelanoelauthor · January 22, 2018

    You know, I’m currently having a love affair with butter from Ireland. Give me a peice of toast with Kerigold butter and it’s almost as good as dessert–in fact I had it for dessert the other day. Since butter figures in your list, I can’t help but mention my secret butter-love.
    You’re so right–this food abundance is a privilege. Celebrating it, not shaming ourselves about it, makes so much more sense.

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    • thebeasley · January 22, 2018

      Oh yes Kerigold butter is great! Iโ€™m very happy youโ€™re pro-butter too. Itโ€™s the simple things etc etc It really does make more sense to celebrate & enjoy our food. Itโ€™s pretty shameful to feel otherwise really.

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  7. music2commute2 · January 22, 2018

    I think thebeasley is my spiritual twin….

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  8. Suzanne [globalhousesitterX2] · January 22, 2018

    Cheese in big chunks, cheese on crumpets, cheese on toast, cheese on crackers with tomato, cheese and olives, cheese and onion sandwiches, cheese and peanut butter sandwiches, even as a cheesecake. Did I mention a day is not a happy one without —— Fun post, Hayley!!

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    • thebeasley · January 22, 2018

      I might be going out on a limb here, but…do you like cheese at all haha? We definitely have a love of cheese in common, Suzanne. It is everything. I’d rather go without chocolate than cheese (though I’d rather not go without either). Cheers x

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      • Suzanne [globalhousesitterX2] · January 22, 2018

        Haha, well if you pressed me hard enough I would confess to having a small liking for it ๐Ÿ™‚ Heck, making a decision between chocolate and cheese would be too hard to contemplate. Easier not to do it x

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    • April Munday · January 22, 2018

      I just had a cheese omelette for lunch, Suzanne. :-). The eggs were a bit elderly, though – the chickens laid them last week.

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      • Suzanne [globalhousesitterX2] · January 22, 2018

        Well, April, eggs and cheese is another delight I should have added! Fresh eggs are so yummy, and, I miss ours from the farming days!! Though having said that the eggs we have around Europe/UK are tasty with very yellow/orange yolks!

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  9. April Munday · January 22, 2018

    I’m with you on the butter. Margarine is an abomination. You’ve put me in the mood for crumpets, though.

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    • thebeasley · January 22, 2018

      I think Iโ€™ve put myself in the mood for crumpets. Iโ€™m struggling to think of anything else now ha.

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  10. emfletche · January 22, 2018

    Now, I’m salivating. Sunday morning fluffy pancakes, creme eggs, cheese and pineapple sticks (nothing 80s about those bad boys)…I could live on those items alone! Covers all the major food groups right? ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    • thebeasley · January 22, 2018

      Exactly, protein, carbs, calcium, one of your five a day. Sorted ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

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  11. fancypaperblog · January 22, 2018

    This may be one of the most beautiful love poems of all time. It reads so much better than porn. I am just happier now x ๐Ÿฅ™๐Ÿฅš๐Ÿ”๐Ÿฅ—๐ŸŒฎ๐ŸŒญ๐Ÿฒ๐Ÿœ๐Ÿฟ๐Ÿฑ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ™

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    • thebeasley · January 22, 2018

      Hahahaha. It did feel somewhat poetic to me as I wrote it and most definitely pornographic. So happy that it made you happy x

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  12. Judy E Martin · January 23, 2018

    OMG, I am salivating, and as Orla says reads better than porn. My eyes were bulging at the pics of the roast dinner and crumble, Hayley. Ooooh, you are a tease! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  13. Carol · January 23, 2018

    Grass-fed butter, rich tea biscuits I have 3 every morning with my cuppa and it has to be thin pancakes with lemon( lots) and sugar or maple syrup and hot crumpets with butter and… I have just put on 5lbs just typing this ๐Ÿ™‚

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  14. lamornalifestyleblog · January 24, 2018

    This was a sensory delight to read…starving now! Smoked salmon and cream cheese bagel. Eggs benedict. Chicken,spinach and chickpea curry….I currently do SW and look forward to treats! You are right; food is there to be enjoyed!

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    • thebeasley · January 25, 2018

      Oh yum. Salmon & cream cheese bagels. I had those for breakfast a lot over Christmas. Mmmmmm…

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  15. thesavvycouple · January 26, 2018

    Fantastic post, and macaroni cheese with more cheese than needed – oh yes! Oh and the crumpets, I do like crumpets with my butter ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • thebeasley · January 28, 2018

      Two esssential foods, I feel. You canโ€™t go wrong with macaroni cheese & crumpets ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป


  16. rachaelstray · January 28, 2018

    Beans means Heinz fact. Youโ€™re spot on there. I love a good home cooked roast dinner too. Crunchies and crunchie ice creams are my favourite. I am now sat in bed stomach rumbling and salivating onto my phone screen. Haha which means your post hit the spot! Now I must go and hunt out crumpets.

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    • thebeasley · January 28, 2018

      Haha. Hope you found some crumpets. My husband brought me chocolate brioche & butter in bed. All for medicinal reasons of course.

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      • rachaelstray · January 28, 2018

        Oh amazing. I hope youโ€™re feeling better soon! No crumpets sadly. Weetabix for brekki but had prawns salad and warm crusty rolls for lunch. Delicious!!

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      • thebeasley · January 28, 2018


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  17. Ritu · January 28, 2018

    There’s a whole load of your list that I would copy and paste onto my own! I feel comforted just reading it!

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  18. Lisa Orchard · January 28, 2018

    What a list!! My weakness is (especially in the winter) comfort foods like mashed potatoes and gravy and stuffing and desserts….I better stop now. I’m getting hungry just thinking about all this delicious food! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  19. susielindau · January 28, 2018

    I want to come to your house!

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    • thebeasley · January 28, 2018

      Youโ€™d be welcome anytime! Best to come in loose clothing though haha x

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  20. fattymccupcakes · January 28, 2018

    JEEZUS. This was like reading porn. I was like, “Oh, yes. Mmmhmmm. Come to mama. Yup. Just like that. I’ve never experienced that, but it sounds amazing. Good Lord. Yes. That. And, that. Ooh. Yum. Can it get any better? OMFG. YES, YES, YES!”
    I’m really, really, really hungry and just a slight bit confused about my raving attraction to food now, but this was delicious.

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    • thebeasley · January 28, 2018

      LOL, Iโ€™m not sure if I should, but Iโ€™m kinda enjoying the fact that Iโ€™ve turned on a lot of people with this post. This is my idea of pornography, right here ๐Ÿ˜„

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  21. josypheen · January 28, 2018

    This post makes me so happy…although I can’t get many of these foods in Canada.

    They don’t seem to eat crumpets (the shame!) I have found vegemite, but no marmite, and (omg) the orange smarties don’t have a different flavour! They just taste like all the other smarties!! Don’t even get me started on the lack of hobnobs and jaffa cakes.

    Ah well. I am learning to love Canadian things instead. They have such good salmon and the brunches here are to die for. I just need a crumpet now and then!!

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    • thebeasley · January 28, 2018

      Whatโ€™s the point of having orange Smarties if they donโ€™t make them taste of orange chocolate?!?! This is the main reason I could never permanently live in another country. I love British food too much. I can just imagine the Canadian salmon & brunches are amazing though. All that maple syrup!

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      • josypheen · January 28, 2018

        Yeah, we haven’t eaten as much maple syrup as I would have expected at first!

        I did miss British food when I lived in Japan – but I got over it as their food is so amaaaaazing too! Now I miss Japanese comfort food!

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      • thebeasley · January 28, 2018

        Oh yum. I can imagine the Japanese food was amazing!

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      • josypheen · January 28, 2018

        I expected the actual food to be amazing. It’s the awesome snacks/chocolate/crazy crisps and drinks that I didn’t expect! Noms.

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      • thebeasley · January 28, 2018

        Oooh nice!


  22. Losing the Plot · January 28, 2018

    Oh we may have been separated at birth! I was basically going yes, yes, yes, cinnamon donuts OMG yes, Wagamamas Katsu Curry hubba! What a list!

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  23. Carrie @ Cat on the Bookshelf · February 4, 2018

    I’ve been feeling nostalgic about food too. You just reminded me of that scene in Ratatouille where the food critic takes a bite and remembers eating hot soup his mother made when he had a cold.

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    • thebeasley · February 5, 2018

      Yes! I love Ratatouille, that’s a great film that is an ode to food and everything that it encompasses.


  24. flouredbottoms · February 24, 2018

    I love this post! The old adage about living to eat comes to mind

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  27. onetasteatatime · April 6

    Loved reading this! Food really is a source of pleasure, so it was wonderful to be reminded of that. Thank you!

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    • thebeasley · April 6

      Thank you! Iโ€™m glad you found in pleasure in this most! Cheers.


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  29. Butter should be outlawed. And your list indeed full of pleasure ๐Ÿ™‚

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