Fisherman’s Friend tin

I was delighted the other day to spot Fisherman’s Friend tins for sale in Berlin’s Tegel airport – so much so that I bought three of them!

I’m a singer and a huge fan of these lozenges, and they’re my first choice of relief when my throat gets sore or tired.

The normal packets often end up falling apart in my coat pocket, because of overuse or they’ve got wet, so I’m delighted to have a more durable container!

Homemade Soup

How often do you look at a restaurant or café menu and see the term "Homemade Soup"?

Or what about "homemade bread", or "homemade desserts"?

Well, I don't know about you, but the thought that always comes into my head when I see something described as "homemade" is: Who's home has it been made in?

And if the food isn't actually being made in someone's home, then is the term "homemade" attaching some kind of deceitful providence to the food? 

Providence is often highly protected when it comes to food. You can't claim your sparkling wine is Champagne if it doesn't come from the Champagne region of France. And Stilton cheese can only be produced within 3 counties in England (bet you didn't know that!).

So why is it OK to say something is homemade, when in fact it's been made in a commercial kitchen?

Personally, I don't really want the food I'm eating to have been produced in someone's home – that is, unless I know the person. Otherwise I don't know if the house is sanitary, or if there are snotty kids and pets around to contaminate the food.

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