41 thoughts on “Meanwhile, At M&S

  1. jonsmoke

    the missus was in M&S Blanchardstown the other day and said they had the freezer cabinets packed with crisps to make it look like there was something there…a better look than bare shelves I suppose!

  2. Charger Salmons

    No shortage of Bombay Sapphire.
    I’ve just unleashed the first of the day.
    A tad early I know but with the weather as it is there’s not much to do except imbibe and fire up a combustible while I sit back,relax and plan foreign sojourns for later in the year.

  3. Point

    M&S is for idiots. It’s already expensive before the Irish idiot tax is applied and that was before brexit. The prices will go up and Irish idiots will pay it.

    1. MacGafraidh

      Whoa, whoa, whoa there.. €14 for a bottle of wine, millionaire shortbread desert, lasagne and chips… I’ll be an idiot all day long

    2. Bertie blenkinsop

      But… what about their

      Embroidered Mesh High Leg Knickers
      Product code: T817727L

      (I think they’re called)

        1. V aka Frilly Keane


          Far too sensible
          And IMO over priced

          Ann Summers for the everyday doesn’t matter what happens in the laundry stuff
          Victoria’s Secret for the fancy stuff you keep special in a special drawer

          And DKNY for the days there’s the possibility of after work ‘you never know’ do (◠‿◕)

          1. Lush

            We shall agree to disagree V.
            Though you’re right on the DKNY; I always stock up when I cross the pond.

  4. Redundant Proofreaders Society

    Hummus appears to be the latest gourmet victim in M&S and other stores.
    Recommend making it from scratch – far nicer, and really easy to whiz up.
    Beat the supermarket chains!
    (That’s not how you start the recipe).

    1. ( ̄_, ̄ ) AKA Frilly Keane


      especially from a certain pear
      over priced watery muck
      all the others taste more like the plastic carton it comes in

      and btw, you can now get tins of curried chic peas up in the Asian Supermarket
      Give yerselves a bit of a change from the usual one
      more hot than spicy a kinda solid cumin’esq to it

      1. Brother Barnabas

        although the recipe for hummus in that pair’s book is excellent – especially the one for beetroot hummus

        1. ( ̄_, ̄ ) AKA Frilly Keane

          You don’t need a recipe
          just ingredients

          1 tin chick peas (drained and rinsed) to every good tablespoon of Tahini
          dollop of Olive Oil, – depends really on how runny you want it
          spoon of Minced Garlic, good glug of Lemon Juice
          Have at it with the blender

          Swap the Garlic out for other stuff, like Cumin
          Or a nice squeeze of Harrissa

          as long as you stick to the 1 tin of peas to 1 tbls of Tahini
          you can mess around with it as much as you like
          I always use the juice of a lemon as well no matter what I’m throwing in to it – that’s just me
          tip. don’t make it runny – it will last longer, and go further if its more solid – like grout ⊙.☉

          ping that beetroot one there to me Brother
          and let me take a gander
          ta, V

          1. Redundant Proofreaders Society

            Some of those jarred charred bell peppers from Aldi are a tasty addition too. Within or on the top.

          2. ( ̄_, ̄ ) AKA Frilly Keane

            Are you near any of the Polski supermarkets Redundo?

            Well if you are, they’ll have the big 5 kgs jars of bell peppers
            they might be in the Russian section but do take your time in there

            you should have change from a fiver
            I remember thinking to myself that the jar on its own was worth the fiver

          3. Brother Barnabas

            2 cloves garlic, 400g chickpeas, juice of 1 lemon, pinch black pepper, 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin, 3 tablespoons of water, 2 tablespoons olive oil, 1 medium beetroot (c. 175g)

            scrub but dont peel the beetroot – cut into pieces and roast with bit of salt and oil. Leave it until a bit charred.

            throw the whole lot into blender

          4. VAnon ™

            Blended that up last evening Brother

            only change is I left out the water, and halved the dose of Olive oil

            Yep, I’ll be doing it again
            and the recipe definitely doesn’t need that amount of liquid or oil
            there’s plenty oil in the Tahini anyway

            And those roasted beetroot wedges were an additional treat
            I’ll be doing those again as well

      2. Janet, dreams of an alternate universe

        ohhh I’ll be throwing in a touch of cumin !
        I usually go for few pine nuts across the top

      3. ce

        +1 on the pear… how does a vegan fup up hummus? Quite an achievement. It’s a bit of a “you had one job” scenario

    2. Janet, dreams of an alternate universe

      totally agree, takes less than five minutes to whip up,
      I use a good olive oil, tin of chick peas, squeeze fresh lemon, touch of tahini, salt, wack in blender, basta !

    3. Rosette of Sirius

      Keep mine simple and pretty trad. Buy my chickpeas from the Asian stores and make the stuff weekly. I kinda live on the stuff during the week. Good shaking of sumac on top is all it needs and bliss.

  5. goldenbrown

    Tesco now also seem to be starting to have issues in certain lines…and not limited to the “posher” items, last week or so

    anything beyond basic milk, butter and cheddar? forget it

    plenty of meats also missing

    I vaguely remember yer wan from the Farmers Journal talking to Moncrieff a couple of years back and predicting that….’tis interesting to see

  6. Daisy Chainsaw

    These are not just empty shelves, these are M&S empty shelves with free range, organic, fresh air particles, containing locally sourced nitrogen combined with a generous supply of oxygen.

    1. Charger Salmons

      Yes, buy all those Lidl and Aldi items that are made in the UK.
      And then pay the Paddy Tax to the Germans instead.
      Doh !

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