Loading shopping into my car this afternoon, i was left pondering the etiquette of getting stuffed at Tesco’s expense.

What? You’ve never done it? Too polite? Or convinced there will be some dire consequence if you are caught?

Its no big deal. Our semi-local store allows you to purchase pots of salad-y stuff at a fixed price. Basically: stick as much as you want of the desired item into the pot and for a small, it will cost you the princely sum of £2.50.

Waitrose do similar: ditto Morrisons and, i am sure, most other big supermarkets.

So what’s a girl to do? Why: take the ladle provided and stuff the pot to the gills with her fave salad snack, anchovies. Then, place the pot down on a hard surface and ram rod the contents a little – cannon-loading style – making a bit more room at the top.

And then load it a bit more. 🙂

I am sure such an approach at the annual vicarage tea party would be most frowned upon, likely to be greeted with pursed lips and more than a few raised eyebrows.

But, apart from the squashedness of the end product – which soon abates after you’ve eaten off the top layer – i don’t see much of a prob.

After all, i am sure Tesco have factored in anchovy-fanatics such as myself into their costings…and i remain entirely bemused by the polite shoppers who walk away from this particular process with pots two-thirds or even half filled.

Madness: madness, i tell you!

jane xx

P.S. coming soon…your guide to raiding the “all you can eat salad bar” at the budget end of the restaurant spectrum….


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    Angela Kay said,

    He he. Been there, done it, got the pasta & tomato-splattered t-shirt.

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    eclectic chicken said,

    does anyone just put a polite ladle full in? and the joys of self scanning is you don’t even need to be able to get the lid on properly….

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    Alex said,

    Learnt a neat trick for the restaurant salad bar. Arrange lettuce leaves around the edges of the bowl; this enables you to stack all the other salad goodies much higher than without the strategically placed lettuce.

    Of course, if the salad bar policy is an “all you can eat” one why bother? Unless you don’t need the exercise…

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    Liane R Kordan said,

    Lol! And well said eclectic chicken. Another tip: avoid cubed stuff like beetroot, cheese, bits of apple etc. Go for the squidgy stuff: pasta salad, coleslaw or even anchovies that you can squish down for maximum stuffing!

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    The Fishwife said,

    Anchovies, those pale slivers of exquisite pleasure. I thought I’d kicked the habit, Now I know the unwholesome truth. One mention of them and I’m overwhelmed by visions of cramming them into a pot, anticipating the guilty moments of pleasure, washing them down with a glass of Merlot. Now I’ll have to go shopping tomorrow. I wonder if there is any way I can hide them from my friend.

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