Fun with food

Otago Daily Times - - EDITORIAL -

Punch and the comic pa­pers con­tinue to thrive on the food trou­ble, which has never been so much a trou­ble that they were un­able to get fun out of it. The Min­istry of Food is in­no­cent of hu­mour; sur­prise is its strong point. It an­nounces, for

ex­am­ple, that one pig is equal in food value to two sheep, weight for weight. Which is to say that from a slice of fried ba­con at break­fast you get as much good as from two slices of roast mut­ton at din­ner. This is of­fi­cial, and may be re­lied on. In the mat­ter of tea, we read with­out emo­tion that much may be done with hawthorn tips and hedgerow clip­pings; our ju­di­cious tea­blenders must have known that all along. But when we come to the fa­mil­iar potato we find to our as­ton­ish­ment that there are a world of things to learn. Ma­jor H. de Fon­blanque Cox, Gar­rick Club, W.C. writes to the Pall Mall Gazette that ‘‘cer­tain sports­men in County Gal­way train their grey­hounds and bring them to the slips in per­fect con­di­tion ex­clu­sively on roast pota­toes.’’ Maybe; but these will be Ir­ish grey­hounds; I doubt whether any Sasse­nach dog would thrive on praties, roast or boiled. An Ir­ish labourer can do a hard day’s work on this diet alone. — Civis — ODT, 15.6.18.


The Clin­ton River Canyon: a tele­photo taken from the sum­mit of McKin­non’s Pass, on the Mil­ford Sound Track. — Otago Wit­ness, 19.6.1918.

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