September 16, 2018

One of the joys of a full English breakfast are Heinz baked beans. At college, beans on toast were the staple supper whenever money was tight (like always). I doubt there is a larder in England that doesn’t have a can or two on a shelf.

I always assumed that the “Beanz Means Heinz” slogan pre-dated me but that is not so; I was in my late teens when Maurice Drake came up with one of the most durable of advertising lines in 1967. I know this now because of an article in the incomparable Creative Review.  From the same place I learn that Selfridge’s department store has made the bean can a feature of its displays this spring.


When I first arrived in Canada, it was a grave disappointment to me to find that cans of Heinz beans in North America were not the same as the English beans I grew up with.  However, I am glad to say that the original English flavour is now available here, if you know where to look — SuperValu on Commercial, for example.

They are one of life’s simple pleasures.



Dinner Tonight #49

September 10, 2018


Tonight I made a meat and potato skillet gratin, which is the best form of shepherds pie I ever had (and I love shepherds pie).

Vegetables in A Chinese Market

August 26, 2018


Seen today after dim sum on Renfrew.

Dinner Tonight #48

August 20, 2018


This Dragon Chicken recipe was pretty darned good.

Dinner Tonight #47

July 30, 2018


Tonight I made spicy beef spring rolls, baked not deep-fried. Wonderful taste, and crispy!

Dinner Tonight #46

July 24, 2018

A stuffed and baked brie.

Dinner Tonight #45

July 22, 2018


Tonight I made butter chicken, with pineapple, fennel & strawberry raita, and popadums — all from scratch.

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