Food Inflation: When Five is the New Two:carrotranch

Penny eyed the menu with a frown. ‘Can’t I have some peas?’
Mary leant across. ‘Come on love. There are some lovely sides.’
Paul laughed. ‘When I was Penny’s age I’d have been the same. Spinach with cream and nutmeg. Stuffed savoy leaves with ricotta and walnuts. Grated sprouts with bacon. Puréed parsnips Madras. Braised celery in a pistachio jus. That’s just tarted up rubbish veg, masquerading as five a day.’
Mary nodded. ‘Just meat and two veg, eh.’
Penny looked from one parent to the other, bemused. ‘I’ll have the fish and chips.’

This story is in response to the prompt from the Carrot Ranch

November 23, 2017 prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story about Five a Day. It does not have to be five servings of fruits and vegetables. What is needed five times a day? Have fun with what pops to mind for the prompt.


About TanGental

My name is Geoff Le Pard. Once I was a lawyer; now I am a writer. I've published four books - Dead Flies and Sherry Trifle, My Father and Other Liars, Salisbury Square and Buster & Moo. In addition I have published three anthologies of short stories and a memoir of my mother. More will appear soon. I will try and continue to blog regularly at about whatever takes my fancy. I hope it does yours too. These are my thoughts and no one else is to blame. If you want to nab anything I post, please acknowledge where it came from.
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13 Responses to Food Inflation: When Five is the New Two:carrotranch

  1. Ritu says:

    Love it! 😂 tarted up veg!

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  2. Hehe, Geoff, I’ll have the fish and chips too, please.

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  3. Ha – I like this one 🙂

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  4. Erika Kind says:

    Haha… fantastic!!

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Frank Hubeny says:

    Nice description: “tarted up rubbish veg”

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  6. Norah says:

    Well done, Geoff. Why can’t they make just plain old vegetables – cooked nicely of course. But there’s always something to not like in the “tarting up” they do.

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  7. Charli Mills says:

    My eldest went to London in 2005 and came back mashing her peas thereafter…she’d have the fish and chips and mash peas! Loved this line: “That’s just tarted up rubbish veg, masquerading as five a day.”


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