What Brexit Will Do For Our Bread #writephoto #flashfiction


‘I’m sorry Your Crustiness, but he insists on seeing you.’

Cob, The Arch Dough of Bakersville hung his head. He looked around the Palace, with its columns and pillars, a confection of support, standing proud, like the ultimate wedding cake. Just when everything was going so well and he had to deal with a neurotic Head-Baker. How had it come to this? They shouldn’t have recruited from abroad, they should have stayed with what they knew.

‘What’s he want?’

‘He…’ the page-bap sagged in the middle, a little underdone. ‘He won’t tell me.’

‘Why can’t he just do what he’s paid for? He’s here to bake, not bend my ear.’

‘You know what he’s like, Your Enrichedness. It’s a cultural thing. With him, everything’s on a knead the dough basis.’

Cob felt his crust begin to crack. ‘Alright, show him in. But I’m not happy. Not happy at all.’

A tall floury man with a multi-seed complexion slipped into the antechamber. ‘Allo.’

‘Beurre. Good to see you. Everything going well?’

Beurre put down his spatula. ‘I need help, Your Doughiness. We are heading for disaster.’

‘Oh I’m sure that’s a bit of an exaggeration.’

‘You pay me to create sumptuous breads, tasty buns, melt in the mouth cakes. If things don’t change it’ll be all pitta and pancakes.’

‘What’s going on?’

‘The kitchen has been infiltrated. I’m sure some of the baking powder is actually a raising agent, spying for a foreign power. The eggs have started self-separating and it’s really no yolk and well, the yeast…’


Beurre looked around as if the room had ears. ‘Our usual supplier has changed. Now all our yeast is from the east and it’s beastly. We tried a batch today. We did everything according to instructions but instead of the yeast being fermented the dough just threw itself at the walls and began rocking about in the mixing bowls.’

‘You mean it’s demented?’

‘Precisely. I can’t work in these conditions. I mean at least in France, it was fun making bread, but here it’s just a pain.’

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About TanGental

My name is Geoff Le Pard. Once I was a lawyer; now I am a writer. I've published several books: a four book series following Harry Spittle as he grows from hapless student to hapless partner in a London law firm; four others in different genres; a book of poetry; four anthologies of short fiction; and a memoir of my mother. I have several more in the pipeline. I have been blogging regularly since 2014, on topic as diverse as: poetry based on famous poems; memories from my life; my garden; my dog; a whole variety of short fiction; my attempts at baking and food; travel and the consequent disasters; theatre, film and book reviews; and the occasional thought piece. Mostly it is whatever takes my fancy. I avoid politics, mostly, and religion, always. I don't mean to upset anyone but if I do, well, sorry and I suggest you go elsewhere. 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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47 Responses to What Brexit Will Do For Our Bread #writephoto #flashfiction

  1. davidprosser says:

    Very clever as usual your Geoffness. I hope you didn’t base ‘His Crustiness’ on me again, the name is unearned.

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  2. very tongue in cheek Geoff. Funny how I was commenting on another site about how much french I could remember from school!

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  3. willowdot21 says:

    Oh! There is a clever post 💜💜💜, having just returned from France I find this very apt! 💜💜

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  4. willowdot21 says:

    I meant to say I love that photo 💜

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  5. Ritu says:

    “knead the dough situation”! 😂😂😂

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  6. JT Twissel says:

    Hilarious – the yeast from the east rises only in the pain. The Beurre has gone completely insane…

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  7. Sue Vincent says:

    I actually winced at that last pun 😀

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  8. Beyond clever, Geoff.

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  9. Dear heaven you have outdone yourself they come so thick and fast I couldn’t keep up! Lovely pic of your ma and a very young lawyer 🙂

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  10. Gah! Indeed.
    Please tell me you began with that last pun in mind.

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  11. Very clever! Loved the last line! 😂

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  12. Iain Kelly says:

    Witty and entertaining as always. Who knows if we shall have bread after Brexit? I’m sure the panic stockpiling will start soon…

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  13. Ha ha ha, what a brilliant piece of satire.


  14. You had me at, “With him, everything’s on a knead the dough basis.”.

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  17. noelleg44 says:

    Your puns gave me miche du pain – I split my sides laughing.

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  18. But will it solve the age old question: bread cake, cob, scuffler, barm cake, scottie or bap? And I dough’t I’ve named all options?? Brexit will not solve this conundrum, or will it?


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