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Babybel

Must be MC; they have a waxed jacket, says @heidistephens

Mini M&S 99p cheeses

Compelling

Personalised gifts

Always luggage, never towels. Distinction c/o @ohchrisburton

Cheese toasties

Need a more grown-up name, says @Gary_Bainbridge

America's "grilled cheese"

Not good enough. Implies there's no bread involved

Croque Anglaise

Possible winner from @Robins_Books

Supermarket pasta salads

Always, always rubbish

Andrex's "rollaphobia" campaign

No, we do NOT leave loads of rolls around the house!

Gladioli

Grand and colourful; very MC

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    Friday
    Dec282012

    Middle-Class Virtuous Misery of the Year

    Once, we could get away with opening a deli pot of fresh pesto. It was homemade by someone, and better than cracking into a jar of Sacla, and that was deemed acceptable. But this year there’s been a creeping awareness among MCs that people are making their own – but the truth is we’re all a bit miserable about it. The grumblings about the price of pine nuts have got louder over the year, and the general disgruntlement is palpable. This easy ingredient that used to be thing we just heated up on the evenings we couldn’t be bothered to cook has now become something we’re expected to make from scratch, and chefs telling us how unbelievably easy it is to rustle up only makes it worse.

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