Monday, October 11, 2010

Mrs. Peek To the Rescue!

Never mind the war effort. Or the fact that Marge is a really good air raid warden and a lot of people are depending on her to, you know, sound the air raid siren so that they can be safe from bombs - that sort of thing.

Never mind all that, because Jim is having a Cold Dinner again!

Fortunately, Warden Sally knows a lady called Mrs. Peek. And she will save the day - and the dinner. Is she also a air raid warden, too, perhaps? Or a kindly old soul who will come over to Marge's house and rustle up some Toad in the Hole* for Jim?

Well, no. She is a can of pudding. But you can heat her up in a saucepan and everything will be Jim Dandy, so to speak.

Jim is delighted that Marge has given up her job - hasn't she? No, Jim. You are getting Mrs. Peek in a can from now until V-Day. And Marge can keep wearing that snazzy helmet with the big W on it.

History Note: Mrs. Peek, who has been on the job since 1898, is still at it! And she makes cakes and other goodies, too - though Christmas Pudding is the most famous of her wares.  The Peek Frean biscuit company in Bermondsey, London, created the Mrs. Peek's brand. The canned puddings that Marge and Jim like so much first became popular during the First World War.

And the wonderful early 1940s ad is from Steve Johnson's Cyber Heritage.

*Toad in the Hole is an English dish consisting of  sausages in a Yorkshire pudding like batter.

Toad In The Hole

10 comments:

Barbara said...

So he was bitching about not getting a hot meal, but a hot dessert satisfied him? He's easily fooled, the jerk.

Lidian said...

And it's a good thing he is, too!

Tori Lennox said...

Hot pudding from a can? Yummy yum yum.... not.

Lidian said...

Tori - Depends on the pudding, and the can - I remember canned Indian pudding when I was a kid, that was pretty good. I would not like to see tapioca in a can though.

Unlikely Oilfield Wife said...

Just the term "hot pudding" is making me want to hurl. But not more than that jerk's attitude!

Dee said...

That pudding has to boil on the stove for an hour. Not exactly fast food.

Lidian said...

Heather - Yeah, his attitude is not worthy even of a cold pudding, really.

Dee - Hey, you're right! I didn't even notice that. And you can't go out on your wardening activities leaving Mrs. Peek boiling away on the stove, can you?

The Fitness Diva said...

Hot pudding for dinner. Why didn't I think of that? All my meal plan issues are now solved! ;)

Bill said...

...or we could just send Jim to the front lines to see how he likes the rations there.

Kath Lockett said...

What Mrs Peek should recommend is that Mrs Warden clunk Jimmy on the head with the tin instead of opening it up for him to eat!