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Old Jan 24th 2008, 6:34 pm
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A British woman is judged by the quality of her gravy.
As this is such an important part of British life, and since gravy making abilities have replaced dowries in the British marriage market, then many women cheat. A man also has to find out if his intended is an Oxo woman or Bisto? This is important, more important than marrying out.

A man knows he is loved and cherished if a huge plate of steaming dark brown gloop is placed on the table as soon as he comes home from work. Of course, his slippers will also be warming by the fireside, a glass of single malt on the side table, etc etc.

Girl food doesnt need gravy, boy stuff, sausages, roast dinners, chips, meat pies etc do.

This thread will shortly be followed by one on yorkshire puddings, you mark my words!
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Old Jan 24th 2008, 6:35 pm
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Originally Posted by hot wasabi peas View Post
I think that's definitely part of it. Up until recently I had been a vegetarian for 20 some odd years. Still, my friends and family (in Canada) who eat meat, don't eat much gravy at all either. I'll ask them why.
I don't really like it, why make your food all soggy
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Old Jan 24th 2008, 6:38 pm
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My OH is veggie and we use gravy to make a mincey type sauce to make cottage pies, both veggie and non veggie. So we use bisto powders as a sort of thickener recipe item not gravy as a seaprte pour on sauce . We use as pour on for sausage (veggie and meat) and mash. Yummie
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Old Jan 24th 2008, 6:40 pm
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Originally Posted by boxerdog03 View Post
I don't really like it, why make your food all soggy
Gravy and yorkshire puddings, ok who makes there own out there ?

( is that ok daft Batty )
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Old Jan 24th 2008, 6:42 pm
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Originally Posted by Atlantic Xpat View Post
Gravy only required on roasts and sausages and mash IMHO. Instant gravy has no appeal to me whatsoever. I make my own with juices from the pan, some stock, red wine, herbs, and bit of flour for thickening*
We have a winner!!

I've been waiting for someone to say this! I do the same thing. Real, live gravy is great, but I only get around to making it a few times a year. Bisto? blechhhh
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Old Jan 24th 2008, 6:44 pm
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Originally Posted by daft batty View Post
A British woman is judged by the quality of her gravy.
As this is such an important part of British life, and since gravy making abilities have replaced dowries in the British marriage market, then many women cheat. A man also has to find out if his intended is an Oxo woman or Bisto? This is important, more important than marrying out.

A man knows he is loved and cherished if a huge plate of steaming dark brown gloop is placed on the table as soon as he comes home from work. Of course, his slippers will also be warming by the fireside, a glass of single malt on the side table, etc etc.

Girl food doesnt need gravy, boy stuff, sausages, roast dinners, chips, meat pies etc do.

This thread will shortly be followed by one on yorkshire puddings, you mark my words!

Very anthropological! And is a possible explanation as to why I am not married!
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Old Jan 24th 2008, 6:46 pm
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Originally Posted by daft batty View Post
This thread will shortly be followed by one on yorkshire puddings, you mark my words!

I would dare AX to do this but it's guaranteed to backfire on me.
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Old Jan 24th 2008, 6:48 pm
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Originally Posted by hot wasabi peas View Post
I see so many references to gravy on here.

Obviously my grub must be very different as I eat gravy maybe twice a year, if that. It's always made by someone else.

What are you eating that you put gravy on? What is the appeal of instant gravy?
We have gravy only when I do a roast, or with turkey dinner. My O/H hates the instant granules stuff.
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Old Jan 24th 2008, 6:49 pm
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Gravy is such an institution in the UK, that they've even erected a tower to it in London. Apparently it's a real treat to be taken up the Oxo Tower.
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Old Jan 24th 2008, 7:08 pm
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Of course, living in Yorkshire for 10 years encourages a gravy habit!
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Old Jan 24th 2008, 7:13 pm
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Gravy is such an institution in the UK, that they've even erected a tower to it in London. Apparently it's a real treat to be taken up the Oxo Tower.
Fnarr, fnarr! I hadn't noticed the double-entendre possibilities there. [I'm so innocent, me...]

My friendly Google elves tell me that this review appeared (briefly) on the London Eating website before being taken down: "Last Friday evening I tried to take my girlfriend up the Oxo Tower but unfortunately we found it was completely full, so despite our best efforts, we just couldn't get in. I even greased the odd palm in the hope of slipping in without too much of a fuss, but I didn't want to push it." Finbarr Saunders couldn't have put it better himself.

To return to the original question, I'm definitely in the only-bother-with-gravy-if-it's-proper-gravy camp: meat juices, flour, stock/veg water, a good slug of wine, seasoning. But then again, I'd have mustard with steak pie or sausages, mayonnaise with chips, etc etc - and if any potential wife fed me pretend gravy, apart from annoying the current Mrs O it'd probably be a good indicator that our tastes in food weren't too compatible (sorry, Batty )
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Default Re: gravy... I don't get it...

Originally Posted by daft batty View Post
A British woman is judged by the quality of her gravy.
As this is such an important part of British life, and since gravy making abilities have replaced dowries in the British marriage market, then many women cheat. A man also has to find out if his intended is an Oxo woman or Bisto? This is important, more important than marrying out.

A man knows he is loved and cherished if a huge plate of steaming dark brown gloop is placed on the table as soon as he comes home from work. Of course, his slippers will also be warming by the fireside, a glass of single malt on the side table, etc etc.

Girl food doesnt need gravy, boy stuff, sausages, roast dinners, chips, meat pies etc do.

This thread will shortly be followed by one on yorkshire puddings, you mark my words!
Now I know I was destined to marry a vegetarian Canadian
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Old Jan 24th 2008, 7:24 pm
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It's a panic thing, you read on this forum that you will miss it so you expect to.

I grabbed armfuls of the stuff 1st visit back to the UK... I think I've used it maybe 3 times since then (2005)
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Old Jan 24th 2008, 7:33 pm
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Fnarr, fnarr! I hadn't noticed the double-entendre possibilities there. [I'm so innocent, me...]

My friendly Google elves tell me that this review appeared (briefly) on the London Eating website before being taken down: "Last Friday evening I tried to take my girlfriend up the Oxo Tower but unfortunately we found it was completely full, so despite our best efforts, we just couldn't get in. I even greased the odd palm in the hope of slipping in without too much of a fuss, but I didn't want to push it." Finbarr Saunders couldn't have put it better himself.

To return to the original question


I hadn't heard that one before! I'm never eating gravy ever, ever, ever again! Ever!
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Old Jan 24th 2008, 7:57 pm
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Plus it's a noted Christmas argument, isn't it?

I was the subject of much glaring at Christmas because I made gravy in a saucepan and didn't use the tattie water....

There is a bit in Bridget Jones that sums it up perfectly.....

I try to be all "proper" but give my OH some Paxo and a bit of Bisto and he looks like he's in 7th heaven.
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