Happy Birthday Mom!- Cider and Cheese..

The topic reminds me of one of my old housemates from my Uni days, nutter from Wales by the name of Taffy.

The first time I walked into the flat he was there, he introduced himself as such:

“Hi, my name is Taffy, I like Cider and Cheese”

He proceeded to open the fridge and show me…it contained only cider and cheese, anyway that’s going off topic..

Got up in the morning, mom opened her presents and we headed into out so I could treat my mom lunch for her Birthday..

It’s her 60th next year, so I’m hoping I’ll be able to come back for that one, double party, 60th AND retirement, hopefully she’ll be able to visit Malaysia more often (And cook for everyone :P)

This is the view from the place we parked..

That’s the railway line over the old aquaduct and another car-park, it’s a pretty small city (120,000++ population).

Managed to get my cream cakes, passed a few traditional English cake shops on the way through, not the commercial chains..

We headed to a small place called Elgars which has been an eatery since around 1830, before that it was a Shoemaker.

The name comes from the composer Edward Elgar, one of the few famous people that came from here..

I had a nice pint of English Cider (something like beer but made with apples, very ‘countryfolk’).

My mom wouldn’t stop talking for me to take a picture, so I just had to take it anyway..


I had myself the perfect meal to go with cider, a Ploughmans Lunch.

A very typical, simple countryside kinda meal with a big lump of cheese, some thick ham off the bone, a chunk of bread, some pickled onions, some branston pickle and some salad.

Did a bit more shopping after that, got my work shoes (For 12 pound!) and mom managed to get a pair of deck shoes for a stunning 4 pounds because one had been in the window and was slightly faded.

Next up..Mom’s Bday Dinner




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13 Responses to Happy Birthday Mom!- Cider and Cheese..

  1. Dabido (Teflon) July 29, 2005 at 7:48 am #

    Happy Birthday ST’s mum!

    Was the ploughman upset you stole his lunch?

    Those Chelsea Buns look a lot more appetising than Bill Clinton’s daughters booty! 🙂

  2. kimberlycun July 29, 2005 at 8:18 am #

    happy belated birthday aunty! plz buy some branston pickle back

  3. Giant Sotong July 29, 2005 at 9:00 am #

    Happy birthday, ma’am.

  4. shanks July 29, 2005 at 11:02 am #

    ur plate of food looks like what i usually get in pyramid tower’s atrium cafe, except i take more meat. btw, you have ur mother’s eyes.

  5. shanks July 29, 2005 at 11:09 am #

    and she seems to be thinner than the time when she visited malaysia (if i remembered correctly, that is, and she has that very kind and generous look. happy birthday, shaolin tigress!

  6. Niresh July 29, 2005 at 11:22 am #

    Happy Birthday to ur mom 🙂

  7. ShaolinTiger July 29, 2005 at 12:28 pm #

    Yeah she has, plus her face is a lot slimmer, she has Polymyalgia, a kind of Athritic ailment, so she has to take steroids, she’s on a lot lower dose now, so her face has come back to normal shape.

  8. ShaolinTiger July 29, 2005 at 12:29 pm #

    Hehe you can buy pickle in big jars in Tescos, there’s loads cos no one knows what it is!

  9. Wingz July 29, 2005 at 12:46 pm #

    oi! tahpau pastries oi !!!!!

  10. Kuzco July 29, 2005 at 12:58 pm #

    ahh…now we know where you got those nice blue eyes

  11. up3_up4 July 29, 2005 at 2:59 pm #

    seems to enjoy ur blog lately

  12. KY July 29, 2005 at 3:10 pm #

    so how many pounds have u put on already? they might charge u more for the return flight.

  13. ShaolinTiger July 29, 2005 at 3:32 pm #

    HAha too many I’m sure…will have to pay excess baggage charge for my stomach surplus..