Good Food Blog
Give peas a chancePosted at 3:34PM, 03 July 2009 by Andrea McGinniss - Editor, bbcgoodfood.com
At last I can proudly declare my Glastonbury bubble officially popped. Three days back and I'm finally starting to feel almost normal again. The ears have stopped ringing, the wellie rash is on its way out and I've stopped discovering mud in unexpected places.
I've also developed a fierce craving for vegetables. I was told 'Glastonbury will change your life, man' expecting spiritual fulfillment and some sort of rock 'n roll induced religious experience but I never signed up for this!
Ever the glutton, I looked forward to feasting on my favourite things at Glasto: live music, cider and fast but fabulous food. The music blew me away, from The Boss to Blur I was spellbound throughout. Sadly, the cider kept running out - nae bother I found beer in a cardboard cup a perfectly palatable substitute. But the food? More gruesome than gourmet I'm afraid.
The food? More gruesome than gourmet I'm afraid.
It also all seemed to be priced at £6 too - which was great if you wanted a plate-sized Yorkshire pud stuffed with bangers, beans and mash but not such great val if you just wanted a bacon butty to fight camping fatigue. The best meal I had? A steak and ale pie with creamy mash and peas. Perfect comfort food on a wet miserable first morning.
I daren't tally up all the fried food I ate over the five days, but I've a hunch I was only a peanut butter sandwich away from channelling Elvis. After days of no sleep, showers and festival a deep fat fried morsel becomes a girl's best friend. Until you get back to civilisation anyway.
Mud spattered, bogged down by a backpack and bouncing off the poor pedestrians of Uxbridge Road, I couldn't wait to buy a bag full of veg - any veg would do! I blitzed them all into biggest veggie soup imaginable, and am still living off the spoils, during what feels like the hottest week in history. Yep, Glastonbury changed me, but not in the way I imagined. This wannabe hippy is now prepared to give peas a chance.
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