Sometimes, not very often but every now and then, I really really miss living in England. It might hit me after a burning hot week, when stepping outside is reminiscent of stepping into a furnace. As the sweat slowly starts to trickle, I daydream of lush green gardens, Kenwood Park, that lovely damp smell after the rain, RAIN, wild daisies, late sunsets and the unmistakably English summer sound of tennis being played outdoors.
It is an ache, a nag, that strikes me sometimes, when determinedly pushing my way on to the bus, elbows at the ready to field off nudges and shoves from right and left as people who could do with a shower stand far too close (actually, that reminds me of the tube). I daydream of the good old English queue: orderly, friendly, polite. You always know your place in an English queue. It is behind the person in front of you and in front of the person behind you. So comforting. Not so in an Israeli scramble, especially when it is 30 degrees Celsius outside and the bus has air conditioning.
When I think of punnets and punnets of beautiful summer fruits: strawberries, blueberries, redcurrants, raspberries and oh-so juicy, succulent blackberries I could almost cry – really. Here you can buy a tiny, overpriced berry mix from the freezer section of your local supermarket. It just doesn’t even come close. Not even a little bit.
Last week, I had one of those moments when I discovered a new service in London – something that is so ME I just had to order it for a friend so I could hear about how it was. GRAZE is a wonderfully clever idea to feed star snackers like myself who also like to be healthy. Dubbed “healthy eating by post” these clever people deliver a nutritionally balanced, personalized snack pack to your desk on a weekly basis. Yum.
I ordered one for my friend Katie and they sent her a seed, dried fruit and nut mix called “Rock the Casbah” with dates, walnuts and pumpkin seeds; a Japanese rice cracker mix; hot chilli cashews; and chocolate beans. You can also get fresh fruit and there is a huge variety of tempting things to choose from, including mixes like the Milkshake mix (white chocolate, strawberries and chewy sun-dried banana); Abracadabra (Dried papaya spears, dried cherries & black flame jumbo raisins); and Beach Bum (Dried banana, coconut and mango). I LOVE things like this but alas, it is an ENGLISH thing. Sigh.
If any of you in England would like to sample Graze for yourselves, or anyone in Israel would like to order for a friend (or someone you want to impress), you can get your first box for free and your second half price if you just click here or use promotional code 9WB7T83. I’m so jealous.
While enjoying your civilized snacks, spare a thought for me – shoving my way on to the bus in the blasting heat while salivating after some fresh blueberries.