I was at a networking event this afternoon and we were all sat down around a big table for a buffet lunch. (I will go anywhere a buffet goes.) I had nearly finished and was dithering over my last mouthful. I looked down at my plate – one small piece each of hard boiled egg, bread roll and butter, new potato, cucumber and tomato.
I looked up at the people sat closest to me and then down again at the plate.
‘I’m trying to create the perfect last mouthful,’ I said.
‘Oh my God yes!’ said at least two of the group.
‘I thought I was the only one who did this!’ said another.
A couple of people looked blank, as though they were surrounded by loons.
‘Um, NO,’ I said, reassuringly, ‘everyone does it surely? No one wants the last mouthful of a meal to be a crappy one do they? God, imagine eating a whole delicious sandwich and finishing with a bit of dry crust!’
I went on to expand on examples of how to create the perfect last mouthful – eating around a Big Mac until you’re left with the ultimate central bite, working your way through a roast dinner to make sure you leave yourself with one piece of potato, some stuffing, half a sprout and a good lashing of gravy, that sort of thing.
It was a bonding moment.
Some people it seemed had gone their whole lives thinking they were alone in their weirdness and the group sharing felt almost like therapy.
‘You should write a blog post about it,’ someone said.
So here it is.
I’d love to know what lengths you go to to create that perfect last mouthful. Do you always eat your pizza crusts first? Is there a magic roast dinner combination? Leave a comment and let me know.