Hint of basil, touch of sage, fresh ingredients? No not really. Before we get stuck in with what they delivered to me, lets explore what delicacies offered to me on the IFD[foot]Intestinal Failure Diet[/foot] menu:

  • Mains
    • Sausages
    • Fish Fingers
    • Chicken Nuggets
    • Burger
    • Shepard’s Pie
    • Sweet & Sour Chicken
    • Chicken Curry
    • Butternut Squash Curry
    • Fish in Cheese Sauce
    • Chicken with Cheese Sauce
    • Bolognaise
  • Carbohydrates
    • Rice
    • Chipped Potatoes
    • Mashed Potatoes
    • Jacket Potatoes
  • Sandwiches/Jacket Potatoes Fillings
    • Ham (Sliced)
    • Cheese
    • Chicken (Sliced)
    • Tuna
    • Egg Mayonnaise
  • Pudding
    • Custard
    • Yogurt
    • Tinned Fruit
    • Jelly & Ice Cream

Exciting Stuff no? Admit-idly the menu was conceived with co-operation from a mix of dietitians and the huge global corporation Medirest who provide all the food served at Southampton General Hospital (From the patients’ food, to every burger flipped at the Burger King Franchise on site – Yes Burger King).

The idea behind the menu is to give the patient lots of choice every day so they don’t rely on 3 meals to pick from (different everyday) as is the set up in other hospitals. Great idea, but in practice, with two meals a day to pick from this menu it probably won’t take long for me to get bored with this.

Over the next 3 weeks I’ll be re living my time in hospital – or at least the food I had in hospital – sharing some delights and revelations. I began Monday so today is day 3, when I got served the Dog Food Pie I showed you in my first post.

So check back tomorrow to see how quickly I get fed up of this menu. For now enjoy the sweet tenderness of a Slab of Spaghetti[foot] It was a ‘Slab’ because it was so dry it moved as one big entity, a bit like a spaghetti Pie. I’m seeing a recurring Pie theme already…[/foot] and a Luke Warm omelette. Now I like Salad cream; in fact more than once I’ve heard that joke ‘Want some Food with your Salad Cream’ but with this meal. No. I’d rather just have the salad cream; Its nicer on its own.

Note the Just incase Samwich ordered on the side? Its Ham and Cheese. Well Ham with a Pot of Cheese...
Note the Just in case Sandwich ordered on the side? Its Ham and Cheese. Well Ham with a Pot of Cheese…