Delia Smith: no funny business allowed!

IN 1987, I had a part-time job at the in-store bakery – this was the start of a number of funny business scenarios whilst working in a food preparation area. There were many funny business events, but here are my top three:

Funny business #1: A guy and girl have a bit of rumpy pompy at the back of the in-store bakery. He boasts to the other colleagues about his conquest, she hears about his boasting and goes after him with a knife.

Funny business #2: My colleague looks mortified when returning from the back of the bakery. “What’s wrong?” – “I just saw him with his willy out having a wee in the sink!”

Funny business #3: Noticing a trend that the two girls I worked with acted rather rowdily after 3pm on Saturdays, I wanted to get to the bottom of this behavioural change. The culprit was a bottle of Thunderbird that was swigged behind the high-stacked bags of breadmaking flour. I soon joined in with the Thunderbird swigging and we became a trio of rowdy drunkards at work.

The three memorable funny business occurrences took place in the 1980s, and luckily, everyone involved kept their jobs. I have to admit, even though the funny business events were funny at the time, I’d rather work in a calmer environment: my ideal would be working alongside Delia in her kitchen. I’ve always admired her calmness in the kitchen. I grew-up watching Delia knock-up lots of delightful looking food, and not once was there a hint of any funny business: no rumpy pompy, no threatening knife wielding, no drunk behaviour, and I really couldn’t imagine her having a quick wee on the worktop whilst the cameras focused elsewhere. Delia’s kitchen is also free-from Pyrex dish hurling, Creda oven-door slamming and wooden spoon hurling – the perfect food preparation environment to work in.

I can hear some of you saying, “Ahh, wait a minute, in 2005 Delia was drunk and made a drunken outburst at a football match!” My reply: 1) Delia denied that she was drunk and she’s not a liar, 2) Her passionate speech was outside the kitchen walls, and 3) It was in 2005, get over it!


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2 thoughts on “Delia Smith: no funny business allowed!”

    1. I’m glad it made you laugh and thanks for your comment 😀. Yes, I’m sure Delia is perfectly behaved .. most of the time😉

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