It’s become customary to begin our Wine Pairing evenings, at Lanser’s on Main in Bryanston, with a Poem. We try to keep them light and amusing. For our Tokara Wine Pairing evening held on 8 May 2021, we began with this poem by Jan Allison.

Just Desserts

by Jan Alison

I was at my favourite restaurant and I’d had a lovely meal,
if I finished all my food then a pudding was the deal
I’d relished every morsel and was pleased as a Cheshire cat,
the dessert menu was on its way, oh I couldn’t wait for that

The waitress brought the menus, I rubbed my hands with glee,
oh sticky toffee pudding, now that’s the one for me
She came to take the order – we had waited as you do,
turning to me she said ‘now Madam, what can I get you’

Oh stiffy cockie pudding please was my swift reply –
I didn’t realise what I’d said till I saw tears form in her eye.
I went as red as a beetroot and the others began to laugh,
at my spoonerism which turned into a complete gaffe

The pudding it came quickly but I couldn’t wait to leave,
I choked on every mouthful, how my stomach it did heave
So please take notice of my error on this horrendous day,
if you order sticky toffee pudding be careful what you say!


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