I shall be dining tonight on roast pork, egg and potato footballs. That's posher, aint it? Well, I fancied ham egg and chips for a change, but Tesco were keen to free themselves of around half a pig's worth of roast pork from the deli counter this afternoon and had it on special offer, wrapped in bags atop the deli counter in the hope it would sell at half price before being dumped on the desperate shelf. I reasoned that ham is also pork and I'm just as partial to roast pork as I am ham and I doubt our pup can tell the difference yet if there's any leftovers. On that note, I gather my sweetheart made an inroad into the main ingredient for my dinner, testing whether it would work in her stir fry along with the king prawns she'd bought. She tells me the cat went bonkers over the chance to eat the fat. I very much doubt they'll both be patiently sitting side by side next to me when I dine in the hope of being fed a morsel. The pup will almost certainly be, because he'll eat anything going. The cat is far more selective though, so if he really likes pork fat, it could be interesting to drop a piece midway between them to see what happens. I was reliably informed we have eggs somewhere, so the only thing left to buy was the chips. Goodness, what a choice of frozen potato products they now offer. Almost an entire aisle of them in every conceivable shape, even letters of the alphabet. I gave up searching for bog-standard chips after I discovered the potato footballs, which I imagine will turn out to somewhat mid-way between chips and roast potatoes, and anticipate my meal with the optimism of a man who says "If you don't try them, you'll never know what you missed." It turns out that potato footballs are spherical-shaped pieces of potato with a diameter around 1.5cm. I can only imagine they are produced by grinding the corners off of potato cubes, which I recently noticed a competitor was selling and tried. They were very nice, as it happens, so I'll be fascinated to learn what advantages the the spherical equivalent offers. I'll be fascinated too to learn what happens to all the potato that gets ground off. I'm sure it ends up another potato product, but which one? I reckon that crisps get the first whack out of a peeled potato and there's a hierarchy for the rest. A few years ago, I would have suggested that Nik-Naks are made from the peelings, but have you seen the price of them these days? Over three quid for twelve small packs and it looks like they don't sell single packs any more. Nik-Naks were once the cheapest potato junk you could buy, but I reckon there's been a bit of market re-positioning taken place lately. They always were a punishment to eat, but it was tolerable when they only cost 20p per packet and you were starving with only 20p left in your pocket. Who in their right mind would outlay over three quid to get their hands on them, when you can often get a packet of "Kettle" crisps for a quid?