Back in the Old Days, way before Downton, there was Upstairs, Downstairs [the great original one, not the awful newer incarnation]
And downstairs you would find Mr Hudson and Mrs Bridges ruling the household staff with a mixture of stern glances and wry smiles.
I am not sure when the “Mrs Bridges Food Company” in Arbroath was founded, but their website makes it quite clear that they consider themselves to be carrying on the spirit of the Eaton Place Kitchen in the way they produce their products.
Among our Christmas presents, we received a jar of Mrs Bridges Cranberry and Orange Treats. These are basically small boiled sweets – each about the size of a fresh cranberry. They are exceedingly delicious. And wonderful to suck very slowly, so they last ages!
We are really enjoying these little sweets – but we’re a bit perplexed by the website which says
As you’d expect from a deluxe brand with traditional values, the Mrs Bridges collection is crafted using classic methods…Based at our family run company in Arbroath on the east coast of Scotland, Mrs Bridges products are all manufactured with no additives, thus we preserve tradition - and more importantly rich flavour.
With the best of Scottish soft fruits on our doorstep in the berry fields of Scotland, Mrs Bridges’ recipes use only the highest quality crops to produce a notably superior collection of food gifts. As Mrs Bridges herself would say “the difference is in the taste” creating a deluxe range from original recipes…
The reason we are perplexed is that the back of the jar lists these ingredients; sugar, glucose syrup, palm oil, citric acid, emulsifier, soya lecithin, flavourings, concentrates, apple, radish, sweet potato, pumpkin, carrot.
Now I am not denying that their radishes, sweet potatoes, apples, pumpkins and carrots are all sourced from the ‘highest quality crops’ – it is just that I vaguely expected there to be a cranberry or an orange appearing somewhere in the list!
Never mind – they taste very good [with all those vegetables included, can I count them among my five-a-day?]