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Click pic to view comments - Confirmed sighting: Barry Norman Pickled Onions Confirmed sighting: Barry Norman Pickled Onions
Posted: 21:14 Fri 30-Nov-2007. Price: 1.99/ 560g. Location: Tesco. Nutritional unusualness: Contains Mustard - "Barry Norman never buys pickled onions [...] Using a 19th century recipe handed down from grandmother to mother to son he makes them himself".
I thought these were actually a bit too "Hot and Spicy!" myself but, as Barry's Spitting Image puppet used to put it, "And why not - and that, in a sense, is what it's there for". Anyway, over to "Andy", who reports: Just tried Barry Norman (yes, that Barry Norman...) Pickled Onions and they're superb - lovely spicy pickle. Definitely the best on the market, although Branston Pickled onions in Branston vinegar come a close second.

...In other heated exchanges: remarkably for a Heinz product, the controversially named Heinz Farmers' Market Tomato And Red Pepper Soup I tried hardly tasted of tomato at all, while "TalkShowHost" thought there was in fact more to add regarding Heinz Snap Pots (1.48 for 4, ASDA, Great Bridge), elaborating: "I saw these featured in a newspaper article a while ago but then couldn't find them anywhere. The article in question was about how people are getting lazier when it comes to food preparation. So a ready serve pack of beans or hoops fits the lazy nation idea exactly."

"When I finally did see them the other day I purchased the Beanz variety as I hate Hoops (they remind me of the nasty Tomato Skips) and must say that my expectations weren't too high. Right I was too - they are nasty! They look like normal Heinz Beanz but when you taste them there is something wrong - as if they had been left to go cold and then reheated a few times. I gave the other three pots to various members of my family and they totally agreed with me - my grandad actually said they tasted exactly like the cheapest beans in Lidl. Since I don't go into Lidl very often this is impossible for me to confirm, but if it is true it would be a blow for Heinz (4 pots for 1.48 is a bit steeper than the Lidl rate of around 8 pence a can)."


Posted: 15:41 Mon 03-Dec-2007 by "Andy" # permalink comment
Comment: I love these onions and have just opened my third jar in a week but they are indeed a good deal spicier than your average pickled onion; probably best avoided unless you usually go for the Madras or Vindaloo at your local curry house!
Posted: 22:38 Mon 03-Dec-2007 by "Yay! Lovely fish!" # permalink comment
Comment: I have a pickled onion fetish at the moment, I've tried most supermarket brands & names & none quite hit the mark tang & strengh wise! (Maybe the branston ones do) Just brought these tonight and they are SUPERB! Truly the best pickled onion i've found on the market, blow your head off! I'm off back down tesco to stock up!
Posted: 10:58 Fri 11-Jan-2008 by "Fishbulb" # permalink comment
Comment: I found these back in the good old days of November 2007, hidden away in a local Tesco. Despite my hunting, I was unable to find them anywhere else, even other Tesco branches! Needless to say I agree wholeheartedly with the comments here, these are the Rolls Royce of the pickled vegetable world, substantially outpacing old favourites such as silverskins, baby beetroot and even Branston, the former throne-sitter. Having eventually relocated them in the original Tesco, I bought the lot and gave them to people for Xmas. Not one person has had the guts to try them yet, but "Barry Norman never buys pickled onions..." is fast becoming a catchphrase...
Posted: 19:48 Sun 30-Mar-2008 by "llama" # permalink comment
Comment: I find these pickles far to hot, they discust me utterly, the norman should be ashamed of his worthless little self.
Posted: 18:34 Sat 26-Apr-2008 by "Onion fetishist" # permalink comment
Comment: Garners pickled onions are very good too... the shallots especially so. It' a dead heat compared with Barry Norman's pickled wonders.
Posted: 14:51 Wed 24-Sep-2008 by "Dr.Pekka Burger" # permalink comment
Comment: This thing is not for sale in Finland. Sometimes my friend and fellow lamp post enthusiastic observation man brings me Barry Norman's pickled onions to Finland. We take after the sauna with beer and ruis bread. Yes, it a tasty thing from Mr Barry who ever he is. I think film man or is it golf. well, from Joensuu we love these onions.
Posted: 18:06 Sat 13-Dec-2008 by "Bummah" # permalink comment
Comment: I concur with the microwavable Heinz beans, I tried them earlier this year and ick, disgusting. Might as well dig out a thrown away can in the garbage bin.
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