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The coronation chicken sandwiches of life

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

This is a true story. About 12 years ago, I developed a passion for Somerfield coronation chicken sandwiches. For those of you in the States, Somerfield is a supermarket chain here in the UK. Here's a rundown of who shops where:

Waitrose: Wills and Kate buzz around their local Waitrose on a Saturday afternoon getting in apple and spice yoghurts and Poilane bread.

Marks and Sparks (or Spencer if you want to be pedantic): for people who only shop in Waitrose when they've just been paid.

Sainsbury's: for normal people. Me.

Tesco's: for people who are watching what they spend. I shop there the week before payday. Or if I want chocolate waffles which nowhere else sells. But I don't want them at the moment, of course.

Somerfield: the only thing I've ever bought there was their coronation chicken sandwiches. There was a branch near my old job. I loved those sandwiches. Which brings me to the point of the blog. Insofaras there IS a point.

To me, Somerfield coronation chicken sandwiches were sandwich nirvana. Diced chicken breast with flaked almonds and raisin in sweetened spiced mayo. There was mango chutney involved too I think. I could have eaten them every day for a month and occasionally came close. Then one day, I read a newspaper article about supermarket sandwiches and hidden calories.

And JUST GUESS which supermarket sarnie came out on top of all the supermarket sarnies in the UK for being calorific?

Oh I don't need to tell you do I?

No I can't remember how many calories in that sandwich. I was so traumatised I blanked it out. I don't think I ever ate another one, that's how bad it was.

I don't think they sell them any more. I had a coronation chicken sarnie from Marks and Sparks the other day but it clocked a mere 520 calories (all counted). It was good, but I've had better. From Somerfield.

Life is a coronation chicken sandwich. Some bits of it are so delicious you really have to limit how much you consume, else you wouldn't appreciate them, and they wouldn't be good for you.

But life's coronation chicken sandwiches are the bits that keep you going when it's pouring with rain and you've got a cold and you've had a lousy day at work and your cats aren't speaking to you. (I shouldn't have eaten the rest of those beanz of course.)

Here's the last word on coronation chicken. Don't try this at home. Too many calories.
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    Home-made is good too... my daughetr loves my egg mayonnaise in her sandwiches, oh, or even tuna mayo - must be a daughter/mum thing!!
    2012 days ago
  • LIS193
    Sounds like a great sandwich to share!
    2012 days ago
    Brussels Sprouts are GREAT!!! good choice : ) your body is liking and seeking nitrous food this is emoticon and thank you for your blogs you keep me smiling with your adventures : )
    2012 days ago
    It sounds like a great item to share with a friend - ME!!!!
    I'm on my way over, hold on for a second.
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    2013 days ago

    Comment edited on: 10/18/2012 3:12:27 PM
    Another delightful blog. Thanks for shairing.
    2013 days ago
    Oh I know what you mean about being so surprised when you find out just how many calories are in some of the foods we love! Congratulations on giving up such a thing that meant so much to you. Hope the cats speak to you again soon.
    2013 days ago
    To have your cats not speak to you is the ultimate affront!

    I absolutely love your blog. I think we can all come up with a fave food treat that left us horrified when we learned the calorie count!

    2013 days ago
    emoticon sounds GREAT : ) I hope your cats forgive you lol :D
    2013 days ago
    Glad I've never had one and wish I never had pizza!
    2013 days ago
    Ha, you forgot to mention Asda and Lidl where us povs can be found stocking up on value toilet paper x
    2013 days ago
    Sounds really good! Isn't it amazing though how many calories are in the food we used to eat, before we knew better!? I use the SP food tracker on my phone application and it the food is too much, I won't order it! If I eat something that ends up being high in calories, when I didn't think it would be- I get mad! It is no wonder most of the world is obese or overweight! emoticon
    2013 days ago
    My fav sandwich is a chicken superclub, with chicken, bacon and salad in Pret A Manger caf├ęs I adore them.

    Love your take on who shops where- spot on!!!! emoticon
    2013 days ago
    WOW! Thanks for sharing.
    2013 days ago
    Coronation Chicken Sandwich sounds terrific. I am sure I would love it. My taste in food seems to be that the more calories it has, the more I love it! Now I'm learning to cut the things I love in half so that I can still eat what I love. Today I shared a Wendy"s chocolate frosty with my husband. We shared the calories, too, so neither of us had too many! emoticon
    2013 days ago
  • L1ZB3TH354
    emoticon emoticon great blog as usual. Hope your cats are talking to you again!
    2013 days ago
    I have never had Coronation Chicken but the calorie count ensures I'd probably like it.
    2013 days ago
  • JUNEAU2010
    My mouth is watering! But, I too, have some foods that I dare not touch unless I want to destroy my wellness journey!
    2013 days ago
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  • DJSHIP46
    Sounds heavenly... So glad they don't make them here, no temptation emoticon
    2013 days ago
    What a great blog!!! Thank you for sharing!! I hope Somerfield is better than the USA's sandwich shops. The only good one has gotten so chincy with its ingredients that it's not very appealing anymore. The USA itself as a sandwich is the same. The ingredients aren't what they use to be, and they leave a bad taste in your mouth.

    Have a great Thursday!!

    2013 days ago
    Thanks, now I am hungry!! emoticon
    2013 days ago
    I love funny blogs - thank you!

    We went to lunch at a place near my brother's office - basic beef sandwich began at 900+ calories! I went with grilled chicken with a side of potatoes and the grilled artichoke, for a total of close to 500 cals. Tasty and so much better for me!!!
    2013 days ago
  • EZRIN101
    Bahaha Love the analogy
    2013 days ago
  • CHRIS3874
    I just kept thinking of coronation street. But where does asda fit in your list ?
    2013 days ago
  • KIPPER15
    I used to love Taco Bell and would eat it daily. The carmel apple pie was to die for. I tried it a couple of weeks ago and did'nt like it at all. Tastes change. emoticon I have moved on to better things. emoticon
    2013 days ago
    Oh and btw, round here, Marks is also used by people who are actually quite broke, and needing to get something for dinner for one night. Cheaper than the local shops, closer than Tesco/Sainsburys/Asda. In short, Marks round here relies upon people messing up their budgeting!
    2013 days ago
    What a delightful blog. Thank you. And the link provided much more info than I cared for, not to mention calories; but thank you for including it to give this Yank a better idea of what the chicken dish entails.

    It's a real shame when something we love to eat turns out to be so unhealthy! Breaks one's heart!
    2013 days ago
    Thanks for the tip, in case I am ever back in the U.K. I will keep away.
    2013 days ago
    Coronation chicken? Back in the day, that used to be one of my 'regular dishes' to make. Why did I stop? Oh yeah, the damn calories. Shame, it was also a useful way to use up some of the turkey at 'C' word time.
    2013 days ago
  • LINDAK25
    Oh, dear. I just read the other comments and Squirrellyone said something that (unfortunately) is most often true: sometimes we discover what once tasted amazing is now just . . . blah. Now that I've cut way back on salt and dairy (I'm allergic) things just don't taste the same. When we go out I have to be careful what I order because things that I used to order taste too salty now. In fact, so salty they're inedible! So, treasure the memory!

    And yes, those are the bits that get you through when you're feeling crummy. (I once used the word "crummy" in my Sunday School Class and the kids thought it was a bad word. Do you think Southerners don't use that word?) Gee, my cat wouldn't have minded sitting on your lap after you ate beanz at all, unless you sneezed! She hated loud noises.
    2013 days ago
  • LYNCHD05
    Always fun to read your blog. Some people just have the knack to talk about something that is really nothing and make it interesting. I need you to write about my life, it Pravachol ly is a hoot and I don't even know it!!!!!!!
    2013 days ago
    Sometimes...just need to have that "special something" again, and one of two things will happen: 1) It just doesn't taste the same as you remember it, or 2) It tastes exactly how you remembered it. So you can enjoy a special treat for ONE day, ONE time and then move on. Many times I've had something, only to have to throw it out or give it away because it just doesn't taste the same as I remember. With all of the healthier food I've been eating, my taste buds have been "retrained" as it were. Good thing, too.
    2013 days ago
    Are you a writer by trade? You write such fun blogs, it makes me think you perhaps write for your paycheck. :D

    The mango chutney sounds lovely. You can have the chicken, though. I'll go for the "coronation" dark-chocolate covered caramels. ;)
    2013 days ago
    Thanks for the link! I must try Coronation Chicken sometime; I absolutely love curry dishes... :D
    2013 days ago
  • LEXIE63
    I live on tax credits currently, as my business isn't exactly booming, but as Waitrose is my local supermarket (literal 10 min walk from my front door) I guess I am the exception that proves your rule! LOL It is totally my go-to shop! Tesco only gets a visit for a few things I can't get at Waitrose and really really WANT!
    Like peanut puffs. :-)
    Was never a fan of corrie chicken, sorry to say.
    I'm a prawn and mayo sarney girl. :-)
    2013 days ago
  • DMF2012
    I loved this blog - thanks for sharing!
    2013 days ago
    Fascinating lesson on chicken and life! Thank you!


    2013 days ago
  • LIZZIE888
    ...funny that no one under the age of 40 refers to it as "Marks and Sparks" any more - it's "M&S" to them... which I think is sort of sad really as Marks and Sparks had values that M&S has forsaken.
    2013 days ago
    It sounds like something I do want to try - one of the simpler versions, kitchen time and patience are limited. Thanks for the recipes!
    2014 days ago
    What fun to read this and I loved hearing about all of the stores. I live in the states but have been to the UK many times and I have been to Marks and Spencer which I really liked.
    I loved your comparison of Life with Coronation, I will now think of Life being a Coronation or maybe a chicken sandwich! emoticon

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    2014 days ago
    OMG that sounds amazing!

    Of course, I have a similar problem with a certain coffee company's Pumpkin Bread...

    Ugh, can't go to... there... or my soul will be eaten and I'll put all my weight back on and diiiieeee...

    Alright, I'm just being dramatic...

    Love the blog, and completely feel you!
    2014 days ago
    For me, it's Boot's Egg and Bacon sarnie - it's among the first things I must have after landing at Heathrow!
    2014 days ago
  • POPSY190
    2014 days ago
    LOL! LOL! You kill me! Thanks!
    2014 days ago
  • DALID414
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  • KONRAD695
    Now I've got to look up what a "Coronation Chicken" consists of, make it, and eat it. How many hours at the gym will it take to work off?

    My food downfall is a breaded and cast iron fried pork chop.
    2014 days ago

    Comment edited on: 10/17/2012 4:32:19 PM
    Thanks for sharing... I love that you share... It is so very much fun for me. Audra.
    2014 days ago
    my husband likes coronation chicken in his baguette for lunch. He likes Tescos or Sainsbury's but doesn't like Morrisons as it has spring onions in. (We are coro chicken geeks too!)
    He is still managing to lose weight as he is very good at only eating what he is given and not rooting round in the kitchen for extras!
    I hope you find a nice Somerfield sandwich soon
    2014 days ago
    2014 days ago
    Sounds so yummy and high calorie, but i would love to try one just once to say I had and then swear off them
    2014 days ago
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