Sometimes your food just needs to give you a big hug

So we all use food to comfort us at times. Sometimes comfort food is nostalgic sometimes its just simply an easy-to-eat, easy-to-digest meal rich in calories, nutrients, or both. Tonight I thought I’ll go to see my best friend and have dinner. I have an exhibition and awards ceremony to attend in the food service industry tomorrow for work, so the plan was a nice chilled out evening. Well that was the plan, but of course nothing is ever easy…..

I arrived at Tescos to pick up the ingredients for dinner. We wanted a simple dinner so it was meant to be a simple pop in and pop out. I grabbed some sausages and potatoes and queued at the til. Bearing in mind I had just finished work, it was pretty busy. Finally I got to the front the cashier zapped my things through. Went to pay on my card and my card was rejected, not declined but rejected as if it was invalid and was out of date. We had to try to let me swipe in and sign instead but no. The girl at the til had seen me in before always using the same card and knew me well enough to know that the card was fine. She said she couldn’t work out why the system wasnt even registering the card to let me retype in my pin. I knew I had money and I havent changed the pin so we were both pretty puzzled.

So I said don’t worry I’ll go home and transfer the cash through Natwest to my savings account and come back and pay, so she popped my things to the side. I came home and tried to log online and guess what? Natwest 3D secure. The message said in the little grey box you will only have to enter these details as a one-off. So I started to enter the details. Name, Long card No, Start Date, Expiry Date, security Digits, Full Postal Address and then ATM PIN NUMBER. Luckily I know that no bank would ever ask me for this!! So I called Natwest. The guy on the phone couldn’t explain why my card had been rejected as it was in date, he was even more confused when I said what the online banking had supposedly said. So he cancelled my card and reissued. He also had to transfer my balance across to my savings account! It seems that somehow my Natwest card and online banking had been hacked, I was just incredibly lucky to realise.

After this ordeal, back to Tesco I go and grabbed our tea. I sure needed my dinner by this point! Thank god for the cuddle on a plate that was produced that made me feel human again. A simple meal rich in veggies and yumminess; Sausages, Creamy Mash Potatoes, Peas, Broccoli and Gravy.

So whats your comfort food?




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