Just returned from holiday - yesterday was my first day back.
Actually we made it to Birmingham on Saturday night after a week in the Yorkshire Dales. Not much of a holiday, in fact. One of the reasons we went there was to be close by if my mother-in-law in Harrogate who had been ill for months took a turn for the worse.
She did, passing away on the Sunday we arrived. A hectic week supporting the family culminated in her funeral on the Friday. A big turnout for a much-loved lady. Not surprising, then, that when we reached home in Moseley around 7pm nobody was in the mood to cook.
Nobody was much in the mood for chips, either, so it was decided to order a pizza. One of those £9.99 deals where if you order a family one you can get a regular for nothing.
I don't know how they manage to do it so cheap.
And it tastes quite nice, too. Not all fast food is rubbish.
Britons spend almost £50 a month each eating out, according to a new study. Last year, a total of £34.5 billion went on takeaways, restaurants and ready-made sandwiches - equal to every man, woman and child spending £47.57 on them a month.
We had taken a cottage near Skipton and lunch on the Sunday while my wife dashed across to Harrogate was a pub affair. A 25-minute walk along grass verges beside a busy road to the nearest hostelry. Gosh, they are costly affairs these days. By the time you have had a couple of rounds of drinks to wash down the meal you don't get much change out of £40-£50.
As to the funeral, it fell to us to get most of the food in for the wake afterwards. Sandwiches, sausage rolls, pork pie and lots more besides. The remnants got heated up for lunch the next day. I don't want to look at another sausage roll for weeks.
Research by the food and grocery think-tank IGD and industry analyst Horizons shows more people are eating out than ever and that, allegedly - and it certainly does not feel like it - it is becoming increasingly cheap to do so.
IGD senior economic analyst James Walton said: "Eating out in Britain is becoming more accessible and more affordable all the time.
"The British consumer has more choice than ever before in terms of where they go and what they eat.
"From the traditional fish and chip shops and burger chains, to a restaurant selling locust and cricket salad and crocodile fillet, the average British citizen has an incredibly wide variety of venues and cuisine from which to choose."
There are 55,700 restaurants and takeaways in the UK, which, combined with outlets such as hospital, work and school cafeterias, make up 31 per cent of the £112.5 billion food and drink industry.
Thankfully though Yorkshire has some of the best butchers in the land. So, albeit we did live on junk food to some extent, there was also some wonderful mince, tatties and fresh peas.
And the sausage, bacon and, in particular, black pudding is top notch.
Pick and mix, I say. There's a time for junk food and a time for home-cooked meat and two veg.