A handful of words …

for Friday Fictioneers

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‘Over to our restaurant correspondent, Connie Serr. Hi, Connie!’ 


‘Thanks, Stu, I’m with the owner of the Skylight Eaterie, Tom Ketch. Tom, what’s made you so popular?’

‘Tomato ketchup’.

‘Really! What do your customers most enjoy eating Tom?’

‘Tomato ketchup’.

‘You have an award-winning chef, what’s the secret to his success?’

‘Tomato ketchup’.

‘I do believe that’s Santa Claus over there, what brings him here?’

‘Tomato ketchup’.

‘At least it won’t stain his jacket! You obviously love tomato ketchup’. 

‘No, I can’t stand the stuff’.

‘Oh! Thanks, Tom, back to the studio.


‘Where tomorrow Connie?’

‘A French bistrot Stu –  Vin au Gare’.


0000Thanks to Rochelle for hosting and for providing this week’s picture.


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56 thoughts on “A handful of words …

  1. Sadje Jan 26, 2022 / 17:20

    I remember going to a posh restaurant in DC and when my grandson asked for ketchup, they told us that they don’t serve ketchup! 😱

    Liked by 2 people

      • ahtdoucette Jan 27, 2022 / 14:07

        If it’s this one place I’ve heard about – a fancy burger joint(?) they will kick you out of you bring ketchup or anything to taint their food. I read about this somewhere. And thought, nope. LOL. Much rather go to this restaurant!

        Liked by 1 person

      • Keith's Ramblings Jan 28, 2022 / 14:17

        As an ex-restaurateur myself I take back the suggestion about taking his own, Anne!

        Liked by 1 person

  2. pensitivity101 Jan 26, 2022 / 18:06

    The boyfriend of a work colleague had tomato ketchup on everything………… even his Sunday roast dinner with gravy…………… and I thought ex partner was bad with brown sauce but at least he didn’t put it on a roast dinner!

    Liked by 1 person

      • pennygadd51 Jan 28, 2022 / 12:37

        I had a college friend who used to adulterate his roast chicken with vinegar and curry sauce from the local Chinese (yes, Chinese) restaurant. To be fair, I don’t think it would have made the taste of the roast chicken any worse. I’m sure the birds were all fed on fishmeal.


      • Keith's Ramblings Jan 28, 2022 / 14:23

        That sounds awful Penny! As he likes vinegar he’d probably enjoy Connie’s next visit, the Vin au Gare!


  3. Anita Jan 26, 2022 / 18:31

    He doesn’t stand it, but knows that all love Tomato Ketchup 🙂
    Santa’s dress won’t be stained for sure 🙂


  4. Michael Jan 26, 2022 / 23:29

    I rather enjoyed your use of the prompt

    Liked by 1 person

  5. trishsplace Jan 27, 2022 / 01:23

    I haven’t written this week, but that just looks like ‘an eye in the sky’ to me. ELO!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Keith's Ramblings Jan 27, 2022 / 12:57

      Now you come to mention it! I played Sky in the Sky by the Alan Parsons Project a couple of times yesterday!

      Liked by 1 person

  6. Danny James Jan 27, 2022 / 02:57

    I remember a gentleman is Ireland who remarked to me “can’t understand you yanks that put ketchup on your fries.”

    Liked by 1 person

  7. rochellewisoff Jan 27, 2022 / 12:08

    Dear Keith,

    This made me laugh out loud. Actually the place was a barbecue restaurant. Very astute that you caught the group of Santas. We actually did, too. Our friend John is a professional Santa who assembled the group years ago. This was their first get together in two years. We were so happy to see our buddy. 😀

    Love your story and your delightful reading.




    • Keith's Ramblings Jan 27, 2022 / 13:15

      It’s surprising what you see when you enlarge a picture on the screen! As barbecue restaurants go, that looks like a pretty special one. I feel some ribs coming on!

      Liked by 1 person

      • rochellewisoff Jan 27, 2022 / 13:55

        Their burnt ends weren’t too bad. Of course seeing a friend I hadn’t seen in quite a while made it even better. 😀

        Liked by 1 person

  8. GHLearner Jan 27, 2022 / 23:15

    Mr. Tom Ketch sure knows his business. I love it, the breathless fake excitement of the journalist/presenter included.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Keith's Ramblings Jan 28, 2022 / 14:33

      Not the most forthcoming interviewee, so Connie had to add a bit of a punch!


  9. msjadeli Jan 28, 2022 / 03:47

    Keith you read that just right. Reminds me of some Laurel and Hardy sketches.

    Liked by 1 person

  10. Margaret Jan 28, 2022 / 08:09

    Funny. He’s an astute businessman, obviously. And why oh why is that sauce so popular?

    Liked by 1 person

    • Keith's Ramblings Jan 28, 2022 / 14:45

      Good point, it does cancel out the flavour of whatever it’s squirted on. So why do I like it so much?

      Liked by 1 person

  11. James McEwan Jan 28, 2022 / 09:07

    I think there is too much sauce in this story, some people have simple tastes. I like the occasional HP Brown sauce on my mince–not too much, just a dab.

    Liked by 1 person

  12. Bill Jan 28, 2022 / 10:28

    I agree with Tom. But then, there is no accounting for taste. Well conceived, Keith. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  13. pennygadd51 Jan 28, 2022 / 12:40

    Heehee! Tom Ketch gave a very frank interview, didn’t he? Nice sketch about Tom Ketch.

    Liked by 1 person

  14. jillyfunnell Jan 28, 2022 / 13:28

    Well done for spotting the Santas because I didn’t! I loved your recording and your story and I wish I were a roving restaurant reporter like lucky Connie.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Keith's Ramblings Jan 28, 2022 / 15:35

      There they were, lurking in the corner! I wasn’t a reporter but before covid, I was a mystery diner secretly checking up on foody pubs for a national chain. That was fun!


  15. granonine Jan 28, 2022 / 17:51

    From Connie Serr to Tom Ketch, a great word play, Keith.

    I know people who put ketchup on EVERYTHING! Amazing.


  16. plaridel Jan 28, 2022 / 19:02

    to each his own. some folks do love ketchup. 🙂


  17. Tannille Jan 29, 2022 / 06:05

    Here it’s called tomato sauce. Doesn’t have the same ring to it… Tom Sauce?
    Either way, never was a fan.


  18. i b arora Jan 29, 2022 / 07:57

    of course one doesn’t have to like what one sells


  19. Vartika Jan 29, 2022 / 18:57

    I know some tomato ketchup lovers too. Good story..


  20. Nobbinmaug Jan 30, 2022 / 06:22

    Is that all it takes? I might invest in some tomato ketchup.


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