Sample of conversation from a climbing club meet in Northumberland...
'Oh, what you cooking?'
'Couscous,' I replied.
'Bit bland that stuff, cant eat it.'
'It's not bland if you add some toasted pine nuts and Parmesan cheese to it.'
'Cant be bothered with all that messing around, I'm off to the pub.'
Later that evening in the pub, 'How was the food?' I asked.
'Alright, not great, expensive...'
'The couscous were good; I added some chick peas and tomato to them, and job done.'