“Laughter would be bereaved if snobbery died.” Peter Ustinov

Hello, my name is Cindy and I am a food snob.


In one of those chainmails that do the rounds to share recipes, someone sent me this via email earlier in the week and I pasted it on Facebook, much to the amusement of my friends (who challenged me to actually make the dish):

Fritos Tuna Surprise


  • 1 can tuna, drained and flaked
  • 1 cup cooked rice
  • 1 can of mushroom soup, undiluted
  • 1/2 cup milk

Place in a shallow casserole dish.

Mix the following for topping:

  • 1 packet crushed Fritos
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted

Bake at 180° for 30 minutes.

Much as I am always up for a challenge, I got as far as buying the Fritos, but balked at the tinned soup. I simply can’t bring myself to make it. I see that two of my friends have done the recipe (links to their blogs when they post about it) so I may end up eventually doing it…

I opted, instead, to do Tandy’s challenge to use white onions in a recipe. I made a crust for Kinglip; of diced onions, Pesto Princess rocket & walnut pesto and chopped pistachio nuts and stuck it in the oven to bake. With sweet potato mash, a very simple and satisfying meal that put the horror of the Fritos recipe out of my mind …

“We must never confuse elegance with snobbery.” Yves Saint Laurent.


You still have a chance of winning a Pesto Princess apron. It’s very easy; simply leave a comment here, saying why you think you deserve it and Side View will choose the winner on Sunday.

79 Comments Add yours

  1. An apron. What’s an apron? 🙂

    No really don’t include me, just being silly. We all know that I hate too cook.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Maybe an apron would inspire you to start? 🙂

  2. But now I want some Fritos. Haven’t had those in a long time. Fritos and sprite mmmmmm.

    1. theonlycin says:

      hahaha … your poor tummy! 😉

  3. I deserve the apron because #1, My “Sunday-go-to-meeting clothes” would really appreciate it; #2, I love pesto; #3,it would maybe motivate me to start cooking again; #4, I’m more of a food snob than Cindy.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Sterling reasons, Paula 🙂

  4. libraryscene says:

    I would have thought it be the Fritos… what a recipe, eww! (and I’m not a foodie) Curious, what does a food snob eat for “junk”?

  5. nrhatch says:

    I can honestly say I have never opened/used/cooked with a can of cream of mushroom soup.

    I have, however, eaten my weight in Fritos over the years. 😀

    1. theonlycin says:

      Fritos are pretty addictive once the packet is open 😉

  6. Miss Chris says:

    Urgh Fritos and Tuna makes my tummy turn…..
    If your hands have touched the apron, maybe some your your cooking inspriation and genius will have rubbed off and I will become more adventerous with my cullinary prowess – I think I therefore deserve to win the apron! My cooking-jo has seriously left the building!

    1. theonlycin says:

      The apron will be sent directly from the Pesto Princess HQ, but their hands are sure to impart lots of cooking-jo 🙂

  7. souldipper says:

    Because a product made in South Africa will remove the geopathic stress lines from the area in front of my stove so I would be able to stand there longer than 3 minutes??

    1. theonlycin says:

      That’s a good reason, Amy 😉

  8. Will you promise if I win an apron 😀 that I don’t have to make the tuna surprise.
    🙂 Mandy

    1. theonlycin says:

      Hehehe, don’t know if the judge will issue any ‘must do’ recipes with the prize 🙂 xxx

  9. Clari says:

    I deserve the apron because once my Mom-in-law made the Fritos Surprise, and I ate it. I ate it and I LIKED it. (Now we don’t want that happening again, do we? So: hand me that apron!) (And a glass of good wine.)

    1. theonlycin says:

      Good grief, you LIKED it? *faints*

  10. Chips on food and a packet of brown onion soup – one should be able to call the police in for both!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Indeed, it is criminal 😉

  11. I suppose I had better NOT say I deserve to win the apron *giggle*

    For some people any variety in their food from just fried steak, egg and chips may be what’s needed. Even if it involves fritos and packet soup.

    Do I assume I won’t be getting that wonderful concoction on Sunday. (Phew)

    1. theonlycin says:

      No, I am going to cook duck with burnt Seville orange preserve for you and Tandy on Sunday 🙂

      1. Madmom says:

        Yums. I use Seville marmalade with I do gammon.

      2. Madmom says:

        *with should be *when.

      3. theonlycin says:

        Thought you’d been at the bleach ;p

  12. Madmom says:

    Maddad used to make that (but with potato instead of rice) in his bachelor days. I’m so glad he hasn’t offered to cook since we have been married. 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      Oh my, lucky indeed. (I’m using the orange preserve on a pork neck roast tomorrow 🙂 )

  13. Jamie Dedes says:

    Like something out of the ’50s. Yuk!
    Might make it palatable with bechamel instread of canned soup. But why. !! Ah well, those emails are always good for a chuckle.

    1. theonlycin says:

      I agree about the mirth they evoke 😉

  14. Tandy says:

    Hi, my name is Tandy and I am a food snob! Have a super day 🙂

  15. Supa says:

    Guess I’m not a food snob, I amke a very nice potato dish with brown onion soup! *wonders if she should sprinkle fritos on it next time?*

    1. theonlycin says:

      Put it in a bucket!

      1. Colleen says:

        Now that is a NOVEL idea……I saw buckets in kalk bay yesterday….some big enough for a flea and others big enough for an elephant. I was soooo tempted to actually buy one big enough to fill with something delectable! Maybe I will……maybe I wont!! 🙂 xx

      2. theonlycin says:

        We’re all loving buckets 😀

  16. I could not bring myself to even finish reading that recipe….. My stomach just turns, and turns. Almost taste it! Yuck, yuck.
    Apron though was totally gorgeous on you!!! I am sure it would be gorgoues on me- haha!!!

    1. theonlycin says:

      LOL, I am sure it would 🙂

  17. Liane says:

    I think I would stick to simply Frito’s too. (It sounds like one of those where, only once you’ve tried it, do you discover that it actually works much better than you might have ever imagined. But then again… I don’t know THAT much about food 😉 If it is really true that we eat with our eyes first, I do think your dish looks very appetizing.

    1. theonlycin says:

      It was simple and lovely 🙂

  18. brat.d.lux says:

    The apron sounds like a fabulous idea….! Except I’d probably end up painting with it on rather than cooking..!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Maybe you could paint with pesto 😉

  19. Adeeyoyo says:

    I do like Fritos but never think to buy them. One thing I have always hated is COOKED/HOT CANNED TUNA! I has to be cold for me, preferably with mayo. And it has to be canned in oil. Have you smelled the tuna in water? Now that’s one of my worst smells! 😦

    1. theonlycin says:

      No, I’m the opposite, can’t do the tuna in oil thing at all. 😦

  20. I need an apron – so that I can wipe my clay hands on that, instead of my T or jeans bottom. And for that reason I have to regretfully inform you that I am not a good candidate for a beautiful PP apron 😦
    BUT, PP goodies is the best. I go without rather than compromise on other brands.

    1. theonlycin says:

      That’s a lovely thing to say about their products and I am inclined to agree with you!

  21. I know how you feel, Cindy. I feel the same way about vases of carnations. They are simply not an experience I want to be close to.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Eeeek, carnations *small vomit*

  22. Cin, if you took this really SCARY recipe as a base and worked your magic on it, I’m sure it would become a masterpiece!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Too little time, too many good ingredients 😉

  23. Tes says:

    I’m ok with Frito and tuna…but the can of mushroom soup really gonna give me a head ache 🙂

  24. Boy, have I GIGGLED reading first the recipe, then the comments!

    Thank you all for the fun & laughter… and, of course, the complimentary comments! 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      All it needs is Aromat, hey Pesto Princess? 😉

  25. SuziCate says:

    Don’t blame you, am so NOT into tuna caserole…think my family would run away! I must admit that the bbq fritos did spike my interest though!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Hehehe, Fritos do have their place in the world 🙂

  26. bandsmoke says:

    I am kaput – hot tuna and canned soup ****shudder*** 😦 Do you get your kingklip fresh or boxed ?

    1. theonlycin says:

      We’re lucky to have a very good fresh fish shop in nearby Dunkeld 🙂

  27. slpmartin says:

    Fritos Tuna Surprise? Oh my…I’m afraid that I can quite imagine myself making that one. 😉

    1. theonlycin says:

      When hell freezes over, Charlie 😉

  28. Naomi says:

    Have to admit I have no claim on food snobbery – but can certainly appreciate how DELICIOUS your alternative looks 😀

  29. Recipe Chefs says:

    Excellent recipe. Thanks for sharing this post. I really enjoy reading your blog. Feel free to check out our recipes.

    1. theonlycin says:

      I will, thanks 🙂

  30. bluebee says:

    I don’t deserve the apron
    ‘cos I don’t do too much cooking
    my attempts at cordon bleu
    just end in tears and vloeking.
    But wait! My man, my masterchef –
    his old apron’s now a rag
    if I win the pesto princess comp
    I can dress him up in drag! 😉

  31. Oh Gawd (she says hanging her head in shame) – I try so hard NOT to be a food snob…., but the tin ingredients, I just can’t quite get around it.
    Time to join up with Food Snobs Anonymous for me.

    1. theonlycin says:

      We need a Food Snobs Anonymous badge!

  32. Linnie says:

    Don’t worry, the Fritos would not have made it into the “dish” at my place either… It would have been gobbled up in the parking lot already. 🙂

  33. Linnie says:


    Because, I’ll get hubby to wear it with the next girl’s night. *nudge nudge wink wink*

  34. Angeliqueca says:

    The weirdest request I have ever had was for a wedding, the bride wanted green beans and potatoes, topped with niknaks. YIKES!!

    I agree 100%…I am a food snob…guilty!

    1. Chantelle (JustMe) says:

      I ate that once when I lived in the Northern Cape *shudders at the thought of all that red sand*. Every second person brings it to braais with them!! Actually not as bad as it sounds, but still better without the Niknaks!!

      PS: This is not an apron entry as I already have my grubby paws on one! THANKS xxxxx

      1. theonlycin says:

        Enjoy, hope MissMe liked it 🙂

    2. theonlycin says:

      That was indeed a very bizarre request :O

  35. Colleen says:

    LOL! How did I miss this post? I am just so out of blogging these days. Food snob?? Oh I think I am too to a certain extent…But HEY! I cannot back down from a challenge like this to make bad food good. It certainly went down a treat here. I pimped to my hearts content of course which, I suppose, defeated the object of this retro recipe of ease and speed. But heck it wasn’t too bad at all. I will try and blog it today. Should have already done so but have been very lax in posting…hugs xx

    1. theonlycin says:

      I’m also a bit lax at the moment, have soooo much work :O and played all weekend 😉 love you. xxx

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