A Catchup Packet

Found in all catchup shops, catchup packets are compact meals designed to be eaten on the go so you can have your other hand on the reins or steering wheel. Or take the meal to a picnic, campsite, work, or school. Comprised mostly of finger foods, no utensils are needs. Napkins upon request. For a reasonably price, you get nuggets or a sandwich, a side of fries or chips, a sauce, and a dessert. As a bonus, every packet comes with a small toy or book to accompany or entertain you as you dine. Toys and books are changed out regularly, if not daily, depending on the supplies at hand. These tchotchke are highly collectible, beloved, and controversial (depending on region). Buyer be ware. The meals come in compostable paper bags, cloth wraps, thin bamboo boxes, or straw buckets, depending on region. You can also bring your own container and have them fill it up for you.   Depending on the reign you're in, the sandwich may be a hamburger, taco, gyro, hotdog, hand pie, wraps and burritos, or anything you can hold and eat one handed. The sauce are also very beloved and controversial.

Mechanics & Inner Workings

Protein: pick one Nuggets: a half-dozen tiny patties of ground-up meats and spices and/or sneaky veggies that are battered and fried; meat (turkey, chicken, pork, mutton, or beef) veggies (beans, corn, carrots, mushrooms, cauliflower, broccoli, spinach, onions, and/or nuts) Burger: a large pan-fries patty sandwiched between either bread or large mushrooms; meat (turkey, chicken, pork, mutton, or beef) veggies (beans, corn, carrots, mushrooms, cauliflower, broccoli, spinach, onions, and/or nuts)   Carbs, complex: savory, pick one Fries: hard or root veggies or cheese cut into sticks or cubes, then fried plain or battered, and dusted in salt/seasonings or spices and/or cheese; sweet potatoes, turnups, carrots, okra, mushrooms, or cheese Chips: baked crackers of grains, cheese, and/or slices veggies   Carbs, simply; Dairy: sweets, desserts, pick one Milks: from dairy or nuts; flavored with fruits, melons, sweet veggies and berries; strawberry, chocolate, mint, pomegranate, corn, 'pumpkin (squash) spice', melon, or cinnamon Yogurt: flavored or 'plain' or as a parfait-like thing with fruits, melons, berries, nuts, and/or granola.   Sauce: for dipping fries and nuggies:) ketchup/red ketchup/normal ketchup (tomato and vinegar based), yellow ketchup (mustard and only in Dwarf Mountain), white ketchup (ranch), spicy ketchup (barbeque), green ketchup (pesto, a goblin favorite), chunky ketchup (chili), sweet and sour ketchup (sweet and sour sauce), pink ketchup (mayo and ketchup), orange ketchup (buffalo sauce), sweet ketchup (honey), brown ketchup (poutine) or meme ketchup (szechuan sauce, a troll delicacy, rumored to be a myth).   Water is always free and available in every public fountain in any settlement. The fountains are feed by cistern that catch rainwater and wells that tap into springs.

History

Been a part of peoples' lives for several generations now. Throughout history, humans have found a need to have fast and cheap take-away food. No one remembers where or when the first catchup packet where made. Everyone says their home town invented it. No one remembers if the catchup shop came first or if the catchup packets did.

Significance

For some peoples, catchup packets are their only hot meal. Many people have them for lunch or dinner. Many children beg their parents for catchup packet just to get the toys. Many people are grateful for the books to read on morning commutes.  They are quick, inexpensive, ubiquitous, the epitome of convenience.
Item type
Consumable, Food / Drink
Current Location
Rarity
Omnipresent
Dimensions
around 8 in x 8 in, 20 cm x 20 cm
Base Price
nominal

Comments

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Dec 19, 2022 18:20 by E. Christopher Clark

This is THE. ABSOLUTE. BEST. I loves me some ketchup/catsup, so this was right up my alley, and that line "You can also bring your own container and have them fill it up for you" had me wishing the people of the real world would come to their senses and offer something like this.

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Dec 21, 2022 00:22

Thanks so very much. I asked my seven year old what comfort food meant to her and she said, "McDonald's Happy Meal!" It took a while to figure out how to put fast food and convenience stores in a fantasy story. They keep popping up in our real life history, so I knew she was on to something. I was stuck thinking up parody names and landed on 'Philip's fill up', but other people have had that idea. 'Philip's fill up' then morphed into 'catchup shop'. My husband loves ketchup and it was just perfect. I still laugh at how absurd it is, but then again, so is the real world, lol.