Acouple of weeks ago there was what blogs tend to call a “kerfuffle” over English food writer Delia Smith’s calling for using canned and other not- so- natural ingerdients. Thye controversy continues. Reader and commentor R Francis directed me to this hilarious article at the Guardian where a panel of chefs eat a dinner based on her new recipes. They are not kind.
“It is time, though, to taste. Out, first, comes the steaming risotto. “This,” remarks Giles kindly, “is like having a pig piss in your throat. It tastes of freezer and plastic. I don’t understand. If you can’t cook and you can’t afford to go out, eat a cheese sandwich.” William, and most of the others, are rather kinder: “Perfectly passable,” he ventures. “It could be a little better seasoned, but I’ve eaten far worse.” The chicken and leek pies fare less well. “This is inedible,” says Sybil. “Like school dinners,” says William. “Excuse me,” says Samantha, the dinner lady. “I resent that.” Giles wonders innocently whether Delia couldn’t have specified a rather more expensive cut of rat.”
It just gets better, Giles especially– RTWT.