Slim pickings this week folk. Also, I’m off to Sri Lanka for three weeks so there may be something of a hiatus in adding to the compost till I return depending on access to wifi or reliable modems J
1. The trouble with truffles; they’re not worth the hype or the price
‘To me, they are the epitome of conspicuous consumption. More power to you if you’re ordering the truffle supplement purely to show you can afford it – go wild, light up a cigar with a wad of 50s while you’re at it. Take a big breath of what you hope is that rich, fetid armpit musk.’
Love the smell of iconoclasm at brekkie. Love the smell and taste of a good truffle, too, but I agree I have had some indifferent experiences with them, too. I stored a particularly triffic one in with Arborio rice and it worked well in infusing said grain with a perfume if not a noticeable flavour hit.
2. Jamie Olive bemoans, chips, cheese and giant tvs of modern poverty
‘Some poorer Britons choose to eat "chips and cheese out of Stryrofoam containers" while sitting in a room with a "massive fucking TV", Jamie Oliver has said, adding that he cannot understand "modern-day poverty in Britain".’
Hmmm...I’m not sure what Oliver thinks ‘olden-day poverty’ was like.
3. Jamie Oliver you haven’t tasted real poverty.Cut out the tutting
‘I like Oliver, on the whole. I think his heart is in the right place. If he genuinely wants to help, he needs to continue campaigning for better availability of good produce, better nutritional teaching in schools, healthier ready meals, less advertising targeted at children and a culture that educates rather than judges. He needs to stop publishing books, the last one of which was judged one of the unhealthiest on the market, while internally tutting at the deplorable lack of quinoa in "poor communities". He needs to understand that the choice between having a TV or a mojito fruit salad is a bogus one, for the 13 million people living in poverty in the UK right now.’
A response to the above. Don’t know what the reference to that last book is – not an Oliver collector. I am hoping the line about quinoa is satirical.