Weekend reading

1 September 2017
We have wood sorrel growing in the dappled shade under our outdoor table in the vegetable garden. The leaves add a citric taste to salads.

I have a bee in my bonnet this week. I acknowledge that I'm far removed from today's advertising and I have no clue about many of the new products that are being wheeled out (and don't want to know). Most of the time I just roll my eyes and move on. But I saw an advertisement for roast chicken on TV yesterday and I was stunned.

More than I usually am.

The ad was for chicken that you roast in a PLASTIC bag. And yes, that shocked me and I thought Oh boy, cooking in plastic now. I'm sure someone will tell me it's "special plastic" that won't adulterate the food, I don't believe it. I just know cancer rates are rising and hope that people won't be lured by the convenience of this. But as disturbing as that is, that wasn't my main problem. The selling points of the plastic bag chicken were: No touch, no prep, no mess. You all know that I cook from scratch but I do understand the need for taking shortcuts. Working people need them and cooking food at home with a few shortcuts is much better than buying takeaway. Not everything can be slow and take its own time.

No prep - tick, no mess - tick, but no touch!  Why don't you touch the food you're about to eat? What's the problem with touching food when you cook it? We are already far removed from the origins of a lot of our food, please don't think that you shouldn't touch the food you eat when it's in a raw state. You need to touch food to feel the freshness of it, to make sure the food is safe to eat, to gauge how long to cook it, to add flavour to it and prepare it in the best way possible. The main problem with this product is that it is cooked in a sealed plastic bag so you can't check the chicken or add your own touches before it cooks.

This is an expensive way to buy a chicken for roasting. If I had to buy this chicken because there was nothing else, I would open the bag and check the chicken, possibly add fresh herbs and an onion to the cavity and I would cook it on the tray it's presented on. I would not cook it in the plastic bag.

End of rant.  😐

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