One more for fun


Saturday, December 10, 2005

I’m privy to some funny products out here that don’t make it to the States. For instance for lunch today I am eating “Ainsley Harriott’s Citrus Kick Couscous—Just Add Water”. By the photo on the packaging I’m taking it that Mr. Harriott maintains somewhat of an epicurean celebrity status in the UK.

Directions: On the hob (thank god there is a graphic of a pot boiling)place contents of 1×110g sachet into medium saucepan. Add 180 ml (6 fl oz) of BOILING water and an optional 10 ml (2 tsp) of oil or a knob of butter if desired. Bring to the boil and then remove from heat. Cover and leave to stand for 5 minutes. Return to a low heat for 1 minute separating the grains with a fork. Serve. V, Vegetarian, less than 1% fat…and its good!

Jamie Oliver has a line of cooking products on sale here too. I’m still trying to figure out his snotty appeal (bad boy cook? tantrum throwing blue-collar diva? trust-fund boy with own show?). I watched his TV show the other night—he was trying to make over the school lunch program in the UK. The Brits I see are in the same slovenly place as the Americans (overweight and under exercised). The Americans, being such narcissists ignore this, thinking we’re the only ones with problems.