Mar 1st, 2019
I watched a program on iPlayer last night about British takeaways (first episode about Fish and Chips). They have a number of challenges between rival shops, the final one of which is to devise a “new take” on what ever takeaway they are looking at. Here’s the thing – good Fish and Chips is good Fish and Chips – it is lovely to eat and there is no real way of improving it, or point in trying. One of the teams had coated their fish in curry breadcrumbs – frankly I wouldn’t thank you for that. I noticed the same thing on the “Great British Menu” a couple of years back when the theme was Wimbledon and loads of people did elaborate variations on Strawberries and Cream. That is another dish which is just perfect the way it is – it doesn’t need to be marinated in balsamic vinegar or made into a soufflé.
The reason these dishes are famous and popular is that people like them just the way they are. We don’t need a new twist on them. Still I suppose my view doesn’t make for good television.