It’s a bit of a blessing that the duck leg bao is not over-furnished with flesh when the flesh in question is so drySoutham Street is not in that part of W10 made famous by Richard Curtis films, all candy-coloured mews and quirky antique shops. Huddled beneath the Trellick Tower, it’s the wrong side of the tracks from the tagine trucks and Portuguese cafes of Golborne Road proper, the same scruffy patch Alan Johnson once called home.
Poor old Prue Leith lurches from one “controversy” to another. Having inadvertently revealed the winner of the most recent series of Bake Off hours before the final show aired, the cookery writer now stands accused of raising “fears over food safety” by admitting she “cheats like anything” at Christmas; she has a boned, stuffed turkey stashed in the freezer ready for the big day.
The spectre of gumbo has loomed large over this column for some months: unable to find a source of filé powder in the UK, it has been twice delayed. The thing is, gumbo is sacred to Louisianans. Everyone's mother or grandmother makes the best version and often it involves several hours standing over the stove, stirring, probably with a special bald cypress wood spoon. I am not from Louisiana and my mother makes stuff like Irish stew. What hope did I have?
@RegulaYsewijn@kplunketthogge agreed, but in this instance I don't think it is overcomplicating it - it is a really useful principle if you're scaling recipes, or writing your own. Not necessary if you're just following a recipe tho (i.e. for most people)...
@RegulaYsewijn I think it's just hard for non mathematical types (like me) to write about things like that in a way that's clear, probably because we only vaguely understand it ourselves. So we take refuge in verbiage/WORDS
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