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Pretentious moi ?

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Floradora9 Tue 12-Feb-19 15:45:37

I was reading a recipe in the Times this morning and could not get over the instructions . You were asked to cook some potatoes , mash them with butter ( melted in milk ) then microplane half of a lemon on top . What planet are they on you make some mash them grate a bit of lemon into it .

Madgran77 Tue 12-Feb-19 16:12:26

Lemon? Potatoes? Er ...what? grin

ClareAB Tue 12-Feb-19 17:06:35

One of my pet hates. Chef's 'putting their 'twist' on classic recipes. That and smears, foam and anything 'deconstructed'

Day6 Tue 12-Feb-19 17:10:52

I agree. The last lamb we ate out was totally ruined by the OTT embellishment/herbs/Earl Grey smoking and added flavours. Yuk! The chef ruined a decent piece of meat. I like my food to taste like the food it is supposed to be.

ninathenana Tue 12-Feb-19 17:16:48

I was trying to work out what microplaneing a lemon meant smile

Clare deconstructed cottage pie is a favourite in our house. It's called mince 'n' tatties.

HildaW Tue 12-Feb-19 17:24:27

deconstructed ...... as in ran out of time to let the elements cool, put them together and put in oven for an hour! hmm

EllanVannin Tue 12-Feb-19 17:30:31

Then you get a helping of this new-fangled concoction that you could shove in your eye, it's so small.

NanaandGrampy Tue 12-Feb-19 17:30:44

its like those dishes which are adorned with a 'froth' of something !! We had a wonderful dessert at a great bistro pub but it was almost ruined by the froth of something totally uncomplimentary laced over it .

HildaW Tue 12-Feb-19 17:34:05

Oh dear all this talk of froth just reminds me of the Blackadder episode in the trenches....Baldrick's 'cooking'

Jalima1108 Tue 12-Feb-19 17:46:56



Wheniwasyourage Tue 12-Feb-19 17:47:32

Yuck!! grin

I hate these smears of 'jus' which just dirty the plate and unless you have mashed potato (sorry, 'mash', with something added to make it silly), you can't get it off the plate and actually taste it. What is the point?

Jalima1108 Tue 12-Feb-19 17:48:26

It's nice with chopped chives though

MacCavity2 Tue 12-Feb-19 17:52:49

Just too “Cheffy” for me. I panic to find something simple on the menu in the pubs and restaurants near me.

Wheniwasyourage Tue 12-Feb-19 17:56:51

Assuming you mean mashed potato, Jalima1108, yes, it is, but I would prefer to have my potatoes boiled, cold, given some Hellman's mayonnaise and then the chopped chives added smile .

(This is why I am not losing weight a month and a half after Christmas...)

Cherrytree59 Tue 12-Feb-19 17:58:53


Liz46 Tue 12-Feb-19 18:04:22

We went to a new gastropub that opened near us. My husband sat waiting for the rest of the meal to be served! We walked home (we'd intended to have a couple of drinks until we saw the price) and he was sniffing the air outside the fish and chip shop.

KatyK Tue 12-Feb-19 18:07:26

I've just seen a chef on TV cook 'duck with a gin foam'. My DH said 'what a waste of gin'

Witzend Tue 12-Feb-19 18:13:01

I think I'll skip the lemon mash, thanks!

Most pretentious newspaper recipe I ever saw was a 'using up leftovers' one, in the name of frugality.
I think it was in the Saturday Telegraph some years ago.

The writer's idea of frugally using leftovers was to take 6 lobster shells - which she just happened to have lying around (as one does, of course) and make some sort of broth out of them.

It did give me a good laugh, but IIRC that was one of the reasons we switched to the Saturday Times.

absent Tue 12-Feb-19 18:42:20

Witzend You are right that most people don't have lobster shells – six of them – just lying around. However, you can make a delicately flavoured shellfish stock from prawn heads and shells. It can be frozen for three months.

loopyloo Tue 12-Feb-19 20:16:45

Yes have read this recipe and am puzzled as to what is microplaning. Does it mean finely slicing the peel or the whole fruit which seems odd to me? Then it's supposed to go on top of chicken.

kittylester Tue 12-Feb-19 20:21:47

I've got a microplane. [grin[

It's a fine grater! I use it for all sorts of things- lemons, parmesan, nutmeg and anything else that needs to be finely grated.

Urmstongran Tue 12-Feb-19 20:26:49

Ditch The Times
Read the Sun

merlotgran Tue 12-Feb-19 20:36:59

adorned with a 'froth' of something

In my rural life I'm afraid going to a restaurant and having something adorned with froth just reminds me the dogs may need worming. shock

Wheniwasyourage Tue 12-Feb-19 21:16:27

Well, thank you for that delightful mental picture, merlotgran!! I shall try not to let it haunt me. grin

Tangerine Tue 12-Feb-19 21:24:52

Lemon with mashed potato doesn't appeal to me. A possibility with a fish dish.