Thursday, August 13, 2009

I've been meaning to post about this for a while. The 4 Ingredients girls. Before I knock them I do want to say there is probably room for their sort of cooking. I can't loftily assume that everyone possesses a certain level of kitchen know-how and confidence; some people just don't feel comfortable in the kitchen. The problem is, if they have a tv show and a publishing deal, so should the home economists who write the recipes for Campbells or MasterFoods which appear on the back of the sachets and tins.

I saw them do a recipe the other day for Eggs Benedict. The 4 ingredients were: eggs, English Muffins, ham and Hollandaise Sauce. Hmmmm. What's wrong with this picture?

You can't just say "Hollandaise Sauce" as an ingredient. It's like saying I can make minestrone with one ingredient: a can of minestrone soup (open can, place in microwave safe bowl, heat, eat). This is not a recipe.

A lot of their recipes are like this. Sure there is room for simple but I think they are having a larf!


Kath Lockett said...

You're right, Hollandaise sauce has about ten ingredients in it and has to be made fresh, from 'scratch' in order to be vaguely edible.

Still, what do they care? When they finish counting their money they might stop and ponder it....

La Viajera Insaciable said...

There are many, many things that I love about reading your blog... your humor, your take on parenting, your fascination with reality TV, your ability to continue to do so many "adult" things after becoming a mom, your music and movie reviews...and the list goes on and on.

Another thing I like is the ability to expand my vocabulary! From time to time you use phrases that are not common to someone from Oregon, and I get a kick out of looking them up. Today I was a bit perplexed when you used the phrase, "having a larf." I immediately Googled the word "larf" and the first things I came up with the acronyms for the following:
Louisiana Renaissance Festival
Large Animal Research Facility

and my favorite:
Lebanese Armed Revolutionary Faction

Seeing that none of these really fit the scenario that you were discussing, I dug a little deeper and I think I finally figured it out! If I have any Cockney ancestors, they are probably having a good laugh right now, 'eh?

Sarah said...

and hollandaise sauce from a satchet is VILE...there's just something wrong with's really gluggu and heavy and doesn't have that light buttery tartness while still being creamy that good homemade hollandaise does.