We've been watching on TV the latest series of MasterChef Australia during the past week. This latest version sets out to destroy the egos of a select cluster of professional cooks and chefs by presenting them with next to impossible, some might say evil, challenges. Everyone at home knows they are going to fail miserably. And hopefully this will weed out the most obnoxious individuals to allow a nice, clever chefperson to eventually have their dream come true - to become a slave in some Michelin four-star resturant. Overseeing all this mayhem are the dieting, but much loved loved judge of all things horribly epicurean, Matt Preston and the kindly, but terrifying English chef Marco Pierre White who insists on being called "Yes Marco" by those whom he considers underlings, which naturally is all the contestants no matter what lofty heights they have achieved in the past. "I am not here to be your friend!" he reminds les misérables in case they hadn't figured it out.
But enough of all that. It's home cooking that wins prizes in this house and below is a photo of what Jill rustled up last night, her version of meat and veg. The small quantity of diced beef is hidden within the low fat cheese, onion and herb sauce, which has been thickened with rice flour. The cluster of steamed and grilled vegetables is topped off with shavings of baked parsnip. The chips were done with olive oil. In all, a dream come true.
Meat and veg at our house
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