No recipe today. I spent the weekend cooking and didn’t feel like writing something that no one is really interested in anyway.
So what to do on Foodie Tuesday? Well, Cheap Bastid has always had a bit of a hang-up over people who have to “foo-foo” their foodie food, use exotic ingredients and otherwise make pretentious pieces of “plate art” suitable for cell-phone camera photos and insertion to Pinterest before a bite is taken.
Arguably one of the best things I’ve seen on TV food shows is when Penn Gillette (hopefully that’s spelled right) got up from the table on “Top Chef”—when it was pretty obvious that he wasn’t getting along with Padmah and left saying “thanks for the grub”. My point is this—no matter how much sculpture one tries to put into a plate of food with micro-greens and over-engineered sauces, it’s still “grub”.
So with that in mind, I came across this short video SPOOF last week featuring Ted Allen—who judges “Iron Chef” a lot and who is the nominal host of Food Network’s “Chopped”. This clip shows Allen as a guest chef on a morning talk show cooking up a meal (hint: this is a production of "The Onion"). It shows Allen's sense of humor and ability to laugh at the silliness of it all. Here it is and I hope you enjoy it: