I’ve ranted about trying to pass off store bought crap as homemade, but I didn’t mean to imply I eat nothing but homemade stuff or that I think it’s wrong to use or eat anything made for convenience. I like chips but I’m not going to peel potatoes, slice them with a mandolin, drag out the deep fryer and make my own chips (as in crisps) to go with my sandwich. Ok I might on occasion, but it would be a very rare occasion.
Over the years I’ve often heard celeb chefs confess to eating all sorts of things that were apparently supposed to shock the interviewer and/or the audience. Surely this type of thing can’t be a shock to anyone? I mean, hearing that chefs (celeb or otherwise) eat canned soup, chips, cold cereal and even snack cakes can’t be scandalous or shocking… does anyone really think that a chef eats 100% homemade everything all the time? Or is it that they eat unhealthy foods? That just can’t be it, I mean after watching them use a pound of butter, a pint of cream and a half a pound of sugar in a dish that serves 4 people, then confess to loving snack cakes? Yeah big shocker there!
Recently I’ve been watching a few of my favorite celeb cooks and they confessed to using stock cubes as if it were a dirty secret, then they defended it to the camera as if the people watching were standing with fists shaking in outrage. Seriously? I like stock cubes, I use them a lot and I make no apologies for using them.
I think it’s funny when I see a chef or cook tell people to use homemade stock and then say “but if you don’t have any then good quality store bought is OK”. As they pour in some can of stock with the label blocked or ripped off. They don’t generally say “or just a crappy old store brand, can of stock” even though they know that is what most people are going to do if they don’t just use a stock cube.
So what is the spectrum of comfort in regards to what foods are “normal” when bought instead of homemade? Things like cheese or flour, which most people never make in their entire lifetime. Then there is the WTF is wrong with you?! Type of bought stuff like frozen scrambled eggs or sandwich in a can. SANDWICH IN A CAN! Yeah, Google it.
So what is my guilty little store bought secret? It’s this weeks recipe! Even though I am capable of making a pretty decent homemade glazed lemon pound cake, I mostly get cravings for its white trash cousin. When I make it I am never disappointed. Plus I love the name… say it out loud! If it doesn’t at least make you smirk, you are not human.
This weeks recipe Mountain Bundt