[Sca-cooks] Other modern nonsense

Phil Troy / G. Tacitus Adamantius adamantius1 at verizon.net
Sun Jan 24 05:53:46 PST 2010

On Jan 24, 2010, at 7:43 AM, Ian Kusz wrote:

> See, I like this idea, that what's on the plate is food, without adding
> superfluous pieces.
> I mean, if you really examine the idea of a non-edible (or
> not-intended-to-be-eaten) garnish, it's rather silly......
> "Hmmmm....these mashed potatoes look rather plain.  How about if I plop a
> Troll doll into the middle of them?  Tres snazzy."

There used to be (and presumably still is) a chef from Seattle named Kathy Casey who made a big splash professionally, came and took New York by storm (to the extent of being semi-spoofed in a network TV series, played, I believe, by Mary Beth Hurt), and proceeded to turn the ancient and venerable burger at Maxwell's Plum, the bar and restaurant in which "The Happy Hooker" is largely set, into a triangular patty with a non-edible plastic confetti garnish. That was one of her better ideas...

Apparently New Yorkers, well-known for their ultraconservative failure to embrace trendiness, were underwhelmed, and she went back to the West Coast to become, I believe, a food writer.

Troll doll in the mashed, eh? I kind of like that. Corn Bugles piped with mascarpone on the polenta, I might actually do, but in general, I like nicely-cut ingredients that show themselves off.


"Most men worry about their own bellies, and other people's souls, when we all ought to worry about our own souls, and other people's bellies."
			-- Rabbi Israel Salanter

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