Good Food Blog
Guilty secretsPosted at 9:40AM, 08 May 2008 by Caroline Hire - Food editor, bbcgoodfood.com
Following on from our deputy magazine editor Elaine's blog about raiding her store cupboard, I thought it was time to 'out' myself with regards to the guilty secrets I keep in a darkened corners of my kitchen and would rather my friends didn't see.
A disclaimer: it's not my fault, I was brought up to love certain foods and just because I've learnt to cook doesn't mean I've lost the taste for them. And first out the closet err...cupboard is my stash of Bisto - I often make gravy from scratch but sometimes when it's left wanting I slip a gravy granule or two into it and guests can't seem to get enough of it - yes, unbeknownst to themselves they love it too.
Another item I have a penchant for is Bird's Custard. I'll happily go to the effort of making a sponge for a trifle but when it comes to the custard for this spectacularly British dish - I like Bird's. Oh for that solid yellow set you get when you use more than the recommended dose. It can't be beaten!
I'm also a fan of stock cubes, all manner of nasty chilli sauces and oh dear, this really is bad - fish paste. But don't get me wrong, I'm not jumping on Delia's band wagon. I like nothing better than to spend time cooking and when I don't have time I just use less ingredients and less complicated recipes (actually no recipe at all). This isn't about cheating - there's no cheating when it comes to good food or good anything for that matter. Great food comes from the heart, whether it's a nostalgic splash of custard or fresh seasonal produce that calls to you.
There now I've said it, please tell me I'm not alone. Does anyone else have any items tucked away that would get the food snobs squealing or have I just embarrassed myself very publicly?