Good Food Blog
A testing situationPosted at 11:02AM, 05 March 2009 by Sarah Sysum - Assistant editor, Easy Cook magazine
Enthusiasm for the New Year's diet waning? Back on the chocolate and cheese? Well then I have the diet for you...
It's called the "Good Food eat-one-thing-until-you-can't-face-it-anymore" diet. For me it started with what has become known as sausage-gate.
My job as shopping coordinator means that one of the areas I research and write is our 'On Test' pages. Many people don't realise that, unlike many publications that test around 12 products to find a shortlist of six, we will test at least 40 in a strict blind tasting over a period of around 3-4 days.
By Day 3 I never ever wanted to eat another one again
My first major taste test was sausages; I couldn't believe my luck that I would get paid to eat over 40 different brands and flavours. Day 1 was a real treat, Day 2 not so good and by Day 3 I never ever wanted to eat another one again. So famous in the office did it become that it was dubbed 'sausage-gate'. And I didn't eat another sausage for well over six months.
Since then I've sworn off mayonnaise, said goodbye to lemon curd and given ice cream a wide berth too.
Recently we tested luxury puddings (the results will be in our May 2009 issue). Now I have a really sweet tooth, but even I found 10 chocolate tarts, eight pavlovas, eight cheesecakes, 11 lemon tarts and an assortment of gorgeous gooey goodies pretty tough to take. It's likely I'll be having starter over dessert for while.
But of course this diet isn't foolproof. I'm always asked if there is anything I'm still eating despite testing. Yes. Chocolate. Which is probably why the size 10 will always remain a dream.
On second thoughts, best stick to the healthy diet and exercise...