Shock horror I’m English and, yes, I rely on at least two of what have been revealed to be the UK’s four staples, despite having lived in Australia for 11 years now.
Guilty as charged. This is a winter staple for me. Perhaps every two months I will cook a great vat of the stuff, eat some for supper – and maybe lunch later in the week – and freeze the rest. I’d like the judges to take into consideration that I probably eat this only once every two to three weeks when in season and only then when busy, tired or emotional.
Chilli con Carne
Guilty as charged. Another winter staple with basically the same story as above. Mitigating circumstances: At least I use loads of really hot chillis and 70 per cent cocoa solid chocolate to give it flavour.
Chicken Tikka Massala
M’Lord, I only made this dish once last year using a jar of Patak’s paste. Actually this is probably an annual or biannual event. Eating chicken tikka massala in both Luang Prabang and the Plain of Jars (that’s big burial jars in Laos and nothing to do with jars of Patak’s) should be taken into account in sentencing. Ditto my regular visits to Bala da Dhaba (56-58 Glen Eira Road, Elsterwick, Vic 3185 +61 9523 8683) where I rarely eat CTM but will eat plain chicken tikka out the tandoor and a whole load of other curries.
Bangers and Mash
Mitigating circumstances: only out and usually at the Dogs Bar (54 Acland St, St Kilda, 3182 +61 3 9534 3075) during the winter.