Friday, March 14, 2008

I do not support the use of whipped topping

Okay, that's a terrific generalization, but it's mostly true, and it makes a snappier post title than "I typically do not support the use of whipped topping except in situations similar to the one I will now describe."

I usually don't mind it when it's mixed with other things as part of a recipe.

The reason I'm discussing this is I was watching Martha this morning while I was treadmilling (it's streaming video from a previous broadcast, so I don't know which day it aired), and she had a woman on making Tres Leches cake, which has never sounded appetizing to me. It sounds soggy and gritty, but a lot of people like it, so maybe I'm crazy. Anyhoo, the lady made a "lighter" version of the cake, and she got to the end, and put LIGHT WHIPPED TOPPING on it. Martha just about had a bird. She said, "That's the first time we've ever used THAT on the show," and then? When the cake was all plated and ready for her to try? SHE DIDN'T TASTE IT. I was giggling to myself as I ran and sweated at how Martha was ready to fall on her sword about the whipped topping. Because, correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't the protocol on cooking shows that you taste whatever creation the guest chef makes, gagging it down if necessary, and then declare that it tastes great, even if it doesn't? But you taste it. Martha feels fairly strongly about it, I guess. I agree with her. Real ingredients are worth it, even if you have to eat a smaller piece of cake. See previous lectures of mine on the topic of How We're Killing Ourselves With Fake Everything.


All8 said...

Isn't Martha a gas. I agree though, I'd rather have a little bit of something great, rather than a whole lot of something passable.

Layne, have you seen the movie 'King Corn'?

Layne said...

No, but I read something about it the other day. I think I'd really enjoy it.

Amy said...

I'm Amy, Courtney's friend, from the crazy days at USU. I just came across your blog and I am intrigued. I've been doing a lot of research about the degradation of the American diet myself. I would love to correspond via e-mail and ask my specific questions about gDiapers, homemade cheese, etc. I'll even share the best homemade cake recipe ever. I don't even like cake, but, I like this cake -- it's so good. Don't worry no whipped topping. Could you send me your e-mail address?