Jamie Oliver’s Frozen Grapes
I was watching Jamie Oliver do his bish-bash to a slab of chocolate, and his yazoo-yazoo to old chunks of breads in a food processor. He has a programme on telly, Jamie’s Family Christmas, where his two girls choose their favourite foods that their dad makes.
He had one idea for pre-dinner nibbles that caught my attention. You see, we’re having a few neighbours over for Christmas dinner, and I was looking for some new ideas. Jamie suggested freezing grapes. Well I had some in the fridge. Mr Misky slices them into his oatmeal each morning. So I nicked a few of them, put them in a freezer-proof dish, and slid them into an Arctic chill for 2 hours. That’s what Jamie suggested on timing: 2 hours.
Pretty photo, don’t you think? I used Mr Misky’s fancy camera for this shot as mine is a fool’s toy that fits in my jeans pocket….. “Hear that, Santa?”
Well, sometimes pretty just doesn’t cut it. Mr Misky agreed that they were pretty as a picture, but if the ‘eating’ isn’t right, then the idea isn’t right. Mr Misky bit into it, and his face coiled up in pain as the cold lit fire into one of his wonky root canals. When he recovered he said, “Tastes like a grape,” and then asked if it was supposed to taste that way … like a grape. I don’t know what he was expecting – frozen grapes don’t taste like Stilton or baked beans; they taste like grapes. He wasn’t impressed.
Jamie said these would taste “brilliant’, like sorbet. Jamie is wrong. These taste like little grape iced marbles. If you’re married to a Dane, I suggest that you forget about the frozen grapes. Just give him some cheese instead.
Here’s the info on Jamie’s Family Christmas, which contrary to the frozen grapes fiasco, is a wonderfully entertaining and inspiring show to watch.