Support group for disgruntled fans of Delia

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I was brought up by an ardent fan of Delia who owns everything she has ever written and I learned most of my own (admittedly limited) cookery skills from her books (esp. the fabulous Complete Cookery Course). In fact, given the amount of Delia meals I've eaten in my lifetime, I am substantially her creation.

And what has she done to me in return? Spawned some ghastly book and TV series where she harps on about the delights of frozen and processed foods (presumably while pocketing a ton of cash from the maufacturers and the supermarkets). At the very time when I am trying my best to give my family the benefits of organic home-cooked food and reduce the amount of waste and packaging we produce. And to encourage my child to enjoy creating delicious food from scratch.

Doesn't she care about anything except her own bulging pockets? angry

<off to lie down and breathe deeply>

morningpaper Tue 11-Mar-08 20:55:48

It is like Alan Bennett delving into chicklitt

hairtwiddler Tue 11-Mar-08 20:55:50

Tinned mince is something I would have found in the back of my Granny's cupboard 20 years ago. Even she wouldn't have used it, she would have been stockpiling it for times of hardship. I can see it now, with a rimful of dust...
It's all just so wrong!

lol morningpaper - too right, this thread should be under relationships - that's one more dysfunctional one to add to my family.

Carmenere Tue 11-Mar-08 20:56:03
bozza Tue 11-Mar-08 21:14:51

My Mum asked me if I wanted this book for my birthday (she knows I have a penchant for cookery books). So I politely replied no thank you and explained that I know how to cheat, it's the cooking I am interested in working on. Little did I know! I didn't realise that Delia would come up with such elaborate and pointless cheats.

bozza Tue 11-Mar-08 21:19:02

My Mum asked me if I wanted this book for my birthday (she knows I have a penchant for cookery books). So I politely replied no thank you and explained that I know how to cheat, it's the cooking I am interested in working on. Little did I know! I didn't realise that Delia would come up with such elaborate and pointless cheats.

CatIsSleepy Tue 11-Mar-08 21:37:31

it was the marriage of fancy ingredients and processed crap that was so odd. hard to see who it was aimed at really.

the shed full of crockery was confusing, too.

scaryteacher Wed 12-Mar-08 10:59:30

She has written a book on how to cook on a budget called Frugal Food, but it seems to advocate lots of offal, and cider instead of wine in the sausage casserole!

I learnt to cook from the Complete Cookery Course back in the late 1980s, and still use her books, especially Christmas and Winter, so I was a bit dismayed by the programme. I would make the fish pie, but make my own sauce, and my own mash. I have a copy of the original How To Cheat from the early 70s, and it uses tinned mince in some recipes, but not all. the cheats there seem to be stock cubes and tinned/frozen veg. However, in the 1990s I worked with someone whose idea of a shepherds pie was a tin of Fray Bentos with Smash on top! So if this does get people to try 'real' food in some things with their familiar frozen/ readfy meal style ingredients in there as well, it may be a case of weaning them on to real food - you could use a baby analogy, or someone breaking the ready meal habit?

My DH went pale at the shed as my eyes lit up, as I have way too much cooking equipment, and he's always on at me to 'rationalise' it. He didn't like it when I spotted cookbooks on her shelves that I haven't yet acquired either....

I don't think you're going to wean people off ready meals like this - but I think it's clear where I stand!!

captainmummy Thu 13-Mar-08 10:03:30

I don;t understand the point of her books - yes teach us to cook proper food cheaply or to cheat using, say, bought pastry or fish-in-butter-sauce, but not tinned stuff full of artificial gunk.

I use tins/jars of pasta/curry sauce all the time, sometimes it's not practical to make a korma from scratch. I suppose that's cheating.

Maybe MNers could write their own cookbook, How To Cheat At Making Decent Meals from Jars and Packets. No frozen mash.

Overrun Thu 13-Mar-08 13:32:45

We obviously all feel strongly about Delia, this must be the 5th thread about her new Cheating style.

I think I made my feelings plain on all of them, RUBBISH!!!

Katisha Fri 14-Mar-08 12:08:35

Apologies if this has been posted on another thread (or even this one) but if you read this and then scroll to the end where they cost up the ingredients for each dish it's an astonishingly expensive way of going about things. Guardian Delia article. The chicken and leek pie comes in at over £15...

Overrun Fri 14-Mar-08 17:20:38

thanks for that really good link Katisha.

Scramble Fri 14-Mar-08 23:38:39

Delia has went tothe dark side and I am not impressed. I like Jamies simple style, OK he is a simple boy grin. I always respected delia but the image of her opening a tin of mince and putting on frozen mash was so wrong, Ok I use smash but I need something to aspire too.

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