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To wish Jamie would tackle Inflight meals like he did with school dinners!

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MugglesandLuna Wed 17-Aug-11 11:22:18

Got back from holiday last night, the food was vile on the flight out and even worse on the way back.

envy <--- thats a sick emotion.

Bloodymary Wed 17-Aug-11 11:26:35

Ooh yes, wouldnt that be great.

Although he probablys travels first/buisness class and has no idea what we are served envy

biddysmama Wed 17-Aug-11 11:27:53

heston had a go didnt he?

CMOTdibbler Wed 17-Aug-11 11:28:17

Pre order the curry option - all the scheduled flights with a hoot meal do one, and its usually lovely

Mind, you haven't experienced vom airline meals till you've had a gluten free one. I get the most vile food ever

TeacupTempest Wed 17-Aug-11 11:28:52

I get overly excited about plane food, I really do. It all comes in little packages and its always a surprise. Some are better than others obviously. Dh feels the same so I am not alone in this madness.

RunnerHasbeen Wed 17-Aug-11 11:30:53

As long as he does hospital food first - you can easily take some of your own food on a plane and don't have to eat them very often. It isn't quite the same moral crusade as children or sick people.

Bloodymary Wed 17-Aug-11 11:35:28

RunnerHasbeen yes of course. I do not think that there is any doubt regarding that.

I am treating this as a semi/light hearted thread, as I believe the OP intended.

notcitrus Wed 17-Aug-11 12:16:31

Go for the Middle Eastern or curry option if there is one - casseroles and stews with couscous/rice heat up well.
Meat and two veg doesn't. Never has, never will. The Heston programme mentioned this and how they'd like to go for stews and so on but more people complain about 'wierd' food than crap traditional food, apparently.

porcamiseria Wed 17-Aug-11 12:17:11

what inflight meals? I get either: nothing or a cup of water and biscuit

biddysmama Wed 17-Aug-11 12:21:37

heston did hospital meals as well... and cinema smile

DontGoCurly Wed 17-Aug-11 12:30:52


The last thing we need to do is encourage the attention-hungry clown!

Highlander Wed 17-Aug-11 12:35:30

Heston has dumped his wife for some skinny glam USA 'Nigella'.

steamedtreaclesponge Wed 17-Aug-11 12:39:12

I'm with CMOT on this one - I always order a vegetarian meal and it's almost always curry. It's one of the few foods that isn't ruined by being packaged and reheated and I actively look forward to airplane meals because of that!

givemushypeasachance Wed 17-Aug-11 12:40:57

In-flight food is a logistical nightmare; they've got to make hundreds of thousands of meals and ship them all around the world, suiting a variety of cultural preferences and dietary requirements. Then bits of the meals have to be reheated on the plane while other bits are kept chilled, the pressurised aircraft cabins deaden your taste buds and the low humidity affects your ability to smell (which is where you get most of the taste from). Plus if you're in economy you get to eat it all with plastic cutlery from a plastic tray, squashed into a tiny seat while your get your neighbour's elbows jammed into your ribs.

hocuspontas Wed 17-Aug-11 12:41:42

You've just reminded me of that hilarious letter to Richard Branson from a disgruntled customer re the digusting airline food. It's an internet classic, I must find it!

hocuspontas Wed 17-Aug-11 12:45:43

The letter to Richard Branson grin

LolaRennt Wed 17-Aug-11 12:48:58

curry is dangerous on a long flight,

anyway op yabu. They can't expand the galley in to a proper kitchen for cooking instead of reheating without raising prices. So bring your own food

oldraver Wed 17-Aug-11 12:49:13

DS needed a Dairy Free meal which had to be requested as it wasn't among the options despite there being some really obscure ones. On the outbound flight he got a rather ok meal of BBQ flavour chicken balls of potato and veg. Fruit was his starter, pudding, cracker accompaniment and fruit option hmm. The chicken was quite nice but would of benefited form some sauce or gravy of some sort. I got the impression from Customer services that they didnt have a clue what a Dairy Free meal was, but all in all it was an acceptable if a little boring meal.

The return leg was a joke. I chose to forgo the starter as he doesn't like scallops and I thought soup would be a disaster with the amount of turbulence we had (dinner was delayed for an hour just after our tables had been set and the crew had to go and buckle up). When his main meal arrived the crew of rmember apologised as she gave it to DS. It consisted of half a plate of rice and the rest a green sludge that apparently was 'stewed green veg'. It was just a sloppy green tastless mush. We just stared at it thinking WTF. In the end they found a piece of chicken for him

TheFlyingOnion Wed 17-Aug-11 12:52:42

The school dinners round here are still inedible so tbh I think he's done bugger all to improve things in most schools....

don't see him having much more luck with inflight meals....

LyingWitchInTheWardrobe Wed 17-Aug-11 12:54:21

Is Jamie Oliver the messiah of food or something? I can think of a long, long line of chefs I'd rather tackle the problem than him.

He'd be useless anyway, he wouldn't be able to sprinkle herbs from a great height because there wouldn't be the room in the galley. hmm

FakePlasticTrees Wed 17-Aug-11 13:00:19

I remembered reading something about in flight meals years ago that something about the altitude/cabin pressure affects your taste buds so meals that taste good when tested on the ground (including re-heating) taste either bland or just horrid in the air. That's why the curries are usually a safe bet as they are highly flavoured so still taste good.

<this might all be bobbins though>

LolaRennt Wed 17-Aug-11 13:00:21

LWITW, no but he seems to geninely care about getting children to eat healthy and has worked hard o improve things. Unlike teaching celbrities to cook in restraunt like Gordon Ramsy. Or flambaying sheeps nipples in grape icecream like Heston Blumental.

I like fancy Jamie Oliver

LolaRennt Wed 17-Aug-11 13:01:28

Oh and forgot to mention the ridiculous inuendo from Nigella and her whipped mounds

LyingWitchInTheWardrobe Wed 17-Aug-11 13:05:01

LolaRennt... I used to think he was quite good but then his tv persona took over and I think he became over-hyped and believed it himself.

Heston Blumental is just a fruit loop, I think. He's like a failed scientist desperate to get into a white coat.. confused

No accounting for taste, you can have Jamie Oliver, I'd rather have Jean Christophe Novelli... divine! grin

LyingWitchInTheWardrobe Wed 17-Aug-11 13:06:01

I quite like Nigella, even though I wish she'd tone it down a lot.

I also like Nigel Slater... really courtly and gentlemanly.

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