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Choose your last meal
26/06/2013
Author: Umami Team

We recently saw this article from the Independent and it really got us thinking – for our one last meal, what would we pick?

It reminded Michelle of a book she has – a beautiful volume full of chefs chosen final meals and great pictures – and it’s surprising how many of these big names choose very simple unpretentious foods – like the Sunday Roast mentioned above. Gordon Ramsay also chooses a Roast, Raymond Blanc goes for sausage and a Baguette, Jamie Oliver wants Penne alla Arrabbiata while sat on the sofa watching telly. I suppose these are all comfort foods – those meals that give you a warm fuzzy feeling inside when you think about them.

I asked Michelle for her ‘Last Supper’:

‘This is sooooo difficult! I have had many, many amazing meals.  For different reasons, with different people in different places.

Starter – A seafood platter to share, the best of the season, from the freshest of waters. Definitely need a bread selection to go with it and some very salty butter please.

Main course – A bowl of the best ever smoked haddock risotto, with prefect fresh natural smoked haddock and a runny poached egg. Perfectly seasoned for me, i.e. too much salt for most people

Dessert would be a classic lemon tart, clean and very sharp with a little something on the side. Maybe a spoon of mascarpone or a berry coulis.  Or both?

Finished with an amazing cheeseboard (like the one from Le Manoir aux Quatre Saisons) to include:

Vacherin Mont D’Or, Parmigiano Reggiano, Mature Gouda, Reblechon, Taleggio, Banon, Mozzarela di Bufala, Gorgonzola

And to finish a cortado (best coffee in the world) with a large Amaretto over ice.  In fact leave the bottle and let me pour….’

As for me? I’ve probably got to go for my ultimate comfort food… a delicious pizza covered in lots of lovely mushrooms and veggies. Baked in a wood-fired oven the proper Italian way – yum. And a huge pile of crispy-on-the-outside-fluffy-on-the-inside rosemary and sea-salt potato wedges (also out of the wood oven). Choosing a dessert is very difficult for a sweet tooth like me! I think I’d have to go with big, fat apple crumble with custard. Dotted with lots of sultanas, plenty of oats and cinnamon in the topping for extra crunch and spice. And I’d wash the whole lot down with a lovely hot chai latte and a buttery shortbread biscuit. Heaven – I would go to my grave happily with that lot in my belly!

How about you? What would you last meal be?

Article by Victoria, who is now very hungry

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