We've been told to tighten our belts before. And we all saw the pre-election palava. Admittedly, my election drivel TV viewing highlight, was watching ABC's Kitchen Cabinet, and seeing what our privileged politicians are eating.
Nice seeing their table manners and over the table chit-chat. Some of it frank, some of it the usual political spin ...ad nauseum.
And initially was somewhat impressed with the latest episode, showing our Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull showcasing his ability to cook a simple baked tomato pasta sauce ...almost like a real Italian masterchef!! ...without even slopping any of it onto his overtly pristine, white kitchen surfaces. All too white for my liking. Antonio Carluccio ...watch out!
"Masterchef Malcolm Turnbull" must have a good, well-paid cleaner. As we do. Give me a break.
As someone with Italian genes, and in the know - on how to throw a spaghetti bolognaise together with my eyes shut ...was somewhat impressed with Masterchef Malcolm's cooking utensils and panache at placing those tomatoes so divinely in the baking tray, sprinkling on the cracked pepper, garlic and extra virgin olive oil. All fabulously, spiffingly good. I was practically taking notes !!...just like the usual suspects do on that Masterchef TV series.
And then Malcolm got out his moulin! Have never seen one of these before! Yes, have lead a sheltered life. That's when I thought ...damn you Malcolm. Poor people don't have access to moulins.
So dear reader ...here's where I come in as the poor man's Nigella Lawson. As an Italiana donna, can confirm that one does not need such a highfalutin cooking utensil to make an authentic, magnifico baked pasta sauce with panache.
In fact, one can also go totally carbon neutral in the kitchen ...except for the baking of course - and mash those post-baked tomatoes with an old fashioned thing called a manual hand-operated beater (as illustrated below). Can't find one at Ikea? Go to an op-shop.
Am totally over, cashed-up pollies ...swanning about their kitchens, showing off their moulins and so forth.
Tune in next time, for how to assemble opposition leader, Bill Shorten's pre-election salad rolls (as seen on Kitchen Cabinet.) A meal, much better and more accessible, for the cash-strapped constituent.