‘I Can’t Be Bothered’ Sushi Bowl

From top left, clockwise: A dish by Ferran Adrià called 'Seed' - I imagine because it looks like a plate of jism; a deconstructed soup; a famous deconstructed dish by Italian chef Bottura, called 'Oops I Dropped The Lemon Tart'; Some deconstructed scallops, which look like they're trying to escape.

From top left, clockwise: A dish by Ferran Adrià called ‘Seed’ – I imagine because it looks someone has ‘sown their seed’ all over the plate; a deconstructed soup; a famous deconstructed dish by Italian chef Bottura, called ‘Oops I Dropped The Lemon Tart'; Some deconstructed scallops, which look like they’re trying to escape.

Until the late nineties, it was always assumed that food would arrive fully-constructed. A pie was a pie, a soup was a soup, and so on and so forth. Then molecular gastronomy happened.

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Salmon and avocado parcels

Passover was a bit of a fiasco in my final year at university.

As the only one with a car, I drove my Jewish housemate to the shops to help him stock up with easy-to-prepare food. It would be fair to say that cooking was not his strong point, so I helped him find some really idiot proof meals: fish fingers, chicken dippers, breaded cod – the sort of thing that he could pop in a medium oven for 10 minutes, and not entirely screw up…. 

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