Fresh, filling, tasty, Quality?
How about Homemade?
This gets branded about a lot by restaurants and the public too. What I don't understand about this, is that if you wanted something homemade then wouldn't you just make it yourself at home? Are we really that lazy, or is it because our cooking is not that good? If it is the latter then to describe it as homemade is incorrect.
Picture this: The chef making all the food at home, mixing ingredients in his own kitchen, getting into the van and then bringing it into the restaurant. Now that is what i call Homemade. But this is not the case in restaurants, cafes and pubs across the country. What has happened is that restaurants want to imply that there food is fresh and not from the freezer or of low quality. Therefore by implying it is homemade it makes you feel that the produce is local, fresh and handmade and these are all important because:
- LOCAL - hasn't been stuck in a freezer for many, many days. Food straight to the punters
- FRESH - not full of processed ingredients. Healthy food.
- HANDMADE - specially crafted for you.
Homemade is the word used to describe all these three and to make us feel comfortable.
I am all for good food which is tasty and fresh. There are many times when we don't want a fancy three set course dinner or small portions and extortionate prices. What we want is a pleasant relaxed meal which feels our little bellies. But please, don't call it homemade. Unless that is that you live in the restaurant.
This is not a rant, but i'm just saying, let's be honest to the customer. If you can cook it yourself please do try because you never know, it may just be the best thing ever. To all the restaurants, keep on doing your thing because I am a big fan of restaurant made food. I probably shouldn't take this term as the literal meaning of what is happening, but everyone has their issues.