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Here at our office in Dublin, we have a canteen where we can eat a subsidised lunch every weekday. Not bad quality food, but not up to the standard I saw when I visited Microsoft in Redmond in 1995.

The fun aspect is seeing what new mistakes can be made on the menu each day, since it appears that the catering industry here in Ireland doesn’t attract the brightest of people. They commonly use fancy words with no idea what they mean, and over-use terms such as “home-made”. The only way that most of what they serve could be “home-made” would be if some of the staff set up tents in the kitchen.

Today’s culinary cock-up: “pork escalope with a cheesy gratinated sauce”. “Gratinated” is a lazy bastardization of the French au gratin, meaning “with cheese”, so this was a cheesy sauce… with cheese.


Written by brian t

June 20, 2002 at 5:30 pm

Posted in food

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