Toast & Dripping.

Thursday 15th December 2011

“Do you like toast?” I ask my students.

Invariably, & luckily for me, they say; “Yes.”

“Well you are amongst billions. Everybody in the world likes toast. Think about it, Do you know someone who doesn’t like toast.” I continue.

I have nothing to base this inflated statistic on but it usually causes a ripple of interest in a subject that, for teenagers, is beyond boring.

“It’s a natural phenomenon. Everybody in the whole world likes toast. Now, today we’re gonna be looking at foods we like & dislike. What other foods do we like?” I ask.

I use this same introduction to the topic of food every year. I used to do the same thing, substituting toast for pizza, but quickly ditched it after I got too many nos.

In my defence though, it seems perfectly feasible to me that every culture in the world has their version of toasted bread. It’s fits every occasion; slathered with jam & butter for breakfast, a midnight snack after being at the pub all night or to accompany a hot steaming bowl of soup.

At some point during my evangelism, one of the kid’s curiosities will get the better of them & they’ll come back to the toasty fact.

“Is that true about the toast?” They’d ask.

“Nah…but everyone in my house does!” I joke.

While we were in France last week I made a warm duck breast salad. I managed to save a little of the rendered fat which I bought home with me.

“What is it?” He asked as I handed it to him.

“Duck dripping.” I told him.

“I don’t want it!” He declare returning his attention to more pressing matters.

“You haven’t even tried it,” I said. “You’ve got to at least try it before you say you don’t like.”

“Leave it there then.” He instructed.

10 minutes later I went back to find that only a corner had been nibbled.

“Come on, are you gonna eat this?” I asked hopefully.

“Dad,” He bellowed. “I’m not eating it – It’s disgusting!”

The moral of the story is this; although it might well be true that everybody in the world likes toast, it seems not everybody likes duck dripping.

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3 Responses to Toast & Dripping.

  1. Stef says:

    I think I have to side with Zephy on this one. My mom would skim off/collect the fat from various animal products she cooked, put it in a small container, and wait for it to congeal – so that she could safely toss it in the trash without it slopping all over everything. Never once did any of us think to even try to eat it – we just assumed it was ‘garbage’ (literally). Is dripping a delicacy in Spain (or elsewhere)? Seriously – I really don’t know…

    • Mum used to have this when she was a child which in turn was passed on to her by her mother, my Nan.

      During the second world war food was on rations so nothing got waisted. Having a piece of hit toast slathered with the Sunday roast dripping was a treat.

      It’s not something I’ve seen here in Spain but animal fats are widely used in cooking from making pastry & puddings to roasting vegetables.

      • Stef says:

        The WW rationing logic makes sense. Some people here (in the US) use lard for cooking, so I suppose spreading pan drippings on toast is similar… hmm…

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