Let’s get one thing straight – Nigella Lawson’s ‘coddle’ looks absolutely divine. Crispy bacon, shiny potato slices, thinly sliced onions and some parsley; succulent and fresher than anything she can do.
However, according to Dublin Twitter, what Nigella created is absolutely, unequivocally, not a joke. To be fair, she’s following a recipe from the book by Georgina Campbell, Irish food guide author/restaurant reviewer, Ireland for food lovers.
However, according to many people, if it doesn’t look like a handful of pale uncooked (boiled) sausages floating in dishwashing liquid, you’ve got it. There’s only one really definitive way to make coddles as far as Dubliners fear, and that’s how your mother made it.
Before long, Twitter was flooded with images of the ‘real’ thing, with all its watery, lumpy stuff. It was a dish that was divided enough at the best of times, even when demarcating the inside and outside of Pale. Dubliners hold the coddle – their location-specific version of stew – which is especially prized, despite its dubious appearance.
To be fair, there’s an original ‘farmer dish’ reinvigorated by the hipster/middle classes, to be fair, a plot shift we don’t see imminent. However, the fancy ‘Nigella’ makeup or makeup seems to have gotten a lot of people off track, at least during that week, where we tend to cringe about our heritage.
Perhaps making cod like something you’ll find at a reputable bistro has made the dish modest in its social and historical significance.
Either way, Nigella’s innocent adventure into Coddle Wars happens in the same week as Sky News host Kay Burley talks to young Ukrainian women who have made it to Ireland safely in the middle of the war.
“You can build a new life in Dublin safe in the knowledge that the British are behind you,” she told them.
The women questioned did not correct her for who opened their arms to hospitality: “We want to tell the people of Ireland that we are grateful for all the kindness and hospitality,” one one of them, Alada, noted. “Our Irish family, who hosted us, we were surrounded by attention. The fact that we are in Ireland is amazing.”
Even in their terrifying and insane circumstances, these women were able to tell whether Burley couldn’t or not.
It’s what you’d think we’re used to by now: this cloud overshadows what the British consider ‘Irish character’. We’ve had it for years as actors like Saoirse Ronan, Ruth Negga and Jessie Buckley triumph at the awards ceremonies, making it a ‘good night for the British’, according to some media outlets. know better.
As Burley has attempted to demonstrate, Ireland and England remain one and the same to many, no distinction is really necessary. When one of Burley’s colleagues, Richard Suchet, described Saoirse Ronan as “one of our people” in 2014, he was forced to double down.
“She’s from the British Isles and whether you like it or not, the British will gladly let her win,” he said. “Many Britons will still see her as one of their own. It is a consequence of geography. I want to say a compliment. ”
Perhaps this is what interests the Irish people: this assumes that British culture/society is mainstream and that ‘Southern Ireland’ is somehow just a subsection of that. That we should somehow be pathetically grateful for the recognition.
For the record, we Irish are rarely interested in Brit dessert, even if, like Nigella’s Michelin-worthy fried chicken, it looks good enough to eat.
Love Island is as bad as Jeremy Kyle
Channel 4 documentary about the cancellation of ITV The Jeremy Kyle Showcrazy title Died during the dayMade for extremely sober and damnable viewing.
The documentary features shocking testimonies from crew members on Kyle’s ‘talk’ show, as well as emotional interviews from family members of Steve Dymond, a guest who was took his own life a few days after appearing on the show.
One of the allegations made in the documentary was that Kyle belittled some of his guests – many of whom are facing addiction, mental health and relationship problems – is thick and uneducated. Kyle denied the allegation and said there are two sides to every story.
In the age of #BeKind, condemnation is quite jarring. The Jeremy Kyle Show and its ilk should have retired years ago, but here’s the thing – they live in a way, through things like Love Island or Married at first sight.
These other shows have a flashy, aspirational light and a much more eerie setting. The beauty seems to be waiting in long lines to appear and then maybe break into a lucrative career as an announcer and influencer.
But don’t many of these reality shows have the same exploitative and nuanced notes? Years from now, won’t we be even a little embarrassed to have reveled in watching these contestants go through so much heartache and humiliation on screen?
Rihanna is a sight to behold
I think I’ve seen more of Rihanna’s baby bump than mine and I’ve been right under my nose for nine months.
However, I applaud Rihanna’s decision to put her baby at the center and express it in an unrepentant manner. She’s not going the maternity wear route: rather, she’s being herself and dressing as she always has, with just a bump on the train.
There’s a powerful message there – pregnant women are exactly as they were, bumpy or not. They do not become normal during pregnancy or childbirth. They are still them.
https://www.independent.ie/opinion/comment/nigella-your-coddle-looks-delicious-but-the-dubs-dont-approve-and-dont-get-us-started-on-kay-burley-41455403.html Nigella, your coddle looks delicious but the Dubliners don’t approve. And don’t start with Kay Burley…