Oh, Paula!

When I think of American cooking, all I picture is fat-filled grub like fried chicken, triple-patty burgers, upsized fries, mountains of cheese, and grease galore. This stereotypical outlook on food in the mighty U S of A is unfortunate, and I am well aware that this view isn’t particularly accurate. When I come across American chefs like Paula Deen, however, I can’t help but think that the stereotype is, in part, a reality.

Now I am sure Paula Deen’s recipes, or some of them at least, are quite delicious. She has a successful range of spice mixes to her name – so she must be doing something right. Although the other range she has is flavoured butters – go figure. The problem I have is that in a nation known for ever expanding waste-lines, high blood pressure, and increasing levels of diabetes – should the aim not be to promote healthy cooking? These people are culinary advocates for food in America and beyond, so surely their position should be leveraged to influence and educate? Rant over.

For those of you who have never come across Paula Deen, boy have I got a treat for you. Behold the queen of unhealthy cooking. If a Deep-Fried Kingdom existed, she would rule the land. I present to you Paula Deen’s Deep-Fried Thanksgiving Turkey. DEEP. FRIED. TURKEY. A turkey alternative to fried chicken, I hear you say? Well, yes. To an extent. Except she deep fries the ENTIRE bird. All in one go. The entire bird, in a specially-designed turkey-sized deep fat fryer. I have watched this over and over again, and still can’t quite get my head around it y’all. Give me Jamie any day.


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