“How to Ruin a Classic: A quick, easy and, well, realistic guide to cooking.”

The Big Issue no. 443

10 October 2013

by Alison Strumberger


1. Pull your copy of Donna Hay Modern Classics Book 1 down from the top shelf in the kitchen.

2. Turn the pages until arrested by the photo of a bowl of wholesome green soup with pink flesh cresting the surface, and a hastily buttered piece of wholegrain bread lying in wait. Imagine it yearns – like you do – for split pea and ham.

3. Read the recipe, but not properly. Skim it because you’re hungry and your basket’s already on your bike and it’s Sunday and if you leave any later the supermarket will be heaving. Take particular note of 1kg ham, split peas, 1 stalk celery, 1 carrot, 1 onion, 1 bay leaf. Ignore the rest.

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