Recipe To Riches – Jerk Sauce and Meat Balls, Man Food
Sponsored By Woolworths
I was asked a little while back if I wanted to be involved in Recipe 2 Riches, a TV show taking a food recipe from pie in the sky pipedream to the reality of the supermarket shelves. Panic set in, I didn’t have a food product, not one to be deterred by such small details I sat down for an entrepreneurial brain storming session.
What Are The Food Problems in Our House?
Max and his ambivalence towards green food (unless it’s cake icing)
Max’s demands to have tomato sauce with every single meal
After a bit of head scratching, pencil chewing and staring into space I had my Eureka moment! My product was going to be a condiment made from spinach but coloured and flavoured with tomato. I’d call it Daddy’s Special Spinach Sauce and would have me holding a bottle on the bottle! Parents the world over would write me gushing letters thanking me for improving their child’s diet, I’d probably become rich beyond my wildest dreams and a career as a celebrity chef would almost certainly beckon. Then I read the email a little closer and realised I had missed the point, I was just writing about the show rather than actually starring in it. I’ll have to put the lid on Daddy’s Special Spinach Sauce for now.
The premise for the show is simple, each week three contestants battle it out to have their recipe selected for mass production, the judges the winning product is then available in Woolworths the day after the air shows for an entire week. Then all the weekly winners go into a Grand Final to see who will get a partnership with Woolies, a real game changer for the winner.
This week’s episode was all about man food; big flavours and meaty portions that leave you with some form of sauce splattered around your mouth and your better half looking the other way in disgust. Themis combined two man food staples in pie and Bolognese for his Bolognese Pie, Christina showed a delicate touch with her Nonna’s meatball recipe and South London geezer Bobby made a lip smacking Caribbean Jerk Sauce to smother over ribs.
Themis’s pies failed to rise to the occasion and it seemed only fitting that in this most manly of episodes that Balls were left to slug it out with Sauce. The recipes were taken to a building site, a known habitat for real men, who seemed genuinely delighted at the prospect of a free feed. Whilst Bobby sang a saucy little ditty to lure in the punters, Christina knew that the way to a man’s stomach is to have a couple of bikini clad beauties serve them their meatballs.
This show is all about believing in the product but also the person behind the product. As soon as Bobby strutted out and started waxed lyrical about his Rude Boy Rib Sauce I warmed to him, he reminded me of mates from home and I found myself rooting for him. If you look up Cockney Cheeky Chappie in the encyclopaedia there beaming back at you would be a picture of Bobby, probably with a rib in hand, a sparkle in his mince pies (eyes) and some sauce around his Chevy Chase (face). The judges too were charmed by Bobby and his Rude Boy Sauce and he was crowned the roast dinner (winner, I made that one up), he’ll now go on to the Grand Final with a cool $10k in his sky rocket (pocket).
I went to my local Woolies and picked up a packet of the sauce yesterday. I couldn’t resist giving Bobby a little good luck kiss much to the astonishment of a burly security guard who wasn’t quite sure what to make of me and my affection for Bobby.
Caribbean chicken, rice and corn made for a pukka lunch, even the trouble and strife (wife) who is undeniably a woman enjoyed the man food. It’s a cheeky, fruity little number that packs a big punch, I suspect Bobby doesn’t do subtle or understated. I am setting a culinary challenge, next time you’re thinking of having a BBQ and let’s face it you Ozzies are quite partial, why not put a little Caribbean twist on things with a bit of Bob Marley, a boozy bowl of rum punch and some Rude Boy Ribs courtesy of Bobby, who is anything but a jerk.
Have you seen the show? Have you tried any of the products?