While Americans fret over issues from healthcare to immigration to corruption, our friends across the pond have their own scandal involving a high-profile TV host drunk with power on a national stage: Mary Berry puts white wine and cream in her ragú Bolognese.
The soothing-voiced former judge from The Great British Bake Off is a darling of British (and by way of PBS, American) food television enthusiasts, and her sweet yet poignant critiques of contestant dishes on the hit baking series put other famously foul-mouthed TV chefs to shame. But Berry herself became the subject of criticism and outrage this week when the second episode of her new Mary Berry Everyday series premiered on BBC 2, leaving some fans “shocked and appalled.” Okay, that’s an overstatement (more on that later).
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Titled “Hearty and Wholesome,” Berry tackled tarragon crusted sea bass, a quinoa and bulgur wheat salad and the much debated Bolognese ragú with pappardelle. While Berry does mention that the forthcoming recipe is “my delicious version” of the classic Italian dish, it starts traditionally enough with mirepoix and a mixture of ground beef and pork browning in a Dutch oven. Garlic? Check. Tomato paste? Check. Stock? Check? Stewed and pureed tomatoes? Double check.