Sunday, January 14, 2007
The mighty Kebab.
I went for a walk early this afternoon, and when I got to the roundabout at the end of my road (where there is a KFC drive through on one side, and a McDonald's on the other) I was slightly surprised to see a couple of fire engines outside of the McDonald's. It looked like they must have had some small fire; suffice to say the place did not burn down. I'm not going to jump on the Maccy D's slagging off campaign - that would be lazy. I don't hate corporate fast food per se. I just find that McDonald's food is uninspired and BLAND. You can guarantee anything they describe as "spicy" will be nothing at all like that. In the seven or so years the branch with the golden arches has been located in my road, I think I have been in there four times in total. The KFC has been open for around eighteen months, and I have only crossed the threshold once - in order to buy a couple of mini corn on the cobs for Shirley, who is addicted to them (at least they are healthy!)
If I do eat fast food, I try to frequent family run places, like my local fish and chip shop (only a few paces away from the KFC, but it does not seem to have hurt trade). One thing I love, but only eat a couple of times a year is the mighty 'Bab - a shish or kofte kebab is a thing of beauty, and not bad for you if eaten in moderation. Lean grilled lamb, shredded raw vegetables and unleavened bread. Lovely. There is a great website praising all things kebab called The Chilli Source.
Here's a great bit on kebab photographs from Bill Bailey: