Ocado video recipies

I’ve been using Ocado, the online delivery arm of Waitrose supermarket, ever since day 1. I’ve only just noticed, however, that the Ocado website features videos of recipes and, I presume, how to cook them. If you are someone who, unlike me, has time and inclination to cook "properly", it might be worth checking out, as the recipes certainly sound nice — and based on my experience of those Waitrose recipe cards that you pick up when you actually go round the supermarket in person (long-ago days!), the end results will be good. I like the idea of watching the recipe video, then ordering the ingredients and having them delivered, all from the comfort of one’s own desktop. (Only theoretically, in my case, of course!) Some examples of the videos on offer:

  • Bangers with grainy mustard or horseradish mash
  • Children’s pizzas
  • Parma ham wrapped figs with raspberry dressing and a dolcelatte and rocket salad
  • Gremolata lamb rack with Hasselback potatoes
  • Butternut Squash Soup
  • Mediterranean Vegetable Lasagne
  • Traditional Greek Salad
  • Pasta with meat balls in tomato sauce
  • Chicken Breasts Stuffed with Rice and Mushrooms
  • Lamb burger in ciabatta with salad and relish
  • Simple chicken Caesar salad
  • Steamed smoked haddock, green beans and crushed new potatoes
  • Crêpes with flambéed caramel maple bananas
  • Fashion values

    From The Week:

    The point of celebrities — why it is pointless to complain that modern celebrities are only famous for being famous. " In fact, they’re famous because they represent things that are at the very heart of modern consumer capitalism: social mobility, fashion, the body, sex and the need for affirmation. It was Susan Sontag, who said that being a dandy was a way of being an individual in an age of mass culture. The problem today is being an individual in an age of mass individualism., when the usual means of status — clothes, cars, consumer goods — are within the grasp of the majority. The answer is: celebrity." (Via Cosmo Landesman in The Guardian — at time of writing, there are 70 comments to his article.)

    Richard Branson, the "publicity-mad boss of Virgin Atlantic", had a brief cameo in Casino Royale, the latest Bond film. But passengers on British Airways don’t see it, as the scene has been cut. "All films are screened", explained a BA spokesman. "We want to ensure that they contain no material that might upset our customers."