hmm, it's unlike me to feel shame, BUT I feel I may have lowered the tone a touch with my comments (below). Although I stand by the substance of all my points, it was the first time on the board, and I was not aware of Mr Majumdar's posession of a sense of humour, and reacted as if he were merely an old curmudgeon. Having spent a lot more time here, I must balance my criticisms by agreeing with Andy P that reading the banter of this "triumvirate of gourmands" (as Homer Simpson put it following an inadvertant subliminal vocabulary-boosting course) is definitely life-enriching. I am a bitter doley, and my only chance to get such lush meals is when there are leftovers in the (rather splendid) kitchen in which i definitely do not work cash-in-hand, so you must understand that it is very tempting to allow myself to get riled when melodramatic statements are made about the "horrors" and "shame" of a less-than-perfect eating experience.
Right, off to eat my humble baked-beans-and-dolcelatte bedtime snack. Again, respect and thanks for a fun and evocative read. (and again, remember, there are worse experiences than seeing someone stupider than you on a TV or billboard!!)