How often do you look at a restaurant or café menu and see the term "Homemade Soup"?
Or what about "homemade bread", or "homemade desserts"?
Well, I don't know about you, but the thought that always comes into my head when I see something described as "homemade" is: Who's home has it been made in?
And if the food isn't actually being made in someone's home, then is the term "homemade" attaching some kind of deceitful providence to the food?
Providence is often highly protected when it comes to food. You can't claim your sparkling wine is Champagne if it doesn't come from the Champagne region of France. And Stilton cheese can only be produced within 3 counties in England (bet you didn't know that!).
So why is it OK to say something is homemade, when in fact it's been made in a commercial kitchen?
Personally, I don't really want the food I'm eating to have been produced in someone's home – that is, unless I know the person. Otherwise I don't know if the house is sanitary, or if there are snotty kids and pets around to contaminate the food.
Some rather exciting news is beginning to leak out this morning regarding the cathedral choir. It seems that a TV production company that makes documentaries for RTÉ is going to make a fly-on-the-wall series about the Christ Church choir. For the next 2-3 months we’re going to have camera crews watching our every move – attending rehearsals, meetings, and all the sung services in the cathedral. As well, a small selection of the choir (presumably some of our more colourful ‘characters’) will be filmed at home and at work outside the cathedral.
This is obviously a very big deal, and will have a significant impact upon the cathedral, in terms of raising its profile as a tourist attraction, and financially (both the cathedral and all those taking part will be getting paid!). It will mean an awful lot of disruption, but hopefully it will be a lot of fun too. As a choir, of course, this will be a great opportunity to raise our profile and attract some new singers.
Update: I should probably add that this story is, of course, a complete fabrication. April Fool!