Today we managed to escape the carnage in the kitchen to go out for a posh lunch with friends, which was a welcome distraction.
We left Small Dog home alone, in the role of Cinderella, hoping that she might deal with the teetering tower of washing up which we'd been stockpiling in the hope we might have a working dishwasher this week.
On our return she claimed to have been totally overcome by an uncontrollable case of narcolepsy, which left her completely unable to leave the cosy warmth of her basket for the duration.
Anyway, that's neither here nor there. Earlier this week, on FB, I bemoaned the current fad for fancy chefs serving *'foam' to enhance their dishes. We've been watching the run up to the Masterchef Professional final, and it seemed that every other dish was served up with globules of frothy foam floating on the plate.
I will accept that I don't exactly live on the culinary cutting edge, but to me, foam looks very much like dog sick. It's generally white or yellow and there's something about the look and consistency which, to a small dog owner, signals dog sick.
I don't know who invented it, but I'm fairly sure it wasn't anyone who has dogs.
So when my starter of Loch Duart Salmon Carpaccio with Wakame, Pear and Caviar Lime Dressing arrived I had to suppress a snigger......
Yes, there was foam. In just such a pattern as Small Dog might produce as she simultaneously heaves and prances around waiting for me to let her out the door as quickly as possible.
However, my initial scepticism was dispelled as soon as I tentatively tasted it. I have no idea what 'dog sick' foam tastes like, but I'd hazard a guess it's nothing like that..... it was absolutely delishus.
I am a foam convert.
Oh me of little faith........
*I did take a photo of my lovely starter, complete with foam, but my smartphone is obviously way too smart for me and somewhere between there and here the photo has disappeared into the ether. However, for blog readers who have no idea what I'm talking about, here is a generic example of a gastronomic dish served with foam.
I'd put money on anyone who has a dog thinking "some dog's been sick on that plate..... it's even got the grass in it.
But, if you can close your eyes and manage to get past that thought it's probably lovely. Unless some dog HAS been sick on the plate in which case..... blearghhhhhh!