09 December 2013

Get Your Heart Attack in a Box Delivered Right to Your Door


I am not a fan of fast food. I am not a fan of takeaway, the local food court offerings or even home delivery. And I am not a fan of McDonalds.

Don’t get me wrong, I've eaten at McD's, my kids endured enjoyed the odd birthday party in the "dedicated party room" over the years, complete with Happy Meal and chemical laden birthday cake.

But I am not a fan. It's not on our regular meal rotation, never has been and never will be.

So to find out that the normally publicity hungry corporation has been quietly trialing a home delivery service (for a fee of course - $4.95 plus a minimum order of $25) in Parramatta, the gateway to Sydney's western suburbs has me wondering why no fan fare?

They've never been backwards at patting themselves on the corporate back before. So why is Mickey Ds trying to keep this new venture quiet?

Is it the fact that it's chosen area to trial this "service" (for want of a better word) is the second most obese area in Sydney? That it is a lower socioeconomic area where $29.95 for one meal could well break a family's budget? That pushing their imitation food on vulnerable people could be considered unethical, if not criminal?

Is it that the bright sparks in charge really know they are doing something morally corrupt? Is it that they secretly ashamed at preying on the vulnerable in our society for profit?

I am not impressed. The minimum $29.95 that has to be spent will give you cold burgers, cold, soggy, over salted fries, sugar laden soft drinks and chicken (?) nuggets - a meal guaranteed to promote good health - not!

Seriously, for $30 you can easily make four real hamburgers, complete with full salad and yes, even a special sauce (if you ask, I'll share my special burger sauce recipe with you), delicious, crispy fries and an icy cold homemade lemonade or gingerbeer or rapsberry cordial.

Actually for $30 you'd be able to feed at least 15 people, and probably faster than getting it delivered, and that's with having to buy all the ingredients for the burgers, fries and drinks. Grow your own grub and you could feed another 5 mouths.

Every day I hear from families who are struggling to put food on the table, pay the bills and keep a roof over their heads.

I think this latest move by this multi-national bully is a deal breaker as far as I'm concerned. I don't need it, I won't encourage it and I won't support it.

So what do you think? Is getting your McDonalds fix delivered to your door a good thing? Or would you rather keep your $30 and eat real hamburgers and chicken nuggets you MOO?

4 comments:

  1. The few times I've eaten Mc D's in the last couple of years has left me dissappointed. The price, the taste, the temperature of the food, the dirty restaurants and toilets - YUCK !!!! I now make my own hamburgers with homemade rolls and home grown lettuce. tomatoes and eggs. I even serve MOO chips. I can make four hamburgers and fries for under $3. What a bargain compared to Mc D's

    I won't be in a hurry to go back.

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  2. Is there a way to make potato chips without wasting oil. A shallow frying technique maybe? I know you can reuse the oil, but how many times? I just detest throwing it out after 3 or 4 uses, especially since it's not exactly cheap.

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  3. Yes there is and it is easy.

    Peel and then parboil the potatoes whole - about 8 minutes until they are just starting to get soft.

    Drain, cut into chips and let cool.

    Heat 2 - 3cm oil in a heavy frying pan and when it is hot add the chips a few at a time.

    Now because the oil isn't deep you will need to turn them, they won't be able to float. Let them cook 2 - 3 minutes, turn and cook another 2 - 3 minutes - test one to see if they are done to your liking. If not keep cooking and turning until they are.

    The secret is to not overload the pan so the oil stays hot and they start cooking as soon as they are dropped in.

    Alternatively make oven chips - cut chips up, drizzle with a little oil. Heat the oven to 220 degrees C, put the tray in to heat up - when the oven comes to temperature tip the chips onto the hot tray, spread them into a single layer - cook 8 minutes, turn - cook another 10 minutes, test to see if done to your liking, if not keep cooking and turning until they are.

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  4. Thank you! I will definitely give that a go the next time I'm craving chips.

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