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Is the McRib finally coming to Australia?

Perhaps the most famous of all “limited edition” McDonald’s items is the McRib, a pork “sandwich” first introduced in 1981. It has come and gone from American McDonald’s menus ever since, and has also appeared in other places around the globe. Its notoriety is such that its fanbase is referred to as “the cult of McRib” – it’s even featured in two “farewell” tours, and was beautifully parodied by The Simpsons’ Ribwich. So what is the McRib? It’s quite simply a pork patty with barbecue sauce, onions and pickles on a 14cm (5 1/2 inch) roll. The boneless pork patty is moulded to look like a rack of ribs, although it mainly consists of pork shoulder meat, according to McDonald’s. According to others it’s a product of “restructured meat technology” and includes a flour-bleaching agent used in yoga mats, but if we really cared about such things we wouldn’t be…

Morsels is BACK!

Well it’s been some five months since I last posted, and my life has finally returned to normal – albeit with some major changes – so it’s time to get things rolling again. I still work in Mandurah but I’ve recently moved back to Huntingdale – just down the road from The Roastery, as it happens – and I’ve started exploring the northern suburbs, so expect reviews from all over Perth as well as the usual selection of fast food fun, crazy recipe tests and anything else that catches my eye. Thanks to those of you who sent kind messages over the last few months, you have truly inspired me to make Morsels bigger and better…now on with the show!

Fast Foods of the World: McDonald’s English Pub Burger

American blog Within The Empier reports that a McDonald’s in Algonquin, Illinois is testing a rather odd creation named the English Pub Burger. As the ad says: “If someone asks you if you fancy an English Pub Burger, the correct response is YES! This sandwich is smashing, made with 1/3 lb. of 100% Angus beef, hickory-smoked bacon, white cheddar & American cheese, grilled onions, tangy steak sauce & smoky Dijon mustard sauce all housed on an artisan roll. It’s so tasty, you’ll be gobsmacked!” This burger seems to be part of the current trend towards localised / nationalised fast food. It certainly sounds tasty (and according to Within The Empier it is), although I can’t really see what’s English about this burger…American cheese & Dijon mustard? (pictures from Within The Empier via BurgerBusiness)

Competition Winners!

I’d like to thank everyone who entered my competition to win tickets to the Perth Good Food & Wine Show – the range of your “best breakfasts” was simply amazing, everything from pastries in Paris to jellyfish in Indonesia! The two winning entries were: Kristy, who made me smile with her tale of an everyday breakfast that reflected her expectations of life’s great journey; and Lauren, who made me hungry with her description of a fantastic breakfast of scrambled eggs and pancakes in Fremantle. Congratulations to you both, I will be in touch by email shortly. To everyone else, make sure you go along to the Good Food & Wine Show for a fantastic day out and lots to see, do and taste. Who knows, I might see you there!

The A-Z of McDonald’s

McDonald’s UK has released this 60-second commercial as part of a new campaign that focuses on its community & environmental initiatives and investment in employees, as well as food-quality. The campaign will also run across print and social media, as well as appearing on McDonald’s delivery trucks and in its 1,200 UK restaurants. (Marketing Magazine via Burger Business)

Some gristle to chew on

A lady dressed as meat, and mutton dressed as lamb. Read all about Lady Gaga’s meat dress at Meatpaper. Get some presidential spice from Barack Obama’s chilli recipe. Does it have substance, or is its bark worse than its bite? (San Diego Entertainer Magazine) Horse meat scandal on Top Chef Canada! Surely it can’t be an more offensive than Curtis Stone’s performance hosting Top Chef Masters? (Huffpost Food) Coke celebrates its 125th birthday with the largest building illumination ever – this thing is 26 stories high! (Adweek) Serious Eats tries to build a better Big Mac..? Lunacy. the opening of Texas’ first In-N-Out Burger brings madness and traffic chaos. I know they’re supposed to be good burgers, but this seems a little excessive… (SideDish Magazine) Make your own vegie chips for cheap and easy snacking – I love sweet potato chips so will definitely be trying these (Chow via Lifehacker) Eater National has…

News roundup

Actress Gwyneth Paltrow has released a cookbook, and is getting an absolute pasting from the likes of Eater National. The New York Post reports that Martha Stewart attended a star-studded dinner to celebrate the book’s launch but abandoned ship before any food was served. Desperate Housewives star Eva Longoria has also released a cookbook, but isn’t getting anywhere as much grief from the media as Gwyneth. Normally this would get its own post, but I’ve only just covered the Mega Tamago – behold Burger King Japan’s Meat Monster Whopper. That’s two beef burgers, chicken, bacon and whatever else they felt like cramming into it. Jamie Oliver appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman to talk about how vanilla ice cream contains an additive made from beaver anal glands. Put your dessert down, and check out the video here (Eater National). Josh Ozersky from Time talks about why Top Chef Masters is…