Good evening guys,
This week, I had so many homework to do that I came to a point when I could not work or write another word anymore… I was tired, my vision was blurry and I had to sit down and rest a little before going back to what I was doing. At this moment, I switched on the television and began to watch some Friends episodes. I guess everybody knows this show, or has seen it at least once in his/her life… Anyway, the show revolves around a group of friends in the area of Manhattan, New York City. It features six main characters throughout ten seasons (Phoebe, Rachel, Ross, Monica, Chandler and Joey)… I love Friends and I think it is such a great show!
My favourite character in this show is Joey. Of course, I could say that I love Monica because this character is constantly cleaning (obsessive-compulsive in fact) and was a fat girl when she was young – I feel close to her in so many ways 😀 – , or I could tell you that I really like Rachel because she is so pretty with her long hair and she says really dumb things sometimes, that is why she makes me laugh a lot! Anyway, those six characters have their charm, with their qualities and their flaws but Joey is my favourite actually. Indeed, he is simple but nice and he can never decide if he prefers women or food… This real womanizer is a struggling actor who loves food. My article is getting onto the theme of food, don’t worry, as it is the theme of my blog and from this point of view, we can see Joey experiencing food: indeed, there is an episode in which he eats spaghettis fallen on a dirty carpet, or drives all across town to buy the best sandwich ever, or even, risks his life to protect what he calls the best sandwich in the world :p
The reason why I refer to all these moments (and believe me there are so many more I could describe 😀 ), is because I want to explain that Joey is the first and craziest food freestyle experience guy I know. Yes, really! He does not really think before he eats, he simply tries and loves everything which is more or less related to food. And that is what I did when I decided to eat a chocolate gherkin 😀
Then, this week, I saw the most interesting Friends episode, when you are a devoted writer like me obviously, I mean, a writer who searches for food experiences everyday… This episode is from Season 6, Episode 9 ‘The One Where Ross Got High’. In this twenty-minute show, Rachel wants to cook a dessert for Thanksgiving dinner at Monica’s. Unfortunately for her, and fortunately for me, the recipe she wants to make is written on two different pages, and finally she mixes two different recipes. The funny thing is that she could have mixed two cakes recipes, and the result would have been nice perhaps, but one is sweet, and the other is savoury! It is a traditional English trifle and a Shepard’s pie recipe mixed together. Moreover, the moment when Rachel explains the way she made it is the funniest ever!
Rachel: ‘It’s a trifle. It’s got all of these layers. First there’s a layer of ladyfingers, then a layer of jam, then custard, which I made from scratch, [Joey and Ross make impressed faces] then raspberries, more ladyfingers, then beef sauteed with peas and onions, [Joey and Ross look like something is wrong] then a little more custard, and then bananas, and then I just put some whipped cream on top!
Ross: W-What was the one right before bananas?
Rachel: The beef? Yeah, that was weird to me, too. But then, you know, I thought ‘Well, there’s mincemeat pie’, I mean that’s an English dessert, these people just put very strange things in their food, you know.’
To add humour to this unbelievable moment, the way Joey reacts is so unexpected, it makes the viewer think that on the one hand it is disgusting and Joey is crazy, and on the other hand, wonder if it is good and feeling respect for the courage Joey took to try this strange dessert. This character is worthy to be a food freestyle experience guy. And his interesting philosophy, which is ‘You like meat, you like jam, you like custard, you like it!’ makes us reflect on the our vision of food in our life.
I confess Rachel can be seen as a food freestyle experience girl too! And do you see how she sees English people? 😀