Long live Tupperware!

2014-07-09 10:00

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The youngsters in the office looked at us oddly when we got all excited about going to a Tupperware party.

But hey, suddenly they all had stories to tell about their mums going off to Tupperware parties or how they were nearly skinned alive when they misplaced mum’s beloved plastic.

But we weren’t going to just any old Tupperware party. This was the brand’s 50th anniversary party and the Giggling Gourmet, Jenny Morris, would be cooking for us.

Jenny might have been cooking and the room might have been filled with a variety of journalists, but naughty jokes and double entendres were exactly like those at the first Tupperware party I attended with my mum many, many years ago.

I think Tupperware is almost a codeword for women to get out of their homes for an evening, drink a bit of wine and make rude jokes about men. And you get to buy some nifty plastic to take home and resume the job of feeding the family.

But this is 2014 and Tupperware has become high fashion. There’s a gnocchi maker, some stunning knives, an omelette cooker and a lidded pot for the oven.

Yes, you can put plastic in the oven – the lidded pot has now cooked several chickens and a leg of lamb to perfection. (It cleans like a dream too – bargain in my book!)

And then there’s my favourite, the rice cooker. I suck at cooking rice in a pot on the stove. Something always goes wrong. But with this thing, you chuck one cup of rice and two cups of water in the bowl, put the lid on and 14 minutes later, the microwave has delivered a perfect portion of rice.

Stealing an idea from Jenny herself, let the rice cool off and then refry with some nice veggies and lots of herbs. Long live Tupperware, I say.

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