17 Course Crisis

Much has been made recently of the increasing prices of basic commodities such as food and fuel. Amidst the introduction of protectionist export tariffs in some countries and rising inflation and interest rates in others, there is a general atmosphere of a looming crisis around the world. Check out this Rocketboom video for a 3 minute summary:

Crisis indeed. Not so in Hokkaido however where G8 leaders this week rewarded a hard day’s chatting with a slap up multiple course banquet comprising the choicest of Japanese delecacies. Churchill apparently was similarly fond of fine food, fine cognac and fine cigars during the strict rationing of the war years. I suppose these sorts of perks are to be expected…

The menu (as reported by the Guardian) read as follows:

  • Corn-stuffed caviar
  • Smoked salmon and sea urching “pain surprise” style
  • Winter lily bulb and summer savoury
  • Kelp-flavoured cold kyoto beef shabu-shabu, asparagus dressed with sesame cream
  • Diced fatty fles of tuna fish, avocado and jellied soy sauce and Japanese herb “shiso”
  • Boiled clam, tomato, Japanese herb “shiso” in jellied clear soup of clam
  • Water shield and pickled conger dressed with vinegar soy sauce
  • Boiled prawn with jellied tosazu-vinegar
  • Grilled eel rolled around burdock strip
  • Sweet potato
  • Fried and seasoned Goby with soy sauce and sugar
  • Hairy Crab “Kegani” bisque soup
  • Salt-grilled bighand thornyhead with vinegary water pepper sauce
  • Milk fed lamb from “shiranuka” flavoured with aromatic herbs and mustard
  • Roasted lamb and cepes and black truffle with emulsion sauce of lamb’s stock and pine seed oil
  • Special cheese selection, lavender honey and caramelised nuts
  • G8 fantasy dessert

Well it’s good to know that they’re taking it all so seriously. Presumably Mr Brown made the left-overs into a convenient flan rather than throwing away the 30% that we British are prone to waste. Watch for spin-doctors’ heads rolling out of Whitehall.

Also check out the FT report and the Guardian report.

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