Rachel opened the show a few weeks ago with a Rachel-classic. For she’d been seduced in International Foods by a bobbly green sausage. “It’s a karela!” she squealed, as I questioned what this alien object was in the fridge. After 5 minutes of Googling, she was able to further inform me that a karela is also known as a bitter melon, and with the clue in the name, the vegetable can be unbearably bitter.
And so, after finding a recipe which is intended to reduce the karela’s bitterness, Rachel got to work in the kitchen. Mustard seed, heaps of sugar, and various spices later, Rachel served the karela as a side dish to our dinner. Chris moved in first, and pulled an odd face. Rachel followed and let out a giggle. I decided to be brave and took two pieces with my spoon. And coughed in disgust as this sickly sweet bitter flavour took over my mouth.
The rest of it was put back into the fridge just in case ‘someone gets hungry’. Needless to say, the bowl was in the exact same place 2 weeks later.
Verdict: No matter how amazingly bobbly it might be, just avoid the karela at all costs.