Staying In Tonight?


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RTE writes:

On tonight’s episode of What Are You Eating? on RTÉ One at 8.30pm, chef Hilary O’Hagan-Brennan reveals the uncomfortable truth about the meat in many ready meals.

Many people turn to a ready meal for something quick and convenient to eat after a busy day at work – on average twice a week – and the roast dinner is a favourite. But there is a process – not listed on the ingredients – that goes into creating that roast dinner that may surprise you.

Transglutaminase is an enzyme used in food manufacturing to bond – essentially glue – pieces of meat together to create a more valuable “joint” of meat.


65 thoughts on “Staying In Tonight?

      1. Brother Barnabas

        “bad posture”

        yeah, right. you’re a glutton for punishment*, aren’t you?

        (*and for anything edible)

        1. Brother Barnabas

          I don’t think anyone with any understanding of language would describe THAT was a “tummy”.

          An infant child has a “tummy”; it’s cute and only slightly rounded.

        1. Andyourpointiswhatexactly?

          Do you say s’gone for scone? Do you enjoy making preserves? Are you fond of gardening?
          If yes, then you definitely are even if you aren’t.

          1. mildred st. meadowlark

            I most certainly do not say ‘sgone’. It’s a scone. I do make the odd preserve the odd time, though.

            And I am thoroughly gifted in the art of killing plants.

          2. mildred st. meadowlark

            I’m okay with that. Poor Catharine was, by all accounts, a truly lovely and remarkable woman. Henry didn’t know a good thing when he had it.

            Typical man ;)

          3. Andyourpointiswhatexactly?

            I bought Mr Andy the new book about her: I must read it when he’s finished. It’s by Giles Tremlett, who’s an excellent author.

          4. mildred st. meadowlark

            Oh, must have a goo at that.
            I read the Antonia Fraser one, the one about all the wives. It’s very good, but rather a dedicated undertaking.

          5. Goosey Lucy

            ….turns out I’m a Protestant…haven’t yet made preserves but have made compote, same difference really. Sterilising jars is too fiddly..
            Growing your own food is just common sense, and not eating weird additives isn’t rocket science- if you just eat actual unprocessed food you’d see a huge difference in your health.
            Hey- I still love a doughnut every once in a while, but if you care about your body and bothered to read about basic nutrition, you’d stop eating “food” from packets

          6. Janet, I ate my avatar

            don’t forget the singing and knitting and marching even for kids ( girls brigade )

        2. Brother Barnabas

          Would you respond to a direct and inappropriate remark about your genitalia with “oh goodness” and adopt a slightly bashful expression. My neighbour’s a protestant and she does that.

  1. martco


    basically if your food has been “processed” you’re eating muck

    fair play to Boucher Hayes…although out of every 10 that watch likes of this program 1 will pay attention

    anyone for some nice oul billy roll?

    1. ReproBertie

      Ah come on. Cooking is a process so all home cooked food has been processed.

      Yoghurt, cheese, butter, milk, bread and orange juice are all processed. Remove processing and all you’re left with is raw veg, fruit and nuts.

      1. Nigel

        I think most people understand ‘processed’ to mean a certain level of industrial intervention beyond basic preservation techniques such as salting, freezing, drying, pickling. Washing lettuce you just picked in the garden is a ‘process’ but let’s not broaden the term ‘processed’ out of all usefulness.

          1. Nigel

            When they start hammering rusty nails into slabs of rotting meat to keep them together my eyebrows start to go up.

    2. Clampers Outside

      ” basically if your food has been “processed” you’re eating muck ”

      Lazy criticism and conclusions like that are for the other 9 out of 10 silly billy’s that don’t retain the programme info…. in fairness like.

      1. martco

        Eh I’m far from lazy thanks very much. Nor was it a conclusion, ’twas just a comment. Everyone to their own conclusions Clampers.
        But I do like my Bacon to consist of 100% pork.
        Bacon that consists of 88% pork and 12% other injected stuff is in my view muck.

  2. Janet, I ate my avatar

    it’s just as easy to cook real food
    buy a steamer feck everything in and hey presto

        1. Spaghetti Hoop

          The slow cooker doesn’t even let me into my kitchen. Even tosses me a cold beer when I get in and winks at me.

          1. Janet, I ate my avatar

            has visions of Mr Hoop wearing only an apron holding cold beer and a wooden spoon

          2. Spaghetti Hoop

            Jaysus Janet – I’m having visions too. He’s gotta be out there somewhere (echoes).

  3. Anomanomanom

    Thats not news, Ever wonder why bread chicken from a butcher can sometimes split in two easy pieces when you cook it, food glue. Its no secret, I worked in a supermarket years ago and every single meat/ poultry supplier did this.

    1. Nigel

      ‘Open secret’ is probably the term. That doesn’t happen to me, but it’s hard to find chicken you can brown in pieces without it turning into a soup.

      1. Spaghetti Hoop

        They’ve been injecting water into chicken fillets for a long time now. Food is a competitive business and all about appealing the eye, which in turn strokes the appetite. It’s only when you take it home it misbehaves. Yes I’m still taking about chicken.

  4. Andyourpointiswhatexactly?

    All these new Be3 channels or whatever they’re called really clog up the aul telly. Awful bilge.

        1. Kieran Nice Young Chap

          You mean Travellers are the one group their target audience feel they can look down

  5. Goosey Lucy

    People are essentially too lazy to prioritise their health in terms of food. They are happy to purchase 0% fat yoghurts- without bothering to notice that the vast majority of these are full of sugar/ artificial sweeteners..they screamed blue murder during the horse meat scandal, and then promptly stopped caring again.

    1. ahjayzis

      It’s not made easy for them. Chicken that requires DNA investigation in order to establish how much of it came from a chicken shouldn’t be called chicken.

    2. Kieran Nice Young Chap

      No, clearly it’s the government’s fault. People can’t be expected to take responsibility for what they eat!

  6. Fully Keen

    Sausages are made of some mad stuff. And don’t even start with the amount of salt. Thankfully being in the EU we aren’t exposed to the famous “pink slime” from America.

    I don’t really care.

    Processed food isn’t good for you. It never will be. Meat paste in a tube or ready meal will never be healthy.

    Let me have my ignorance. It’s tasty.

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