I have a very dear friend in hospital at the moment, and having been by her bedside whilst food was served, I felt motivated to write an Ode to Hospital Food. Well… if Rabbie Burns can write an Ode to a Haggis, then that’s inspiration enough for me!
One expects French hospital food to follow the tradition of French Haute Cuisine, but it appears to be the complete opposite, especially where looks are concerned. It’s visually unappetising and that goes for flavour too; not that I’ve tasted it, but I judge that by witnessing her facial expression.
Where is the logic? Surely tempting a sick person to eat nourishing food has to be one of the top items on the list of basic patient care?
……….OK, off the soapbox and on with the Ode:
The last image keeps floating into my head, probably because I’m vegetarian. That boudin looked disgusting!
The tray the food is served on is a particularly sickly yellow. I remember that a few years ago they did a study on how colour affects people, and one of the studies kept people in a completely yellow room for a few hours, which eventually prompted them to feel sick, need I say more?
Having said that though, we have yellow walls in the entrance to the kitchen, but it’s a nice yellow!
(These images were created on the iPad. )