I took in a batch of poodles carbonara with beef pancetta (see right) for a couple of colleagues the other day and they seemed suitably impressed. At least they said they were.
“Very good flavour,” both pronounced.
“Was it pasta-like enough?” I wondered.
“A different texture,” said one, “but very good overall.”
I had to be content with those reactions. First, they enjoyed the taste. It wasn’t pasta but it was good. And guilt-free. Second, that company will probably make yet another sale, which is probably more of a testament to the voodles than you might imagine. Buying something is the ultimate compliment, the final test of how much someone feels that life will be better with a product.