Politicians and their plates: Brian Whittle's Thai soup
South of Scotland Conservative MSP enjoys healthy eating
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Describe your favourite plate of food
My homemade Thai chicken and mushroom curry soup with lemongrass.
Why is it so special?
Three reasons: Because I can make it! It sounds very exotic and it’s incredibly healthy.
Who have you shared this plate of food with and what was the occasion?
All my old neighbours and I get together every Hogmanay and we all bring a plate of food with us. I get so many requests for this that I’ve stopped asking if I should bring anything else!
More generally, what’s your most memorable meal and why?
The meals I remember tend to be because of the company I was keeping at the time. Some of my best meals have definitely been with my old pals from the world of athletics, where raucous laughter is a matter of course.
The one that springs to mind was in Val de Lago in Portugal, where we had all gathered for a game of golf. The meal lasted several hours in the sunshine. I’ve no idea what we ate, but I was laughing my head off the entire time.
Have you had any culinary disasters?
Too many to mention! I’m not known for my culinary skills. I’m more of a stir fry and pasta cook than a flamboyant or talented one!
Would be your last meal of choice?
Well, I’d probably want to savour it so maybe some kind of soup….eaten with a fork! Failing that, I’d probably go for some kind of Thai curry.
What’s your comfort food?
I have been known on a very rare occasion to eat the odd bit of chocolate. I also a find it hard to say no to a pizza.
Anything you’d never eat?
There’s a Japanese delicacy called fugu, which is blowfish that has to be expertly prepared because if it’s not it will kill you; that feels a bit too risky for me.
In my travels I’m sure I’ll have eaten a few things that I wouldn’t have if I’d been able to translate the menu. I tried octopus once, but it was definitely a one-off.
What’s your favourite thing on the Scottish Parliament menu?
Most of the time I go for soup and a salad, but from time to time I do enjoy their curry.
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