Whats wrong with the food?

#1
Saw this on reuters today.. (reuters.co.uk)

CANBERRA (Reuters) - Australia's soldiers fighting Taliban militants in Afghanistan are up in arms, over Dutch food.

A special team of Australian military cooks had been rushed to Afghanistan to produce "Aussie food" after scores of soldiers complained about the Dutch-run mess at Tirin Kot military base, in southern Uruzgan province, parliament was told Wednesday.

"I think the issue is that it's not Aussie food, it's European food. It's true that people have been quite strong in their views about the European food," Australia's military commander Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston told lawmakers at a special defence budget hearing.

Australia, a close U.S. ally and the largest non-NATO contributor in Afghanistan, agreed in April to boost troop numbers to around 1,550, including a combat group and special forces soldiers.

Most of the soldiers are fighting alongside Dutch forces leading coalition efforts in Uruzgan, although special forces commandos have their own Australian cook".

Cant be that bad can it?
 
#2
C'mon. The Cloggie chefs have probably never heard of witchetty grubs, much less cooked one....
 
#4
Everything...

It's slop, pure and simple, nothing to do with cultural tastes, black bread or marinated swan guano, for that matter. Quite, quite devoid of flavour, texture, aroma or nutritional value, and miniscule portions for good measure.

Other than that, it's fine...what more effective way for the Australian citizen to say "We do not give a f*ck about you, your profession, your role, your achievements or your welfare. Now f*ck off and get killed"

That's just my opinion, mind you :x
 
#5
Admit it. It's got nothing to do with the food. They handed your blokes bottles of beer and you've had to call in your experts (chefs) to explain where to find the ring pull. ;)
 
#6
I did 3 weeks on the RNLMS Rotterdam about 10 years ago. I can fully understand why they're dripping about it!

(Pickled herrings and onions-bleurgh!)

I never could figure out why they like eating hundreds & thousands on bread though...
 
#7
CivTech said:
It's the smoked herrings.........
No... its the salmon mousse.
 
#9
putteesinmyhands said:
C'mon. The Cloggie chefs have probably never heard of witchetty grubs, much less cooked one....
:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

Rodney2q
 
#10
putteesinmyhands said:
Admit it. It's got nothing to do with the food. They handed your blokes bottles of beer and you've had to call in your experts (chefs) to explain where to find the ring pull. ;)
I...er...oh get rooted willya :wink:
 
#11
From a Dutch site:

http://www.nrc.nl/international/Fea...rs_eat_home_specialities_in_the_Afghan_desert
"This food is not cooked in Camp Holland itself. Instead it is prepared back home in the Netherlands. The ready-to-eat meals are frozen and shipped to the Pakistan port of Karachi, where the rough journey by road begins. Trucks transport it through Pakistan to the Khyber pass in the border region where Taliban fighters attack the convoys. The journey continues to Kabul, and then turns south. The last part of the route is also dangerous. It is not unusual for the route from the capital to be closed because of attacks by bandits, warlords or the Taliban.

“There is a huge delay at the border,” explains the kitchen manager, Michael de Wit. “Sometimes a thousand trucks wait there, other times 3,000. It can easily take two or three months for the food to arrive, and it has to be kept at -22°C the entire time.” "
Basically no fresh ingredients.
 
#12
"prepared back home in the Netherlands" & "shipped to the Pakistan port of Karachi, where the rough journey by road begins."

Workman, where's yer fkn tools - you need to blame something, eh! Typical of a "contract solution" - I couldn'd give a fek about the initial decision to contract non-operational aspects to free-up teeth, but there's no excuse for abrogation of standards. Cop a squiz at the "conditions" our political fkwts have to endure in Parliament House Dining Rooms - that they should suffer!

The commercialisation of military support has equalled the reduction of quality of service - the lowest acceptable bidder mentality prevails throughtout most of the modern militaries, the UN, and ffksk the forward support areas. No question that the Diggers might not be fully culinarily appreciative of the rollmops, but surely the powers-that-be could have foreseen the difficulties that would ensue. Especially as the chicken-stranglers next door had a completely different scale and standard - the wonkers that allowed that and couldn't see it need an arrse-hole refit!

Where's that Dr Monk!
 

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