*EDITED TO ADD* Marks and Spencer has now ditched its cauliflower steak, according to BBC News: Marks and Spencer says it will stop selling its "cauliflower steak" after shoppers mocked the product. An M&S spokeswoman said: "We work hard to create quick and convenient meals for customers; however on this occasion we didn't get it right."
Have you seen the 'cauliflower steak' you can now buy at Marks and Spencer?
The Daily Mail reports:
The 'steak' which is just a sliced cauliflower is double the usual price of the vegetable. The product is sold as part of the store's vegetarian range and comes with a sachet of lemon and herb drizzle for £2.
The questionable cauli hit the headlines after a shopper took to Twitter to voice her dismay at finding the overpriced veggie in her local branch of M&S, writing:
‘Marks and Spencer stores are selling sliced cauliflower as ‘Cauliflower Steak’ with lots of lovely plastic and charging £2 (normally £2.50). A cauliflower costs about 69p from a local veg shop.’
I had to laugh at this. I've found myself paying over the odds for 'cauliflower rice' from my local supermarket before now but at a quid for a bag, I can almost justify it on account of the fact that it's no more expensive than the store's whole cauliflower. But I'd draw the line at this, not least because there is no way on earth that calling it steak is going to make a cauliflower more appetising.
But this trend for repackaging food and trying to palm it off on shoppers as a thing is getting silly now, isn't it? My parents have their own in-joke about this – they never order anything served with a 'jus' in a restaurant because they resent the thought of shelling out extra for what's essentially just exotically-named gravy.
What about you? Do you get irked by supermarkets charging over the odds for over-processed and over-packaged food like this?