Stephanie – apparently a meal Scott Morrison cooked for Sunday dinner is causing quite a stir. What’s the deal?
oh dear. So on Sunday, the prime minister posted a photo to Facebook of an eggplant curry — a dish made with eggplant and okra — alongside what he said was a “classic chicken korma.” I’m really sorry to show you this cursed image, but it has to be seen to understand:
In the caption under the photo, he wrote: “Nice to have a night at home. So curry it is. Sri Lankan Tamarind Eggplant and Okra Curry and a classic Chicken Korma. Strong curry. Strong economy. stronger future.”
Why does the chicken in that (alleged) curry look… raw?
Funny you ask that. You’re not alone – it’s the only thing the internet has been talking about since he posted. One of the highest-voted comments on the post itself says, “Nice piece of raw chicken in the middle right of the frame!! Enjoy!” To which Morrison replied, “I can reassure you, the chicken was cooked 👍🏻”.
People were not reassured.
So was it really cooked? Did he serve his family raw chicken curry?
Morrison has championed his culinary prowess, claiming that the appearance of the meat in the photo was “exactly as light reflected off the chicken’s skin” and that it was, in fact, cooked. He told Melbourne’s Fox FM radio on Tuesday that people were “going back for seconds”.
“It was in the pan for at least 45 minutes I can tell you because I’ve had it myself,” he said.
But many people are not yet convinced. I mean you could be You might argue that the chicken shown in the picture could have come from the thigh or some other part of the bird that won’t turn completely white when cooked, but neither could you.
Why does the prime minister even post a photo of his dinner on social media? Didn’t we all stop posting food photos in 2014?
He does things like this all the time. That Scott Morrison likes to cook a curry is one of those important strategic details of the prime minister’s private life cultivated for public consumption. In Sean Kelly’s 2021 book The Game, he writes how Morrison developed this public penchant for cooking curries in 2015, when it looked like he had a shot at becoming prime minister:
He cooked a curry once a week – only once – and loved rugby league. So few details, but such talkative details! They told us he loved his family and made sure to spend time with them; he was modern because he knew how to cook; but he only cooked once a week, because he was still a real man, with traditional values and an important job.
Before becoming Prime Minister, when he stood in the wings as a mere federal treasurer, he even went into ABC’s kitchen cupboard cooking Sri Lankan fish curry and “Scomosas” (sorry, sorry) with political commentator Annabel Crabb.
However, much of the audience refused to swallow what they were served in that episode. There was Morrison who cooked Sri Lankan food and confessed to Crabb that he had fallen in love with it after a trip to the country in 2013, when he was immigration minister.
What he failed to mention was that on his return from that trip, he doubled down on his harsh “stop the boats” policy. Within a few months, he was taken to the Supreme Court for detaining 157 Tamil asylum seekers, including 37 children, on a boat for nearly a month while he tried to deport them. Happy to cook their food but don’t give them security.
So, how embarrassed should we be here?
About Australia’s immigration policy? Extreme. About the (alleged) uncooked (alleged) curry? It made the Indian press during an election campaign. You tell me.