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Prime Roast

13 June, 2013

Julia Gillard Kentucky Fried Quail, in case you missed the Liberal menu, had small breasts and large thighs. The same dining card included Rudd’s a goose foie gras, and Simon Crean with dill. While greens should be eaten before they take over.

If you haven’t seen the card, head for ABC online, or try here. The gags don’t get any classier.

Yet maybe that’s where we come in. Leaving the hot-potato politics aside, can you suggest what dish a certain person may be? Clarice Starling could be stuffed lamb with fava beans, while a Dame Melba soup is liable to keep repeating on you.

Then you have Nick D'Arcy – a reheated turkey braised in hot water. The kitchen is yours to create a meal in honour of a name from history or headlines. And if you want to broil the menu culprit Mal Brough slowly, feel free.

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