This extract demonstrates both how good and how bad food can be. Preparing a meal for family and friends is an expression of love, and it would have been an easy choice for us to make a great handmade pasta with an intense pesto, or a wildly exuberant seafood platter. But where’s the love in that unwanted schnitzel slung out of a uncaring kitchen? We’ve reinvented this, added a dollop of imagination and a spoonful of fun. We hope you won’t send it back to the kitchen uneaten.