Image by TikiChris, with thanks.
Prepared by French chef with the fabulous name Fabian Aid in the Royal Society of Chemistry's kitchen (not one of the laboratories we like to imagine they have in the attic), the gruel will be slopped out as precursor to the RSC's report "The Vital Ingredient: chemical science and engineering for sustainable food" that will be launched at the House of Commons next week. We have learned from our horrified Christmas reading of The Workhouse Cookbook that gruel is far from palatable, not really filling and can be utterly demoralising when it is the only foodstuff served for breakfast, lunch and dinner each day, every day. As stunts go, it's refreshing, though not mouth-watering to be repulsed into paying attention, rather than being wooed for once.
Note: Although many will be tempted to try it, it has been said that anyone asking for more and attempting to re-enact that famous scene in Oliver Twist will be turned away empty-handed.