Simon Day's tahdig (orbited by Alice Neville, Simon Day, Sophie Gilmour and Pax Assadi)

Food podcast: Crispy bottoms and scones – a cross-cultural culinary journey

Dietary Requirements is The Spinoff’s monthly podcast in which we eat, drink and talk about it too, with special thanks to Freedom Farms. This month, we’re joined by comedian Pax Assadi to discuss the merits (or lack thereof) of white people food.

Growing up in Auckland with an Iranian dad and a Pakistani mum, Pax Assadi enjoyed a diverse culinary upbringing – from biryani to tahdig, cheese toasties to mashed potato with Kaitaia Fire (for breakfast), he developed a taste for it all.

Well, not all of it… as Pax tells us, he reckons most white people food is rubbish. Will Alice’s freshly baked cheese scones convince him otherwise? (Spoiler alert: yeah nah.)

The other hosts boldly attempt to impress our guest with Persian and Pakistani dishes, with Simon even giving tahdig, the notoriously tricky crispy bottom that Iranians live for, a hoon. Will it pass muster with Pax? You’ll have to listen to find out…

Meanwhile, we discuss constipation, Alice #humblebrags about her recent European travels, Sophie talks about her trip to, er, Sandringham, Tina takes the mic and Simon drops a two-for-the-price-of-one bombshell.

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