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A podcast about condiments. Emily Elias and Tom Wiggins ask: If you were trapped on a desert island, which 5 dips would you bring with you?

A podcast about condiments. Emily Elias and Tom Wiggins ask: If you were trapped on a desert island, which 5 dips would you bring with you?
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A podcast about condiments. Emily Elias and Tom Wiggins ask: If you were trapped on a desert island, which 5 dips would you bring with you?




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#31: Condiments: A Year In Review

Emily goes deep into her Google search history to bring some weird condiment based news that didn't make it into the past 30 episodes of Desert Island Dips. Things like: a Long Island school district that's limited condiments to two sachets per child and a crime involving a landscaper, a sex tape and maple syrup. OH! And a Melbourne hacker space that has created a Saucebot. Then in SPORTS! Tom talks about his love of American football and Patrick Mahomes' love for Heinz ketchup.


#30: Bread Sauce

Bread Sauce! Dogs! Porpoises! This episode has it all. What is Bread Sauce? And more importantly - who eats it with their roast dinner? Emily and Tom start a campaign to save the environment by using more bread bowls and bread plates. This podcast the perfect Christmas companion so that you can avoid your relatives and then wow them with facts about how peasants used to eat before being a celiac was a diagnosable medical illness. Also, bring on the Egg Nog pancakes.


#29: Christmas Sandwich Special

Emily and Tom talk with their mouths full for 30 odd minutes. Six Christmas sandwiches purchased in one afternoon are ready to be reviewed. Who will become the Desert Island Dips Christmas Dinner and which will be disqualified for not being Christmas-y enough. Tesco, Sainsbury's, Waitrose, M&S, and Pret A Manger. Get ready for deep nerd talk about Meal Deal sandwiches and the condiments they contain. #LiveEveryDayLikeYouAreEatingAVienettaOnYourLunchBreak


#28: French Mustard

Tom completes the holy mustard trilogy with French Mustard. We learn about how even a Pope has to find a job for his lazy nephew. Emily ponders a historical career as a condiment hawker while Tom has his eyes on a traditional mustard boutique. Plus, spoilers on Christmas presents for our parents. Tom shares his love for Wayne's World en francais. #TakeMeToTheBookDisco


#27: Oyster Sauce

Oyster Sauce! Or the story of how one accident spawned global family empire with a 1,000 year business plan - THAT YOU'VE NEVER HEARD OF! Emily talks about the history of this great Chinese food staple and bestows the best piece of trivia you will find in a podcast. Tom fantasises about how much gherkin he could eat. And we talk vintage Ken Hom and the wok Emily stole from him. Get ready to meet the Lee Kum Kee family!


#26: Peri-Peri

Peri-Peri might as well be called "Nando's sauce" but this podcast refuses to let that happen. We learn all about its Latin America via Africa via Portugal roots. Tom tells us what number of dates it takes for him to take a lady to Nando's. We virtually visit the first Nando's in the UK. Tom goes on the hunt for Peri-Peri bants. While Emily gets distracted by about the mysterious Nando's Black Card legend and the REAL black card issued by the Dumpling Truck in Spitalfields Market and...


#25: Houmous

Houmous or Hummus? Who knows. But, we do know it is a magical thing. Tom and Emily talk about the great Houmous Wars. The fact houmous is an aphrodisiac and the time Emily called a guy a "Chubby Paul Rudd" (it was meant as a compliment). And did you know that sweet houmous is a thing? Oh and there is more jibber-jabber that we've come to expect from the best podcast about condiments you've ever heard. AND! we are in the midst of a houmous shortage!


#24: Mint Sauce

Emily comes back from the honeymoon bearing gifts and her 85 year-old Granny makes her podcasting debut. Tom takes us on a journey of mint sauce wonders with a Minthe the Nymph, a Roman Heston Blumenthal-type, and Elizabeth I (who jumpstarts the mint sauce revolution). BONUS: We get to learn all about Tom's childhood French classes. What a confusing time that was.


#23: Maple Syrup

A true battle as Tom Wiggins is a big meanie who does believe that sweet condiments are a thing. Sorry Tom. You are wrong. And this is why you shouldn't trust me (Emily) to write the episode descriptions. Because I'm getting the last word in this passive aggressive way. Also, we talk about a badass woman whose maple syrup biz in the 1700s was endorsed by King Louis XVI and the largest robbery in Canadian history: the Great Maple Syrup Heist.


#22: Sh** the Bed with Renae Bunster

Sh** the Bed is a hot sauce. Yep. That's the name. Creator Renae Bunster joins us to talk about it from Perth. Renae tell us the inspirational story of walking away from journalism to pursue her dreams: making a condiment. She gives us our first exclusive! I know! We're breaking news on this podcast! Plus we talk about stalking celebrity clients (Kristen Bell, Natalie Portman, Gordon Ramsey) and Renae tells us what would be on her desert island.


#21: Horseradish

Horse + radish = condiment. Tom tells us what noise a radish makes. We learn all about the healing properties of horseradish. (Ladies, time to fight UTI's with the power of horseradish!) Emily readies her entry into the Little Miss Horseradish competition. Tom remembers his brief career meeting famous rappers.


#20: Salad Cream

The much awaited Salad Cream episode. Is Salad Cream going to disappear? A controversial name change is pitched for the sauce but will it stick? What else? Oh, Salad Cream, according to Tom, is condiment that even Nazis don’t like. Emily gets a deeper understanding of why her Nanna loves it. Tom stumbles across the 'Salad Cream Challenge' as he fell down a YouTube hole. Emily says 'no' in disgust A LOT.


#19: Ajika

A mystery sauce is delivered to Emily's Russian hotel room and turns out it's a game changer. It's all about Ajika on this episode. And while you probably don't know what it is, buckle up. we've got a story to tell about sheep farmers/shepherds, Doncaster and sanctions! Plus, the World Cup makes a cameo. Kinda.


#18: Ranch

Plumber Steve Henson retired at 35 and then invented a condiment that would turn into a multi-million dollar industry: Ranch dressing. It's a beloved condiment of the U-S-A, U-S-A. But why? Should it be eaten on cereal and with Oreos? Some say yes. Also, Chrissy Teigen has firm stances on the rules surrounding Ranch and is now a dream guest. And then we fall down the rabbit hole of condiments with pizza and a Dallas pizza place that put a $1,000 price tag on a side of Ranch. Tom learns in...


#17: Branston Pickle

Branston Pickle is an outstandingly British condiment that Tom loves. Tom goes into the history of the brown stuff and Crosse & Blackwell while Emily asks him to convert historical currency into today's money off the top of his head. What's the difference between pickle and a chutney? Oh, we discuss that. And there is a thing called a 'Briem Egg' which sounds tasty. Tom plays with his copper pipe. How's that for a tease!


#16: Soy Sauce

Soy Sauce! Did you know an ancient goddess is responsible for handing over this recipe to an emperor? It's way more complicated than that but for the sake of this intro blerb, you should listen to find out more. We hand out the first Desert Island Dips Iconic Bottle Award. Emily talks about the fascinating history of the soy sauce sachet. Tennis star Genie Bourchard dips her pizza in soy sauce. Is she on to something?


#15: American Mustard

Part two in the mustard trilogy: American Mustard. Yep. Trilogy. Tom fanboys over the 1904 St Louis World Fair. Emily finally learns the reason American Mustard is good at staining your clothes. And we debate what is the most kissable condiment.


#14: Tartare Sauce

Is Tartare Sauce named after the Tartars? Emily goes to the British Library and maxes out her library card to look at the history of tartare sauce with limited success. We look at the first fish and chips shop and meet the Cincinnati heroes who finally got 'National Tartare Sauce Day' on the calendar. Then, there is the story of Misty, the woman who is addicted to tartare sauce and the lengths a reality TV show goes to cure her of her addiction. Hint: It involves a 40 gallon drum and a...


#13: Tabasco

Tom Wiggins has lots of facts about tabasco sauce and Avery Island from where it came from. He also has limited facts about the museum associated with it. We also learn about the medical uses of tabasco and risk a lawsuit from 'Big Tabasco'. And Emily can't stop talking about Beyonce. Come on our show Beyonce.


#12: Wasabi

Emily & Tom explore the rich history of Wasabi which quickly turns into talking about a Wasabi Fire Alarm. Tom humble-brags about interviewing Craig David about his unusual invention. Inspired by a TV chef Tom has never heard of, a game of Wasabi Roulette breaks out.