The food NO ONE wants during the coronavirus pandemic: Panic buyers avoid one particular product – as Hamish Blake reveals dozens of boxes left on an otherwise bare Coles shelf
Panic buyers are stocking up on non-perishable goods and toilet paper amid growing fears the coronavirus pandemic will result in widespread self-isolation.
But there is one type of dry pasta – an otherwise in-demand item at supermarkets – that isn’t flying off store shelves at the same alarming rate.
Comedian and radio presenter Hamish Blake shared a photo to Instagram on Sunday of the pasta aisle of his local Coles supermarket, and every single variety was gone with the exception of risoni.
Fancy that! Comedian Hamish Blake (pictured with his wife, Zoë Foster Blake) has made a hilarious observation about supermarket panic buyers during the COVID-19 pandemic
The picture showed the pasta section completely bare apart from a dozen or so packets of risoni: a type of short-cut pasta, shaped like a large grain of rice, commonly used in soups.
Hamish, 38, captioned his post: Everybody is doing it tough right now but spare a thought for risoni. Brutal way to find out where you sit in PPH (Pasta Popularity Hierarchy).
‘Risoni, I want you to know I’d absolutely use you as the noodle in a chicken noodle soup. I mean, not today, I’m only allowed two packs and I’m chasing rigatoni. But maybe next week. Stay in the fight.’
Unpopular: Hamish has noticed that there is one type of dry pasta – an otherwise in-demand item at supermarkets – that isn’t flying off store shelves at the same alarming rate: risoni
Hamish is staying in Australia while his wife, Zoë Foster Blake, is in New York City on a work trip for her skincare line, Go-To.
Last week, the beauty entrepreneur, 39, met with magazine editors at Condé Nast, which publishes titles such as Vogue, Allure and Glamour.
She revealed on Instagram on Wednesday that she’d arrived ‘just in the nick of time’ as parts of the city prepared to go into lockdown.
While his wife was overseas, Hamish joked on social media that he’d been forced to wear ‘jumbo’ diapers because his local supermarket didn’t have any toilet paper left.
Talk about social distancing! Hamish is staying in Australia while his wife, Zoë Foster Blake (pictured), is in New York City on a work trip for her skincare line, Go-To
‘Really great, uncomfortable, super expensive, bad value hack for if you can’t get toilet paper at the moment. Stay strong. Stay creative,’ the father-of-two captioned a photo of himself with a packet of Huggies.
The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in chaotic scenes at supermarkets, as panic buyers strip the shelves of essential items such as rice, pasta and toilet paper.
Coles and Woolworths have been forced to introduce a one-pack limit on toilet paper due to shortages.
‘Stay strong. Stay creative’: While his wife was overseas, Hamish joked that he’d been forced to wear ‘jumbo’ diapers because his local supermarket didn’t have any toilet paper left
Both supermarkets have also introduced buying limits for basic food items, including pasta, rice, mince, flour and hand sanitiser.
Coronavirus was first identified in Wuhan, China, in December and has since spread to more than 150,000 people worldwide, and killed at least 5,500 people.
It was recognised as a pandemic by the World Health Organization on March 11.
Pictured: Empty shelves at a Coles supermarket in Waterloo in southern Sydney