Take several parties of complementary and contrasting flavour.
Separate and sift through an election campaign.
Stir gently, adding visions of power until soft peaks form.
Fold all parties together, taking care not to deflate expectations in the process.
Heat over a series of crises until mixture reaches boiling point.
Allow to simmer, spicing with scandal to taste.
When thoroughly cooked, remove from heat and cool in the public glare.
Serve with generous helpings of reality well seasoned with responsibility.
Take several plump egos, stuff with equal quantities of personal ambition and political philosophy and season lightly with policy.
Toast in glare of publicity then set over heat of the moment to simmer.
Meanwhile, put potential coalition partners in a separate pot and warm with promises of promotion; stir well until mixture comes to the boil.
Mix everything together and cook over the flame of naked ambition until stewed.
NB: great care should be taken when removing dish from heat because casserole tends to curdle if subjected to a sudden cooling of support.