and finally, monsieur, a wafer-thin mint

23 Oct

“Do not join those who drink too much wine or gorge themselves on meat, for drunkards and gluttons become poor, and drowsiness clothes them in rags.”

Thank you, sir, and now the check.

So, me and my friends would regularly chatter on about last night’s Masterchef or the merits of Slater over Stein.  Eventually, those who did not care for food-based telly programmes (I know, they do exist!) cried ‘shut up and blog it!’.  So, here we are.  It has taken me some time but, once outside of my Masterchef bubble, I have realised just how many cookery shows there are!  Bloody loads.

It was requested that I compile a list of current shows so my fellow bloggers won’t miss a morsel.  Happy to oblige.  It took me a while and I’m considering posting a permanent weekly/monthly list so our readers can also keep up.  

As of last week, currently airing on BBC’s 1 and 2 we have;

Celebrity Masterchef
Great British Bake Off
Great British Bake Off: Masterclass
Great British Bake Off: Revisited
Great British Food Revival
Hairy Bikers: Mum’s Know Best
Lorraine’s Fast, Fresh & Easy Food
Nigel Slater’s Dish of the Day
Saturday Kitchen
Saturday Kitchen: Best Bites

Some are repeats (Celebrity MC is screening late night BBC1) but it still feels like quite a lot, even for me.  Syllabubdobdee mentioned that Paul Hollywood has a programme starting imminently entitled ‘Bread’ … good luck googling that one 😉

Meanwhile, the Channel 4 family offer us;

Baking Bad with Eric Lanlard
Come Dine With Me
Food Unwrapped
Gok Cooks Chinese
Gordon Ramsay’s Ultimate
How to Cook Like Heston
Jamie’s 30 Minute Meals
Jamie’s 15 Minute Meals
Quick Bakes with Eric Lanlard
River Cottage Bites
Sunday Brunch

As a lady-about-town, I (along with a growing number of people) get my televisual delights recorded via a Sky/ Virgin+ box or similar.  It’s been a while since I watched ‘live’ television and not x32’d the commercial break or BBC idents hence forgetting Nigel’s return and missing Simply Italian on Channel 4.

The Food Network and Good Food Channel?  Yeah, you can guess what that’s all about, I’m not even attempting a weekly listings update on those, you’re on your own.  As outrageously exciting as it sounds, GF Channel tends to get stuck in a rut showing the same five series continually for a month only to become fixated with another.  Great if you’re watching a new Top Chef, not so great when they’re showing a repeat run followed by historical Saturday Kitchens and Rachel Allen’s Favourite Food.

I wonder when the British public became so obsessed with cookery shows.  Or should the question actually be ‘are we obsessed with cookery shows’?  Should the blame lie with Keith Floyd and Delia Smith or did the other Fanny start it all?  Was our apparent fixation with baking, blending and blanching of our choosing? Maybe it was thrust upon us but then, the ratings were good, someone decided to publish an accompanying book …

At what point will this all end?  I can’t see current favourites such as Ramsay or Hugh F-W getting the chop any time soon so they will continue to entertain us as we grow old together, knees cracking as lunch is popped in the Arga.  Do we really want Khoo and Lawson sexing it up in their seventies?  It might not be as bad as Jamie and his embarrassing slang. 

I have so many questions and no real answers, for example, was Fanny and Johnnie Cradock’s 1955 book ‘Cooking with Bon Viveur’ an official tie-in with the BBC series of the same year and if so, was this the first instance of a television cook book?

Anyway!  Here at Fanny Towers, I shall continue to watch with Madhur and cook-a-long-a-Gordon until a) every show is blogged or b) the remote control is forcibly removed my cold. dead. hands.  🙂


One response to “and finally, monsieur, a wafer-thin mint

  1. takotsubo

    October 23, 2012 at 3:05 pm

    You forgot “getting pissed and watching old Keith Floyd programmes on YouTube.” [WINKY FACE]


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