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and finally, monsieur, a wafer-thin mint

“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.   Read the rest of this entry »


where every day’s food science day

PBS continues it’s wacky food adventures leaving behind Jose Andres and finding America’s Test Kitchen’s Chris Kimball.

Chris is our bow-tied head master of the test kitchen, home of Cook’s Illustrated magazine.  Here they take a classic dish, do some science and make it perfect.

This is a pretty fascinating show that incorporates gadget testing along with a Letters to the Editor segment.  The episodes I saw tested apple corers, barbecue meat trays and kitchen knives.  Much of show focuses on barbecues; how to get an even cook, what tools to have and how to take care of the grill itself.

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no way jose

Jose Andres has a programme currently showing on PBS.  I happily stumbled upon this in the listings and thought I’d give it a whirl.  I watch anything involving Spanish food.

I’ve spotted Senor Andres on Top Chef and he is known for his enthusiasm which manifests itself in much arm waving and finger pointing.  The show focuses on a specific area of Spain each week where he visits cafes, restaurants and local farmers.  An animated map pops up every now and then to show where he’s been and takes us back to his current home, Washington DC.  This interrupts the flow of the programme as he doesn’t take the usual step of cooking in situ but creates his own version of a tapas classic in his US kitchen then exclaims “LET’S TAKE YOU BACK TO TENERIFE!”  Cue arm waving, exit stage left.  That seems to be his thing – he ends many a scene with “MMMMMMMMM!  That was BEAUTIFUL!” and storms off.

He also seems to be the luckiest man alive as every single thing he eats is the best EVER.  Much lip smacking, eyebrow furrowing and groaning signals that he likes his food.

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Posted by on March 5, 2012 in PBS Channel, Spain, Travel Genre