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Two Fat Ladies, Julia, Jacques Pepin, do you remember?

  1. Mar 21, 2008 #1

    Ouabache

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    An earlier thread reminded me of a few cooking shows I've enjoyed.. Perhaps you recall them too or would like to share your own favorites.. :rolleyes:

    Two Fat Ladies Cook

    There was a cooking show on Food Network a while ago called "Two Fat Ladies Cook" They featured Jennifer & Clarissa cooking British style foods and they were quite entertaining. A nice part of their show were scenic views of British Isles, as they rode about on their motorbike. It provided a glimpse into the culture and cuisine of GB (perhaps wolly can help us here). They made shows from 1996-98, with Jennifer passing on in 1998; long before I discovered them on Food Network. For those of you familiar with bingo terminology, you will recognize that 'two fat ladies' refers to call number 88 and the cycle Jennifer drove on their show had the registration N88TFL. :smile: Several of their vids can be viewed on youtube. Two Fat Ladies

    Iron Chef

    Another one that was very entertaining was called the "Iron Chef".. I watched them a lot, a few years ago. The professional chef's ability to extemporaneously create awe inspiring dishes, has earned my respect. Evidently their shows ran from 1993-99 with a few more specials through 2002. So we only caught the tail end on Food Network. You can catch a cross section of their vids on youtube Iron Chef.


    Other interesting chef's I've watched..

    Julia Child - The French Chef
    vid clip(circa 1978)

    Jacques & Claudine Pepin
    here a clip1-pepin & clip2-pepin

    Tyler Florence
    here's a clip of him cooking turkey with pomegranate & rosemary glaze.

    Alton Brown - Good Eats
    A whole series of episodes on net. Like the Hat
     
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  3. Mar 21, 2008 #2

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    The two fat ladies represented the upper class, the born with the silver spoon in the mouth
    type, all though they were an earthy duo they were so detached from reality, i liked them
    for their honesty and depth of character, but if any one thinks that their way of cooking represents , or even obtaining the ingredients is typical then you is smoking.
     
  4. Mar 21, 2008 #3

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    You're talking about some of my all time favorite cooking shows!!!!

    Iron Chef is hands down my favorite. The comedy, the excellent commentary from the show commentaries, and the excellent food critics just made the show a delight to watch. The Japanese respect for food and the drive to do the best is so evident. The way the judges, although being celebrities, seemed to have a lot of food knowledge and could really articulate what a dish tasted like. It was awesome.
     
  5. Mar 21, 2008 #4

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    I despair with these shows, they all ways have THE best ingredients, the finest cuts of meat, the freshest fish, every thing is to their advantage, now go find all their ingredients at your local outlet, i bet you will be hard pressed.
     
  6. Mar 23, 2008 #5

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    They were quite a pair ...
    I learned things from them I'd not heard of before, like stilton, swedes and marmite. How to cook with sardines, pilchards, herring & kippers. Using 'pudding' as a general term for any dessert simmered, baked, steamed or frozen. Across the pond, I've eaten sardines from a can, pickled herring in a jar, and smoked kippers from the deli or fish market.

    They enlightened me of interesting terms like: bangers & mash, bubble & squeak, spotted dick & toad-in-the-hole; colorful names.

    Yep... With bigger-than-life master chefs rising up from the floor and the chairman of kitchen stadium unveiling the theme ingredient with a wave & flourish. It lent elements of a magician’s performance. It certainly put a new spin on a cooking show. Instead of showing you step-by-step preparation technique, they give you chefs working at a frenetic pace creating artistic delights to the palate, along with ring-side commentary. Fun to watch!! And also put me in a good cooking spirit.:smile:
     
  7. Mar 23, 2008 #6
    Peasant :wink::biggrin:

    hehe.

    I agree like everyone has the beans to throw away on free range Aberdeen Angus or specially blended rye wheat from the fields of Andalucia. Or milk pasteurised from goats on the slopes of the caucus mountains, and specially churned by Valkyrie then blended and fomented into cheese by Our Lord himself before being aged for 4 millenia in the warm and dry store rooms of Hapahestus. This is not just cheese this is M&S cheeeese :wink:
     
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  8. Mar 24, 2008 #7

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    Phesant plucker. LOL.
     
  9. Mar 24, 2008 #8

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    I am a master toad in the hole maker, spoted dick and custard used to be a school favorite, we lads even devoloped tricks to get seconds, bangers and mash is ok but is
    better with a thick onion gravy, i still can not get my steamed mushroom puding right,
    the taste is good but it falls apart to easy.
    Stilton is fantastic grilled on steak, and some times i have swede mash instead of tatters,
    i am working on a pilchard pie i think it will be spicy hot and may be a little sweet.
     
  10. Mar 24, 2008 #9
    No way. The all Thyme BEST show was 'Great chefs of the world' on the discovery channel in the late 90s. They would film TOP chefs around the world cooking only 5 star dishes in their restaurantes. THAT was the best cooking show I have ever seen on tv. It was better quality dishes than Iron chef. That show was amazing.

    These guys would make FANCY stuff like frog legs, roated rabbit, duck, quail, pork chops. Also, cooking with lydia is good. Her food is italian 'home style' though.
     
  11. Mar 24, 2008 #10

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    I'm pretty lucky because we have a farm not too far away that raises pasture-fed Black Angus and free-range chickens, and another couple of places that raise free-range turkeys. Combined with the fresh produce and herbs from my garden, I have wonderful ingredients for much of the year. Winters are a bit more problematic because I'm using frozen or canned vegetables, but at least it's stuff that I processed fresh out of the garden. We have a nice cold cellar, and our buttercup squash kept very well all winter and just petered out recently.

    I'd love to have Bobby Flay show up here for a throw-down, and make him wander down to the garden and select and pick his own ingredients, evaluate them for ripeness and freshness, and prepare them properly, instead of having his producers and staff do all that. I'd kick his butt.
     
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    Careful, he might try to 'raise the roof' like a jackass while standing on your kitchen counter top.
     
  13. Mar 24, 2008 #12

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    That would tick off my wife, and then SHE'D kick his butt, too!
     
  14. Mar 25, 2008 #13

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    I also had turbin, acorn & buttercup squash from my root cellar all winter. I was amazed to find one pumpkin from last year's garden, still in good shape. It was kept in a relatively cool and ventilated place all winter. I just found some apples I put up in the freezer last fall and plan to bake some cinnamony apple & walnut breads soon. :tongue2:
     
  15. Mar 25, 2008 #14

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    Jacques Pepin is a master. He's one of the few that really could walk the walk. I was never a fan when his daughter would come on the show. He used to do appearances on Julia Child's show. Although, he was the quintessential French master chef that Alton likes to make fun of. That's OK. I still think Alton is the best just from the entertainment factor.
     
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