Friday, 17 February 2012

5 reasons I heart the Food Television channel in the most indecent ways

List by Tosca

"Nothing would be more tiresome than eating and drinking if God had not made them a pleasure as well as a necessity."
- Voltaire

I adore the weekend! Most of all, I heart Saturday. Not because I do anything spectacular or life-affirming with my day. Quite the opposite, really. (Half the time I can't be bothered getting out of my pyjamas unless I have to go the supermarket (to stock up on more chocolate) or the library (to stock up on more books), but that in itself is half the pleasure of the day, too). Saturday is the day I do little more than take the phone off the hook, lock the front door, close the curtains and kickback with Sky TV and the internet. Yep, that's right, I ignore people so I can watch the Food Television channel and play at editing eNewsletters, keeping an eye on our Facebook page and tweetstream, and looking for ideas for future blog posts :) Just me, my netbook and the remote. It's a match made in heaven. My love for the Food channel is very possibly somewhat indecent. It's probably slightly voyeuristic, too, because I know I don't have a hope in Hades of being able to make the dishes. I have found, though, that my inability to be a decent cook does not limit my ability to enjoy others' culinary creativity. Maybe I enjoy it more because I'm hopeless in the kitchen. Today's top 5 list is a very simple one, made up of 5 shows I've been following on the Food TV channel recently, all of which are available in our collections. Bon appetit!

Boys weekend [DVD videorecording]
Manu Feildel, Miguel Maestre, Gary Mehigan, Adrian Richardson. Boys Weekend brings together four internationally renowned chefs for 13 weekends worth of classy cookery set against several sensational Australian backdrops. Join Gary Mehigan (MasterChef Australia), Adrian Richardson (La Luna Restaurant), Miguel Maestre (Miguels Tropical Kitchen) and Manu Feildel(Ready, Steady, Cook!) on various indulgent jaunts across the continent where they prepare mouthwatering dishes like paella along The Great Ocean Road, spicy oyster shots off Bruny Island, chili mud crab deep in the pristine Daintree Rainforest and apple tart tartin in Tasmania's Huon Valley. Sourcing the freshest ingredients available and matching Australias abundant landscape the boys let their hair down and enjoy each others company serving up a tantalizing array of dishes along the way.

Contents: Disc one: Flinders -- The luxury cruiser -- The Great Ocean Road -- Bikers barbie. Disc two: Book launch -- Bruny Island -- Spanish villa -- Daintree. Disc three: Yarra Valley -- Huon Valley -- Retro -- Victorian Highlands -- Palm Cove. 3 DVDs (312 min.). Rated G - Suitable for general audiences.

Tosca's comment: This is a hoot! I spend half of every episode laughing at their jack-the-lad behaviour, and the other half drooling over the food. Not simple dishes, way too much fiddly things involved, but great for entertainment.

Kylie Kwong : my China [DVD videorecording]
Join Australian-born chef and restaurateur Kylie Kwong on a personal and inspirational odyssey through her ancestral China. Kylie engages delightfully with local communities, buying ingredients from the market, learning regional cooking skills and preparing family meals.

Contents: Disc 1 : Guangzhou - Hong Kong- Fujian - Hangzhou - Shanghai. Disc 2 : Yangzhou - Sichuan - Shandong - Beijing - Special features - My recipes. DVD; Region4; PAL; Dolby Digital. Censorship classification : G - Suitable for general audiences.

Tosca's comment: I think, for me, the real attraction of this show is learning about the culinary history of certain dishes and areas.

Luke Nguyen's Vietnam [DVD videorecording]
In Luke Nguyen's Vietnam we take a culinary journey through the southern regions of Vietnam, from Saigon, through the Mekong Delta, and north along the coast to the World Heritage city of Hoi An. Seven towns are explored over ten colourful half hour episodes. Luke Nguyen, acclaimed owner and chef of the Sydney restaurant 'The Red Lantern', returns to the country of his heritage and prepares dishes in locations that represent the real Vietnam, in all its chaotic vibrancy. With a huge extended family scattered throughout Vietnam, Luke is inspired to learn that they all have one thing in common, a love for food. On our journey we meet many of Luke's relatives, who share with him the secrets of Vietnamese cuisine, and help him discover the tiny cottage industries that have been creating vital ingredients for many centuries. Rated G - Suitable for general audiences.

Tosca's comment: I like Luke! He's knowledgeable, easygoing, extremely talented and game to try any dish/drink. Including drinking snake bile *turns green* I heart the way he can just cook on the side of the road, halfway over a roadside cliff, or even on a floating house made of rather flimsy boards that you can pull up to feed the fish you're breeding down below. And I think the fact that he can speak to people in their own language kinda adds to that.

Jamie's American road trip [DVD videorecording]
On his trip Jamie delves into the underbelly of American society to uncover fascinating personal stories, try real American food and meet the most interesting but unsung chefs and food producers the country has to offer. This epic journey takes Jamie to the heart of America: its people, culture, music and most importantly, food. Jamie meets amazing cooks - not fancy chefs but real people making honest food for working people at street stalls, roadside diners and local restaurants.

Contents: New York -- Louisiana -- Los Angeles -- Arizona -- Georgia -- Wyoming. Rating: M. Suitable for mature audiences 16 years and over. Note: Contains offensive language.

Tosca's comment: I'll be honest, I watched this because I wanted to see the episode on New Orleans. Liked it so much I ended up staying for the rest of the show. Win!

Poh's kitchen. Series one collection [DVD videorecording]
Poh set out to rediscover the Malaysian dishes of her childhood and now the food she most loves to make is influenced by both her Asian and Australian heritages. In this series she invites leading Cooks and Chefs to her kitchen and together they make and share their special recipes.

Contents: 4 DVDs (ca. 1040 min). Censorship classification: G- suitable for general audiences.

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