I have a huge obsession with watching cooking shows – especially the ones on the Food Network channel.
I could get lost in Ina Garten’s warm persona and easy-to-follow home cooking or entertaining recipes, or I can get completely fascinated watching Guy Fieri pump out an awesome chili pasta and Asian salad.
There’s almost always something good to watch, and when celebrity chefs are involved – I can easily lose a good couple of hours eating up their every word...while wiping my chin at their mouth-watering dishes.
Jenny Morris – a well known South African chef – recently launched her own cooking show on the Food Network channel called Jenny Morris Cooks Morocco. To me, there’s almost nothing that beats a plate of good Moroccan food. Besides Italian, Indian, Mexican, Thai, or Cuban that is…
I could spend an entire day watching some of these shows – what about you?
One thing I’ve learnt about watching cooking shows is to NEVER watch them when you’re hungry. That’s just asking for trouble.
Besides getting some awesome recipe ideas for dinner, there are actually quite a few things we can learn from watching them.
- Throwing beans, broccoli, or asparagus into cold water just after slightly cooking them to stop them from going soggy. (I never knew this…)
- How good everything tastes – and looks – with fresh parsley.
- That it’s absolutely essential to have one of those big blender thingies…..It’s on my Christmas wish list
- Celebrity chefs are never stressed in the kitchen…at least not on TV anyway.
- You can make banana ice-cream from nothing but mushing a banana and popping it into the freezer in a Tupperware. I made it the other night…it was soooo good!
- Onions and garlic are a MUST in every kitchen, for just about ANY meal.
- There are so many pretty serving plates out there. I’ll add that to the wishlist too…
- My fridge definitely doesn’t look like any of theirs!
- They don’t play music or drink a glass of wine while they cook.
- There’s a certain way to chop an onion and not cry.
- The garden salad isn’t the B-all and end-all to all salads.
Do you watch any cooking shows on TV…which are your favourites?