Out of the frying pan — 22 Comments

  1. "Fascination with cookery programmes on tv?"  hmmmmm…. one word for me ……….Nigella ……………  sigh

  2. Here I enjoy the River cottage programs and the chaps on there do as you do basically chuck it all in and get the heat right…

    • I have seen that programme listed but have never watched it.  I'll start watching all these programmes when they invent a way of transporting the finished goods into my home.

  3. The Memsahib loves her cookery programmes … I found this little gem for her and she was a bit terse for the remainder of the evening.

  4. Jonathon Ross brilliantly joked one night that Gordon Ramsay's new book would be called, "Take Two Eggs & Fuck Off!"

  5. I have to admit that years back I did rather enjoy watching the Keith Floyd cooking programs. He was a most entertaining bon viveur who basically got ratted on screen and did a bit of cooking. The cooking bit was peripheral to the main thrust of the program, which was really about watching Mr Floyd get pissed and talking about food, which he did with some passion.

  6. You declare: "Cooking basically consists of three factors – taste, smell and presentation."

    I'll add a fourth factor – the ability to open a can bought off a supermarket shelf and warm up the contents. 

    • I would view that fourth challenge as engineering rather than strictly cooking.

    • I’ll add a fifth for the perfect Chinese stir-fry:



      1. One Chinese takeaway menu

      2. One telephone

      3. Approximately £12 in cash

      4. The ability to read



      1. Pick up telephone

      2. Order meal

      3. Leave to cook for 30 minutes

      4. Answer doorbell

      5. Give money to delivery man

      6. Dish out meal, season as required with extra soy sauce, and enjoy


      Easy, this cooking malarkey, isn’t it?

  7. This is a strange one, but apparently there's a pattern of celebrity chefs appearing in the lead up to the decline of empires.

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