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From the programmes you rush to turn off thread, it seems like cookery programmes don't get much love.

Any food related shows.

Cookery programmes - sick of them, far too many now.

Virtually all cooking programs be it the Celebrity Master Chef, Hairy Bikers or the loathsome Come Dine With Me variety

For the last 3 months or so, I was watching multiple episodes of Come Dine With Me every day (up to 5 every day on cchannel 4, More 4, and 47)

I surprised myself by mostly enjoying it. I don't like the ones with the typical reality show "manufactured conflict", but it was interesting to see what people really cook these days. Apparently stuffed chicken breasts are popular, and little pots are now called "ramekins".

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From the programmes you rush to turn off thread, it seems like cookery programmes don't get much love.

For the last 3 months or so, I was watching multiple episodes of Come Dine With Me every day (up to 5 every day on cchannel 4, More 4, and 47)

I surprised myself by mostly enjoying it. I don't like the ones with the typical reality show "manufactured conflict", but it was interesting to see what people really cook these days. Apparently stuffed chicken breasts are popular, and little pots are now called "ramekins".

I've enjoyed the Come Dine With Me programmes that I've watched. The food is only interesting when it's a disaster, other than when that happens it just washes over me. Dave Lamb is a great narrator.

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I've enjoyed the Come Dine With Me programmes that I've watched. The food is only interesting when it's a disaster, other than when that happens it just washes over me. Dave Lamb is a great narrator.

Pretty much accounts for it's success IMO.

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Raymond Blanc is the best of the bunch, IMO. Simon Hopkinson aka "The Good Cook" also very watchable. Both of those tell it how it is without any fuss or histrionics.

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Raymond Blanc is the best of the bunch, IMO. Simon Hopkinson aka "The Good Cook" also very watchable. Both of those tell it how it is without any fuss or histrionics.

Ah, but those are cooking programmes for people who are actually interested in cooking.

I'm not so the Two Fat Ladies / Hairy Bikers type programmes are my cooking thing because they feature very little cooking and are more like local history programmes with motorbikes.

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The sadistic side of me quite enjoys Ramsey's Kitchen Nightmares.

MasterChef was ok to dip into and see what people were cooking (steal ideas).. the baking contest at the moment though is unwatchable. I like Mary Berry ok but the other presenters are irritating as hell.

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In the beginning ...

book-fannyc1.jpg

... and may all your doughnuts turn out like Fanny's!

Jesus, I'm surprised Operation Yewtree haven't been on to him just from that photo alone.

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I did follow an entire series of "Masterchef" once. I've never seen the baking one.

I can watch these things, but my cooking abilities are appalling, and they tend to just make me hungry. I turn to my partner and suggest we cook them and get told that they all involve far too much work.

Ironically my brother is actually a chef. But then he can't build websites or write computer programs.

book-fannyc1.jpg

Just what is that green substance that the chicken on the left is sitting on?

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Ironically my brother is actually a chef. But then he can't build websites or write computer programs.

You should cook him a lightly sauted Jet Set Willy cassette box inlay in a mousemat fluff jus, for his birthday.

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It's very easy to cook very nice very simple dishes. Just get any one of the million cook books and follow instructions.

For anyone with a 'computer' type brain - this should be pretty simple.

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In the beginning ...

book-fannyc1.jpg

... and may all your doughnuts turn out like Fanny's!

I read somewhere ages ago that at home, the Cradocks lived on the likes of tinned sardines.

I used to have one of her cookery books. She was the most fearful snob, though I guess that was part of the 'attraction' then - upper crusty person deigning to be on TV showing the plebs how to cook.

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I read somewhere ages ago that at home, the Cradocks lived on the likes of tinned sardines.

I used to have one of her cookery books. She was the most fearful snob, though I guess that was part of the 'attraction' then - upper crusty person deigning to be on TV showing the plebs how to cook.

Probably revenge for having a name like Fanny.

Not like those two down to earth posh ladies, on the motorbike.

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Just what is that green substance that the chicken on the left is sitting on?

She was well-known for it:

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The Green Duchess - Perfectly Piped Pureed Potatoes: Fanny is remembered for a few key dishes, not always favourably, but most of all it's her green mashed potato that is mentioned often ....

http://keepcalmandfannyon.blogspot.co.uk/2014/02/the-green-duchess-perfectly-piped.html

For sale: Fanny Cradock's old home is on the market (28 Oct 2013)

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/property/luxury-homes/10404690/For-sale-Fanny-Cradocks-old-home-is-on-the-market.html

"By the late Fifties, Fanny’s Kitchen and other shows were as much required viewing as The Great British Bake Off is today. They were hilariously old-fashioned. Fanny would whisk an egg, while Johnnie uncorked a bottle of wine, both in full evening dress. Satirists had a field day at the presenters’ expense. But there was no arguing that the self-promoting Fanny, born Phyllis Pechey in the East End, was superb entertainment.

Her early recipes, dreamt up in the desperate days of rationing, included rose petal jam, baked hedgehog and green-dyed duchesse potatoes. Fanny’s off-the-wall shows helped lift British cooking out of its former torpor. By popularising dishes such as pizzas, once viewed as foreign and untrustworthy, she paved the way for a revolution in attitudes to food".

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It's very easy to cook very nice very simple dishes. Just get any one of the million cook books and follow instructions.

For anyone with a 'computer' type brain - this should be pretty simple.

Yeah, have always ascribed my cooking abilities to my logical brain. Just follow the recipe, doesn't seem that hard to me.

I'm not saying there is no skill to cooking, or that I'm the perfect cook* but the actual processes involved (in a vast majority of cases) is pretty simple. Maybe when you get in to baking and pastry making then it gets a bit more technical, although still easy enough if you know the where and whys of what's going on.

* That's more down to my impatience, when it doesn't work out quite how I intended I know exactly why.

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Shame folks don't watch something more constructive re: food / history .

I recently bought an out of town box set of jack hargreaves & found it as good as I remembered..

They recently found many lost episodes released on dvd

http://www.outoftown-dvd.co.uk/the-lost-episodes/

Jack, was on "HOW" as well of course.

https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=out+of+town+jack+hargraves+

ray mears

https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=ray+mears+

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Shame folks don't watch something more constructive re: food / history .

I recently bought an out of town box set of jack hargreaves & found it as good as I remembered..

They recently found many lost episodes released on dvd

http://www.outoftown-dvd.co.uk/the-lost-episodes/

Fantastic. I always liked watching that as a child.

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Fantastic. I always liked watching that as a child.

I find it very relaxing & informative. So much is rewatchable , useful info accumulated / built on over centuries, much lost.

best dvd value is in 3 vol sets £5

http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/offer-listing/B000CRSFI0/ref=dp_olp_used?ie=UTF8&condition=used

whole 9 dvd set ( 3 or 4 progs on each dvd ) £28 used

https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/offer-listing/B000MM0C6I

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I find it very relaxing & informative. So much is rewatchable , useful info accumulated / built on over centuries, much lost.

Today's TV tries to sell jewellery, a flat, and tat to fill it with. :blink:

I might look for a set of "Out of Town" rather than QVCs greatest bargain tat.

Jack Hargeaves was like a "proper grandad" who knows everything. ^_^

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Today's TV tries to sell jewellery, a flat, and tat to fill it with. :blink:

I might look for a set of "Out of Town" rather than QVCs greatest bargain tat.

Jack Hargeaves was like a "proper grandad" who knows everything. ^_^

I've noticed he says words to the effect of " probably fell off the back of a lorry" a lot ..

Looking at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_Hargreaves

He "created a new version of Out of Town called Old Country. Lacewing produced a total of sixty Old Country episodes, broadcast nationally on Channel 4 between 1983 and 1985.

I forgotten about Southern Television 'Houseparty' which he was involved in bringing to tv

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Happened to see a bit of the Bake Off this week, certainly not my programme of choice. But for anybody thinking of entering, don't. These cooks are not humans they are aliens and you will stand no chance. Not only are they immune to nerves under the scrutiny of the zoom lenses of the camera to be later scrutinised by hundreds of million of viewers worldwide, but can create a bread lion image and have to factor in what the oven rising process will do to the face and create it out of several different types of bread that all have to taste delicious.

http://i2.cdnds.net/15/34/618x343/bake-off-lion-2.jpg

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I used to have one of her cookery books. She was the most fearful snob, though I guess that was part of the 'attraction' then - upper crusty person deigning to be on TV showing the plebs how to cook.

Wot, like Sheila Dillon, who makes the Food Programme painful to listen to? Talk about pronouncing quinoa, it would be beneath her, unless perhaps it were not merely organic and fairtrade but also artisan.

[edit to add] This thread title is a con; noone has posted a recipe for cooking a TV yet :(

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Shame folks don't watch something more constructive re: food / history .

I recently bought an out of town box set of jack hargreaves & found it as good as I remembered..

They recently found many lost episodes released on dvd

http://www.outoftown-dvd.co.uk/the-lost-episodes/

Jack, was on "HOW" as well of course.

https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=out+of+town+jack+hargraves+

Ah, Jack Hargreaves - we will never see his like on TV again.

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