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Great British Bake Off: Semi Final October 15, 2013

Tonights episode had a French theme, with some very delicious cooking (as usual), a few minor disasters and some entertainment from Mel and Sue.

I was very sorry to see Beca go tonight as she had a permanently cheerful manner and always making a joke or being a bit crazy. She interacted with Mel and Sue really well and created some good laughs. Her food could be really good too.  Unfortunately I think I would have felt the same whoever got the boot!I am glad however to see that Ruby (just about) survived despite her somewhat dodgy technical challenge which was incredibly hard. I wouldn’t have known where to start!!!

I’m not sure why I’m drawn to Ruby so much, she is a bit unsure of herself and doesn’t have some of the basic skills required for aspects of the competition but she always works so hard to do a good job and is so happy when things go well. I cant believe she was still studying and doing exams whilst filming the show too. So much pressure to cope with!

I have to say I’m really unsure who is the best baker this year, it going to be very close next week. Frances is amazingly creative and imaginative, always pulling out the stops in regard to presentation, but can she prove once and for all that she can balance style and substance and get her flavours perfect!

Ruby will do really well if she can hold her nerve, keep her confidence up and not be so self deprecating at times. Her baking almost always great flavour and taste wise, she just needs to perfect the execution and presentation.

Kimberly is great, she’s calmly confident, has a lot of skill and knows how to make yummy food, short of any serious disasters I think she is in with a good chance of winning, She is always laughing and smiling and genuinely seems to be enjoying the competition.

I’m not going to make a prediction as I would be happy to see any of these lovely ladies  win. Fingers crossed they all have a really good final and make the most of the experience. Good Luck to all three!

(if you missed this episode you can watch it at http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b03dyxp9/The_Great_British_Bake_Off_Series_4_Episode_9/ )

 

A Hairy Dieter October 12, 2013

Filed under: Books,Diet,Recipies,The Hairy Bikers — ladygreeneyes @ 1:07 pm
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So, I really love food, I like learning about it, I like watching other people cook it, I like cooking it myself and I especially enjoy eating it! Unfortunately, this combined with an academic lifestyle (sitting at a desk 5 or 6 days a week) has meant I have piled on the pounds a bit in the last couple of years. Recently, both my partner and I decided it was time to loose a bit of weight and increase our fitness, so we signed up to the local Leisure centre for access to the gym and swimming pool, aiming to swim as much as possible with a couple of gym sessions a week too.

However, the main issue has been changing what we eat, mostly due to the fact that we have a fairly good, balanced diet, with only the occasional junk food binge or take-away. My partners main issue is portion size, even only reducing it a little bit he still feels hungry and ends up snacking, So we are looking at changing what types of food we are eating, swapping white rice and pasta for wholegrain, and eating more potato based meals. I also had a problem with potion size, but I have been a bit more successful at cutting down my platefuls, especially massively reducing my carbohydrates. I also swapped to skimmed milk, and brown bread.

We are also trying to cut down on eating red meats and more fatty cuts of pork, eating more chicken and turkey, and introducing a lot more fish into our diet, which is good because I love fish and seafood.

I was really inspired by The Hairy Bikers first diet series, they look so much healthier now, but still enjoy food. When their second diet book was published, I saw it was half price at my local supermarket, so I picked up a copy and have tried out a few of their recipes and have been very happy with how tasty and how simple they are. I have tried the Fish Pie, the Chicken Cordon Bleu and one of the curries. 

It is really useful to have guidance regarding calories and clever alternatives to fatty or high calorie foods. My only issue so far is most of the recipes are for 4 or more portions and it can be difficult to half the ingredients to make smaller amounts. It just means that controlling portion size is a bit more challenging, or having seconds has to be resisted (which is very difficult when something tastes good)

So far I am actually enjoying our changing diet, it has inspired me to get cooking again, working out new meals instead of cooking the same thing every week, its much more fun, and much more interesting. No disasters so far….

Fingers crossed the combination of a better diet and more exercise will help shed the pounds and get me fit and healthy again.

 

 

 

A recent major relapse….

After a period of time in recovery with only the occasional indulgent toe-dip into the world of TV food shows, I am (not at all) sorry to say that I have majorly relapsed due to the acquisition of a decent digital TV package from which I can RECORD lots of TV food shows and watch them whenever I like!!!! Plus access to the Good Food channel has meant a number of cookery show marathons on a Saturday afternoon.

I have become obsessed with Choccywoccydodah recently, all that chocolate and the incredible artists who are able to create such amazing things with chocolate. And I bet its all tastes amazing too. I am going to go and visit their shop when I next in the area.

Also really enjoyed the last series of Celebrity Masterchef, some incredibly intense challenges,  a lot of  amazing food cooked as well as some very funny and heart-breaking disasters . Very entertaining and I got some really good inspiration for new dishes to cook.

The current series of Great British Bake Off is getting a bit intense now; although the eliminations each week have been quite predictable so far, the competition is now really heating up and one slip up could cost anyone their place. So far may favourites are Ruby and Kimberly, but Frances is amazingly creative and Beca makes me laugh a lot. Will be interesting to see what happens next.

So, I’m back and will hopefully will get back into writing again (probably more so once I have finished my MA Thesis and have caught up on TV a bit) as I have really missed sharing my love of TV food shows.

 

Its been a while I know! November 1, 2012

Filed under: General,Recipies — ladygreeneyes @ 3:51 pm
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Life got in the way of watching TV and writing for a while but now I’m back, hopefully for good.

I hope to post about once a week so please keep reading.

So, my post today isn’t actually about something on the TV. I thought I’d share some yummy recipes with you that I made for Halloween!

It was tradition in my family to get together and eat yummy seasonal food as well as playing party games and carving pumpkins on Halloween. The commercial, American stuff was pretty much ignored! It was a time for family and friends, to relax and enjoy the darker colder nights around the open fire in the lounge. I have great memories of this and the food is an important part of them.

Pumpkins are going to be the theme of today’s recipes, my parents didn’t believe in waste, so once the pumpkins were hollowed out and carved, as much as possible was used to cook yummy food.

My two favourite recipes are Spiced Pumpkin Soup and a sweet Pumpkin Pie. Mum also used to collect the seeds and toast the in the oven or a frying pan with a little salt as a tasty snack.

Spiced Pumpkin Soup 
(Serves 2)

A creamy, filling, lightly spiced soup to warm you up on a chilly autumnal day. Ideal for a tasty lunch. 

  • 500g Cooked Mashed Pumpkin flesh.
  • 1 medium onion
  • 600ml Hot milk
  • 50ml Double cream
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 chicken stock cube
  • 1tsp gound coriander
  • 1tsp ground cumin
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • To Garnish: Double Cream, Fresh Coriander and Crusty Bread.
  • Chop the onion as finely as you can and sweat it in a pan for 5 minutes until soft, mix in the cooked mashed pumpkin and heat together.
  • Stir in the hot milk and stock cube and simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Add the spices and seasoning, adjusting to taste.
  • Blend the soup carefully with a hand blender (or in a food processor then return to the pan)
  • Add the double cream and stir in.
  • Cover with a lid and leave to simmer on a low heat, stirring occasionally.
  • The soup should be of a reasonably thick consistency, but more milk (or water) can be added if it gets too thick.
  • Serve hot with a swirl of extra cream, finely chopped coriander leaves and crusty bread for a filling lunch, or a smaller serving as a  starter.

If you try this let me know what you think! Its a great recipe that has been altered by both my Mum and me, and is versatile enough to be added to and adapted to suit everyone’s taste. Though as a tip, don’t use too much ginger as it is a strong flavour and tends to overpower the pumpkin.

Will post again soon!

 

 

One to watch…. April 21, 2012

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My new recommendation is Great British Menu on the BBC.
I am really enjoying the new series and the brief the chefs have been set: An Olympic Feast!
If you enjoy seeing new technology used in cooking, innovative and imaginative ideas then this is the show for you. Lots of kitchen banter between the professional chefs and a series of heats, starting with regional competition, then battling it out to decide who gets to cook each course of a fantastic banquet for Olympic Athletes in the summer.
You can catch this show every weekday on BBC Two! Enjoy!

 

And I’m back! March 29, 2012

Filed under: General,MasterChef — ladygreeneyes @ 6:40 pm
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Sorry bout the absence of posts for a while….

The downside getting a new job where I work evenings and nights has severely taken away from my TV time but after catching up on MasterChef I can honestly say I was on the edge of my seat for the last 3 episodes. I especially enjoyed the Thailand episode. Can you imagine being thrown in at the deep end like that? Cooking food you can’t pronounce with ingredients you have never seen before! Crazy! I like Thai food but I don’t like it to be too hot and spicy so I would never have been able to cope with all that chilli! I enjoyed the pastry episode, pastries and desserts are really tricky to perfect but everyone loves. I mostly stick to cakes and crumbles as they are easy to make. I should really build up the courage to try something a bit more exciting one day!

The final 3 contestants were very close in ability and skill but I think Shalina deserved the win, out of the three of them I think she was the most consistent throughout the whole series. Best of luck to her and the rest of the participants, I hope they succeed in their new careers and have really enjoyed their time on the show! I have certainly enjoyed watching and look forward to the next series.

Hopefully I’ll be able to post a bit more regularly, especially since the new Hairy Bikers series “Bakation” has started…..but more of that to follow!

 

Oh, Masterchef! February 17, 2012

Filed under: MasterChef — ladygreeneyes @ 2:21 am
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Oh Masterchef, you are so special!

Having caught up on the episodes I have missed due to work and illness (Yes, I finally have a job!) I can honestly say I’m sad that Afsaneh and Emma have left. Both had a few unfortunate rounds but personally I think that they didn’t deserve to go.

But saying that, I don’t think any of them should go, they are all awesome and deserve the chance to change their lives for the better.

As John and Greg said at the end of yesterday’s episode, the final six contestants are going to be really hard to narrow down to a winner. There is so much determination and talent behind each of them, as well as inspiration and creativeness.

I thought that the French, Italian and Spanish inspired episode was fascinating, having met several chefs  of varying nationalities (None being quite as amazing as those featured) I have seem the passion they have for the food of their homeland and how much they hate people ruining it! The three chefs featured were all perfect examples of this and all expected the highest standards. I really liked the tutorial each chef gave in the restaurant kitchen as it gave me some ideas for flavours and meals I’ve been wanting to try for ages but had no clue how to cook them, such as a proper Spanish tortilla. Mine always just come out as omelette! I also really want to try making my own pasta one day, but that is scary!

In this weeks episode, I liked the focus on British ingredients as I grew up eating locally sourced produce, both meat and vegetables. One big plus side of growing up in the countryside and by the sea was that good, fresh produce was easily available and reasonably priced. I really want more advice on how to cook sea food, especially shellfish as I don’t really know where to start or where to buy decent quality ingredients.  I felt a bit sorry for some of the contestants as their dishes were well thought out  and sounded amazing but unfortunately didn’t quite work.

The second aspect of the episode, the foraging foray in Cumbria was a great idea but a bit lack lustre, I have some knowledge of wild food sources and I felt that even within the time constraints of the show, their foraging could have been a bit more interesting than watching every eat grass with slightly bemused looks of their faces, then having to try and pretend to be convinced to camera. There are plenty more interesting things that would have been suitable and more informative to the audience.

Having them cook in the temporary kitchen in the barn was very rustic and “outdoorsy” but I felt really sorry for Aki who having changed her mind and made a total mess whilst trying to get her dessert done, ended up serving squidgy brownies because someone turned the oven down while she was using it! A bit harsh I think as was John being mean about her messy chefs whites. Isn’t that why you wear one, so you don’t get your actual clothes dirty?

Apart from that little rant, I’m really enjoying the competition, I look forward to next week with anticipation though dread elimination time!

 

 
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