And then, later in the show, just to thank that friendly Deli owner for helping him choose the perfect sausage, he pops over to their pad to cook them a quick lunch, asking very politely if he can rummage through their fridge to find something he can use to make that little thank you lunch. However - and call me cynical, I can't help it - he always manages to find the perfect marriage of ingredients in these peoples' fridges and cupboards. A nice block of cheese or a whole salami, not to mention a couple of perfect peppers and more seasoning than you can shake a stick at. If he came round mine and had a rummage in my cupboards he'd probably find that I'm out of salt, me peppers have shrivelled up in the salad crisper and that garlic sausage at the back of the fridge has been there for far too long! Make something out of that, Nige!
However, putting the obvious manipulation of TV aside, I still love Nigel Slater. When I just want to chill out and watch somebody cook nice food, he's the perfect choice of TV cook - even if his ingredients are sometimes a little extravagant for my budget. Maybe the BBC needs to do another version of this show where they send Nigel up north to make dishes using my weekly shop... Not a block of Parmesan in sight...
|The Hairy Bikers - pre-diet in this pic I think...|
Now, I could probably go on and on talking about the TV chefs I love to watch, and those I can quite easily switch off, but I'd probably be here all day if I did. And to be honest, all this talk of cooking is making me quite hungry, so, I'll pop off now and try and resist the urge to dip into the Christmas hamper by actually doing some work on 'Striker', but, in the meantime, who are your favourite and not-so-favourite TV chefs? Who ices your cup cakes, and who burns your baps? And do we actually have a TV chef that could seriously be called "eye-candy"? Because I really can't think of one - can you...?
Right, I'm off to stick that kettle on... Anyone got any cake they're willing to share...?
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