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    This "cookery" programme is just beyond the pale.



    Are they serious ? Am I supposed to take two weeks off work and spend all the holiday dosh just to cook the perfect chille con carne !



    What's wrong with a packet of mix (25p from Aldi).



    They fly the guy (and a camera crew) all the way to Texas just to taste a few portions. Wouldn't it have been cheaper to send the bloody stuff here !




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    name='Tony Pendrey']What's wrong with a packet of mix (25p from Aldi).


    Plenty wrong!



    A "mix" that require you to just add water is always going to be inferior to making your own from fresh ingredients.

    A perfectly acceptable one can be made for a couple of quid.

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    I make a very good chilli.



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    name='Tony Pendrey']This "cookery" programme is just beyond the pale.



    Are they serious ? Am I supposed to take two weeks off work and spend all the holiday dosh just to cook the perfect chille con carne !



    What's wrong with a packet of mix (25p from Aldi).



    They fly the guy (and a camera crew) all the way to Texas just to taste a few portions. Wouldn't it have been cheaper to send the bloody stuff here !



    There was a thread about this when he did his first series.

    The series is about HIM exploring the outer limits of cookery. Nowhere does he suggest that you should do it



    Steve

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    I've never seen Heston Bluminghell really cook - he just does food experiments really, doesn't he?

    In my very humble opinion as the resident culinary genius on these forums (take 1 generous pinch of salt!), I have to decree that there are only 3 cooks in the world worth listening to:



    3. Delia Smith

    2. James Martin

    1. Me



    Nellie Lovett (Mrs)

    of Fleet Street, above the Barber's shop



    Seriously, if you want the perfect turkey on Christmas day, follow Delia Smith's recipe; it's excellent.

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    name='Starry-Eyed']

    I've never seen Heston Bluminghell really cook - he just does food experiments really, doesn't he?

    In my very humble opinion as the resident culinary genius on these forums (take 1 generous pinch of salt!), I have to decree that there are only 3 cooks in the world worth listening to:



    3. Delia Smith

    2. James Martin

    1. Me



    Nellie Lovett (Mrs)

    of Fleet Street, above the Barber's shop



    Seriously, if you want the perfect turkey on Christmas day, follow Delia Smith's recipe; it's excellent.
    If you want the perfect turkey on Christmas day...

    Don't get a turkey, get a goose.



    They're much tastier



    Steve

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    There are far too many cooks/cookery programmes on television.

    Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall - yes.

    Ray Mears,finding a dead rabbit for his supper - yes.

    The rest - no.

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    Marky B

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    name='Marky B']There are far too many cooks/cookery programmes on television.

    Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall - yes.

    Ray Mears,finding a dead rabbit for his supper - yes.

    The rest - no.

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    Marky B


    Too many cooks? Agreed - especially when they are called Ainsley Harriot.

    HFW? - Nah. I couldn't grow my own meat.

    Ray Mears? Absolutely not - although I believe I read somewhere that his programme is not 100% true.



    The rest? Do you mean to tell me, Mark, that you would turn your nose up at Jane Asher? (I'm just reading her latest cookery book - we agree on everything, so she MUST be good!)



    YDSL x.

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    name='Starry-Eyed']Ray Mears? Absolutely not - although I believe I read somewhere that his programme is not 100% true.
    A TV show that isn't 100% true? Shock, horror. Hold the front page. Here's tomorrow's headline for the tabloids



    Most people comment that for a survival specialist, living on what he can find, Ray Mears does look remarkably well fed. But he is an internationally acknowledged expert on survival and bushcraft. He trains a lot of military people all around the world.



    And the thing I like most about his programs is that he does it with an unassuming manner. The programmes are about the subject and not about him, unlike some other programmes that try to follow in his footsteps. But as a master of bushcraft, Ray is careful about the trail he leaves



    Ray Mears and Les Hiddins ("The Bushtucker man") - tick, VG. They're just about sharing knowledge

    Steve Irwin and Bear Grylls - too much "Look at me, aren't I wonderful"



    Steve

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    Cheap awfull tv again ,treating us all like cretins.When will the tv stations realise that some of us have brains...its a sad tv world at the moment

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    Is it any wonder this country is getting obese with all the cookery programmes on now.Lets have more of Fanny Craddock she used to put me off food for life , poor Johnny.

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    name='hankoler']Is it any wonder this country is getting obese with all the cookery programmes on now.Lets have more of Fanny Craddock she used to put me off food for life , poor Johnny.


    The, alleged, obesity problem in this country probably has less to do with eating habits and more to do with the lack of exercise. Exercise that used to be part of our everyday lives before we all became slaves to the combustion engine!

    What happened to the Sunday afternoon walk to burn off the wonderful roast dinner? Walking into town to do the shopping? Walking to work and to school?



    More people have cars now, we don't like our kids walking the streets because they have been known to disappear even in broad daylight and public transport is not only expensive, it's completely unreliable. We are all expected to travel further and further to work which means using the cheapest and most reliable form of transport available to us - invariably, the car.



    I watch cookery programmes purely to pick up tips on the preparation and the actual cooking - I'd have to be starving to eat most of the food!



    YDSL x.

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    name='Steve Crook']A TV show that isn't 100% true? Shock, horror. Hold the front page. Here's tomorrow's headline for the tabloids



    Most people comment that for a survival specialist, living on what he can find, Ray Mears does look remarkably well fed. But he is an internationally acknowledged expert on survival and bushcraft. He trains a lot of military people all around the world.



    And the thing I like most about his programs is that he does it with an unassuming manner. The programmes are about the subject and not about him, unlike some other programmes that try to follow in his footsteps. But as a master of bushcraft, Ray is careful about the trail he leaves



    Ray Mears and Les Hiddins ("The Bushtucker man") - tick, VG. They're just about sharing knowledge

    Steve Irwin and Bear Grylls - too much "Look at me, aren't I wonderful"



    Steve


    I agree with everything you say there,Steve.

    Ta Ta

    Marky B

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    name='Starry-Eyed']Too many cooks? Agreed - especially when they are called Ainsley Harriot.

    HFW? - Nah. I couldn't grow my own meat.

    Ray Mears? Absolutely not - although I believe I read somewhere that his programme is not 100% true.



    The rest? Do you mean to tell me, Mark, that you would turn your nose up at Jane Asher? (I'm just reading her latest cookery book - we agree on everything, so she MUST be good!)



    YDSL x.


    I didn't know she had a programme.

    Ta Ta

    Marky B

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    name='cletus awreetus']Plenty wrong!



    A "mix" that require you to just add water is always going to be inferior to making your own from fresh ingredients.

    A perfectly acceptable one can be made for a couple of quid.


    Yeah - So why don't they make a programme showing us how to make a good meal for two quid .



    This whole thing is utter utter tosh. It is an insult to the intelligence.

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    name='Tony Pendrey']Yeah - So why don't they make a programme showing us how to make a good meal for two quid .
    I've quite often seen such programmes. Usually on late night TV and aimed at students. They show you not only how to make a meal for two quid, but how to make a good meal for two quid.



    There has also been a recent series of challenges where top chefs have to match people's favourite takeaways (Note: Favourite, tried and tested. Not just any old rubbish). They have to match them for price, speed of production & delivery and of course taste. Winning on taste is usually quite easy. Winning on the other two is harder but they often manage it.



    Angela Hartnett did a very good one where she matched someone's favourite Tex-Mex takeaway. And she'd never cooked in that style before, but she still beat them on all three points



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    name='Marky B']There are far too many cooks/cookery programmes on television.

    Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall - yes.

    Ray Mears,finding a dead rabbit for his supper - yes.

    The rest - no.

    Ta Ta

    Marky B


    Well done Marky , you've come up with Hestons next challenge ,



    How to make the perfect Roadkill xmas dinner

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    name='hankoler']Is it any wonder this country is getting obese with all the cookery programmes on now.Lets have more of Fanny Craddock she used to put me off food for life , poor Johnny.


    It's not cookery programmes making people fat , It's people sat down watching them , while eating a take-away and never having any exercise .

    A good home cooked meal with fresh ingredients , and twenty minutes exercise a day ,that increases your heart and lung rate ,is a recipe for a healthy life

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    name='smiffy']Well done Marky , you've come up with Hestons next challenge ,



    How to make the perfect Roadkill xmas dinner
    Have you seen the description of Heston's Christmas Dinner in next week's Radio Times? It's a Christmas Dinner like only Heston could make it



    I can only find a link to it on the BBC site but the Radio Times goes into it in sumptuous detail.



    The menu includes edible Christmas tree baubles filled with smoked salmon mousse, a dish inspired by gold, frankincense and myrrh, mulled wine that is both hot and cold in the same glass and goose fed on a mixture of ingredients - including apples and grain - that were combined in a cement mixer! In Heston's own words, this menu is "possibly one of the most remarkable meals I've ever cooked".



    Steve

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