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Looking for light and upbeat or soothing conversational cooking shows

Thanks for all of the additional suggestions - I am enjoying exploring them all :)

Aug 20, 2014
ursy_ten in Food Media & News

How good is your flavor imagination?

Lol, it's ok - I'm not going to try it. Wouldn't know where to find a psychotropic drug anyway!

Aug 07, 2014
ursy_ten in General Topics

How good is your flavor imagination?

Wow, wouldn't that be nice... I wouldn't mind a reset.

Aug 07, 2014
ursy_ten in General Topics

Looking for light and upbeat or soothing conversational cooking shows

Thanks so much everyone for all of the suggestions! I am enjoying exploring them all :)

Aug 06, 2014
ursy_ten in Food Media & News

Looking for light and upbeat or soothing conversational cooking shows

I have many cooking show dvds and am looking to add to my collection with some shows that are cheerful and friendly. I don't necessarily need to learn anything great or complicated, I have plenty to watch in that category.

To give you some background, I care for my mother who has Alzheimer's. Some days are harder than others, but on the whole it's pretty challenging. When I am feeling down or worn out from the day, I have found that putting on Rachel Khoo's 'Little Paris Kitchen' or Nigella Lawson's 'Nigella Kitchen' just the ticket to help me unwind. I particularly like Nigella's conversational style, it's like she is talking to a friend... and I find her voice (or maybe it's her accent) kind of soothing; and Rachel Khoo is just so cute, she always cheers me up.

So, I would love to know if there are other shows out there like these... because it's way cheaper than therapy!

Thanks in advance...

Aug 06, 2014
ursy_ten in Food Media & News

Beef stew meat - suggestions other than beef stew?

Stifado (a Greek stew) - the cinnamon and other herbs and spices make for a nice twist.

http://www.jamieoliver.com/magazine/r...

Aug 06, 2014
ursy_ten in Home Cooking

How good is your flavor imagination?

I'm glad things have come back somewhat for you. It's pretty scary, the power a doctor can yield!

Aug 05, 2014
ursy_ten in General Topics
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How good is your flavor imagination?

I don't know - I don't think it was that so much as I lost some brain cells. It's been observed that I turned into a zombie (so, definitely not the right drug for me). I don't actually remember too much about that time, I just know that what used to come easily and instinctively is now not so natural.

ETA: Actually I do vaguely remember something about it possibly altering sense of taste, so it might be a factor.

Aug 05, 2014
ursy_ten in General Topics
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How good is your flavor imagination?

Mine is ok, but it used to come much more naturally and easily to me.

A few years ago I was misdiagnosed as bipolar and was put on lithium (and other things I forget) for a number of months, and since then my knowledge of what will go well with what doesn't "flow" quite as easily. I used to have a mind like a steel trap but it's more like a sieve nowadays. Ah well. The brain is a fascinating thing...

Aug 05, 2014
ursy_ten in General Topics

China: A Culinary Adventure

It's a great show, I really liked their presenting style - they made a good team and it was wonderful how they went off the beaten track to visit places that would be inaccessible to the average traveler.

Jul 11, 2014
ursy_ten in Food Media & News

Preparing Sunflower Buds

Thanks for posting, I am going to have to give this a try. I have some sunflower seeds somewhere from awhile back when I tried sunflower sprouts. Incidentally, I thought they were quite awful but I imagine the buds would be quite nutty and delicious.

Your question intrigued me enough to google it. This is the most informative page I have found: http://www.livestrong.com/article/483... - it gives some advice on what to do with the rest of the plant as well.

Jul 09, 2014
ursy_ten in General Topics

What foods have you made and then decided store bought was good enough, thank you, based upon cost, time, and taste?

Popiah (spring roll) wrappers. Ingredients are simple, but some serious skill is involved. I was intrigued enough by the process to give it a go - once. This guy makes it look so easy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kp-zG...

Won ton wrappers... well, actually I am on the fence about that one. If I am in the mood it can be quite meditative, but I just don't seem to have the energy these days. I have been wondering whether a pasta machine might make the job easier but I haven't gotten around to finding out.

Corn tortillas - all the ones I've made have been blah.

Jul 07, 2014
ursy_ten in General Topics

Do you dry your stainless steel sink?

I don't because my partner has ocd so it will be wet again in five minutes. I do know someone who is ocd about wiping her sink dry though (not for hard water's sake, just 'cause it's one of her "things"). I imagine it would have been a recipe for disaster if she was married to someone like my partner!

Jul 07, 2014
ursy_ten in Not About Food

Luke Nguyen Vietnam Australian show

I think it's SBS in Australia. I don't know what network in the U.S. but I've been getting them from iTunes (but I have no idea if iTunes is different between countries)

Jul 04, 2014
ursy_ten in Food Media & News

Do you watch you tube for cooking?

Thanks so much for the recommendation for Gourmet Farmer - I'm really enjoying it.

Will have to check out River Cottage as well... Heston I've watched before. He's great!

Luke Nguyen Vietnam Australian show

I have just "discovered" Luke's shows through Itunes - his France series is airing here in Australia now. He is a really likeable presenter. I had to hunt down his other shows once I had seen my first episode (there are now 4 other seasons that he has done now, since the OP was made)

Other Australian presenters you might like, besides the ones already mentioned are Peter Kuruvita (Sri Lanka, Pacific Islands), and Adam Liaw (Japan). They follow similar formats.

Poh's Kitchen (Poh Ling Yeow), Food Safari (Maeve O'Meara) and The Cook and the Chef (Maggie Beer and Simon Bryant) are more Australian focused but are also very enjoyable. If you haven't discovered them already, they are really worth a look. I think you can find much of the content on YouTube.

What new food(s) have you tried recently and how was it?

I have made lavender salt (I read that it's fantastic on freshly picked tomatoes - possibly here on Chowhound), and lavender sugar. The latter is nice in a hot chocolate at bed time, especially since lavender is supposed to help you sleep.

Your rosemary lavender roasted potatoes sounds amazing - I must try it sometime.

Jun 24, 2014
ursy_ten in General Topics

What new food(s) have you tried recently and how was it?

Tomatillos. They are not like anything I have ever tasted before. They're very, uh... savoury. Hard to describe.

I had read that they have a citrus tang but I didn't really pick it up in this variety. These were the little ones, about marble size. I grew them from seed. I am going to keep an eye out for the bigger, tomato-sized variety. I don't like my chances much though, not many people have even heard of them here.

Jun 18, 2014
ursy_ten in General Topics

These handles on these pans look intriguing. Possibly ergonomic?

Oh, brilliant! Thanks Tanuki!

Jun 10, 2014
ursy_ten in Cookware

These handles on these pans look intriguing. Possibly ergonomic?

I quite like the look of them. I think it would take a bit of skill to bend them like that!

Jun 10, 2014
ursy_ten in Cookware

These handles on these pans look intriguing. Possibly ergonomic?

Yes - I have a friend with fibromyalgia and was wondering whether she would find them useful. Sounds like they might be worth a try.

Jun 10, 2014
ursy_ten in Cookware

These handles on these pans look intriguing. Possibly ergonomic?

This is a photo from the podcast 10 minutes to table with Xanthe Clay (Telegraph TV) - which I have been quite enjoying. I am interested in the handles of the pans. I have never seen them before but they intrigue me. Has anybody seen them around? They look to me like they could be ergonomic, but since I have never seen them before, maybe not? Otherwise - why would they not have taken off, given that they should be easier to use. What are your thoughts?

Jun 09, 2014
ursy_ten in Cookware

What are the most educational cooking shows?

Ahh, Aussieland - now you're in my territory!

I am currently waiting for a dvd box set of "The cook and the chef" (Maggie Beer and Simon Bryant). I am thinking that this might be a good series for picking up some new skills.

Luke Nguyen is also worth looking up. But he might fall more into the culinary journey category.

May 25, 2014
ursy_ten in Food Media & News

What are the most educational cooking shows?

For region specific videos, you can go to hidemyass.com and put the URL in the search box and you should be able to view the video because they can no longer tell that you are outside of America.

May 25, 2014
ursy_ten in Food Media & News

Old Singaporean Serial/Show with Nyonya Cooking?

Bumping because this show sounds really interesting and I'd like to know the name too.

May 25, 2014
ursy_ten in Food Media & News

Home Cooking and Marital Discord

Since she gripes about the effort and the time, maybe you can still do your cooking if you shift gears a bit...

Could you set yourself a challenge - like race against the clock? See how fast you can get dinner on the table. It's probably not how you like to cook but you can try that once in awhile.

Do you make use of a slow cooker much? They are brilliant for situations like yours. Dinner is pretty much ready when you get home.

Get hold of some 30 minutes or less / quick dinner recipes. There are a lot out there and you needn't sacrifice flavor and interest factor for quickness.

Then take more time to savor the process on the weekend... do some prep for weeknights when you are short on time. For example, I make and freeze filled pastas and wontons on the weekends. They are really quick to cook from frozen, just drop them into rapidly boiling water until they float. Your kids might like to get involved in these activities too.

I also freeze leftover pasta sauces in silicone muffin cases. Freeze, empty muffin cases into ziplock baggie. Small blocks defrost faster in the microwave than one big one, and you can more easily adjust the quantity that you want to defrost.

It makes me feel like I'm still ahead of the game some nights when I get home later than usual.

May 13, 2014
ursy_ten in Not About Food

Home Cooking and Marital Discord

That is true. I guess what I meant was, I wish that 10-15 minutes was the extent of my problem!

May 10, 2014
ursy_ten in Not About Food
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Home Cooking and Marital Discord

How flexible is your work? Could you get there half an hour earlier and leave early?

In reply to your last question, I am by no means a Type A personality but I am in a situation similar to DuchessNukem. My partner has no concept of time or how long things take and thinks nothing of having dinner ready at 9:00 pm sometimes... so I think having tension over 10 - 15 minutes is a bit of overkill. I don't make a fuss though, I just raid the pantry when I'm hungry to tide me over until the main event. I think for me, it's the inconsistency that causes resentment. I have no idea if dinner is going to be 6:30 pm or 9:30 pm and that's pretty frustrating.

May 10, 2014
ursy_ten in Not About Food

my friends have no social sense at all

On the topic of fussed / not fussed

Honestly, it would depend on a lot of things for me. Hormones, relationship with said friend, general stress levels, how the planets are aligned... I could react with anything from "Great - the more the merrier" to an enraged "How very dare he - what a f***ing liberty!!!" and anything in between. (The latter extreme would probably have me wondering 'what was I on about?' at some point in the future though)

Does that make me weird or is it like that for most of us?

May 08, 2014
ursy_ten in Not About Food

my friends have no social sense at all

It's possible he didn't read the whole invitation very carefully. I notice this happening a lot on social media. People ask the dumbest questions when the information is already right there.