"Here's one I made earlier!"

@thea09 (18324)
Greece
December 27, 2009 9:53am CST
The standby line of each television chef as they produce the perfect item for our delection. Not on Greek TV cooking shows though. Here they stir the pot for half an hour whilst repeatedly saying in Greek "it is very good, it is very very good, it is very very very good". The contents of the pan are usually brown. I don't think I've ever stayed watching to the end to see the actual results as I was only watching as a way to improve my Greek but only ever learned it was para para para poli orea. So are you inspired by TV cookery shows, do they inspire you to hit the kitchen and cook or are you more likely to watch them with a takeout pizza? Any favourite TV chefs?
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@rosepedal64 (4192)
• United States
27 Dec 09
Hi thea I was never into watching those cooking shows. To me that skip some important steps when I try to make it or they rush thru it very quickly. I will just stick to my cooking book and of course the family that has made it before..LOL Have a good evening thea and as always keep smiling.. Are you going to cook up something and mail it to me...LOL
@ANTIQUELADY (36489)
• United States
28 Dec 09
I think she should. Rose. She has a shiny new skillet to cook in.lol
@thea09 (18324)
• Greece
28 Dec 09
Ha, you are all after my marmalade I see I used to just watch the two shows, Nigella and Gordon. I have her books but his are expensive and too fussy, but he does do those really good 2 minute video clips where he cooks something up. I think on the whole the shows are watched by people who don't cook much but think they will when the watch the shows. Are you a good cook rose?
• United States
28 Dec 09
Ahhh..lets see..am I am good cook. I will ask the hubby that. I think that I am as long as a I stick to the basics. Hubby says that I am good cook...LOL..I think he was afraid to say anything any different..LOL
@SomeCowgirl (32271)
• United States
28 Dec 09
I was not aware that Greek Chefs will stay on the air every step of the way. I guess though that air time is more affordable there? or The Greeks are willing to spend the money more, I am not sure. I don't watch t.v. cooking shoes that often but have watched Rachael Ray a few times at work! I think it's interesting the dishes, but don't know that I'd ever make them... and as for what, if anything I eat? bleh, I'm usually just drinking water.
@thea09 (18324)
• Greece
28 Dec 09
Hi Amber, I think ours just stay on longer as Greek TV is so dire and we don't have exciting alternatives. What on earth are you doing just drinking water these days, you need to eat properly?
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@SomeCowgirl (32271)
• United States
29 Dec 09
Oh I eat regularly but the question (as I understood it) was during cooking shows, so then I am usually just drinking water. I made the mistake, woops and put shoes earlier if you had caught that. Cooking Shoes, instead of shows, now isn't that interesting? Usually it's an apron not shoes that people wear!
@thea09 (18324)
• Greece
29 Dec 09
Amber, I often get caught up in the fun of the responses and forget what I actually put in the opener, and sometimes even which discussion I'm in, as they tend to drift sideways most often. Water is an excellent choice to have with TV, much improved with the addition of a fresh mint leaf.
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@paula27661 (15899)
• Australia
28 Dec 09
I am not keen on cooking although I love to eat...A lot! I never get inspired to cook, only to consume the food! Jamie Oliver is a good and practical chef with a down to earth way; he does produce delicious looking meals. I like watching Gordon Ramsay because he is quite unbelievable, I don’t like the guy and I feel for the poor people who have to work with him but he is very clever and fascinating to watch, oh...And the food looks good too!
@paula27661 (15899)
• Australia
29 Dec 09
I've just been talking to my husband about Gordon Ramsay and we are struggling to remember which 'version' we get here; we are pretty sure that it is an Australian series and the poor 'victims' that have to work for him are Aussies, it hasn't been on for a while so I could be wrong...They do show the UK and the US versions here too.
@thea09 (18324)
• Greece
29 Dec 09
I'll try and see if there's an Australian version on YouTube. My son and I are addicted to the Biggest Loser Australia, it's great, especially if the Commando is in it. I've never seen the US one but the UK version was dreadful. Also, and don't tell anyone, I used to watch Prisoner Cell Block H, it was an absolute hoot.
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@vandana7 (63796)
• India
27 Dec 09
Honestly thea, yes! Actually, today I am able to cook because of television! I was always in hostels, so I never really got a chance to learn cooking. My cousins were trained by their mothers. When it came to me, there was a kind of indifference shown by family members. I once asked one of my aunt what should I do if the dish turns out salty, she said add some chillies, it overpowers. I didn't know it was said in a ridiculing way. Much later I learnt that we need to use a potato if such a thing should happen! Well, the lady who came on the show told that you get this masala in market, buy it, add while seasoning for the taste to seep through, and when it is done, you add a bit. I did that, and today the vegetables I cook are liked by our friend circle. :) She also mentioned that have patience till onions are done, and tomatoes are done. I owe that lady. Tarla Dalala. :) Of course, I am not sharing the secret with my family and friends. :) I also make good idlis, and sambhar because of folks like that. :)
@thea09 (18324)
• Greece
27 Dec 09
Hi vandana, I never heard of anyone learning to cook from TV shows before, though certainly there's methods I've picked up, usually to save time. Really though I learnt to cook from cookery books. Lots of people don't learn to cook until later on and end up being good cooks. One of the things the woman on the Greek tv cooks includes lots of onions so you can just imagine how long that takes on live TV.
@vandana7 (63796)
• India
28 Dec 09
Not exactly cooking thea. I got the crucial tip about when the masala is to be sprinkled. It makes a lot of difference to taste. :) And the quantity as well. I am not going to tell you that! :) Everybody will read it, and there will be nothing special about my cooking anymore. Cookery books yes, but the thing about cookery books is we tend to focus only on special dishes. Here she said you can do it with every vegetable. That changed my cooking. :)
@thea09 (18324)
• Greece
28 Dec 09
Not going to share your masala tip Vandana Find your own pickle ideas then.
@sunny68 (1327)
• India
29 Dec 09
tv chefs don't interest me at all. the ingredients they use are difficult to pronounce let alone procure them..... they also seem to be always teasing the viewers by catch phrases like "it tastes really good" etc... never came across a chef who says...'oops!!...this one went horribly wrong...please don't try at home...'
@sunny68 (1327)
• India
2 Jan 10
...and perhaps several retakes.....
@dawnald (84131)
• Shingle Springs, California
29 Dec 09
I never watch them though I must admit I was tempted to watch "What Would Brian Boitano Make"...
@thea09 (18324)
• Greece
29 Dec 09
Here's a coffee bag I made earlier
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@dawnald (84131)
• Shingle Springs, California
29 Dec 09
Home made coffee bags by Thea?
@ANTIQUELADY (36489)
• United States
27 Dec 09
I don't watch the cooking shows, I already know how to cook, lol. I don't have enough patience to sit there all the time it takes them to cook. As i use to tell my children when they couldn't be still they had ants in their pants, guess they got it from their mom.
@thea09 (18324)
• Greece
27 Dec 09
Ha, you'd certainly have no patience at all with the Greek one I used to try and sit through, it was like watching paint dry seeing the same pan of something brown being endlessly stirred. I couldn't believe they did it live rather than producing a made for camera version cooked up earlier.
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@ANTIQUELADY (36489)
• United States
28 Dec 09
U are so right, i wouldn't. Never have been known for having alot of patience except w/ryan i do.
@gabs8513 (48717)
• United Kingdom
28 Dec 09
Lol Thea No I do not even watch them lol as I find them boring and also I would not be able to remember all the Ingredients and if I do I would probably have to go out and buy them lol there is only me to cook for so no need to watch the Cooking Programs
@thea09 (18324)
• Greece
28 Dec 09
Hi Gabs, I think the idea is to watch them instead of actually cooking. We like to watch Gordon Ramsay but he spends more time swearing at people than he does actually cooking. Now Gabs, would you watch if there was a cooking for dogs programme on?
• India
28 Dec 09
On sundays, usually there a couple of TV programmes on the same time, where two chefs in two different channels give us cookery lessons. The problem is, either both the shows are good, or both are bad. Usually I pester my wife to watch the shows, and after begging and fighting with her for a couple of weeks, she will try to make that particular dish. Unfortunately, till today, she has not come anywhere near the original dishes. Of course, like King Bruce, we are going on trying, and hope one day at least one dish will be up to the mark.
@thea09 (18324)
• Greece
28 Dec 09
ramesh you surprise me there. If you have to persuade your wife to watch them then really it should be you cooking up their suggestions, and for all you know what your wife produces may well taste far better than the stuff they produced on television. Come on now, roll those sleeves up now and into the kitchen to cook something up for your wife. Is there a split on Indian TV between male and female chefs or is it about equal?
@jillhill (37384)
• United States
27 Dec 09
I very rarely watch them if ever...but I should. My younger sister watches them all the time and lately when you get an invite to her house the meal is so wonderful. Last time I was there she made these merangie cups filled with a fresh fruit in a sauce topped with a bit of real whipped cream! They were wonderful!
@thea09 (18324)
• Greece
27 Dec 09
Hi jillhill, I love meringues and they are the perfect sort of thing to be inspired by a cookery show as the books make them sound so technical to make and they really are easy. Of course the longer they sit in a cold over afterwards the better so definitely the 'here's one I made earlier' is needed if cooking meringues on TV.
@zandi458 (27952)
• Malaysia
27 Dec 09
I love cooking and I used to be glued to the tv whenever there is a cookery show but not anymore. The thing I don't like about these cookery shows is that they are sponsored by certain brands of food and their recipes are geared to promote the brand of goods in the show. I have turned my attention to youtube as they are more neutral and I can pick and choose which recipes I want to see by just typing in the food I want to cook or bake.
@thea09 (18324)
• Greece
27 Dec 09
Hi Zandi, I don't think I've noticed that aspect of it but I'm not able to get my favourite one anymore of Nigella Lawson but know she made a range of cooking utensils under her name. I like to type Gordon Ramsay in as he does those ultra quick cooking clips.
@Hatley (164671)
• Garden Grove, California
27 Dec 09
hi thea I have gotten to the p oint where I watch little tv as Ihave my computer and monitor back. I used to watch Jaques Peppin as I and my son would marvel at the amount of butter he used in everything. Of course his baked stuff turned out really delicious he used a ton of butter in every thing. We always laughed when he would say use x amount of butter, as much as you want. We noticed as the year progressed he seemed to expand a bit in the waist, getting a bit tubbier as time went on. I used to watch Julia Childs at times as she made fairly good sense with her cooking. but as I could not afford the amount of butter in my cooking that Jaques used health wise I stopped watching his show.Here my G nobody watches anything that could really inform their minds,all they watch are old John Wayne movies, and Bonanza all of which were okay at one time maybe thirty years ago. Yuck. Now things like CSI and the various medical shows that I enjoy these people here never watch. No wonder I am a computer addict. I cannot afford a tv so stick to my computer. As I have no way of cooking now,theres not a whole lot of reason for me to watch cooking shows. And Martha Stewart she gives me a pain in the horses rear end.
@thea09 (18324)
• Greece
27 Dec 09
Hatley that's awful, you mean there you are wanting a good old swoon over Doctor Kovaj in ER and everyone else wants to watch John Wayne. If I do want to see TV I use YOUTUBE on the computer but the picture is a bit annoying and you only get to see anything for ten minutes at a time. It's how we keep up with Gordon Ramsay and his cooking shows though. I don't know any of your selection I'm afraid but imagine that they wouldn't be allowed to show a show now with all that butter in it. I haven't ever seen Martha Stewart but her reputation as a total pain has spread before her.