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Anyone having fun watching old cooking shows?


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Since getting a Firestick, I find that I hardly ever watch what it actually ON cable anymore.  I watch a lot of Antiques Roadshow, America’s Test Kitchen and Cook’s Country (IMDB has the both the older ones and some newer ones), various Youtube things and some old Food Network shows.  I’ve recently been bingeing by going back and forth between Ina Garten and Sandra Lee.  Ina for good, dependable, elegant-but-not-fussy food.  And Sandra for hilariously horrible food and her mind-numbingly stupid pronunciations and statements. 

 

Sandra has not disappointed.  When she’s on the three of us are either howling with laughter or screaming at her in disbelief.  It is theatre of the absurd and truly entertaining. 

 

Ina was, up to a couple of recent viewings, equally reliable – in a completely different way, of course.  And then…on one episode she makes a sausage roll with merguez.  She specifies 1/2-inch sausage.  And proceeds to tell you to cook it at 400F for 20 minutes.  Then you turn it over and cook for another 10.  Then you cool it before rolling up in puff pastry and baking it for ANOTHER TWENTY TO TWENTY-FIVE MINUTES 😳.  In other words, she instructs you to cook 1/2-inch-wide sausage for a total of almost an HOUR!!!  I confess that I didn’t try this recipe.  I really don’t feel that I need to.  I firmly believe that sausage cooked that long, at that temperature, is going to be very, very dry and tough. 

 

And then I happened to watch an Ina episode and a Sandy episode on the same day where they made the same dish – crab cakes.  Imagine my shock when SANDY won the day.  Ina lived and worked in Washington DC for a time.  You can’t tell me that someone with her palate never went to Baltimore or any of the little Eastern Shore towns for crabcakes.  There is no excuse for the appalling crabcakes she made on this show – they included onion, celery, yellow bell pepper, red bell pepper, and capers.  Sandy’s: crabmeat, mayo, bread crumbs, Old Bay, egg, lemon juice, and saltines.  Except for the breadcrumbs (not necessary), I can’t argue with those ingredients at all.

 

I still love Ina and will continue to make many of her recipes and I will also continue to enjoy mocking Sandy, but this rocked my culinary world and put a dent in my assumptions. 😁

 

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I can imagine that Ina saw the space between DC and NYC as places zoomed through on the PRR and best avoided.

 

 

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