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I was on TV!

Hi all.  In case you didn’t get to see it, here is a link to my cookery appearance:

This is for Britain’s Best Dish, on ITV 1.  The current series continues next week, at 5 pm.  I did a starter – Orange Infused Chicken Liver Pate with warm Griddle Scones and a crunchy salad.  I managed to win my section of the competition, but only two out of the four winners go through to the next round – and sadly, I was in the wrong 50%!

It was quite an experience.  45 minutes of cooking, but 7 hours in the studios.  It is a bit nerve-wracking cooking in an unfamiliar place, with all your ingredients weighed out and all to hand in little dishes – it really made it harder rather than easier.  And in this show you can hear the judges commenting on what you are doing when you are doing it!  Naturally, they want to be a bit controversial, so when they criticise, they go for it.  As you can imagine, this does not do your confidence a lot of good as you struggle to keep your nerve!


It felt good though.  A bit ‘in my element’ really.

We did have quite a debate about whether men can cook.  The presenter, Mary Nightingale (who is also a newsreader), got quite involved with the two male chef judges, who just asserted that ‘of course we can’.  But as Mary pointed out, the main drudge level of cooking in the UK is done by women – who get heartily fed up of the whole thing.  Men just did the show off stuff, or nothing at all.  As a columnist in The Times said last week  “…and having a husband who thinks he shares the burden 50% because he once microwaved a jacket potato in 1988…” I think Mary may have a point. got 300 times more hits than normal on Thursday.  TV is indeed a powerful force.

(Recipe is on the website as well as on

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