It has recently come to my attention that a traditional English breakfast is a dish that seems to cause a controversy. Everyone’s idea of the perfect English breakfast is very different and this is apparent from watching the popular television series ‘Four in a Bed’ and from a recent television advertisement.
For those who do not know, ‘Four in a Bed’ is a television competition where bed and breakfast owners stay in each other’s establishments and give each other marks for the facilities, the cleanliness, how they slept and the breakfast.
On this series, there is always huge discussion about the breakfasts served, especially the English breakfasts. One of the biggest issues, unbelievably, is beans. Some bed and breakfasts serve beans and others don’t and this is always an important topic of conversation around the table. A further issue if beans are served is whether they should be served on the plate or in a small bowl separately.
Eggs are another cause of debate. How they are cooked and the runniness of the yolks is a bone of contention amongst the B & B owners. Next on the list is the meat on the plate. Is it best to serve smoked or unsmoked bacon? Are the sausages thick enough? Do the sausages have a high enough meat content?
This type of debate is replicated in a recent television advert. A group of young men is sat around a table in a cafe eating an English breakfast. One says that dipping the sausage in the runny yolk of the egg is the most important part of the meal. Another says that it is the beans that make the breakfast come together. Another argues that beans touching the egg is the worst thing that could possibly happen- personally, I agree. The final friend’s solution to this is that you should build a wall of crispy bacon. Again, I agree that crispy bacon is a must.
Who would have thought that a traditional English breakfast could cause so much controversy!
One of my all-time favourite sitcoms is ‘Friends’. I have watched every single episode of this series over and over again. Of all the amazing episodes, one of the best is ‘The One Where Ross Got High’. Rachel, played by Jennifer Aniston, is not talented in the kitchen, by her own admission. In this episode, she decides to put in the effort and make a trifle for Thanksgiving.
Rachel accidentally gets the pages of the recipe book stuck together and creates a dessert that is half an English trifle and half a cottage pie. Her friends are determined to appreciate her efforts and try the trifle anyway. She later realizes that beef is not an ingredient in this dessert. There are also a series of confessions from the friends in this episode. Here are three of the funniest clips from this episode for you to watch.
Two of my favorite hobbies are cooking and watching the television. Therefore, it is no surprise that in the evenings I enjoy watching programs on the ‘Food Network’ as it combines two of my passions. There is a great array of programs to watch on this network and here are some of my favourites.
I love cooking competitions and this is one with a difference. The four contestants must prepare a dish using a set of specific ingredients. These are unusual combinations that you wouldn’t usually put together. The judges then eat the dishes made before leaving just three contestants to compete in the main course/ entree round of the contest. Again, someone is eliminated until there are just two contestants remaining to fight it out in the dessert round. The winner takes home a big money prize.
Seven professional chefs compete in this televised cooking competition and it is currently one of my favourite shows on the Food Network. The chefs are given a specific theme or ingredient to use when preparing their dishes. The host then announces the winner of the challenge and names the chef who created the dishes he liked the least. The winner can choose one other competitor to battle it out with the losing chef in an extra challenge. The dishes these chefs then produce using the chosen ingredient is judged by the host and a guest judge. The chef who produces the best dish stays in the competition and the other goes home.
This is one of those programs that has you shouting a the screen in disbelief. Restaurant owners contact the Mystery Diners team when they have concerns about their business or particular members of staff. The team sets up cameras around the restaurant to watch the staff during a typical service in an attempt to identify the problem. They also have an undercover server under the pretense of them undergoing training and mystery diners who eat in the restaurants. During the show, there are many shocking moments when restaurant owners see their staff stealing, not doing their work, stealing their customers and many other appalling acts.
Restaurant Stakeout is a very similar type of show to Mystery Diners in the sense that there are hidden cameras to identify the problems in a business. However, the focus is much more on identifying problems so that restaurant owners can make changes than on filming shocking behaviour and sacking staff.
Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives
Also known as ‘Triple D’, this show features just one man on a mission to find the best places to eat in the United States. He visits a variety of venues across America that offer a wide range of cuisines. The owners of the establishment then prepare the host one or two of their specialties. This show gives me inspiration for new dishes, combinations, and flavours.