09
Feb
07

Ohhh, that darned Food Network.

Can you believe they’re tempting me with all chocolate shows, all the time? I guess it’s lucky that all the shows are only showing you how to make chocolate truffles. Honestly, how many times do you need to be shown how to combine chocolate and cream, flavor it, cool it, roll it into balls and cover it with cocoa powder? 48 times a day, I guess, if each show is 1/2 hour and there are 24 hours in a day. I watched “Good Eats”, “Food Network All Stars”, “Throwdown”, “How to Boil Water”, “Essence of Emeril”, and I’m sure there are others, and all of them told me how to make chocolate truffles, which I already knew! My surprise favorite of the bunch was “Throwdown with Bobby Flay”. It was a competition between Bobby, who I find annoying (remember when he stood on the cutting board in “Iron Chef” and insulted Morimoto? The nerve!), and a chocolatier from Denmark who lives in my ex-roommate’s hometown of Norwalk, Connecticut. I have a friend from Denmark, and she has less of an accent than this guy, who sounds an awful lot like the Governator, Arnold Schwarzenegger. Weird, huh?

Anyway, in this show the chocolatier didn’t know he was competing, but that he was demonstrating and teaching to a class of kids at Long Island City school. Bobby Flay showed up and surprise, Throwdown! They each competed on chocolate truffles and a chocolate sculpture. Even though the Dane (obviously I can’t remember his name) ended up making a new chocolate when he knew it was a competition, and that included runny caramel (I like my caramel hard. That’s what she said.), he won. He was pretty cute, so I was giving the prize to him anyway.

I used to watch the Food Network a lot, but lately haven’t been able to deal with Rachael Ray and/or Giada di Laurentiis so I have been focusing on “real TV” but when chocolate is involved, how can you say no? One major complaint I have about them is that they are so New York-centric. We are famous for food here in San Francisco, but no, I’ve got to hear about the peanut butter restaurant in New York or something else just as frivolous. But hey, it’s chocolate, so I’ll keep watching.

ETA: I got 3 more hours today! “Paula’s Party” (sucked), “Semi-Homemade”, “Easy Entertaining with Michael Chiarello” (that uber-rich Napa guy who always makes weird stuff), “Good Deal with Dave Lieberman” (I had seen it before, and was unimpressed then), and one that my TiVo made me accidentally delete! Of those, I’m only spending time on the Semi-Homemade because she’s making toffee fudge, two of my favorite things, even though she’s trying to be Farrah Fawcett with her feathered hair.
I have been knitting too. I’m hard at work on my 2nd sweater for the Sweater-a-Month KAL, and I’m getting bored.

We’ll see how it goes. Meanwhile, here is yet more yarn I need to knit up:

1 skein of Kidlin yarn in a red/black combination. Skeins accounted for: 51.

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2 Responses to “Ohhh, that darned Food Network.”


  1. February 9, 2007 at 3:48 pm

    The sweater is pretty! Why is it boring you?

  2. February 10, 2007 at 1:14 pm

    There is an abundance of red around you, know that? (yes, yes, I know you do.)

    I’m into Ace of Cakes and all the cake shows which is kind of odd, since I pretty much don’t like cake. (Icing, yes. Cake is a carrier for icing, but I don’t think they’re using the icing I like to eat.)

    Alton Brown’s show is great, Good Eats? I used to loathe him on his other one but love him on this one.


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Elspeth

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