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The Cooking Show Epidemic

  • November 11, 2013
  • By 50 Shades
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They call it the ‘Masterchef effect’:  The cooking TV shows that have inspired people to cook outside their comfort zones and attempt new dishes that they wouldn’t normally prepare.  Cooking shows are a phenomenon these days.  Everyone is watching shows such as Masterchef, My Kitchen Rules, Celebrity Chef, Jamie Oliver’s 15 Minute Meals, Ironchef and Hell’s Kitchen.  We are all getting our woks, our mortar and pestles, our mezzalunas and our garlic presses out of our kitchen drawers and cooking up a storm!

We are using interesting ingredients such as kale, chia seeds, quinoa, miso, aji amarillo, saffron, porcini powder, zucchini flowers, acai, jackfruit, nori, quince, okra and goat.  We are using unusual cooking techniques such as sous vide, slow cooking, pressure cooking, air cooking, methyl cellulose, transglutaminase, vapour cooking and liquid nitrogen.

Interestingly enough, our palates have changed dramatically over the past five decades.  For example:

70s & 80s 90s 00s 10s

Anglo Foods

Potatoes, carrots, onions, broccoli, cauliflower, green beans, silverbeet, pumpkins, brussels sprouts, cucumbers, iceberg lettuce, green capsicum, field tomatoes, apples, pears

Mediterranean Food

Zucchini, garlic, eggplant, broccolini,   Lebanese cucumber, red capsicum, fennel, Jerusalem and globe artichokes,   witlof, okra, celeriac, red and black grapes

Asian Food

Asian greens, snow pea, snake beans,   lemongrass, coriander, ginger, chilli, lime, lychee, persimmon, red papaya,   nashi pear, starfruit, mango

Arab/Persian Foods

Medjool dates, figs, dried apricots,   pomegranates, seedless lemons, almonds, pistachios, walnuts 


Today

Is all about Superfoods such as:Blueberries

Kale, sweet potato, beetroot, black garlic, drinking coconuts, Atlantic salmon, lentils, goji berries, blueberries, blood oranges and gold kiwifruit.

 

According to an article in the Telegraph UK newspaper titled ‘Home Cooking Is Back In Fashion’ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/1527568/Home-cooking-is-back-in-fashion.html:

“Cooking the family meal from scratch has become a priority for mothers as they spurn unhealthy convenience food, a report released yesterday has suggested”.

“The claims about fresh ingredients replacing takeaways and processed food are made on the basis of an analysis of buying habits in high-street stores and supermarkets by the Meat and Livestock Commission”.

“The change in consumer attitudes is the result of an increased interest in healthy eating, possibly led by television programmes such as those by Jamie Oliver and Anthony Worrall Thompson”.

So even though some of us are sick to death of yet another cooking TV show, it may be just what we need to fight the obesity epidemic which is rife in our country and in other parts of the western world.  I always say educating people as to how to eat a healthy diet and getting them off their butts and exercising are the keys to preventing this epidemic.  If this entails watching Jamie Oliver’s 15 Minute Meals or the novice cooks on Masterchef doing battle in the kitchen, well then this is a good thing!

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By 50 Shades, November 11, 2013 Kathy was a 50 something year old when she started up this blog 6 years ago, but has since turned over another decade and is now in her early 60s. She is married with two adult children and lives on the Tweed Coast of New South Wales, Australia. Kathy enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, photography, travelling, cooking and blogging! Kathy works part-time as a freelance writer but her real passion is travelling and photographing brilliant destinations both within Australia and overseas and writing about it.
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50 Shades

Kathy was a 50 something year old when she started up this blog 6 years ago, but has since turned over another decade and is now in her early 60s. She is married with two adult children and lives on the Tweed Coast of New South Wales, Australia. Kathy enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, photography, travelling, cooking and blogging! Kathy works part-time as a freelance writer but her real passion is travelling and photographing brilliant destinations both within Australia and overseas and writing about it.

5 Comments
  • SunnyBeachGirk
    November 11, 2013

    I have been cooking fresh foods since I was 5 years old. My grandfather and uncles had gardens growing a wide variety of fruits and vegetables. We had very little processed food and I have always cooked from scratch. I find many of the shows demonstrate how to use items that people buy and then throw out. I have stopped watching foodnetwork because I find it “entertainment” not about food.

    • Kathy
      November 11, 2013

      You are very lucky that you had access to such an array of fresh ingredients. I would hazard a guess that you are extremely fit and healthy as a result of being taught good food preparation. If only we could educate the rest of the population to do the same!

  • SunnyBeachGirl
    November 13, 2013

    I am lucky to have fresh fruit and vegetables available. I loved a lot of the shows on foodnetwork because they did show how to cook a wide variety of foods. I am just not sure the competition shows really help people learn about good nutrition. Also I have a lot of sympathy for busy people and people with limited budgets not easy to plan, shop, cook and clean. Like your blog

    • Kathy
      November 13, 2013

      Thank you. I agree that the competition shows don’t always cook healthy meals, but at least they are getting people to take an interest in cooking from scratch rather than buying convenience foods or takeaway. As a former working mum I can emphasise with people about having time to cook healthy meals, but it just takes a bit of planning and where I live the supermarkets are open all hours so no excuse not to shop!

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