Oh dear… is Nigella no longer de rigeur when it comes to cooking? Or has she hung up her plump-and-I-don’t-care apron thereby passing the baton/baguette to Sophie?
Well, whatever has happened to Nigella, there’s a new kitchen sex kitten on the block, and it’s Sophie Dahl. She’s been something of a yo-yo dieter and has, as she said herself, “been as round as a Rubens and a little slip of a creature.”
But judging by what was on the menu for her first show’s outing, she’s going to be getting more round than she’s previously been. Her suggestion for a day cooking for one came in at several thousand calories – if anyone was counting, and I was – so although she did go to pains to stress this wasn’t a normal daily menu, even still, it was a porker’s wet dream…
However, if I had a day to myself, I wouldn’t want to spend it in the kitchen, and in order to make the rather complex and expensive meals Sophie suggested would not only take ages, it’d make a right mess that I’d have to clean up… no ta.
But Sophie didn’t just stay in the kitchen and we saw her having a saunter around a cheesmaker’s and having a squizz around an antiques shop. She bought a cocktail shaker and veritably oozed sexiness as she purred how she could picture herself in a “bias-cut nightie” as a spivvy looking bloke waited for her… yikes.
However, despite little touches of that kind to distinguish this show from any of Nigella’s, I don’t know that I’d purposely watch this show again. That Sophie’s a pleasant show host isn’t in doubt, but – and perhaps it’s just because I’m rather common – most of her recipes are for those with more expensive tastes than my own.
In addition, I think there are just too many of these shows on TV at the moment. We’re rather swamped with ‘experts’ who pretty much to a man – or voluptuous woman – offer up exotica that’s out of the realm of us proletariat.