The cookbook author who once recommended filling ice cube trays with the left over dregs of wine in people's glasses to use for later, said that the stress of filming always gets the better of her.
“When you film you get so tired, and there’s something about lack of sleep and stress that just makes me put on weight even though my eating doesn’t change,” she said. “It’s very annoying, and like someone has taken a bicycle pump to me.”
Either way, more power to her - although, speaking from a place of personal preference, I thought she looked better prior to her
However, with the recent announcement that she and Anthony Bourdain will be hosting a cooking reality show for ABC, it stands to reason she may have wanted to slim down for the American market and exposure the show is sure to get.
Bourdain, who is famous for his outspoken criticism of Food Network celebrities like Paula Dean and Guy Fieri reassures his fans that this is not going to be a sell out move "We will not be dumbing it down, we will not change our basic natures, we will not be morphing into something we are not. We will continue to do what we do. And have a hell of a good time doing it."
I, for one, couldn't be more thrilled because I have always enjoyed watching Nigella and Bourdain in action seperately - so together promises to be a lot of fun.
I wonder, though, if the market is becoming too saturated with reality food shows. ABC claims this is going to be a show like no other, but it's description sounds an awful lot like Master Chef - with one big difference that, I have to admit, greatly intrigues me. On the ABC show, anyone can try out - meaning professional chefs, line cooks, food bloggers, and stay at home moms all have opportunities to compete.
Because Bourdain has always been vocal about a lack of talent in non professionally trained food network folk like Paula Deen and Rachel Ray, I am going to be incredibly curious to see if any home cooks pass his muster.
Of course, you KNOW I'll blogging about this one when it comes on!
And for today's cocktail and appie I hope you enjoy my Carmelized Onion and Mushroom Tartlets
And a cocktail I call The Energizer.
Enjoy the step by step video and, as always, happy Cocktail and Appie Saturday!
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