It’s late October, and that

Filed under:General — eric @ 2:53 am

It’s late October, and that means soup season. I kicked it off with my own recipe for a nice potato chowder, embellished with fresh garden parsnips. I’d be happy to give you the recipe if you want it, but you can do much better by visiting Soup of the Evening, Beautiful Soup, a Web page devoted to all things soup.

Perhaps you are familiar with

Filed under:General — eric @ 2:42 am

Perhaps you are familiar with Sister Wendy and her Sister Wendy’s Story of Painting. She’s the British nun who has her own TV show where she raoms the halls of art museums, giving us a detailed survey of the history of western art. Even if you’re not, you may still appreciate BBC America’s irreverent answer, Sister Randy, the chain smoking, shave needing, art critic nun. (Requires a plugin, but the automatic download is painless.) For example, here’s what she has to say about modern art:

<A piece of modern ar hangs on the wall. It looks like colored blurs. Sister Randy walks on, sporting her usual “Flying Nun” attire.> “Art of the twentieth century raised many bold and daring questions.” <She gestures at the painting.> “Is this painting upside down, sideways, or right side up? Was this painting done by a monkey? Exactly what the hell is this painting? Was this painting done by a colorblind monkey, or is this painting done?” <She gets more and more frantic.> “Is it done? What the hell is it? Good lord in heaven, is it done? Is it too late to kill this colorblind schizophrenic monkey before he paints again?” <She’s on her knees now.> “Oh God and Jesus in heaven, please don’t let this monkey paint again!” <She takes a long, slow drag on her cigarette, and then walks off.>

If you are offended by potty humor, you really don’t want to see her lecture on impressionism.

BBC America has recently begun

Filed under:General — eric @ 1:56 am

BBC America has recently begun showing an odd game show called Can’t Cook, Won’t Cook. Strangely appealing, this show features two contestants, brought on by a friend because of their utter lack of cooking ability. The host, a wildly popular British chef, walks them through the creation of a gourmet dish. His walkthrough is quick — no time for lollygagging — and he criticizes the inevitable mistakes (burnings, spills, and the like) with an over the top faux anger. He also sings to the food and dances little dances, and makes the contestants do the same. At the end, the friends are blindfolded and taste the two dishes. The one that tastes best (the chef votes in the case of a tie) wins. Usually a food processor, though I did see one fellow win a toaster. The loser gets a bottle of champagne (to wash the taste out) and a meal out. It’s no Iron Chef, but it’s amusing nonetheless. The good folks at BBC America have collected the recipes on-line so you can follow along.