'BBC' on Serious Eats

Serious Heat: The Great Spicy Marinade Debate

While I haven't seen it but was alerted to a repeat of Heston Blumenthal's BBC cooking show, In Search of Perfection, during which the British chef was developing the perfect chicken tikka masala recipe. Blumenthal, chef/owner of the three-Michelin-starred Fat Duck restaurant, placed chicken breasts in an MRI machine to see the effects of marinade penetration to the meat. The chicken scan determined that the best way to infuse the meat with spices is by using a yogurt-based marinade. More

Shows We're Watching: Rachel Allen Bake! on the Cooking Channel

Last week the much-awaited Cooking Channel launched, and along with this new network comes a whole slew of new shows and stars. We thought we'd introduce you to some of our favorite new shows, starting with Rachel Allen: Bake! Rachel Allen has actually already been a cooking show host for some time on BBC, not to mention her work as a food writer and cooking instructor at a culinary school in Cork, Ireland. The premise of her new Cooking Channel show is easy, approachable baking. Though charmed by Allen's gentle Irish accent and pretty smile, I was hoping she would take this mainstream baking show concept to a higher level. More

Video: 'The Delicious Miss Dahl' on BBC2 with Sophie Dahl

If you were ever curious what The BFG author Roald Dahl's granddaughter is up to, she's got a cooking show on BBC2 called The Delicious Miss Dahl. In this episode, 32-year-old former model Sophie Dahl makes an omelette Arnold Bennett inspired by the late English novelist who was apparently a big fan of the fish-and-cheese breakfast. Sophie may have the accent, but she's definitely no Nigella Lawson. More

The Car-puccino, the Car that Runs on Coffee

Nicknamed the "Car-puccino," this converted 1988 Volkswagen Scirocco, chosen for its resemblance to the DeLorean time-traveling car from Back To The Future runs completely on roasted coffee granules. A team from the BBC science show Bang Goes The Theory built the coffeemobile and calculated that it can run three miles per kilo of ground coffee, or about 56 espressos per mile. More

Video: 'Look Around You - Water'

What is water? According to Look Around You, it's impossible to describe, but they carry out a few highly controlled experiments to unlock the mysteries behind this element, H-twenty. Watch this video after the jump.... More

Food in Iceland During the Global Economic Crisis

Fish market at Kolaportið in Reyjavik. In the latest episode of The Food Programme from BBC Radio, Richard Johnson investigates the impact of the global economic crisis on food in Iceland. There's more interest in eating local food and growing food locally in order to save money on importing from other countries and increase self-sufficiency. In an interview with Johnson, a fisherman says, "We are eating more traditional foods like meat pudding, sheep heads...now people are all of a sudden making haggis again. This was almost forgotten about. This is cheap, good, and nutritious food." Other topics include the fishing industry, whaling, and greenhouses powered by natural heat. Related Snapshots from Iceland: Grilled Whale from Saegreifinn Snapshots from Iceland:... More

In Videos: Man Sleeps With Pigs for BBC Documentary

It’s one thing to read about the conditions in which factory-farm animals are kept. But it’s another to actually live the life of a pig slated for bacon. For a recent BBC documentary, titled My Life as an Animal actor Richard da Costa spent four days in the pigpen—sleeping on a bed of straw, feeding on soy-alfalfa pellets (“so disgusting that you would rather go hungry”), and dodging the frequent tussles of his snorty pen-mates. Did bonding with the piggies turn da Costa off meat for good? “It was two months before I could eat pig after coming out of the farm,” he writes in the corresponding article. But his aversion didn’t last. “I finally cracked…I was lured back... More

Serious Eater Kerry Saretsky on BBC Oxford Radio

Our former intern Kerry Saretsky, who wowed us with all her original recipes and remains our French in a Flash correspondent, is now wowing the BBC airwaves. She appeared on Joel Hammer's Sunday Lunch show on BBC Oxford radio yesterday. After explaining her contemporary twist on French classics and American blogging experience with "that Ed Levine chap," she shares a four-course dinner involving pot au feu, or pot on the fire, that's "fancy enough for company but simple enough for the family." We are so proud of Kerry, and can't wait to hear more of her on the program over the next few weeks. You can listen to Kerry between 1:20:00 and 1:27:00 (the program requires Real Player). Related:... More

New Wallace and Gromit Short Film, 'A Matter of Loaf and Death'

Wallace and Gromit, our favorite clay-modeled inventor and his beagle, take a break from cheese enthusiasm to become baking entrepreneurs. The thirty-minute short film A Matter of Loaf and Death will debut on BBC ONE in December, and be released on DVD next year. Business is booming at their "Top Bun" bakery—where facilities include robotic kneading arms—until a cereal killer gets loose. Gromit is nervous (but can only make petrified facial expressions since he lacks an actual mouth for talking) while the endearingly absent-minded Wallace is in la-la land, pining for Piella Bakewell, a former Bake-O-Lite bread commercial star. This is the duo's first showing since the Oscar-winning film The Curse Of The Were-Rabbit in 2005. [via Kottke]... More

Cool Video: The BBC Goes Inside a Frozen-Pizza Factory in Ireland

The BBC has a fascinating video inside a frozen pizza factory in Naas, Ireland. It's amazing how few people are needed to run the place, which turns out 2 million pizzas a week. It's all very Laverne & Shirley intro, minus the wacky charm of human beings. When the pizza "bases" are topped with to-mah-to sauce, it'll sort of remind you of the Play-Doh Mop Top Hair Shop. And the pepperoni stick machine--looks sort of like some octomonster has been caught in a trap. [via Tien Mao]... More

In Videos: Swiss Spaghetti Farming, 1957

Switzerland has been keeping a little secret from us: they grow spaghetti. On trees. During the spring of 1957, the crop was especially fertile. The pasta strands hung there like any apple or pear would, and farmers reaped the noodly harvest. Now, if only they could get their act together on a meatball bush. We linked to this back in April of 2007, but the BBC investigative report on spaghetti farming was a little difficult to navigate. Here it is, easy peasy, after the jump.... More

In Videos: The Kitchen Gun

BANG, BANG, BANG! That's the sound cleanliness makes! The Kitchen Gun is just like any normal gun (dangerous, makes loud noises, could kill people) except it also turns a dirty, grungy sink into a sparkly surface (with bullet holes, mind you). This silly commercial appeared on the BBC sketch comedy show, The Peter Serafinowicz Show. Video, after the jump.... More

Edwardian Supersize Me

Times restaurant critic Giles Coren, on his experience being chosen by the BBC to dress, drink and eat like an Edwardian gentleman for an entire week: There can have been no better time for a chap like me to be alive. So what an enormous stroke of luck that the BBC were looking for someone to send back to that very era — to live, dress, exercise, eat and drink like an Edwardian man of means — to find out what it did to his girth, his arteries, his inner organs, his digestion, his mood, his very soul. Some guinea pigs might have been daunted by the prospect of four whopping meals a day, rivers of grog and hardly... More

The Swiss Spaghetti Harvest

One of the greatest April Fools pranks of all time was pulled in 1957 by the BBC, of all institutions. Aired as an ordinary episode of the renowned series Panorama, it purported to be a documentary about "a family from Ticino in Switzerland carrying out their annual spaghetti harvest. It showed women carefully plucking strands of spaghetti from a tree and laying them in the sun to dry." It sounds ridiculous now, sure, but back then many people had either never heard of spaghetti or had only ever had it from cans, and the episode was shot in a completely straightforward fashion and narrated by the respected journalist Richard Dimbleby. Hundreds of people called the BBC to ask where... More

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