Retro Cookery Programmes.

by tobelikeafeatherby

Dear Ellie,

After a sabbatical from the blog it is time to start writing again.

Whilst being in the U.S I really missed cooking, especially with my housemates. In in order to counteract this craving, I ended up watching old cookery programmes, normally into the early hours of the morning, to block out a certain someone’s snoring. Be warned: if you watch these late at night you will end up going to the kitchen looking for something you think will compare to the delights on screen.

Cookery programmes are my ultimate form of procrastination/ entertainment. Some recent ones have tended to be louder, with irritating music (Lorraine Pascal), so I thought I would share with you some retro favourites I love to have on peacefully in the back ground while cleaning my room or even cooking myself.


Retro Delia.

To start with a classic: Delia. Delia did a popular programme for the BBC in the 1970’s called Delia Smith’s Cookery Course. The cooking may not be as fresh as we like today but I love the programme for it’s teaching of good hearty classics; Alpine Eggs or a roasted Duck, and of course its Laura Ashley/ Mrs Beeton retro style.


Marco Pierre White photographed by Bob Carlos Clarke

Next, by far the sexiest chef there will ever be, Marco Pierre White. Marco participated in a programme in the late 80s whereby he would cook for another michelin stared chef (Albert Roux or Pierre Koffman) at his acclaimed restaurant Harvey’s. As the narrator asserts, ‘If Marco hadn’t have been a chef he would have been a rock star’, as he smoulderingly looks in the kitchen. I love this programme in contrast to home cookery programmes. The decadence of the late 80s is obvious in Marco’s French Haute Cuisine cooking, completely of its time. I particularly like when he cooks pig trotters, and baked pears for Raymond Blanc, and of course the sprightly piano playing throughout.


a younger, retro Nigel.

Lastly my all time favourite and loveliest TV chef, Harriet and mine’s hero, Nigel Slater. His 1998 programme Real Food is a must see. Each episode has a different mouthwatering theme: sandwiches, ice cream, chocolate or cheese. There isn’t anything on this programme I can’t imagine anyone not wanting to eat. Yet even better, a youthful and captivating Nigella Lawson, makes an appearance in each episode offering Nigel her favourite recipe for each of the themes. Vintage Nigella recipes are brilliant; a sticky chocolate pudding which does look like the best I’ve ever seen, and am going to make once the weather is cooler, or a garlicky mushroom foccacia sandwich whereby ‘a chunk of garlic should not be a hardship’ as a vegetarian supplement to the all time popular steak sandwich.


Young & captivating Nigella.

You also must see his BBC series A Taste of My Life. Here Nigel hosts celebrities and explores their lives and loves through their personal experiences with food. A naughty Keith Allen is cooked sauerkraut by his playmate Damien Hirst in the country, or the forever charming Richard E. Grant is cooked breakfast by his wife at home.


Love Sarah xxx