[Sca-cooks] Time Machine Chefs

yaini0625 at yahoo.com yaini0625 at yahoo.com
Fri Aug 17 15:00:53 PDT 2012

I couldn't get pass the beginning of Henry VIII. I stumbled through watching the Chinese dishes. I have to question the accuracy of the dish for China. The complete bafflement the chef's had for the Tudor dish was irritating. Why participate in a historical cooking program when one doesn't have any passion or knowledge of the subject.
Just my opinion

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Saw it, shuddered.  2.5 hours for a (horridly misspronounced) cockentryce with no assistants, no parts.. yea.. right.
and a stir fry entry for the challenge of serve duck skin!.. ~.~

I kept thinking what could Master Adamantius, and Gunthar, and Susan Fox (sorry name blank) and some of our REAL folks have done.

Gwen really not fond of reality shows Cat

 7. Time Machine Chefs (Nancy Kiel)
>   8. Re: Time Machine Chefs (Susan Lin)
>Message: 7
>Date: Fri, 17 Aug 2012 08:52:01 -0400
>From: Nancy Kiel <nancy_kiel at hotmail.com>
>To: Cooks within the SCA <sca-cooks at lists.ansteorra.org>
>Subject: [Sca-cooks] Time Machine Chefs
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>Did anyone else watch this show on ABC last night?  They took four modern chefs first to 1416 AD China, where they had to make a dish featuring crispy duck skin; one unsuccessful chef was left behind and the other three went to Henry VIII's court to make a cockentrice.  The idea was that they would use the tools and technology of the day.  
>One issue I had: A real "head cook" in the period has assistants---lots of them---to replace things like food processors. I don't see how the modern cooks could have managed all the prep work in the 2 1/2 hours they were given to cook the dish, and suspect there was prep stuff happening that wasn't shown on TV which is misleading.  (I know, I shouldn't be surprised by that.)
>Also, none of them had the least notion of how to make a cockentrice in terms of attaching the parts.  They were given peacock, lamb, venison, pig, and cod and had to use four of the meats.  They were shown modern pictures of a pig's head & body attached to a chicken's body& legs.  All three of them cooked the different meats however they chose and laid them on the serving dish so they were touching, but they didn't attach them together.  I did enjoy the spit dogs---three cute jack russell-ish dogs.
>The judges thought everything tasted good, although I wish they had given more info about how they spiced the dishes.  And one chef cooked cabbages by putting them on the hearth and putting coals over them, which is a new one for me.  I don't recall seeing or hearing about them later, so I wonder if it worked out.  
>All in all, I enjoyed the program and hope they do more.  The "time machine" gimmick is a little annoying.  I confess to being surprised that the chefs didn't know more about period food, since I always want to know everything about a subject I'm interested in, but perhaps learning all those impressive cooking techniques and running successful restaurants doesn't leave a lot of time for research.
>Your servant,
>Anne van Sint Maartensdijk
>Nancy Kiel nancy_kiel at hotmail.com Never tease a weasel! This is very good advice. For the weasel will not like it And teasing isn't nice.                           
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>Date: Fri, 17 Aug 2012 07:14:41 -0600
>From: Susan Lin <susanrlin at gmail.com>
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>Subject: Re: [Sca-cooks] Time Machine Chefs
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>I saw it too - It was interesting but like Anna said - the best part were
>the dogs!  I was hoping there would be some whole birds (with feathers and
>stuff) so they could have cooked and reassembled but that didn't happen.  I
>thought the "time machine part" was a bit silly.  A little bit like Dr. Who
>goes a cookin'!  I think it would be fun to see the ones left behind trying
>to do some other stuff.  I'd probably watch it again but I'm not sure how
>long this one is going to last.
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