Are you Missing Those Inspiring Cooking Shows?
If you’ve cut the cord, after a while you may find that you miss tuning into the Food Network or the Cooking Channel and watch the chefs create food inspiration before your eyes. I have spent countless hours with my wife doing just this. This can be a very inspiring way to create new ideas for the dinner table. I have tried to cook a number of dishes that I learnt from Food shows on TV. Somehow, just going to a food website and seeing what is there doesn’t quite have the same effect.
Options to get your Food Fix!
As a cord cutter, I can say that losing access to Food Network has been difficult. I have found a lot of pre-recorded content on the internet (and also on my Amazon Fire TV and/or Roku), via YouTube, PBS and watch.foodnetwork.com. There is also a lot of excellent cooking content on NetFlix. The website of the Food Network allows you to catch up on complete episodes, which is very handy. I find these sites are very handy if I have an idea of what I want to cook, but just need to find a recipe, and watch someone prepare what I’m planning ahead before I start.
I rarely browse through the fixed video offerings online in order to find something inspiring to cook. What used to happen was that I would be flipping through the channels and come across something amazing looking on the Food Network, or PBS, and we’d jot it down and try it soon after. Or sometimes my wife and I would just sit down and watch the Food Network for it’s entertaining content, and get some food inspiration in the process.
Now, don’t get me wrong, this still happens for us with no cable TV. Quite often we’ll see something yummy on PBS or the Rachael Ray show. It just doesn’t happen as often, and we don’t have a go to channel for this purpose 24/7.
So to answer the question, you can certainly use the internet or apps on the [easyazon_link identifier=”B00INNP5VU” locale=”US” nf=”y” tag=”tvfrai-20″]Roku[/easyazon_link] or [easyazon_link identifier=”B00U3FPN4U” locale=”US” nf=”y” tag=”tvfrai-20″]Amazon Fire TV[/easyazon_link] to find plenty of food inspiration. But my best idea for now is a fairly new product available on the Roku and Amazon Fire TV called “Sling TV”.
For a very reasonable cost of $20/month, you gain access to the Sling TV service which among other channels gives you access to the Food Network. You also get the following channels:
- Food Network
- El Rey
- Disney Channel
- Travel Channel
- Adult Swim
- Cartoon Network
- Bloomberg Television
There are a number of other channels available for an additional fee over the basic package. Check out their website for more details: www.sling.com.
I decided to order a trial of the basic package. So far the quality is great, and the $20/month fee is quite reasonable for a selection of channels that I actually like to watch.
And now my Food Fix is satisfied once again!
What about that Souffle?
Okay, here is my favorite Hot Chocolate Souffle recipe. It is not hard to make. The outside is cake-like, while the middle stays gooey, and oozes molten chocolate, as you cut into it. Perfection!
114 grams high quality dark chocolate
85 grams unsalted butter
1½ tbsp cornstach
140 grams white sugar
2 whole eggs
3 egg yolks
1 tsp Grand Marnier (Triple Sec is fine too)
Melt chocolate and butter in a double boiler over low heat. (Note I gave the weight in grams, I highly suggest you measure those ingredients with a kitchen scale like [easyazon_link identifier=”B004164SRA” locale=”US” nf=”y” tag=”tvfrai-20″ popups=”y”]this one[/easyazon_link].)
Whisk together cornstarch and sugar. Stir the chocolate mixture into the cornstarch and sugar (do not whip).
Add eggs, yolks and Grand Manier and stir until smooth (about 2 minutes).
Refrigerate overnight (this helps to keep the center liquid when baking).
When ready to serve, place 6oz of souffle mix into a 8oz ramekin. Place ramekin into a preheated 420 degree oven, and bake for 15 minutes. Cool. Turn onto a desert plate if desired (best to use a spatula to free the souffle from the sides of the ramekin).
Yield: 3 ramekins
I hope you enjoy this recipe. It is one of my favorites! Enjoy.