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Gourmet on the Go!

Gourmet on the Go!
When not slaving away with only Twitter and mad dog for company, I occasionally have a 'life.' This usually entails cooking for friends, trying far too many wines, and the occasional entire day out. I will post my ramblings, recipes and recommendations here on the 'Gourmet on the Go' blog. Hope you find something of interest!

 

August 26, 2009

The Female Icon

Filed under: Uncategorized — gourmet-on-the-go @ 3:09 pm

Katie Price as seen on Twitter

Katie Price as seen on Twitter

Surfing through the online newspapers this week I came across yet another story regarding Katie Price (aka Jordon) and was amused to see that she actually has an account on Twitter, so decided to explore.  I was stunned to see that this woman has over 340 thousand followers – quite remarkable – especially when reading her latest ‘tweet’:

“thanks to everyone who went an got my book its number 1 again for the forth week”

Make of that what you will, I am saying nothing…  OK, credit to her ghost author.

The current day fascination and obsession with looks and image saddens me.  I really do believe this is a result of the fragmentation of the community in today’s society.  People just don’t take the time, or have the time to get to know one another and understand what influences, morals and beliefs make each person what they are; judging a book by its cover is so much easier and faster than actually taking the time to read a chapter or two.

Intrigued, I decided to put out a request on Twitter asking people to nominate the women in society that they most admire or have been inspired by.  This was one of my spontaneous mini research tweets to give me an insight into the people I follow, and also spare me from working on my accounts.

Rosa Parks - Arrested for Fighting for Civil Rights.

Rosa Parks - Arrested for Fighting for Civil Rights.

People obviously gave this some thought, forwarding the names of iconic women such as Benazir Bhutto, Germaine Greer, Rosa Parks, Lori Piestewa, Lady Diana, Margaret Thatcher and Dame Edna.  Comediennes also rated very highly, including the wonderful Victoria Wood and Shappi Khorsandi.  Then came actresses Joanna Lumley, Meryl Streep and Emma Thompson, followed by inspirational and fascinating artists, writers and chefs…  The list was long and the names mentioned were of women who have shown strength, talent, compassion, tenacity, determination and bravery.

However, to my surprise and amazement a gift actually fell on my lap…  One person included Katie Price as an inspiration on account of her business acumen.  It is quite easy to scorn Katie, she is someone who I would label as creating a ‘back door’ career, augmenting her body to unnatural proportions, enabling her to get ahead in the world of glamour modelling.  On the back of this she has transformed herself into a brand, earning a vast fortune from her own product range and of course, the constant media fascination.

Now, if my nieces decided to forego their education in favour of plastic surgery and flaunting their bodies for all to see, I would be traumatised and apalled.  However, if they showed the level of grit, determination and tenacity evident in Ms Price I would be overjoyed and proud.

Everyone has their strengths, weaknesses, attributes and failings; sometimes it’s just a question of digging a little deeper to find out what they are. 

Although, can we deem KP as a modern day female icon?  I seriously hope not.  In my opinion she is not worthy to be grouped with the aforementioned women who have struggled against adversity to make the world a better place, or have brought joy and inspiration to many.  Ms Price has looked after number one and has milked every opportunity to earn money and build herself a mini empire within the sordid world of glamour – hats off to her for that, although at what price Katie?

A big thank you to all on Twitter who posted a response.  I suppose I should do my accounts now…


August 18, 2009

Upminster is the Choice of BBC1 Pilot Programme

Filed under: Celebrations & Events,Foodie Competitions — Tags: , , , , , , , , , , — gourmet-on-the-go @ 1:31 pm

-  Call for Essex Foodies to Star in the Show

Upminster Farmers Market

Upminster Farmers Market

Upminster Farmers Market has been announced as the venue of the pilot episode of a brand-new BBC1 food show presented by a celebrity chef. Filming will take place at Upminster Farmers Market on Thursday, 3 September from 9am to 2pm and producers are looking for two couples who share a love of food to take part.

The couple can be partners, family or friends who share a love of food and think they have real talent in the kitchen. Viewers will watch the couples as they spend time in the kitchen competing to create an original recipe/dish before heading off to Upminster farmers market to see whose stall will be the most successful.

Ian Chisholm of Upminster Farmers Markets said: ‘It is a real honour to be chosen to host filming for a BBC show, and we hope to get lots of visitors along on the day to be part of the filming and sample the competitor’s dishes.’

Here is the Info…

DO YOU LOVE TO COOK?

DO PEOPLE SAY YOUR FOOD’S SO GOOD YOU COULD SELL IT?

WOULD YOU LIKE TO MAKE SOME MONEY FROM YOUR CULINARY SKILLS?

NEW BBC FOOD SHOW NEEDS YOU!

We’re making a new food show pilot for BBC1 and we are currently looking for fun, lively couples (friends/partners/colleagues/relatives) to take part. We’re looking for people with a flair for cooking who’ve also got an eye for spotting a gap in the market. Do you think you have what it takes to create the next great selling idea, like cupcakes, pies or smoothies? 

To find out more give us a call on 0207 2550738 or e-mail us on Bethsowersby@splashmediatv.co.uk and tell us a bit about yourself and why you’d like to be on the show. 

Applicants must be over 18.

 

–  Sounds good to me & certainly worth a go!


August 2, 2009

Knives at the Ready as Michael Winner Steps onto the Stage


Personally I don’t watch television, I don’t even own one these days – too much time can be wasted staring at mind numbing bore.  However catch-up TV on line sometimes lures me into its relaxing grotto with promises of tasty treats and titillation.

Can you beat Masterchef for competitive cook offs and pensive passion?  Or the wonderful Eating with the Enemy for upfront vitriol, wit, oh and cooking?  I for one really cannot bear to miss either.

Oh What a Sweetie!?

Oh What a Sweetie!?

Well, welcome onto the stage a new contender in the food show line-up, going by the name of Michael Winner’s Dining Stars.  Filming for the new show is set to start in September of this year and applications are now being taken from talented amateur cooks.

Now don’t run and hide in your pantry just because the name ‘Michael Winner’ is mentioned – underneath the slimy, sardonic and mightily smug exterior, lies a real firm yet fair sweetie, of that I’m certain.  And if you can impress Winner with your Dinner, I am sure you will go far…

Below is the entry information I received last week from 12 Yard productions:

MICHAEL WINNER’S DINING STARS

 Could you or someone you know impress Britain’s most famous restaurant critic with your cooking?

Michael Winner is offering a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to talented amateur cooks

 For more information and an application form:

 email: diningstars@12yard.com

Or write, requesting an application form and providing your address, to:
Dining Stars Applications, 12 Yard Productions,
131-151 Great Titchfield Street, London, W1W 5BB

 Please note that filming takes place in September & October 2009

ALL applicants must be 18+ and be a UK resident currently living in the UK.

PLEASE SEND IN YOUR COMPLETED APPLICATION FORM BY SEPTEMBER 17TH 2009. WE RESERVE THE RIGHT NOT TO CONSIDER APPLICATIONS RECEIVED AFTER THIS DATE.  
IF YOU HAVE NOT HEARD FROM US BY OCTOBER 30TH 2009 THEN YOU HAVE NOT BEEN SUCCESSFUL THIS TIME BUT WE WOULD LIKE TO THANK YOU FOR YOUR INTEREST.

12 yard productions Hat Trick Productions

 
Good Luck people!   — Sarah.

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