I love Food TV, I love Christmas and I love the look of these 3 new shows to get us into the spirit of things.
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Little Paris Kitchen: Cooking with Rachel Khoo PREMIERE – Series 1 – 6 Episodes
From Tuesday 4 December at 20:00 on BBC Lifestyle (channel 174 on DStv)
Series continues every Tuesday at 20:00
Passionate, internationally-influenced ‘culinary creative’ Rachel Khoo believes that delicious French food is no longer the preserve of fancy Michelin starred restaurants.
For the last year, this unconventional Cordon Bleu-trained cook and writer has run the smallest restaurant in Paris from her charming little flat. With only enough room to serve four guests, it is here that she has perfected her special twists on classic French dishes.
In this series, Rachel invites you to sample her own distinctive Parisian cookbook, throwing tired clichés out of the window, and goes on a beautiful and surprising edible adventure. Rachel produces everything from simple suppers to sumptuous patisserie and beautiful gourmet dinners.
She is also a vibrant and engaging guide to the hidden parts of Paris, bringing viewers into the markets and shops where she sources the best ingredients, and introduces charming characters.
Rick Stein’s Spain: Christmas 2011 PREMIERE – 1 Episode
Friday 7 December at 16:30 on BBC Lifestyle (channel 174 on DStv)
Rick Stein believes that no one celebrates Christmas in greater style than the Spanish where the celebrations last for over a fortnight and the dishes are delicious alternatives to the usual Christmas fare.
Having seen how his Spanish friends prepare for the festivities in their own homes both in Spain and the UK, Rick cooks for a special Christmas party in London to share the dishes that have inspired him most and complement the Spanish love of celebrations.
Guests include two close friends who – together with Rick – cook favourite family recipes, as well as the Spanish ambassador. This is a Christmas feast with a difference: clams with Serrano ham and Oloroso sherry, lamb stuffed aubergines with Moorish spices, chicken with saffron and pine nuts and orange caramel creams.
Nigel Slater’s Simple Cooking: Christmas 2011 PREMIERE – 1 Episode
Saturday 1 December at 16:30 on BBC Lifestyle (channel 174 on DStv)
Nigel also prepares some winter warmers, inspired by his own festive memories, and gives his dad’s annual contribution – the Christmas casserole – a tasty makeover. Plus, there is a bold and bright winter slaw inspired by the Slater festive cheeseboard.Finally, an invitation to a venison supper in a Scottish castle completes the celebrations and gives Nigel a great excuse to create a new cocktail to toast Christmas and the New Year.