Trish’sParisKitchen: Belfast native Trish Deseine fell in love with Paris when she moved there 20 years ago. Now dubbed the French Martha Stewart she teaches viewers how to cook like the most confident of Frenchwomen. Wednesday, 8pm, LifeStyle Food.
Lidia’sItaly: Lidia does a spot of food shopping in Rome before whipping up sausage with fennel and olives and a luscious ricotta cake. Thursday, 4.30pm, LifeStyle Food. — a spin-off of the British reality cookery show of the same name— is due to air on Channel 10 at the start of May and, unlike the British production, it will have a host, the former editor of the Australian Cosmopolitan magazine, Sarah Wilson.
And how do Aussie home cooks compare with their British counterparts? In terms of creativity, particularly, very favourably, reports Preston. ‘‘ One of the guys we saw is an indigenous cooking expert. He was coming back from the fish market, got the car to stop, then leapt out and grabbed paperbark from a tree and a handful of native grasses. He came back and cooked his snapper wrapped in the bark, with this weird aromatic grass between the bark and the fish.’’ Weird aromatic grass? Detective hopes no judges were harmed— or even slightly impaired — during the making of this program.
FIND of the week: Paris, Tokyo, Barcelona . . . Parramatta? The western Sydney suburb is not immediately synonymous with the world’s culinary capitals, but an optimistic new marketing campaign by Parramatta City Council is pitching the region, with its multicultural mix of cafes and restaurants, as Sydney’s leading food destination. Timed for the release of the 2009 edition of the Parramatta City Dining Guide, mayor Tony Issa declares, ‘‘ Parramatta and its adjoining suburbs offer a range of cuisine unmatched by any other region of Sydney.’’ Fighting words indeed. Detective is gearing up for a recce. www.parracity.nsw.gov.au/dining.
DETECTIVE loves: The delectable handmade chocolates presented in swish lime-green and brown boxes from Brisbane’s Bittersweet: The Chocolate Boutique. The perfect gift for that stylish chocoholic friend. www.bittersweetchocolate.com.au.
DETECTIVE loathes: That American Latreasa Goodman called 911 three times to complain after paying for a 10-piece McDonald’s Chicken McNuggets meal and finding they’d run out of McNuggets. Goodman, due to appear in court charged with misusing the US emergency number, allegedly told police: ‘‘ This is an emergency. If I would have known they didn’t have McNuggets I wouldn’t have given them my money, and now she wants to give me a McDouble but I don’t want one. This is an emergency.’’
Detective shudders to think what would happen if Goodman’s cat got stuck up a tree.