TV serves up festive culinary feast starting this weekend

IT’S December already and to get viewers in a festive mood, DStv is dishing up a feast of culinary viewing which kicks off this weekend.

First up there’s Nigel Slater’s Simple Cooking which shows the silly season has already begun for DStv which, in their programming wisdom, has seen fit to screen the first episode in the unfashionably early time slot of 4.30pm today.

If you have nothing better to do (and everybody does in the build-up to a Christmas which seems to have suddenly thrust itself upon us) do tune in. Slater presents a nostalgic celebration of festive season dishes from a sea bass starter to a roast duck feast and a dazzling party trifle.

He is renowned for his simplicity so, for those who fumble along in the kitchen, this show could be just the recipe for success.

Another show being screened in a silly time slot (5.35pm channel 174 today) is Jamie’s Family Christmas which sees the affable chef, restaurateur and media personality rustling up a butter-flavoured Christmas turkey with thyme, nutmeg, pepper, butter, sage, chopped cranberries and sweet clementines.

Then, at the more sensible time of 8pm, also on BBC Lifestyle, it’s the turn of Gordon Ramsay who shows you everything you need to cook up the perfect Christmas.

Not leaving it all to the boys, it’s over to Lorraine Pascale – another chef who likes to keep things simple. In Lorraine’s Last Minute Christmas she creates a feast of tasty seasonal dishes, edible gifts and a winter wonderland cake as she prepares for a festive get-together. The show first goes out on channel 174 at 4.30pm on Tuesday, but if you are looking for a more sensible time it repeats at 8pm on Thursday.

If it’s comedy rather than cooking that you are after why not tune in to Lee Evans: Different Planet which will be screened on BBC Entertainment (120) at 9pm tomorrow.

Known for his fast-moving, very physical stand-up routines and verbal dexterity, Evans may be a bit too frenetic for some people’s taste, but his off-the-wall insights into everyday experiences make him well-worth watching.

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