Sometimes I read, see, or hear something that irritates me, and no matter how hard I try, I can’t get it completely out of my head. In some random moment, the memory of the offensive thing comes circling back to get under my skin again. Maybe writing about them will help clear the decks.
If you were here a few months ago, you might remember my review of the recipe makeover show, Cook Your Ass Off, in which chefs compete to remake favorite meals and recipes in a healthier way. Well, I finally caught up on the semi-finals and grand finale and you can color me unimpressed. And irritated.
With a $50,000 prize on the line, most of the chefs were focused on impressing the judges with their outstanding cooking skills and less on addressing the nutritional theme of the show. For example, in the finale the chefs were asked to come up with a healthier quick snack alternative to pizza. One chef created some sort of pizza on a slice of bread, another used egg roll wrappers to create “pizza bites” (not a bad idea), and the third one made a pizza that had 17 ingredients, I kid you not. There were two kinds of flour, two different cheeses, and both skim milk and buttermilk. Oh, and yuzu fruit, whatever that is. No matter how tasty or nutritious, that’s NOT a quick snack. And, of course, that’s the recipe that won the round.
Fortunately, the woman who won the grand prize (the pizza bite lady) was one of the more practical chefs who seemed to understand that most people aren’t going to drag out 17 ingredients for a quick snack. Heck, most of the time I’m not going to drag out 17 ingredients for a full meal. Of course, I’m the kind of cook who makes Flatbread Pizza or pizza crust with Greek yogurt.
Anyway, I hope that, if it’s renewed, this show will decide whether it wants to be a cooking show for the mainstream viewer or just a healthier version of Chopped.
For my next grumble, let’s look at “How to Lose Weight without Even Trying“. To be fair, I didn’t expect much from the article considering it’s source–Yahoo’s PopSugar/Healthy Living channel–but I clicked anyway, because what if this article actually had a quick and easy tip in it? I live for quick and easy!
Nope. Not one. Swap creamy dressings for vinaigrettes, move more (duh!), watch your portions, yadayadayada. All good suggestions, mind you, but not effortless by any stretch. I sometimes wonder if the people who write some of these articles have ever had to actually lose any weight. Even losing five pounds requires effort. Sheesh.
Over on the auditory irritants side of the house, there’s a commercial with Joan Rivers in her usual shock-schlock, attention-seeking persona that makes me want to stick a skewer in my ear. For some reason, it seems to air on every single channel I’ve watched lately. One can only hope her show will die soon, preferably before I wear out the mute button on my remote.
Fortunately, I have warmer weather and more drywall repair to complete, which should help me put all of the above (and a few dozen others) out of mind completely.
Speaking of drywall repair, I should go do something towards that project now. Hope you’re having a wonderful, irritant-free weekend!