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Ever Wondered About Food? Complete Series 5

Synopsis
Chef Paul Merrett serves up another fascinating menu of recipes, science and fascinating food facts. In this fifth series he savours the flavours of peppers, honey, tea, bananas, milk, and onions.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Year of release
2007
Year of production
2007
Availability
Out of distribution
Notes
Broadcast on BBC1 in 6 weekly parts, beginning 9/6/2007
Subjects
History; Catering
Keywords
food; food technology; milk; social history; honey; tea; peppers; onions; garlic; bananas

Online availability

URI
http://www.ouwcb.co.uk/viewerdefault.asp?CompID=12336&Baudrate=0
Price
£34.99
Delivery
Download

Credits

Contributor
Paul Merrett

Distribution Formats

Type
DVD
Format
Region 2 PAL
Price
£15.00
Availability
Sale
Duration/Size
180 minutes
Year
2011

Sections

Title
Honey
Synopsis
We think of honey as a local product, but it’s big business; the world trades nearly half a million tonnes of it every year. Chef Paul Merrett traces the production of honey from the bee hive to your toast, learns why honeys don’t all taste the same and finds out why bees are moving to the heart of London. In the kitchen he creates a sumptuous honey sponge pudding and gives some handy tips on how to store your honey. He shows us how to get the right mix of sweet and sour for his marinated pork chop and explains why his honey-coated cereal bars are a great energy booster. But don’t limit honey to the larder; its medicinal and nutritional health benefits are just as impressive...
Duration
30 mins

Title
Tea
Synopsis
Chef Paul Merrett reveals the secrets of a perfect cup of tea - from the quality of the water to the shape of the teabag. To accompany the perfect cuppa, he indulges in a classic afternoon tea with scones, jam and lashings of clotted cream. To top it all, he cooks up tea smoked chicken and makes a refreshing green tea ice cream to finish. Paul also explores the history behind the global tea phenomenon, with more than 3.2 million tonnes of tea consumed every year. He reveals why it was once so valuable that it was hidden away in locked chests and explains the science of why tea really can help to settle our nerves.
Duration
30 mins

Title
Bananas
Synopsis
The banana is not only the world’s most popular fruit, it’s the fourth most consumed product on the planet. In the UK alone we eat ten million of them every single day but there’s real fear that the banana we love may be facing extinction. Chef Paul Merrett will be meeting the man whose life’s mission it is to rescue the banana. He’ll also be revealing the banana’s unsavoury political influence and finding exactly why this perfectly packaged item is ideal for sportsmen and women. In the kitchen, Paul will be showing us how versatile the banana is with a creamy banana cheesecake, and a plantain and chicken satay - and we’ll find out why his delicious banana smoothie is the perfect hangover cure.
Duration
30 mins

Title
Milk
Synopsis
Without milk, not only would we be deprived of our number one source of calcium - there would be no cream, butter, cheese, yoghurt or chocolate - not to mention a host of other goodies. With recipes for a classic custard tart and a mouth-watering fish pie chef Paul Merrett demonstrates that milk is really tasty and versatile as well as good for you. And he rounds it all off with instructions for the perfect cappuccino.
Duration
30 mins

Title
Onions and Garlic
Synopsis
Chef Paul Merrett finds out that onions are being used in break-through cancer research and garlic really does have medicinal properties since this stinking bulb could help cut heart disease. He demonstrates how to make a traditional French onion soup, the perfect steak dinner with onion jam and a really, quick and easy garlic bread.
Duration
30 mins

Title
Peppers
Synopsis
Peppers were once a well-kept secret deep in the heart of the South American jungle but now a quarter of the world’s population eat chillies or other peppers every day and chilli powder is the world’s most popular spice. Chef Paul Merrett explores why we are so addicted to the taste and kick of peppers. In the kitchen, Paul takes our taste buds on tour, from spicy Thai green curry to the classic Italian supper dish, pepperonata with scallops. He also shows us how to roast the perfect pepper for antipasti and how to tame that chilli burn.
Duration
30 mins

Production Company

Name

Open University Production Centre

Distributor

Name

Canny Store

Web
https://cannystore.com/ External site opens in new window
Phone
01789 207440
Address
The Mansley Centre
Timothy’s Bridge Road
Stratford upon Avon
CV37 9NQ
Name

Open University Worldwide

Web
http://www.ouw.co.uk External site opens in new window
Phone
+44 (0) 1908 274066
Address
Walton Hall
Milton Keynes
MK7 6AA
Notes
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