Thursday, 1 April 2010

The Delicious Miss Dahl.

I have a new favourite TV show and considering I have little interest in food or cooking, it came as a bit of a surprise. Once described by late, great fashion legend, Isabella Blow as "a blow-up doll with brains", 'The Delicious Miss Dahl' is not only a feast for the tastebuds but also for the eyes. It is a veritable cute overload complete with intermittent illustrations (reminiscent of those seen on the pages of her grandfather, Roald's popular children's books) and dreamy voiceovers. The kitchen and garden she cooks and eats in (her own? I'm not sure?) scream quintessential English countryside romance.

I am in love with Sophie's Cheshire cat-grin, she comes across as wonderfully endearing and very passionate about what she is doing, which makes for extremely interesting television. Yes a lot of you out there might be thinking, what does a supermodel know about food? But you might be interested to know that Dahl got her start shocking the fashion world as a plus-sized model (most notably writhing nude on billboards for Yves Saint Laurent fragrance 'Opium' in 2000).

Yves Saint Laurent's controversial 'Opium' fragrance advert

Admittedly I'm not a great authority on cooking but I was impressed with Miss Dahl's recipes so much that I want to give them a go myself - she introduces an interesting concept of cooking for your mood which really strikes me as something a lot of people, including myself, can identify with. Sophie makes cooking seem young and fun and sexy - Nigella doesn't even compare. Dahl allows some insight into her seemingly perfect world with relevant fun anecdotes that only make her more charming. A wonderfully elegant, eloquent and effortlessly stylish woman; in the first episode alone she sported a great on-trend trench as well as skinny leather trousers. And not that I'm jealous or anything but her GORGEOUS vintage engagement ring seems to shine brighter in every shot, although there have been no guest appearances from hubby-to-be, Jamie Cullum just yet.

You can watch 'The Delicious Miss Dahl' on Tuesdays at 8.30PM on BBC2.

In case you missed the first two episodes ('Selfish' and 'Romance'), you can catch them on the BBC's website here:

More soon.

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