The Sushi Bar is going overseas.
Late last week I received an email I wasn’t sure what to make of:
I am writing to let you know that your online recipe, Moroccan Goat Stew, is being cooked by a contestant on Come Dine With Me Halloween on Channel 4, 31st October.
It will be promoted on the Come Dine With Me Scrapbook with a direct link to the recipe on your site, so users will be able to cut out and keep the recipe in their own online Scrapbook. If you would like to link back to the Scrapbook from your site that would be brilliant – please let us know and we can send you a promo image.
Just to be clear, we are not re-publishing the recipe, we are just linking to it.
Please do let us know if you have any queries.
I’ll be honest here and say I went “Huh?” when I read this.
I followed the link provided, and went “Huh?” at the website.
Then it hit me – this a British television show. Someone is going to make one of my recipes on a British television show.
It’s apparently a popular show, too. The premise is 5 people each throw a dinner party over the course of five nights in the hopes of winning £1,000 (that would be One Thousand Pounds, or at today’s exchange rate, $1,116.30). Their dinner guests are the other four contestants, who also rate each dinner party – the person with the highest score at the end of the week wins the cash. The judging criteria includes more than just the food, but from the one episode I’ve watched, I’ll be darned if I can tell what it might be.
It’s a cute show, though, and I was absolutely glued to my laptop while I was watching. I’m also extremely amused that one of my goat recipes made the cut for the Halloween show – goodness, I hope it wins! I’d love to think I was responsible for something like “Goat Takes Great Britain By Culinary Storm.”
As for the Scrapbook, from what I can tell, you can find all of the recipes cooked by the contestants on a section of the network’s website – if you register, you can save recipes you designate, forming an online, well, scrapbook of them. While the email said they’ll merely be linking to my recipe, all of those I’ve looked at so far are posted on the show’s site itself, which means they’re all metric. That shouldn’t pose too much of a problem if my U.S. readers want to cook one, since it’s fairly easy to find standard measures to metric measures converters online. Some of them look pretty good.
Just a note: if you want to watch the show, I have had NO luck watching it via the Channel 4 website – it takes so long to load it keeps crashing my browser. There are plenty of episodes on YouTube, however, which is where I viewed it. The show also airs on BBC America; I haven’t had time to track it down yet, but if you’ve seen it I’d love to hear about it.
As for the promotional image, it’s over there on the left at the bottom of the “More Cooking Schtuff” widget. Please click on it and give the site a look – it’s really very interesting.