28 June 2015

La fin des haricots*

The série noire continues chez nous. Yesterday morning, as TéléMatin wound down, I changed the channel on the satellite decoder box — I got a replacement box on Friday and it seems to work fine — to put on the TV channel that we have watched more than any other for 12 years now. It used to be called CuisineTV, but then it was taken over by France's Canal + media company and renamed Cuisine +. Here's what I saw instead of the program I wanted to watch:


RIP, Cuisine +. Nous t'avons tant aimé. Au revoir Eric Léautey, Laurent Mariotte, Louis-François Marcotte, Carine Teyssandier, Jamie Oliver, et tant d'autres cuisiniers et présentateurs. I don't know what our go-to TV channel will be now that Cuisine + is gone. It's hard to believe that France, le pays de la gastronomie et de la haute cuisine, no longer has a food network or cooking channel on TV.


Meanwhile, here's another photo that I took nearly a month ago in the Sancerre area. Maybe with this last convulsion, the série noire de l'été 2015 is coming to an end. I have to say that we are enjoying fine weather. There's been no rain for weeks and weeks. Over the next few days we are supposed to experience an extreme heat wave, but we'll survive.

* The expression « c'est la fin des haricots » — "that's the end of the beans" — means something like "that's the last straw" or "it's all over now but the shouting." A similar expression is « les carottes sont cuites » — "the carrots are (finally) cooked."

17 comments:

jean laine said...

La fin des harocots ? I will not bring back my strawberry on this subject.I would have my stomach in my heel.

LaPré DelaForge said...

What a great picture of Sancerre and its surrounds...
the vignerons tattle-tale rose in the foreground just makes it better...
lovely!

And I'll not mention the.......xxxx!!

Keep well, find another food channel...
and enjoy the garden whilst the sun lasts...
Tim

chm said...

Jean Laine: In my opinion, the expression ramène ta fraise [bring back your strawberry !!] has two meanings. First, it just means "come here"; but ramener sa fraise means also to interfere, butt in or give an advice that is not requested or wanted. I think here you mean the second acceptation.

Ken Broadhurst said...

CHM sent me a link to a forum where the future (or demise) of Cuisine + and other TV channels was discussed. One participant said the U.S. channel called The Food Network will soon replace the French cooking show. Catastrophe ! First, The Food Network is all advertising and stupid so-called "reality" shows and cooking competitions. Will it all be over-dubbed in French? That's the way Jamie Oliver and Jiada Delaurentis have been shown here on Cuisine +, so that you can hear the French clearly but you can also hear the English in the background. It's very distracting, but you get used to it after a while, or at least I have. Not sure it would be worth the effort for the dumb Food Network shows. I didn't come here to learn about American cooking (I won't say cuisine).

Ken Broadhurst said...

If you know of another food channel on French TV, please share the information. I think I need to go have a beer or two.

Evelyn said...

At first I thought something bad had happened to your string beans lol! I'm sorry that you are losing your favorite channel, you may have to transition yourself by watching old Julia Childs for a while....or listen to a lot of music.

Your new camera is working well with this photo.

Ellen said...

Try a google search for cooking shows in the UK. Channel 4 has a few and they are generally very good.

Ken Broadhurst said...

Ellen, what I want is French cooking shows about different regions In France. We've already found some on different channels and on VOD. We just have to download them and then watch them when we want to, I guess.

LaPré DelaForge said...

We can't get television here##...
besides we wouldn't have the time to watch it....
all sorts of other things substitute...
like this afternoon's lecture on stone tools and Neanderthals.
Oh, and videos.... we've got a good video player.

## We can't even get U-Bend most of the time!!

Seine Judeet (Judith) said...

It doesn't make sense to me, either! What a disappointment. :(

Ken Broadhurst said...

Aren't there any satellites in the sky above Le Petit-Pressigny?

Chrissou said...

Well, humph!

Ken Broadhurst said...

I misspelled Giada de Laurentiis in my comment above. Sorry about that.

mccork said...

Hi Ken, sorry you and Walt have lost your cookery channel - hope you find an alternative soon. In the meantime, I wondered if you both had heard of Mireille Johnston? She was a cookery writer (among other things), a Frenchwoman married to an American, and she made 2 excellent series for the BBC in the 90's, A Cook's Tour of France Home (don't know if link will work!), think they are all viewable on YouTube. She also wrote some cookery books about regional French cuisine: I think they (and CDs) are probably also available 2nd hand on Amazon or eBay. Hth.

LaPré DelaForge said...

Wot r satellites?
8-)

Suppose we might have to go that way...
eventually...
but, as we are coming in from out at around 11PM at the moment...
it can wait until November...
but I can't say which year.... ;-)

Tim

Ken Broadhurst said...

Thanks, mccork, that link doesn't work, but I have downloaded a dozen or so episodes of MJ's culinary Tour de France from YouTube and I'm looking forward to watching them.

Ken Broadhurst said...

McCork/hth, thank you so much for sharing Mireille Johnston's cooking shows. I downloaded as many of them as I could and we are greatly enjoying watching them.