Want to get happy fast? I have the answer.
New Scandinavian Cooking with Andreas Viestad.
I tried to find a good clip that sums up why I love this show so much.
The best one was the very first one. It gives you great insite into Andreas.
He's cooking outside- check.
He's twitching around- check.
He's looking at you like this food is really turning him on- check.
He's making bizarre food- check.
He's swimming in his speedo- check.
In this clip he's making vegetable soup. Sounds innocent enough, right? Wrong! This soup is an awesome blend of: raw green pepper, roasted red pepper, over boiled carrot, baby cucumber, splash of beer all in the blender. No additional cooking necessary, just topped off with a raw egg yoke and served in a drinking glass. AWESOME!
Several other videos are available at their website newscancook.com such as this one about making colored fish cakes- ground pike colored with beets, because kids love pink food! Or this one about pickled rosemary halibut- that's jarred raw fish with red onions lightly cooked and kept forever. How about this one- deer and rutabaga stew cooked over a campfire (note the dead deer hanging in the background) with some sort of stranged condensed cheese whey caramel.
Hosted by the very strange and fidgety Andreas (pounced Anders) Viestad, every episode is a mini lesson on the culture and history of the Scandinavian people. Everytime you try and find this show it's not there. It just shows up on CET and PBS whenever you least expect it and most need it.
Anders takes his show on the road literally. He sets his kitchen up on mountains, beaches, ffords and ferry boats. I love this man. He brings my cheer level to top notch.
If you don't watch anything else I linked to in this post, watch this two part series. I wont tell you what it's about, it's just awesome!
And remember, you all love cheese AND bacon, so don't judge.