Television show: The Fast Show, comedy, UK, 1994 - 1997
What does it mean to me?
The Fast Show is a comedy sketch show with many memorable catchphrases such as 'Scorchio', 'Suits you sir', and 'Does my bum look big in this?'. The show does exactly what its name says. It is fast and funny and silly. No sketch lasts long. Great for people with a short concentration span.
I arrived in London from Australia in 1997. My first job that lasted longer than a week was at the BBC website known as beeb.com. I was a temp - everyone was temporary or seconded because they weren't sure the BBC website would last and punters would complain about using their taxes for a website! I started a mere six months after the BBC started its website. It was an exciting time. I worked with the Comedy Zone team.
There was lots of energy and ideas bouncing about the huge open plan office. The Comedy Zone and Top Gear zines would compete each week to see who was most popular. It was a great introduction to British culture and a reminder that although we see lots of UK television in Australia, there is also a lot we don't see. It was also my introduction to the internet - I had only been on it once before I got the job (and .. um ... was quite creative with talking about my experience before I got the job with the production team not the techies)!
this legacy Fast Show site. Though I hadn't seen the show or known the shows they spoofed, I got to know it quickly. (I also took responsibility for recommending comedy programs to watch each week though I didn't know many of those either). I felt like I was in the thick of it. We had a drink with the stars and went to see the live show. Then I was ready to move on.
Since then I often see the stars on British shows, such as John Thomson in Cold Feet, Arabella Weir in Posh Nosh and Mark Williams as Mr Weasley in Harry Potter. I also occasionally see older shows and they make sense of Fast Show sketches. Monkfish was Taggart. Dave Angel was Mike Reid. And I can't heart Steeleye Span singing 'All Around My Hat' without thinking of Bob Fleming.
I chose to make cheesy peas in honour of the sketch of the same name. The sketch is a spoof on silly shouty advertisement and those stodgy British meals that come in a packet. It amused me to make it.
I had a cauliflower cheese sauce in the fridge so it was quite an easy meal to make. I pureed some peas and left the rest whole. With the peas, the sauce needed extra seasoning and I found celery salt (more on that soon) gave it just the flavour it needed. I served it tossed through wholemeal spaghetti and topped with rocket and cherry tomatoes.
We had heaps of cheesey peas sauce leftover. E had some the next night with rice and thought it was even better with rice. My favourite way to serve the cheesey peas sauce was on a bagel with rocket, roast beetroot, fried onion and tomato chutney. Messy but delicious. A perfect easy weekend meal.
I am sending this to Jac's Pasta Please blog event that I am hosting this month. (According to The Daily Mail, pasta is the world's favourite food.) The Pasta Please theme this month is Long Pasta. I'd love you to join in and send me a vegetarian dish using long pasta by 28th September. More information on my Long Pasta announcement page.
Previously on Green Gourmet Giraffe:
One year ago: Raw broccoli salad and other eats
Two years ago: Quik wok - fast and friendly in the city
Three years ago: PPN Tofu-Ricotta, Zucchini and Pumpkin Lasagne
Four years ago: Gravy Train Cafe - yummy yabbering in yarraville
Five years ago: PPN: Soy bombs with two tomato sauces
Cheesy peas spaghetti
600ml cauliflower cheese sauce
1 tbsp potato starch
2 cups frozen peas
1/2 tsp celery salt, or to taste
500g wholemeal spaghetti
Cook spaghetti according to packet instructions (mine took 14 minutes). Meanwhile mix cheese sauce, potato starch 1 cup frozen peas and celery salt. Puree with a stick blender and check seasoning. Either microwave for a few minutes, stirring every minute until it has thickened slightly or heat in a saucepan until thickened slightly. Stir in remaining cup of peas and heat slightly until peas have defrosted. Mix with drained spaghetti and serve.
On the Stereo:
2 Contrebasses: Michel Donato and Guillaume Bouchard
This post is part of Vegan Month of Food September 2013. This year for Vegan MoFo I am cooking recipes inspired by favourite tv shows - and veering off topic occasionally. Go to my Vegan MoFo list for more of my Vegan MoFo posts.