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Tuesday, 2 June 2015

Rachel Khoo 'Europa in Meiner Küche' DVD review (in English)

Rachel Khoo  'Europa in Meiner Küche' DVD review

Should the title in German put you off, fear not. I purchased this fabulous DVD a few weeks ago and the English language version is available on the DVD as well as the dubbed version in German. It was produced by BBC Germany and is a sumptuous food fest across Europe and is supported by Rachel's most recent book Rachel Khoo's Kitchen Notebook. All you need to do on slipping the DVD into your player is choose 'English' from the two options on the opening screen where you will see 'sprachauswahl' on the right hand side. It is so easy and then you will have Rachel and her fantastic colourful foodie travels all to yourself in English. In my opinion the English language version is the much better version. I did watch an episode in the dubbed German version and 'ja' it is OK but at times you can still hear Rachel speaking English under the dubbing.


The DVD has two DVDs each with five half hour episodes on. The places in which Rachel seeks out new recipe ideas and tries them out on her very grateful London friends are: Istanbul, the Amalfi Coast, the Costa Brava, Provence, Stockholm, Naples, Barcelona, Turkey's Princes Islands, Sweden and elegant Nice in the South of France. They are all beautifully filmed and gorgeously colourful and with Rachel Khoo on hand to offer her Khooky versions of Continental Khookery one episode watched simply isn't enough! I found my own viewing becoming a back to back 'just one more' evening of foodie delights.


Each episode features at least two recipes but also offers some great insights into the people and the cookery of each individual country, city, town or region. Even a random recollection of the whole series (yes I have watched them all twice so far!) recalls her finger licking lemon lava cakes, pistachio and pomegranate cake, courgette linguine, sweet tasting burnt leaks and burnt peppers, seafood paella nests and honey- roasted peach crema catalana. Just some of the mouth watering dishes she cooks on the DVD and makes it all seem so easy.


During each episode Rachel draws and paints with her water colour palate to illustrate her charming companion book Rachel Khoo's Kitchen Notebook (over 100 recipes) and laughs continually at her own pun filled sense of humour. As she makes her own version of a tasty lamb kebab baked on a stick in pastry who cannot fail to be charmed as she calls it her “very own Khoobap!”

This DVD is a must for any fan of Ms Khoo. My copy came via Switzerland and took just under two weeks to reach me. It was worth very second of the wait. Highly recommended! I only wish the Little Paris Kitchen series was on DVD too. I for one would be Khooing with delight!


Both the DVD and book above (retail price of book £20) can be ordered through the Amazon links on this page.

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