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Two Fat Ladies

November8

Two Fat Ladies Poster

This weekend I was too tired & sick to do much of anything, but luckily it was raining and it all worked out to a cozy Sunday on the couch with the puglet and husband and the heater all working in harmony with the Cooking Channel to give me nearly all the comforts I could ever ask for. I do love the Cooking Channel! I just discovered it a couple of month ago, but it was love at first sight, honestly.

Sunday morning after a bite to eat and some fabulous espresso drinks, we headed home and I literally curled up with the pup on the couch. We snuggled in for a full day of cooking shows. The first few, I believe, were three episodes of “Two Fat Ladies” and oh how I had forgotten how much fun their show was to watch. I remember my grandma watching them and talking about it. I remember watching a couple of episodes with her long ago and generally enjoying myself (cooking & baking is a new found love for me).

The title alone is so radical and just smacks of you got a problem with it? To put the word FAT in the title of a show? WOW! And the ladies themselves were such a hoot to watch working together in the kitchen. Not only that, no, they also ride a motorcycle (one in the sidecar) and one episode ended with them doing a bit of a spin-out…Fabulous!

At one point Jennifer Paterson burst into song as she was cleaning up a counter. I turned to my husband and said, “Well, at least you now know, when you die, this will be my future without you!” because y’all! I totally burst into song all of the damn time at home, especially while cooking! Too funny!

While they were hardly afraid of calories, they were often seen as a bad influence on the Brittish diet for their use of butter and lard in their dishes. Paterson often ended an episode by smoking a cigarette and having a nip of something alcoholic. Glorious!

It did make me a bit sad though, as I knew one had died. In fact it was Jennifer Paterson, of lung cancer. On her death bed, she called Clarissa Dickson Wright asking for a tin of caviar. When she arrived though, Paterson had already passed away. “Dickson Wright said that after Paterson’s funeral, she ate the caviar as a tribute.” (Quoted from wikipedia.)

I just fell head over heels all over again for these “Two Fat Ladies” and cannot imagine what it would be like had they debuted now. *sigh* I have come to see them as radical revolutionaries in the Fat Acceptance movement. Intentional or not, they are among my fat heroines, for sure.

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“Two Fat Ladies”

  1. On November 8th, 2010 at 2:56 pm Twistie Says:

    I missed the Two Fat Ladies the first time around, but recently discovered them on the Cooking Channel. I am in love.

    It doesn’t hurt that I love traditional British foods (I grew up on the fabulous Great British Cooking: a Well Kept Secret by Jane Garmey), but the Two Fat Ladies would have my love no matter what sort of food they made or where they were from.

  2. On November 9th, 2010 at 4:10 am Patsy Nevins Says:

    I love the Fat Ladies too. I need to see about getting the new channel. And, yes, Jennifer died, but of lung cancer from many years of heavy smoking, as did my sister, not from being fat & not from eating fatty food. She was also 71, so, while not ancient, she wasn’t cut down in her youth either. I find myself wondering if Jennifer had the experience, as she was dying, of FINALLY having a doctor tell her that her fat was a good thing &U keeping her alive longer. That is what my sister’s oncologist told her, & Judy was amused but also angry that she had to wait until she was dying to be told by anyone in the medical establishment that being fat can be positive & protective to health.

    I really want to watch Jennifer & Clarissa again. The new cooking channel sounds like fun. For the most part, over the past few years, the Food Network has become more & more about mollifying the healthists & food nannies & yapping about cooking ‘healthy’ & cooking ‘light’, being, as Rachael Ray constantly maunders on about, ‘figure friendly’, ‘waistband friendly’, as if the size of your body actually has a damn thing to do with how ‘healthy’ or ‘well-nourished’ you are. I like to watch cooking shows & read cookbooks for FUN, not to be nannied & lectured.

  3. On November 9th, 2010 at 10:41 am Not Blue at All Says:

    I couldn’t agree more about the food network. You can imagine my delight then, when I happened upon the cooking channel and fell in love all over again with the Two Fat Ladies, Nigella Lawson and discovered Roger Mooking!!! Incredible! Thank you for reading & commenting.

  4. On November 9th, 2010 at 12:42 pm Toots Says:

    I recorded the series INSTANTLY when I saw it come on. They are so tongue in cheek, sweet and generous in many ways. RIP savory sister <3

  5. On November 9th, 2010 at 12:43 pm Not Blue at All Says:

    I love “Savory Sister!”

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