How would you describe a good (or bad) plate of food?

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How would you describe a good (or bad) plate of food?

Postby TeresaFoodie » December 5th, 2017, 11:22 pm

Can you think of, or do you use already, a unique and quirky adjective or phrase to describe grub?

I love a good adjective, but good ones seem to be lacking all round lately in the food TV world and they are that boring and over-used that I am attempting to collect alternatives to the ones on shows such as Masterchef. Boring examples are...

'That...is...absolutely...
stunning! sublime! divine! amazing! delicious! beee-utiful! off the scale!' and on a negative... 'I wouldn't feed that to my dog!'

For a start, I wish we could phase out the word 'absolutely'. Unless something is not commentable on, surely it is a given that it is absolutely, one way or the other?
I recently text my Dad late night as usual 'Have warm, cosy and cuddly besnugglements'. We now compete daily to find new words, adjectives or phrases.

I thought I would try this with food. Here goes.

My foodie one tonight:-
My tongue feels like Canaletto's palette board with many flavours artistically placed in the act of combining in a beautiful harmony, producing an awe inspiring sensation that my memory will hold onto forever.

My favourite from HB:
I have a happy belly full of loveliness.

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Re: How would you describe a good (or bad) plate of food?

Postby earthmaiden » December 6th, 2017, 6:34 am

Truly scrumptious, it's truly, truly scrumptious ........... 8-)
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Re: How would you describe a good (or bad) plate of food?

Postby Pepper Pig » December 6th, 2017, 7:40 am

I'm afraid that overuse of adjectives is one of the reasons I can no longer read Nigel Slater. He's obsessed with them. :x :x
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Re: How would you describe a good (or bad) plate of food?

Postby northleedsbhoy » December 6th, 2017, 7:56 am

I can't see the need for adjectives other than it's either good or bad.

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Re: How would you describe a good (or bad) plate of food?

Postby Suelle » December 6th, 2017, 7:57 am

How about Prue Leith's GBBO phrase - "worth the calories"? :lol:
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Re: How would you describe a good (or bad) plate of food?

Postby Zosherooney » December 6th, 2017, 8:09 am

Scrum-delish :chops:



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Re: How would you describe a good (or bad) plate of food?

Postby Gruney » December 6th, 2017, 8:22 am

I find Nigella Lawson's lust for alliteration a trifle wearing.

Also, it makes me smile when tv show guests get to taste the offerings, and go glassy eyed with appreciation before the forkful has even passed their lips.
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Re: How would you describe a good (or bad) plate of food?

Postby earthmaiden » December 6th, 2017, 8:29 am

Gruney wrote:Also, it makes me smile when tv show guests get to taste the offerings, and go glassy eyed with appreciation before the forkful has even passed their lips.

That really annoys me too! In order to taste something you have to put it into your mouth and allow your tastebuds time to wake up. It's stupid to say anything before that's happened!
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Re: How would you describe a good (or bad) plate of food?

Postby TeresaFoodie » December 6th, 2017, 8:35 am

earthmaiden wrote:
Gruney wrote:Also, it makes me smile when tv show guests get to taste the offerings, and go glassy eyed with appreciation before the forkful has even passed their lips.

That really annoys me too! In order to taste something you have to put it into your mouth and allow your tastebuds time to wake up. It's stupid to say anything before that's happened!


Yes, that irritates the life out of me too, a bit like when someone adds salt to food before they have even tasted its saltiness.

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Re: How would you describe a good (or bad) plate of food?

Postby PatsyMFagan » December 6th, 2017, 9:13 am

As well as all the adjectives for the finished dish, but also how the chefs describe how wonderful the mixture looks while they are concocting the recipe .. they get so excited it's truly unbelievable - Nigella the worse for this I think.
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Re: How would you describe a good (or bad) plate of food?

Postby Seatallan » December 6th, 2017, 11:17 am

Gruney wrote:Also, it makes me smile when tv show guests get to taste the offerings, and go glassy eyed with appreciation before the forkful has even passed their lips.


:D

I also like it when- as sometimes happens- tv show guest tastes the offering and clearly hates it but has to try to hide the fact and pretend they think it's yummy.
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Re: How would you describe a good (or bad) plate of food?

Postby scullion » December 6th, 2017, 4:53 pm

earthmaiden wrote:Truly scrumptious, it's truly, truly scrumptious ........... 8-)


i think ian flemming would approve of that one! - have you been watching films with your granddaughter‽


personally, i find that if i have to decipher the words used for whether they liked it or not i've assumed they're trying to prove they're literate - a bit like rick stein and his poetry/book readings during his programmes. i don't need to know that he can read - if he wants a piece read during one of his shows he should get an actor to read it, they do it very well.
too many adjectives means you can't find the one, pertinent one, if you ask me.

i, too, use the phrase 'not worth the calories' or 'i'd rather use the calories on something else'.
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Re: How would you describe a good (or bad) plate of food?

Postby Chinchilla_lady » December 6th, 2017, 6:24 pm

Greg Wallace is one of the worst for the swooning look before he tastes anything :lol:
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Re: How would you describe a good (or bad) plate of food?

Postby TeresaFoodie » December 7th, 2017, 3:46 am

I was just watching Rick in Mexico and I found his use of adjectives pleasantly minimal, e.g. 'yum, mmm' Very refreshing.
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Re: How would you describe a good (or bad) plate of food?

Postby Gruney » December 7th, 2017, 8:35 am

I like Rick's programmes very much, but I do have an aversion to grown men saying yum, or even worse - yummy. I much prefer Thomasina Miers' - "it's great!"
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Re: How would you describe a good (or bad) plate of food?

Postby earthmaiden » December 7th, 2017, 1:24 pm

scullion wrote:i think ian flemming would approve of that one! - have you been watching films with your granddaughter‽

:lol: :lol: it's been one of DD's favourites for a long time!

Pity that Rick S. is good with words but eats like a dog at a bowl. Perhaps we should try to think of a TV chef who is good with words but also has impeccable manners ;)
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Re: How would you describe a good (or bad) plate of food?

Postby Gruney » December 7th, 2017, 1:27 pm

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