Where the hell did Andreas go? Over the last few years anyone who is anyone has fallen in love with this man and his love for his country’s cuisine. Even the sponsor’s commercials in the beginning sent shivers down my spine, who can forget the chug chug of the King Oscar sardine boat?
Recently I heard a rumor that Tina Nordstrom had taken the wheel. I was in shock and wanted to know, “Yeah, okay, but where the HELL DID ANDREAS GO ?!?” and “Why are networks so closed mouthed about what goes on and why?” Dammit.
Last night Tivo left New Scandinavian Cooking with Chef Tina Nordstrom for me and I set aside the time to give the show a shot. It was then clear that Andreas was gone and New Scandinavian Cooking was about Scandinavia and not specifically Norway and Andreas. They gave him a few seasons, now it’s Tina’s turn. Tina is to share with us her culture and cuisine, which happens to be Sweden. Hot, tall blonde women, Volvos and some episode of Sponge Bob comes to mind. Remember, I’m keeping an open mind. Tina starts out kinda awkwardly talking about a Midsummer nights meal. They have a big celebration and apparently have a maypole, cool. She does her first meal on a little folding table and I figure, “HA, Andreas got away with his kickass Ikea-like portable kitchen!” Score one for Andreas. Nope, the portable kitchen showed up for her second course. Score one for Tina.
It’s painfully clear why the she was chosen. The woman can cook and she does it better than well. Once she gets in to cooking mode, she loosens up a bit. The name of this episode was and is, Midsummer Nights Cream. Given the abundance of fish in Scandinavia, I’m sure some salted fish will be going in to that cream. And probably some dill and a few other things such as berries. And I was right, two of her main dishes had just that. I’m sure they’re wonderful, but I’m not interested. Heavy cream and herring? Shudder. However, she did finish off with this huge creamy strawberry cake. I can dig that baby, strawberries are good with creamy love.
I miss Andreas a lot and hope he surfaces soon on a well produced PBS series in the coming season. At least I have the first two seaons, but I’ve seen them all and was hoping for new ones. Tina Nordstrom is a new one and they’ve plopped her directly in to the New Scandinavian Cooking model. I don’t think that was fair for Tina, she has some big shoes to fill. I believe it would have been a better move to rewrite the show for her, who she is and her ways. Kinda like sharing your neighbors underwear, it’s wrong on an odd level.
That being said, Tina is a very capable chef and I wish her all the best. I’m sure in the following episodes she finds her crease and does really well, Good Luck Tina!