The understated charm of The Cook & the Chef has crept up on me in the couple of years that the ABC has been screening it. While not everything Maggie and Simon make is to my taste, the very premise of the show is to celebrate different approaches to cooking. If you browse through their online archives, you'll notice that they challenge their viewers to appreciate meats such as kangaroo and tongue more often than they prepare Aussie staples like beef and chicken, and they sneak in plenty of vegetarian fare too (I have had Simon's vegan laksa bookmarked since it featured late last year).
Last night vegetarian food was the theme for the entire episode! I enjoyed seeing Kurma Dasa featured as their guest - we've blogged several recipes from his book World Vegetarian Food, which was very influential on our first couple of years cooking as vegetarians. Simon likewise took inspiration from Kurma, demonstrating recipes for dahl, chappatti and halva during the show. By contrast Maggie took a buttery, caramelised path, preparing a leek and eggplant tart tartin and semolina gnocchi with walnut sauce.
I'm guessing you might have missed this screening; we probably would have done the same if it weren't for a reminder from reader William Luu. However, you've still got 2nd, 3rd and 4th chances to see the show - ABC1 will repeat it at 11:30am on Saturday, ABC2 will repeat it at 5pm today (I think), and it's available for download on the website.