If anyone watched BBC2’s The Delicious Miss Dahl will have no doubt been driven into rage by the number of times the word Melancholy was used. Yes it was the title of tonight’s episode, but really, it was a little excessive to say the least. For those of you who didn’t watch it here’s the link so that you too can get into the same pain that I was in, I know I could have changed the channel but I did get quite hooked at when she would say melancholy next. The blurb below is a synopsis of the episode for those of you who can’t watch the episode.

The Delicious Miss Dahl, Melancholy

It’s a melancholic day and there’s no getting away from it. The only option is to feed this melodramatic emotion with dishes that could cheer up Eeyore. Starting with bubble and squeak cakes served with red onion gravy and a languid fried egg, the joyous indulgence begins.

Next, Sophie locks herself away in the shed at the end of the garden and, while reading hopeless poetry, she treats herself to the perfect chocolate sauce poured over ice cream. But her soul craves the curative power of chicken soup and this brings her back to the kitchen for her own luxurious version and a soothing cardamom rice pudding with spiced plums.

After this indulgent menu, it’s time to get outside and engage with the world again. Sophie recommends food shopping for the liveliest colours and flavours that can be found, after which she returns to create a spicy tom kha soup, which awakens the senses and inspires her to open the curtains and let the sunshine back in.

Watch her waffle here




  1. YES! It wasn’t just me that noticed it. It was truly ridiculous – there must have been >50 ‘melancholy’s (including variants) in there. My gf and I were in rolling around laughing by the end of the program.

    1. Ohh well Nick, be sure you and your lady tune into next weeks episode where we will see exactly how darling Sophie escapes when things get tough, i presume half a pack of butter and double cream will be involved, oh and >50 ‘escapism’s’!!
      5/6. Sophie escapes a rotten week with a soothing New England-style clam chowder.” bbc

  2. Haha, so true! She rambled and rambled! I actually loved her first episode about a selfish day… sounded rather perfect to me, but as soon as i started to watch the 2nd episode… I will never get that 10 minutes (or so) of my life back 😦 Not Good!

  3. yes, the first episode was bearable. The problem is every episode seems selfish and indulgent. All her aimless wondering and pouting makes nigella seem like a saint!!

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