From tragedy in a tin to slo-mo exploding fruit - devour some of our all-time favourite food clips
1. Watermelon v rubber bands
What happens if you wrap several hundred rubber bands around the centre of a watermelon and film yourself doing it in super slo-mo? If you answered that it explodes in a strangely hypnotic shower of quivering red flesh, congratulations! You win a mangled chunk of watermelon and a soggy ball of elastic bands.
2. How to make a Courtesan au Chocolat
We like cakes. We like stylistically precise, elaborately staged films set in non-specific middle European countries in the 1930s. Stands to reason, then, that we’ve fallen for this short accompaniment to Wes Anderson’s latest opus, Grand Budapest Hotel. In it, star Saoirse Ronan whips up a delicious looking Courtesan au Chocolat with typical Andersonian precision.
3. The Sushi Song
Who knew sashimi could be so sash-exy? Bearded funnyman Adam Buxton, that’s who, as becomes clear when you watch the ever-so-slightly risqué music video for his very funny Sushi Song.
4. Floyd on France: wild mushroom omelette recipe
Before Jamie and Nigella, there was Keith Floyd, fearless gastronaut, always ready with droll commentary, an ever-present glass of wine, and a sizzling pot of something delicious – whether he was wobbling around on the deck of a fishing vessel or cowering in the farmhouse kitchen of a particularly grumpy French madame. Have a sneaky slurp and enjoy a mushroom omelette as prepared by a true TV cookery legend.
5. Thirsty for … refresco de quinoa
We've only just learned how to correctly pronounce quinoa (keen-wa, since you asked), this year's current superfood / salad staple / posh dinner party must have. Apparently it's not enough to toss it with raw veg and pomegranate molasses, it turns out we're supposed to drink it for breakfast as well. Luckily, this slick cookery vid demonstrates exactly how.
6. Microwave cooking with sad music
Of all the cookery demonstration video genres, the YouTube Microwave instructional is among the bleakest. Yet it turns out that what might simply seem grimly unappetising assumes a haunting, fragile beauty when paired with sombre string music. Watch and weep.
7. E. Pellicci
To finish, a lovely little documentary about London Bethnal Green institution E Pellicci. Neville Pellicci is the grandson of the caff’s founders, and provides a charming introduction to his hundred-year-old place of work.