Friday, September 19, 2014

TLC Invites Viewers to Experience the Fragrant Spices, Bold Flavours and Stunning Sights of Thailand in Brand New Series, Marion’s Thailand

I love Thai food and have a lot of personal reasons why I love Thailand. Want to know why? Read my blog posts about my visit to this beautiful country last year. I'm definitely watching this series!

Press Release:

Thai-Australian author, entrepreneur and former television journalist Marion Grasby wants to bring the taste of Thailand to your homes in more ways than one in a brand-new, 10-part gastronomic travelogue, MARION’S THAILAND, premiering on TLC every Monday from September 22 at 9:00 p.m. In the series, the Le Cordon Bleu trained chef and Masterchef Australia alumni combines her knowledge of Thai food and the authentic recipes she has inherited, with an insatiable journalist’s curiosity to learn more about how Thai cuisine started and the cultural influences which have seen it grow into one of the most popular cuisines in the world. MARION’S THAILAND encores every Tuesday at 3:00 p.m., Wednesday at 9:00 a.m. and Saturday at 4:00 p.m.

Marion has had a lifelong relationship with the country and its food, learning to cook traditional Thai food from her mother, Noi, a professionally-trained chef who was born and raised in Thailand. In MARION’S KITCHEN, Marion travels back to her maternal homeland to introduce viewers to her family and the food and culture of her mother’s native country. There she demonstrates how to cook authentic Thai meals at home using techniques and recipes handed down by her mother using just a mortar and pestle, a wok, and a flame. She also offers a glimpse into the day-to-day life of ordinary Thais by taking viewers to a Thailand few tourists have ever seen – off the beaten path amongst the villages, farms, markets and people who make up the heart of the country. 

Each 30-minute episode is beautifully filmed against the vibrant natural colours and textures of Thailand, in and around Marion’s modest rural family home in a little village called Nakhom Chung. From the lush garden area of Ban Pong to the coconut groves of Hua Hin on the Gulf of Thailand, Marion’s great food comes together with some amazing locations to create a real feast for the senses. Using the freshest ingredients, Marion whips up a variety of delectable dishes like stir fried vegetables with chilli and sweet green curry with chicken.

Join Marion as she pops into a coconut farm where monkeys do the harvesting and watches how fresh coconut milk is made. Also tag along as she discovers the traditions of a Buddhist temple, visits local farms and markets and learns the extensive health benefits of Thai food at a traditional Thai medicine shop.

MARION’S THAILAND is for everyone who likes Thailand – and loves its food. Marion’s easy-going nature and knowledge will help to demystify exotic Thai ingredients while showing viewers some of the more unique traditions surrounding the cuisine. Watch as she prepares an array of delicious, often unusual Thai dishes in a simple, fun way that makes it accessible to anyone who wants to try it for themselves at home!

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