Monday Recommends: Fight the Jellyfish!

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I’ve been watching a kids cooking show (as opposed to a kids’ cooking show). During the show, it’s called Kids’ Culinary Fight Club, but the “you might like this show” picture calls it Stove Tots. I guess the first rule of Kids’ Culinary Fight Club is….

The gimmick of this show is that the kids can bring a parent to stand back in a designated area. The parent can call encouragement, but can’t give them any instruction. If they do, the kid gets a one minute penalty during which they can’t cook. The kid can ask for three huddles, which is one-minute snatches of advice from the parent, or the kid can ask for one sous-chef, which allows the parent to actually help out for five minutes. The kid can also play the one Parent Time Out, which makes the parent have to shut up for five minutes.

Sometimes the kid knows what they’re doing and all the parent is doing is pumping up the stress, and sometimes the kid goes blank and really needs help. I’ve watched two eps, and I like it so far. It doesn’t hurt that they have an Irish “cheferee” who calls the penalties.

I’ll be sharing a quote from the show for One-Liner Wednesday.

My nails this week:

Hmmm, what are those red lines on my first two nails? They go with the thumb:

My base polish is an iridescent blue, the stamping polishes are red and green, and I did reverse polish painting with a transluscent shimmer polish for the body of the thumb jellyfish and the fish tail.

Not my most successful effort, but Sara and I like the effect of the translucent shimmer over blue.

A WRITING PROMPT FROM ME TO YOU: Have you ever wanted to put a grown up in time out?



I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but now live in the woods in southern Indiana. Though I only write fiction, I love to read non-fiction. The more I learn about this world, the more fantastic I see it is.

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One thought on “Monday Recommends: Fight the Jellyfish!

  1. Dan Antion

    June 10, 2024 at 4:05pm

    That sounds like a pretty good show. If I were cooking and my mom was watching, I’d be using that parent time out.

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      Marian Allen

      June 11, 2024 at 7:33am

      The only thing I don’t like about it is that they edit it to look like the contestants and their parents are assholes, when they’re really very nice and friendly (I read an article by a blogger who groupies the kid cooking shows.) Apparently, there’s a whole kid cooking circuit, and you don’t just do one, you do as many as you can qualify for. I’ve seen some of the kids on here on Master Chef Junior. One of the “cutthroat” contestants went over to see a weeping opponent’s finished dish and said, “That’s bad? Your bad is everybody else’s amazing!”

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      • Dan Antion

        June 11, 2024 at 9:45am

        Ugh. I wouldn’t like to see that, and I don’t like that “adults” encourage that.

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          Marian Allen

          June 11, 2024 at 1:36pm

          The kid meant that her opponent’s dish WASN’T bad. He was crying because it was “bad”, and she was telling him that anybody else would think they had done an amazing dish, because it was amazing, but he was calling it bad. You can tell the parents and kids are friends in real life, because of how they act when the winner is declared. The defeated are happy for the winners, and the director can’t edit that out to make things look more “dramatic”. I really dislike the hateful vibe the director and producers manufacture, when it’s much more dramatic and exciting to me when the contestants look out for each other, which they obviously do unedited.

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  2. Teagan Riordain Geneviene

    June 10, 2024 at 4:28pm

    What a unique idea for a TV show. I imagine the kids really get into the prospect of giving the parents a time-out! Hugs.

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      Marian Allen

      June 11, 2024 at 7:36am

      They do! On the last episode I watched, one of the kids played his time out card as soon as he started cooking, because his mom was distracting him from organizing and getting started.

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