This is so trivial that it really belongs in MPSIMS, but it’s food-related. Inviting other nitpicks, gripes, etc., related to cooking shows.
I like to watch cooking shows. In fact, I’m watching Martha Stewart on PBS right now. She just said (something that TV chefs often say), “Add half a teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper,” as she scoops out half a teaspoon from a bowl on the counter that contains a cup or more of ground black pepper.
Did she or one of her [del]slaves[/del] helpers grind that huge quantity of pepper before the show so she would have half a teaspoon for this recipe? Does she go through so much pepper that she has to grind that quantity often enough that it’s always fresh? Does she throw out the unused pepper when it’s no longer fresh? To me “freshly ground” means you use the pepper grinder to grind it right then and there. She’s not the only TV chef who does this.
I said it was trivial.