Delicious & Simple Red Onion Chutney

Gavin WrenBasic Ingredients, No Added Sugar, Recipes

Today's recipe harks back to the simplicity of great cooking, using the bare minimum of ingredients to create a simple red onion chutney which tastes utterly beautiful. This simple relish contains all of the delicious zingy sweetness that a good chutney should have. It's utterly beautiful slapped atop splinters of crusty bread alongside a summer spread of meats, fish, salad or during a sun drenched picnic.

Today’s recipe harks back to the simplicity of great cooking, using the bare minimum of ingredients to create a simple red onion chutney which tastes utterly beautiful. This simple relish contains all of the delicious zingy sweetness that a good chutney should have. It’s utterly beautiful slapped atop splinters of crusty bread alongside a summer spread of meats, fish, salad or during a sun drenched picnic.

Earlier this week, I decided to make a red onion chutney, jam, marmalade, whatever the hell you want to call it. I’m going with chutney, I think jam or marmalade needs more sugar and less vinegar. Anyway, my first port of call was research – to the internet! Barrages of recipes, flavours and ideas had quickly engulfed my reading list proposing a vast range of styles and names for a red onion relish. People were extolling the benefits of multitudinous ways of making this simple …come and read more!

Balsamic Roasted Peppers

Gavin WrenBasic Ingredients, Recipes, Side dishes, Starters, Vegetables, Vegetarian

Balsamic roasted peppers are a mediterranean treat made with red, orange, green or yellow peppers, gently braised in the oven with garlic, balsamic vinegar and extra virgin olive oil until they become soft, sweet, richly flavoured slithers of pepper. Perfect for a salad, a picnic or to be served alongside cheese, charcuterie and olives as antipasti. Alternatively make ahead and store them in the fridge until you need them.

Today’s post is about creating luscious slithers of pepper, roasted with balsamic vinegar and garlic to create rich, sweet antipasti style balsamic roasted peppers. These are incredibly easy to make if you forego the peeling, but if you want the ‘perfect’ experience then you need to peel them, just make sure you’ve dialled in your patience levels on that particular day. Confrontation. I woke up early today. I’ve got a meeting with a website developer about a the ongoing development of the bloggerskillsacademy site I’m creating. The whole process has drifted slightly and I feel we need to kick some life back into it and get on track. I get nervous about confrontation with people, so having to exhibit some doubts …come and read more!

How to Cook Onions and How Recipes Lie

Gavin WrenBasic Ingredients, Food Education, Food Techniques, The World of Food

How to cook onions and how recipes lie to us

Today I’m looking at how cooks and chefs around the world have lied to us about how to cook onions, misusing terms like sauté, caramelise, sweat and fry along with frankly ridiculous suggestions of cooking times. So if you really want to know your onions, read on, and I will expose the real truth about onions. Hold the Front Page! It’s time for a News of the World style exposé of the food world. Time to blow open the doors of convention and open your eyes to the delusion and deception that’s all around us in the circus ring of recipes. There’s a common portrayal out there in the culinary world, a veil of misconception that’s flown across people’s faces time and time again, a published …come and read more!

Pizza Sauce

Gavin WrenBasic Ingredients, Food Techniques, Main Dishes, Recipes

How to make authentic pizza sauce with just three ingredients, the best tomatoes you can get, ideally San Marzano, plus garlic and extra virgin olive oil all lightly infused together make the best genuine italian pizza sauce for your homemade pizzas.

Don’t listen to them. So the internet has a million and one recipes for pizza sauce. So what. They’re all wrong and I’m right, so listen carefully. I’m going to keep this simple, as it should be. You don’t need sugar, you don’t need herbs. You don’t need vinegar either. Pizza is a simple pleasure, the sauce should reflect that ideology. There’s one thing to consider very seriously when making simple food, which is quality of ingredients. That is the factor which will make this fantastic. How to make great pizza sauce. Tomatoes. This is the important one. Get the best, most expensive tomatoes you can find. Look for San Marzano, these are the best …come and read more!

Homemade Yoghurt Video!

Gavin WrenBasic Ingredients, Food Techniques, Recipes, The World of Food, YouTube Food Videos

Homemade yoghurt video

How to make Yoghurt. Last year I created an information packed blog post about how to make yoghurt at home, where I tested a few different techniques that I had read about online to see which one was best. It turned out that they were mostly awful for an Englishman living in London in the cold, early spring, I guess that yoghurt making is easier in warmer climates. One method did shine out as being fool-proof and failsafe when confronted by English weather and central heating, which lead to me using it every single week to make yoghurt for quite some time. I was so excited by this discovery that I got everything together to create a homemade yoghurt video recipe. Money spinner. I was eating a lot of …come and read more!

Rye Croutons with Garlic and Mustard – Video Recipe

Gavin WrenBasic Ingredients, Recipes, Soup, The World of Food, Vegetarian, YouTube Food Videos

rye croutons with garlic and mustard

Add Some crunch to your lunch Croutons are those crunchy, munchy accoutrements of soup which I have to say, rarely get much sway from me. They seemed like an unnecessary adornment to my soup, because I’m often going to get a large doorstep of toasted bread to suck the liquid life out of my soup and transfer it into my mouth, or I just want to eat/drink/slurp the soup, so adding some small bits of bread seems unnecessary. After all, surely croutons are just small, fiddly bits of dipping bread which disappear into your soup, to be lost forever. If you transferred the concept of croutons into another aspect of food and drink, the nearest comparison I can think of is dunking rich tea biscuits into …come and read more!