The Best Way to Store Herbs and Spices

Gavin WrenFood Techniques, The World of Food

The best way to store herbs and spices

It’s the little things in life, isn’t it? I never thought I’d post about the best way to store herbs and spices, because it’s such a minuscule thing in the world of food, yet here I am. This small thing has actually made an enormous difference to my life in the kitchen, because it’s often the small changes to my way of work that have an unreasonably large effect on my overall happiness, especially when compared to the big changes, the big things I dream of. Dream Big. In the kitchen it’s easy to lust after that expensive stand mixer which will be a culinary revolution, transforming my kitchen into a chic, efficient and successful place that will turn …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!

Recipes for Beginners

Gavin WrenFood Opinion Pieces, Food Techniques, The World of Food

Recipes for beginners

Recipes for Beginners. The world of recipes can be a daunting place where it’s easy to feel utterly imprisoned by the author’s written instructions, sensing that any deviation or misunderstanding could easily have catastrophic consequences on your dinner. If you’re new to cooking, cautious about it or a nervous cook it could be tempting to seek out the most simple recipes for beginners, to keep your channels of exploration locked into a tightly controlled path. But there is one important fact about making recipes which I’m going to tell you, and the sooner you learn it, the quicker you will progress as a cook. But it’s scary! As a beginner cook, the world of combining foodstuffs together and adding heat can all seem a bit …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!

Authentic Italian Food and How to ‘Do It Right’

Gavin WrenFood Education, Food Opinion Pieces, Food Techniques, The World of Food

Authentic Italian Food and how to make sure there's passion in your cooking

An Italian Muse. Over the last few days my ongoing obsession with authentic Italian food has been stoked by working on an ultimate spelt pizza guide, a series of recipe tests that have furnished my table with some of the nicest pizzas I’ve ever had, which although sounding incredibly smug and arrogant, is true. Soon I will share the delights of these creations with you, so that you can partake in these discs of passionate glory. But there’s been one significant stumbling block along the way to getting these pieces written up, which is the apoplectic passion which my mind whisks itself into once I start talking about authentic Italian food. It practically numbs my ability to write a careful and considered blog post, instead wanting …come and read more!