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 to decry huge swathes of Italian food as being heretic imitations of true Italian cuisine. As I write this, I’m 2000 words astray of…

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 goat yoghurt around then, and goat yoghurt is over three times the price of goat milk. I’m not a huge…

10 Garlic Facts All Cooks Should Know

Gavin WrenFood Education, Food Techniques, Recipes, The World of Food

10 garlic facts every cook should know! Cloves of garlic close up with soft natural lighting
Garlic. The ubiquitous garlic bulb as we know it, allium sativum, has found it’s way into almost every country and culture of the globe from coast to coast, across vast continents and is deeply entrenched in the history of our world. That’s because it’s a regular little superstar of a plant, garnering modern scientific recognition for it’s effectiveness against high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, cholesterol, colds, some cancers and historically was a highly prized bedrock of any medicine man’s cabinet. Simply put, garlic is an excellent tonic for the human organism and without doubt, garlic is here to stay. My top ten garlic facts will help you get the most out of it in the way that I know best; eating it. Garlic tastes fantastic, especially if treated carefully, with respect. Not everyone realises how delicate garlic can be, because its scent and uncooked flavour are anything but subtle, being…

Spelt Croissant

Gavin WrenBaking, Breakfast, Food Techniques, Recipes, Spelt & ancient grains, The World of Food

Make perfect patisserie treats at home with this recipe for all butter french croissant using spelt flour instead of wheat. These flaky, baked, enriched dough treats are a labour of love and use fresh yeast, milk, sugar, wholemeal spelt and white spelt flour.
Love is in the Air. Making croissant is a labour of love. It’s a protracted, laborious process that has none of the snappy, quick to make, time saving credentials that bloggers often brag about in relation to their recipes. Nor can I make any outlandish claims regarding the puritanical nature of the calorie count or perceived healthiness. In fact croissants are the antithesis of those ‘healthy-happy-5-minute-make’ meals, it’s a recipe which spurns being rushed, it stands in the face of our hectic lifestyles and refuses to be expedited. Like love, home made croissant are able to satisfy the harder-to-reach parts of the human soul. Making these from scratch allows a deep sense of satisfaction and fulfilment to flourish, as you watch the dry ingredients, liquids and yeast that you’ve lovingly worked, turn into something quite incredible. It’s not that you can’t buy good croissant. In fact, with the meteoric rise…

WILL IT ROAST? – Part 2 – Red Cabbage

Gavin WrenFood Techniques, The World of Food, YouTube Food Videos

will it roast red cabbage
Will It Roast? ‘Will It Roast?’ is a new celebration of culinary silliness, created in the name of simply messing around in the kitchen, a chance to try out some random ideas that come into my head. In this series I’m taking whole fruit or vegetables and cooking them in their entirety in the oven without chopping, peeling, slicing or preparing them, to see how they come out. I love the idea of creating food that requires minimal preparation combined with low maintenance cooking which also creates very little waste. Cooking and then serving whole vegetables can create far less waste as the skin and parts which would normally be discarded are cooked as well, only to be left once the rest has been eaten. The skin also sometimes imparts plenty of flavour to the vegetable, so by removing it you’re losing out on that. Part Two – Red Cabbage…

WILL IT ROAST – Part 1 – Butternut Squash

Gavin WrenFood Techniques, The World of Food, YouTube Food Videos

will it roast butternut squash
WILL IT ROAST In an entirely new celebration of culinary silliness and in the name of simply messing around in the kitchen, I’ve started a series of videos called WILL IT ROAST. Inspired by a recipe I saw in the NOPI cookbook last year, I’ve started this new series to experiment with vegetables and fruits which aren’t normally roasted whole, to see what happens. If you’ve ever wondered “why am I chopping this up” when preparing vegetables, now is the time to find out! Part One In the first of this series, I’m taking a big butternut squash, leaving it in the oven to cook for a while and seeing how it comes out. Through doing this, we can find out the answer to the BIG question, WILL IT ROAST??? Want to know the answer? Watch and find out! #mc_embed_signup{background:#fff; clear:left; font:14px Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif; } /* Add your own MailChimp form…