Olio di peperoncino chilli oil

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

olio di peperoncino chilli oil
I’ve visited Italy twice in my life, or even three times if you count the occasion that I arrived at Milan after a few months in South East Asia, then immediately booked myself onto the next flight to London without leaving the airport because my ‘friend’ stood me up, hence I decided to simply go home instead. Aside from that minor dalliance with Milan airport which I’ll choose to ignore in the context of this post and life in general, I’ve always been awestruck by Italian towns’ and citys’ overwhelming sense of beautiful, crumbling, architectural romanticism. Of course for a foodie (ugh! That word) like myself, eating is another highlight, because the Italians have a very powerful secret ingredient in their food, passion. They’re also blessed with fruitful and abundant produce which their land pours forth and without doubt their cooking makes the most of that bounty as well. Recently,…

Video: Kitchen gadgets and their false claims

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

home cooked truths 5 - kitchen gadgets
I hate clutter Being a big food eater (I don’t mean that I’m big, but that my interest in the aforementioned subject looms overwhelmingly across large swathes of my conscious and unconscious existence), the accumulation of kitchen gadgets presents a difficult situation. Even if you have merely a whimsical attraction to cooking then you’ll be well aware that the food industry is a flabbergastingly vast arena in which your hard earned pennies can be tempted away from you by exciting, new, time & energy saving gadgets and accoutrements. There are tools and widgets for doing everything and each individual job is catered for by a niche product that will REVOLUTIONISE the way you complete that task if you were to believe the manufacturers. This level of product innovation is fabulous on many levels yet it presents us consumers with some very hard choices. You’re all guilty I’m guessing that almost…

How to make gravadlax

Gavin WrenBasic Ingredients, Fish & Shellfish, Food Techniques, Main Dishes, Recipes, Small Bites, The World of Food

how to make gravadlax
Today I’m talking about gravlax, or gravalax, or gravadlax, or even Gravad laks depending on where you are, who you are and why you’re here. There might be other spellings that I’m missing out, but so far I’ve covered Norwegian, Swedish and Danish as well as the slightly confused situation in England where it seems to go under a few of those names. However you spell it, this is an absolute peach of a recipe, a personal favourite of mine which gives smoked salmon a run of it’s money without having to go through that messy process of smoking. It’s also another super long-make recipe which is more like a small food side-project rather than a recipe. There’s no way that you can describe a 48-36 hour make time as a quick-to-throw-together meal or easy dinner, this is something completely different, which creates astoundingly tasty results that I can happily…

VIDEO: How to peel a prickly pear

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

How to peel a prickly pear
It’s the pear necessities Prickly pears are a dangerously spiky fruit occasionally seen in the shops during Autumn, with vicious little hairs on their outer skin which stick in your hands. However the fruit inside is delicately sweet and quite different to most other fruits. I have to admit that previously I had no idea how to peel a prickly pear, but after working through a bit batch of these fruits, I’m well versed in it now, so thought I’d do a quick video to help you all out! See below for my quick, silly, instructional video. Enjoy! #mc_embed_signup{background:#fff; clear:left; font:14px Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif; } /* Add your own MailChimp form style overrides in your site stylesheet or in this style block. We recommend moving this block and the preceding CSS link to the HEAD of your HTML file. */ Would you like a friendly e-mail once a month? * indicates required…

How to smoke mackerel

Gavin WrenFish & Shellfish, Food Techniques, Recipes, The World of Food

Whole smoked mackerel
I’ve reached peak mackerel. I don’t know what happened, whether something changed in the tides of the moon, but I suddenly felt an overwhelming urge to consume lots of this lovely, oily fish. There was a sign that this was coming, my smoked mackerel omelette indicated that I was heading into a mackerel period, because I’ve eaten that omelette a LOT since posting it. I feel nervous about estranging some of the more vegetable based readers, however please stick with me, as I can assure you that some non-fish recipes will also make a strong comeback soon, in fact I’ve got a seasonal corker coming up next week using chestnuts. This mackerel addiction has led me into dark and difficult situations. As my cravings for mackerel became stronger, I had an unrestrainable urge to hoard the fish, to make sure I had a copious supply at my fingertips. This led…

VIDEO: The BEST way to squeeze a lime

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

home cooked truths best way to squeeze a lime
I’ve made my first foray into the world of video and YouTube! In an effort to hunt down the most efficient and best way to squeeze a lime, I’ve had a bit of fun and put together a slightly silly rundown of the different ways you can do it. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did making it! #mc_embed_signup{background:#fff; clear:left; font:14px Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif; } /* Add your own MailChimp form style overrides in your site stylesheet or in this style block. We recommend moving this block and the preceding CSS link to the HEAD of your HTML file. */ Would you like a friendly e-mail once a month? * indicates required Email Address * First Name Last Name (function($) {window.fnames = new Array(); window.ftypes = new Array();fnames[0]='EMAIL';ftypes[0]='email';fnames[1]='FNAME';ftypes[1]='text';fnames[2]='LNAME';ftypes[2]='text';}(jQuery));var $mcj = jQuery.noConflict(true);…