how to cut a mango

How to Cut a Mango

Gavin Wren Food Techniques, Writing, YouTube Food Videos

Mango Love I love mangos. Not in a social media ‘I love ‘ way, but in a genuine, caring, emotional way. I am concerned for their wellbeing. I’m interested in their living conditions and their futures. This is despite the fact that I refused to eat certain fruits, as I’ve mentioned before on this blog, such as mangos until well into my adulthood. Since then I’ve developed a strong affinity to these plump, tropical treats. How to Buy Mangos But I’m also interested making sure you get the most out of Mangos. There are things you need to know about procuring these fruit which will make a huge difference to the enjoyment you might get from them. You have probably noticed that you can buy them all year round in the supermarket, which is normally the good old ‘Tommy Atkins’ variety, often so under ripe, fibrous and dull that it…
olio di peperoncino chilli oil

Olio di peperoncino chilli oil

Gavin Wren Basic Ingredients, Food Techniques, Recipes, Writing

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,…
home cooked truths 5 - kitchen gadgets

Video: Kitchen gadgets and their false claims

Gavin Wren Food Opinion Pieces, Food Techniques, Writing, YouTube Food Videos

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

How to make gravadlax

Gavin Wren Basic Ingredients, Fish & Shellfish, Food Techniques, Main Dishes, Recipes, Small Bites, Writing

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…
How to peel a prickly pear

VIDEO: How to peel a prickly pear

Gavin Wren Food Techniques, Writing, YouTube Food Videos

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. */ My unique perspective on food, once a month. * indicates required Email…
Whole smoked mackerel

How to smoke mackerel

Gavin Wren Fish & Shellfish, Food Techniques, Recipes, Writing

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…