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…
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…
Dark and fiery spelt and rye ginger cake

Dark & fiery ginger cake

Gavin Wren Baking, No Added Sugar, Recipes, Spelt & ancient grains, Writing, YouTube Food Videos

This cake is an absolute winner. A real, bona fide winner. It’s because of this cake that I won the Blognix Retreat Scholarship competition, being the recipient of a free ticket to the weekend blogger conference/retreat which is held at a spa hotel in Northamptonshire during February next year. The competition simply asked entrants to make a video only 90 seconds or less, explaining why they should win the scholarship. In an underhand tactic, I went for the achilles heel and made the subject of my video that universally loved object, cake. I’ve always had a policy on cake that it’s a universally appreciated phenomenon, something that holds intrinsic value to everyone. In the front of my recipe notebook there’s a space to put contact details, where I have my name and phone number. Below that is a ‘REWARD $’ section and I’ve completed it with the word ‘CAKE’. It’s…
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…
home cooked truths best way to squeeze a lime

VIDEO: The BEST way to squeeze a lime

Gavin Wren Food Techniques, Writing, YouTube Food Videos

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. */ My unique perspective on food, 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);…