I am a huge fan of the Levantine cuisine, it is one of my favourites really, and I will get into all the reasons why in another post. With this weeks recipe I am giving you a nice little example if perhaps not the most emblematic one. This is a lovely, fragrant and healthy dish made with pearl couscous. I am keeping it fully plant-based by adding several raw and cooked vegetables, some herbs, olive oil and lemon. It is quite simple and simply delicious.
I love a good cookbook. I have probably too many at home in France and a rotation of current favourites that I take with me on board. It’s nice to leaf through a well-written cookbook, especially because I don’t always have a fast WiFi going. One of my favourite cook books in recent times has been Momofuko, the first book by a chef called David Chang, named after his first restaurant in New York. The book is a great source of base recipes, dressing and sauces that you can use anytime, anywhere.
Here is a recipe for a Lancashire Hotpot. I made this the other day using lamb shoulder. You can use lamb leg if you want. Preferably no bones, I have seen in a restaurant once a Lancashire Hotpot made with lamb shoulder and lamb cutlets. It created a lovely presentation, however the cutlets were a bit dry. We are not using them here. You need some sort of stock, lamb stock ideally but I use a mixture of veal stock and chicken stock. For the folks at home just use some of the liquid stock you can find on supermarket shelves. Well, the beef or veal at least.
Crew food on a trans-Atlantic voyage. This one is a more of an industry-specific post aimed at my fellow chefs at sea and anyone out there considering becoming one, but it is, I think, an interesting glimpse behind scenes too. It is essentially about provisioning and cooking in less than perfect conditions. Or, in my case, it’s about making sure you have all you need to keep a dozen people well-fed for two (often very long) weeks at sea.
I am jumping on the Polar Express and following everyone else out there with a Christmas Wish List of my own. If you are a cutting-it-close kind of person when it comes to Christmas shopping and if you are looking for some great gifts for a chef, cook, or a foodie loved one in your life, look no further.
I love making risotto, my wife loves making risotto. My kids, thankfully, love eating risotto. Don’t be afraid of risotto. All that is required is a little bit of prep and an averagely strong arm ready to stir for approximately 18 minutes, but the result is something very, very special. It’s a melt-in-your-mouth kind of dish that can be a super sexy, impress your date kind of thing, or a family friendly school-night offering.
n this recipe I will explain how to make a pumpkin puree using the thermomix. Enzo, my man in Capri calls this magnificent beast a zucca, which translates to pumpkin. It feels more like a massive butternut squash to me, but I guess it's the same family anyway. This is an awesome side dish alternative to a carrot puree or the mashed potatoes.
My kids need a pick-me-up after school. They don’t snack in school here in France, which is good, and they have long school hours, which is not as good. Plus, I spend a good chunk of each year away from home, so I am a bit of a softy whenever I pick them up. They have tons of after-school activities too, so often the quickest solution is to make a stop at a cafe and load them up with sugar.
This recipe is taken from my friend Oliver Mahlberg’s website. He is a master gnocchi maker and he is very kind to share his method with us. I hope you enjoy it. I do! I love when he makes some for the crew.
This pasta recipe is the one to rule them all, if you ask me. Before I got into this cooking whilst sailing business, I spent nearly three years in Australia. I moved about a bit, from Sydney, to Melbourne, then Adelaide. I fell in love with Australia and its friendly people, but more about that in another (travel) post.
Right folks, here is my selection of the best all-purpose knives available for you in your kitchen. Wherever your kitchen may be. These knives can do most jobs, you do not need a “set” of knives that are rubbish quality and go blunt in a month. Honestly, don’t go for a wooden block crap; it’s just taking up the valuable real estate on your kitchen counter. You really only need two good knives, a large one and a small one, so, here we go.
My goodness, this is something. We all need or want ice cream from time to time, even when we are old enough to know not to scream for it. ;-) Anyway, enough with trying to be witty let's go back to this is very simple recipe. Nothing to heat or cook! You don't even need to churn it in an ice cream machine, although I did and it was fantastic. It also stays soft in the freezer - absolute winner.
I make these all the time on the yacht. They freeze well, defrost well and can be heated gently in the microwave or in the oven. What follows is a method of sorts...... more of a feeling really. You've got to find your way with bread, so be prepared for a fair amount of trial and error. It may get frustrating, but the satisfaction of baking your own bread is a serious one.
Most of us want to eat healthy these days, as much as some of us may be getting tired of being told we should eat healthy. At least that's the feeling I am having lately. So, it is cool to have a situation when a healthy dish low-key wins the night. This is what happened earlier this year, when our bank account manager came for dinner.