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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This is my second favourite pasta dish to eat and make. Second only to spaghettini aglio e olio con peroncini. I actually have a youtube post on that pasta dish, not the recipe, more a method, Have a look. I was a little drunk when I made it.
The wife has told me to immediately give you the ingredients, so that any of you chefs or cooks who stumble across can decide quickly whether it's a yay or a nay, especially when we are talking more complicated dishes. Trust me, this one is a yay, simple and delicious. So, the list and the recipe are right below, you can snap them or jot them down and crack on with your day. I also took photos of the entire process, so you don't have to snap or jot down if you don't feel like it. I hope you enjoy.