Learn . Laugh . Eat
Here are Jeremy’s top ten tips to creating the most sumptuous stir fry. Give them a try and let us know how your next one goes! Stir fries are a quick, healthy and economic one-pot wonder. But they should not be considered just ‘student food’ despite their understandable popularity amongst younger cooks. They are delicious meals in their own right, though they are also a great way to use up leftover bits and bobs you find in the fridge, as well as a way to deliver otherwise unappealing vegetables to a fussy eater.
A two-week holiday in Iran is not enough to cover the mind-blowing sights and experiences it has to offer. In Tehran you can take a fifteen-minute cable car from the edge of a bustling and rather warm city to a majestic ski slope. It doesn't make sense, but that's Iran for you- a lot of it doesn't make sense and that's what makes it so wondrous and surprising. I do, however, feel like I sampled a great deal of the exquisite traditional cuisine of Iran, and have come home with a few ideas that will find their way into my own cooking.
After experiencing at first hand the Head Chef of Matsuri, Mr Hiroshi Sudo, demonstrate the art of sushi making I wanted to find out more, and discover if it was possibly quite as easy as he made it look. Where better, than our very own School of Wok to get some top tips and expert opinions? To listen to the chefs talk about their favourite sushi made me wonder what I have been missing for so long - despite being only too aware of this ongoing food trend I have only recently discovered the delights of maki rolls and nigiri. They were quite happy to pass on their wisdom and experience with details of what to try next and why.
While Italian food is one of the most popular and widely-cooked cuisines in the UK, we're still making plenty of mistakes, well that's according to Academia Barilla anyway. The respected institute promoting Italian cuisine has published '10 Italian Cooking Commandments': a list of culinary no-nos and common slip-ups that make real Italians wince. For example, these Parma-based experts say that it's wrong to sip cappuccinos with a meal; instead, they should be reserved for breakfasts only! You also SHOULD NOT: add oil to pasta water (oil should only be added once the pasta's drained); serve spaghetti with Bolognese (tagliatelle is the most traditional accompaniment); expect Italian restaurants to have red-and-white checkered tablecloths (this is just a stereotype!). However, one of the combinations that shocks Italians most is tomato ketchup on pasta. Academia Barilla labelled this a "real gourmet crime" – "Keep ketchup for your French fries or hot dogs, please!" Taking inspiration from this list, we thought we'd recreate a Chinese version, guiding those who are a bit unfamiliar with the culture through a list of dos and don'ts. They're not all culinary rules, but just auspicious traditions that usually involve an element of good/bad luck!