I confess that I’ve spent half of Holy Friday cooking. I actually don’t know whether that’s considered a sin by our Christian authorities (I guess so). To defend myself, I would argue that it was all about fish. I even created an original dish of my own!
I’ve heard a renowned French cook say recently that it was much harder to prepare high-class dishes only with vegetables. I thought he actually wanted to say: any high price for vegetarian food was justified. The three star chefs of Paris put price tags on carrot or celery salads nowadays that are nothing but shocking. Once in a Parisian gourmet temple, don’t be surprised to get a platter of raw vegetables for, say, 39 Euros (50 US$). You might find […]
Have you ever tried to wrap a beef fillet in a salt crust and bake it in the oven? If not, I highly recommend doing it. First of all, it’s a nerve-wrecking adventure, second, if you get it right, you’ll be able to serve a world-class meal: meat so tender and regularly cooked that you won’t believe it; a texture so soft and yet firm that you’d need to invent new words for describing it; a roast so spectacular that […]
Crisp on the outside, tender on the inside – everybody loves roast chicken but it’s a trickier task than many home cooks think. In the end it all depends on the correct positioning of the bird during the cooking process. I know a lot of people who simply put their chicken on the back, on a tray, in the hot oven and wait for an hour. Tsts…can’t work. The most probable result will be: the breast (or “white meat”, as our […]
…make a beautiful dish when treated with respect and care. Be humble! These mushrooms are a precious gift, they need your full attention. In your cookbooks you’ll find many highly contradictory recommendations on how to cook them. I’d say, frankly, that most recipes have got it wrong. To me, there’s only one question when it comes to preparing porcini: will I use thyme or origan? The other ingredients I use are thus: excellent olive oil, lemon juice, thyme/origan, sea salt, […]
Just in case that you have missed it: the fishing season for scallops has been opened officially this week – since Monday the yellow-coated heroes are out on the sea for you in Normandy, in Brittany to get aboard what the French so nicely call coquilles St. Jacques. For the fishermen, scallops mean pure money. In Normandy, a fishermen told me recently, that the precious shellfish makes almost 60 percent of his yearly income. For us consumers, scallops stand for pure, […]