All posts tagged: Traditional cooking

ABOUT MASTER IN THE KITCHEN

Easy to prepare, everyday dishes are magnificent works of art prepared by ordinary, home cooks each and everyday all over the world. We may not all be able to paint like the old masters, compose music like Mozart, write like Shakespeare or sculpt like Michelangelo … but happily for us we can all master the art of home cooking. Master in the Kitchen is not about striving to become a master chef. That would be far too demanding and exhausting. The master cook differs from the master chef in that the home cook need not fret about presentation, exact measurements or Michelin star reviews. The home cook is not looking to make a living out of their everyday cooking – they are looking to prepare tasty, nutritious meals. Mastering our kitchen skills is about feeling confident enough to eyeball the ingredients and decide what will work well in what combination. Every great master has been faked at some point. Home cooking is no exception. Food fakes are two-a-penny today. Fraudsters, have become adept at peddling food that looks like the …

What no letter X in the word tradition? Next!

What has become blatantly clear as I write Master in the Kitchen is that for a new approach, idea or thought to break out of the periphery and enter the conventional the concept requires oodles of sex before those controlling the gate-way to the mainstream will even consider endorsing the view. Traditional food… well lets face it – it’s just not sexy. It is not even vaguely sexy. The word traditional does not contain the letter X. I picture Simon Cowell sneering at me with folded arms, hissing me off stage. Perhaps he would prefer the word Tradix since it sounds vaguely like Matrix? Or he would rather I called my book Mistress in the Kitchen rather than Master in the Kitchen. Mistress in the Kitchen conjures up all kinds of visions none of which remotely resemble sauerkraut, beetroot or kefir. I was most unpopular over the past summer holiday when I removed a heavy pebble from a traditional sauerkraut croque which was being used to weigh down some grated and salted cabbage, radishes and turnips. …