Authentic Italian Food and how to make sure there's passion in your cooking

Authentic Italian Food and How to ‘Do It Right’

Gavin Wren Food Education, Food Opinion Pieces, Food Techniques, Writing

An Italian Muse. Over the last few days my ongoing obsession with authentic Italian food has been stoked by working on an ultimate spelt pizza guide, a series of recipe tests that have furnished my table with some of the nicest pizzas I’ve ever had, which although sounding incredibly smug and arrogant, is true. Soon I will share the delights of these creations with you, so that you can partake in these discs of passionate …

Homemade yoghurt video

Homemade Yoghurt Video!

Gavin Wren Basic Ingredients, Food Techniques, Recipes, Writing, YouTube Food Videos

How to make Yoghurt. Last year I created an information packed blog post about how to make yoghurt at home, where I tested a few different techniques that I had read about online to see which one was best. It turned out that they were mostly awful for an Englishman living in London in the cold, early spring, I guess that yoghurt making is easier in warmer climates. One method did shine out as being …

10 garlic facts every cook should know! Cloves of garlic close up with soft natural lighting

10 Garlic Facts All Cooks Should Know

Gavin Wren Food Education, Food Techniques, Recipes, Writing

Garlic. The ubiquitous garlic bulb as we know it, allium sativum, has found it’s way into almost every country and culture of the globe from coast to coast, across vast continents and is deeply entrenched in the history of our world. That’s because it’s a regular little superstar of a plant, garnering modern scientific recognition for it’s effectiveness against high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, cholesterol, colds, some cancers and historically was a highly prized bedrock …

Make perfect patisserie treats at home with this recipe for all butter french croissant using spelt flour instead of wheat. These flaky, baked, enriched dough treats are a labour of love and use fresh yeast, milk, sugar, wholemeal spelt and white spelt flour.

Spelt Croissant

Gavin Wren Baking, Breakfast, Food Techniques, Recipes, Spelt & ancient grains, Writing

Love is in the Air. Making croissant is a labour of love. It’s a protracted, laborious process that has none of the snappy, quick to make, time saving credentials that bloggers often brag about in relation to their recipes. Nor can I make any outlandish claims regarding the puritanical nature of the calorie count or perceived healthiness. In fact croissants are the antithesis of those ‘healthy-happy-5-minute-make’ meals, it’s a recipe which spurns being rushed, it …

will it roast red cabbage

WILL IT ROAST? – Part 2 – Red Cabbage

Gavin Wren Food Techniques, Writing, YouTube Food Videos

Will It Roast? ‘Will It Roast?’ is a new celebration of culinary silliness, created in the name of simply messing around in the kitchen, a chance to try out some random ideas that come into my head. In this series I’m taking whole fruit or vegetables and cooking them in their entirety in the oven without chopping, peeling, slicing or preparing them, to see how they come out. I love the idea of creating food …

will it roast butternut squash

WILL IT ROAST – Part 1 – Butternut Squash

Gavin Wren Food Techniques, Writing, YouTube Food Videos

WILL IT ROAST In an entirely new celebration of culinary silliness and in the name of simply messing around in the kitchen, I’ve started a series of videos called WILL IT ROAST. Inspired by a recipe I saw in the NOPI cookbook last year, I’ve started this new series to experiment with vegetables and fruits which aren’t normally roasted whole, to see what happens. If you’ve ever wondered “why am I chopping this up” when …