how to cut a mango

How to Cut a Mango

Gavin Wren Food Techniques, Writing, YouTube Food Videos

Mango Love I love mangos. Not in a social media ‘I love ‘ way, but in a genuine, caring, emotional way. I am concerned for their wellbeing. I’m interested in their living conditions and their futures. This is despite the fact that I refused to eat certain fruits, as I’ve mentioned before on this blog, such as mangos until well into my adulthood. Since then I’ve developed a strong affinity to these plump, tropical treats. …

olio di peperoncino chilli oil

Olio di peperoncino chilli oil

Gavin Wren Basic Ingredients, Food Techniques, Recipes, Writing

I’ve visited Italy twice in my life, or even three times if you count the occasion that I arrived at Milan after a few months in South East Asia, then immediately booked myself onto the next flight to London without leaving the airport because my ‘friend’ stood me up, hence I decided to simply go home instead. Aside from that minor dalliance with Milan airport which I’ll choose to ignore in the context of this …

home cooked truths 5 - kitchen gadgets

Video: Kitchen gadgets and their false claims

Gavin Wren Food Opinion Pieces, Food Techniques, Writing, YouTube Food Videos

I hate clutter Being a big food eater (I don’t mean that I’m big, but that my interest in the aforementioned subject looms overwhelmingly across large swathes of my conscious and unconscious existence), the accumulation of kitchen gadgets presents a difficult situation. Even if you have merely a whimsical attraction to cooking then you’ll be well aware that the food industry is a flabbergastingly vast arena in which your hard earned pennies can be tempted …

how to make gravadlax

How to make gravadlax

Gavin Wren Basic Ingredients, Fish & Shellfish, Food Techniques, Main Dishes, Recipes, Small Bites, Writing

Today I’m talking about gravlax, or gravalax, or gravadlax, or even Gravad laks depending on where you are, who you are and why you’re here. There might be other spellings that I’m missing out, but so far I’ve covered Norwegian, Swedish and Danish as well as the slightly confused situation in England where it seems to go under a few of those names. However you spell it, this is an absolute peach of a recipe, …

How to peel a prickly pear

VIDEO: How to peel a prickly pear

Gavin Wren Food Techniques, Writing, YouTube Food Videos

It’s the pear necessities Prickly pears are a dangerously spiky fruit occasionally seen in the shops during Autumn, with vicious little hairs on their outer skin which stick in your hands. However the fruit inside is delicately sweet and quite different to most other fruits. I have to admit that previously I had no idea how to peel a prickly pear, but after working through a bit batch of these fruits, I’m well versed in …

Whole smoked mackerel

How to smoke mackerel

Gavin Wren Fish & Shellfish, Food Techniques, Recipes, Writing

I’ve reached peak mackerel. I don’t know what happened, whether something changed in the tides of the moon, but I suddenly felt an overwhelming urge to consume lots of this lovely, oily fish. There was a sign that this was coming, my smoked mackerel omelette indicated that I was heading into a mackerel period, because I’ve eaten that omelette a LOT since posting it. I feel nervous about estranging some of the more vegetable based …