Homemade peanut butter

How to make peanut or any nut butter

Gavin Wren Basic Ingredients, Breakfast, Food Techniques, Recipes, Spreads & Dips, Writing

Peanut, or in fact any nut butter is so incredibly simple to make, it’s a joke. It’s one of those things that when you discover how it all works, you feel like letting out a Machiavellian cackle, akin to some kind of heinous villain plotting to take over the world, due to it’s fiendishly simplicity. The main ingredient of any nut butter is nuts, something I’m sure you could have guessed. However, there are no …

Mango, labneh and pistachio on a plate

How to make great labneh and avoid the mistakes I made!

Gavin Wren Basic Ingredients, Food Techniques, Recipes, Writing

Do you get food obsessions as well? Mine are so whimsical that I can rapidly shift between favourites regularly, not hanging around too long before a new gastronomic sensation passes my nose and sucks me in. It’s like fashion, how quickly foods or flavours can become the next big thing, yet before you know it, they’re gone again. Labneh was a ‘thing’ that I’d come across in the past, so you might ask why my …

Cooking in provence by Alex Mackay book cover

Book Review: Cooking in Provence by Alex Mackay with Peter Knab

Gavin Wren Cookbook Reviews, Writing

Today I’m looking at the not-so-recent book “Cooking in Provence” by Alex Mackay and Peter Knab, seven years since it’s release, yet it’s a book that could have been published yesterday for all it matters, it’s content being of such timeless quality that a date is largely irrelevant. I originally bought it for a self catering holiday to, well, you’ve probably guessed it, Provence. We did a road trip through France with short stays in …

Jar of preserved lemons

How to make preserved lemons

Gavin Wren Basic Ingredients, Food Techniques, Recipes, Vegan, Vegetarian, Writing

When life throws you lemons There’s a saying “When life throws you lemons, make lemonade”. I find it a peculiar saying, because lemons are pretty desirable objects to me. Although I understand the concept behind this idiom, that we’re supposed to see lemons as sour, sharp and unpleasant representations of life, I just can’t do that. They’re such bright, joyful fruit that it just doesn’t wash. I’m someone who has a bowl in the kitchen …

Home cooked truths check your spices

Home Cooked Truths: Check your herbs and spices!

Gavin Wren Food Education, Writing

I’ve got some bad news for you, and I’m going to give it to you straight. You know those old jars of dried herbs and spices in your cupboard? They DO NOT keep for ever. Using old jars that have sat at the back of your cupboard for years might be ruining your enjoyment of any dishes that you use them in. What’s hiding in the cupboard? If you’re anything like me, you’ll have a …

Edouard de Pomiane cooking in ten minutes

Book Review – Edouard de Pomiane; Cooking in Ten Minutes

Gavin Wren Cookbook Reviews, Writing

Ahead of the game Edouard de Pomiane was a man ahead of his time. Born in 1875 in Paris, making him almost precisely 100 years the senior to modern chefs like Jamie Oliver, he was a scientist, lecturuer, broadcaster and writer who recognised the underlying simplicity and joy that can be found in cooking and eating. In his day, there was a commonly held belief that life had developed a rushed and frenetic pace, that …