My grandfather was an eater of many meats - even possum — but he did not care for the texture of wild boar. His recipe for wild boar stew was simple: cook the boar with various vegetables, then “throw the meat in the garbage and keep the broth.” It is worth noting that he was not exactly the cook of the family, but the fact remains that feral pig can be quite tough if not cooked with care.
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When I think about comfort food, a warm and tender, falling apart mass of roasted meat is high on the list. Chuck roasts are great, but pork shoulders have recently been starring in my dreams. Due to the amount of time needed to braise a big chunk of fatty meat, roasts of this nature are not usually considered weeknight fare, but applying a little pressure with an Instant Pot or slow cooker gets this thing on the table in a little over an hour.
As a carnivore whose foodie philosophy is "make things as delicious as possible, whatever it takes," I used to see vegan dinner guests as something I had to work around, and for that, I apologise. Vegan foodies can go on about how delicious soy bacon is, but as a cook who eats meat, I tended to think they were using a different measurement stick for "delicious."
I was selfishly aggravated at having to "dumb down" dishes and sacrifice taste for accommodation.
Video: As far as plant parts go, grapes are the closest thing you can get to lollies. But too-ripe fruit is significantly less fun and, once grapes start to mush out, I am much less inclined to eat them. Luckily, with just a little butter, and a little roasting, you can transform mushy, sad grapes into a jammy, sweet spread that is perfectly at home on a fancy cheese plate.
Chicken nuggets are just plain fun to consume, but some people (mostly vegetarians) miss out on this dippable delicacy because of all the pesky animal protein. These chickenless nuggets — which are made with texturized vegetable protein and chickpeas — are savoury and tasty while being completely vegan.
As a person who keeps at least 1kg of butter on hand at all times, I’m constantly cycling blocks of the stuff between my freezer, fridge and butter dish. Recently, though, I found myself in an unthinkable predicament: I was out of butter. I dug around in the back of my freezer, and behind a half-empty bag of frozen dumplings and some chicken stock, I found one last box.
Homemade pizza nerds are a passionate bunch; for a timid novice, the sheer amount of conflicting information available on various pizza-enthusiast boards is anything but encouraging. I'm here to tell you that you don't need to build a backyard brick oven or even buy a stone to make great pizza - in fact, you probably already have everything you need.
Cheese is good way to upgrade a mediocre scramble — heck, it’s a good way to upgrade a mediocre anything — but it can also be used to elevate, rather than obscure. The following luscious creamy cheeses work much like a good backup singer; they accentuate the eggs while only pulling focus at choice moments.
We love roasted vegetables around here, and we’re always interested in simple ways to make this already-versatile technique even more appealing. A recent oven fries bender got me thinking: if a little cornflour can turn sad, limp, roasted potato sticks into crunchy, basically fried goodness, can it do the same for other vegetables?
It seems that, in an attempt to rebrand mayonnaise, various hip food establishments insist on calling all sorts of creamy condiments “aioli”. I refuse to stand idly by, letting this go unchecked. Aioli is not, as some would have you believe “fancy mayo”. Aioli is its own, very specific thing, and it is amazing.
While I’m not the biggest fan of unicorn food, there is no denying the beauty of a brightly coloured confection. I don’t have any particular qualms with the little bottles of artificial food colouring but, thanks to Stella Parks, I have recently become a huge fan of colouring sweet things with pulverised, freeze-dried fruit.