First stop: Österlen, Sweden

The first stop on my itinerary is Österlen, a region of southern Sweden famous for it’s fine dining, local produce, cider and cultural heritage. However, I am not here just to enjoy the food and drink – I am visiting my parents. After all, I won’t be seeing them for a while.

Superb Pasta from Scratch

There is one recipe every parent should teach their kids – how to make pasta. Real pasta is inexpensive, nutritious, easy to make and very versatile. It is an ideal dish when you want to impress your date (or significant other). If you have the space, invest in a good quality hand-cranked pasta machine. You can often…

Sourdough Bread with big Holes and Translucent Crumb

Sourdough bread is an amazing thing. With flour and water we can create breads with a wide variety of properties simply by changing the proportions of the ingredients, the kneading technique and the resting time. Of course, there is a gold standard that many bakers strive for – a rustic loaf with the large holes and translucent…

The Secret of Successful Croissants

Croissants have been part of my French Cuisine repertoire for a few years now, but my greatest challenge has been to get the layers to separate just right. The key to perfectly crispy croissants is good quality butter, plenty of rest and creating 32 layers of dough. The layers in a croissant are created by first…

Pro Chef Reading List

Reading is much a part of the learning process as the practical elements. Here I will list some books used in the Pro Chef Challenge. If you have any suggestions for good books, please let me know by leaving a comment! Recommended books Nose to Tail Eating by Fergus Henderson Bolognese Cooking Heritage by Barbara Bertuzzi…

My Journey as a Kitchen Ninja

The first person to refer to me as The Kitchen Ninja was a young, self-made piercing artist and fellow fire arts performer. At the time, I was 19 years old, trained bujinkan ninjutsu and lived in an apartment with very high shelves. To reach ingredients and utensils, I would clamber around the kitchen like a…