Food base essentials 13 results
  • Salt cured anchovies

    Salt cured anchovies should be an essential part of your food base. Anchovies are the most eaten fish in the Mediterranean region, but also far beyond. Salt cured and fermented anchovies are great on pizza, but also as a separate appetizer and as a ...
  • Beef broth for Vietnamese Pho

    Beef broth for Vietnamese Pho is inspired by the family recipe shared by the owner of the Red Lantern, a successful Vietnamese eatery in Sydney.  Pho is one of the common dishes in Vietnam and is in its simplest form a beef rice noodle soup. ...
  • Puff pastry

    Puff pastry is available in many grocery stores from the freezer section. This commercial pastry often contains palmfat or margarine and may contain even some transfats. All this to make the puff pastry cheaper to produce and provide a longer shelf ...
  • Vegetable broth

    Vegetable broth you can of course make from a broth cube. If you do not have much time, do it. However, the taste of a self made vegetable broth is incomparable. Making this broth is actually simple and it can be easily frozen for several months in ...
  • Sushi rice from Japan

    One may not think much of making Japanese sushi rice. But in Japan they give lots of attention to details to make the sushi rice right. For our home use we do not need to be that much particular, but should follow the basic steps. The art of making ...
  • Yoghurt, simple and more delicious

    Making yoghurt by yourself may have various drivers. Sometimes it is difficult to obtain yoghurt without sugar, artificial flavors or colorants added. Sometimes it costs a multiple of the price of milk. But mostly making yoghurt is an opportunity to ...
  • Tempura batter

    A typical tempura batter is made of a mixture of starch, low gluten flour, ice cold water, a little oil. Sometimes chefs use also baking soda or sparkling water, some spices and a cold egg. This is all barely mixed with chopsticks or a fork (not a ...
  • Garam Masala, spice mixtures from India

    Garam masala is available from the grocery stores, certainly in Asia. The issue is that in India, garam masala has a different composition in each household and what one is buying will have also. I prefer to use the whole spices.  Then toast them ...
  • Dashi, broth from Japan

    Dashi, broth from Japan is a staple in the Japanese kitchen. The most simple, vegetarian version of dashi is kombu, sun dried seaweed or kelp, steeped in water. For a  richer version use also katsuobushi (based on skipjack tuna or bonito). The fish ...
  • Pickled mackerel in brine and vinegar

    Pickled mackerel is an example of a traditional way of preserving food.  Here we pickle raw, fatty fish before storing it in a vinaigrette or mustard sauce or using it in a battera, Japan's pressed sushi. The art of making pickled mackerel Pick...