Taste, taste, taste!

Today starts a new section: Chef style.

As I dive, swim and twirl around in the cooking world, I begin to understand more and more that between a properly cooked meal and one that is not, small details known by the chefs are the ones that make the difference. A chef who knows exactly what to do  and when to do it to cook perfectly their perfect menu, will do it every time.

First, NOBODY KNOWS EVERYTHING. As in any profession, the biggest Chefs learn all the time. In fact, I think this is what makes them great. 😉 From Jamie Oliver to Raymond Blanc , two of my favorite, always comes the same advice: taste, taste, taste! :)

I’m not a chef, not even close. 🙂 For me, they are like rock stars and I try to learn as much from books they write and any other sources of information I have access to . Always try to ask, to see how I can steal some trick of the trade, and I thought it is advisable to make here a database with the tips I hear/ read/ learn.

So far, I think the most important tip is that FOOD MUST BE TASTED. Whenever necessary, during cooking, until the end. (Do not taste raw chicken though, it’s risky). Seasoning should be checked and also if the flavors befriend eachother. If you ask any chef, no matter how famous, they will tell you that tasting the food is one of the most important aspects of his job. Why? Because he knows that when you’re tasting you’re in control. The probability of cooking a bad meal is much lower if you checked along the way how and if the ingredients combined.

Tasting is like building a database of your own, with flavors and textures, a database that will help you, without even realizing, every time you cook.

Later edit: Yesterday, after I wrote the above post I went to see the movie “Burnt”.

  Coincidentally, on one of the walls in the kitchen where Bradley Cooper was throwing plates is written exactly “taste, taste, taste”. The film is pretty cool, if I had time I would have gone to see it again! :)))

However, even if you are not passionate about cooking, the movie is worth seeing. Because Bradley Cooper. 😉

So, taste, taste, taste! 🙂


The tomato connection


Even if it doesn’t seem like that after the torrid days we’ve been having in Romania, summer is sleeping away. So, for one of the last feasts of summer, do yourself a favor and do the following:

  1. Go to a farmer’s market.
  2. LOOK around, forgetting the usual list: potatoes, tomatoes, onion, etc.
  3. OBSERVE all the producers offers and try to find the most varied tomatoes you can find.
  4.  Buy all the kinds you can find. Also, if you don’t grow your own ( which you totally should )try to find some fresh basil.
  5. If you don’t have, buy a good extra virgin olive oil. Greek ethnic shops can be a good option for finding one.
  6.  Buy a good feta cheese and a fresh bread.
  7.  Arrived home wash and cut the tomatoes in different shapes. Cut the cheese. Sprinkle with olive oil and basil.
  8. Eat.

You will remember this in the autumn when the rain will be pouring and the tomatoes will taste like nothing.