Okra is the most foul thing ever grown: chefs on their most hated ingredients

From horrible coconut to stomach-turning turbot, top chefs reveal the foods they cant stand It is common to hear chefs wax lyrical about ingredients they adore. We hear far less about those that are a pain to prep, a nightmare to cook with or difficult to arrange on the plate. To put that right, G2 spoke to a variety of chefs who talked of soapy herbs, dangerous shellfish and the ingredients they have come to hate. Globe artichoke Globe artichokes …

Why school cafeterias should be the front lines of policy change | Jennifer E Gaddis

Healthier children, better wages, stronger local economies, sustainable food the fight for all of them starts with school lunches Across the country millions of children are returning to school with the promise that school lunch will be yielding to the concerns of food lobbyists is the path to school lunch greatness, including the coalition of states and advocacy organizations that basic culinary equipment such as knives and cutting boards, while others struggle to recruit and retain enough part-time workers to …

Bill aims to ban sale of foie gras in New York restaurants over ‘cruel’ process

If bill passes, anyone violating the law could be liable to a $1,000 fine, up to a year in jail or both Luxury food foie gras could be struck off the menu in New York if proposed legislation to ban the sale of the controversial French delicacy goes ahead. New York City council is considering outlawing the product which derives from duck or goose and translates as fatty liver which is a staple at many of its top restaurants. Critics …

Scientist Bakes Bread From 4,500-Year-Old Yeast, Says The Flavor Is Incredible

Bread, bread, glorious bread. You can dunk it in delicious sauces. Spread cheese on it. Toast it. Or eat it all by itself. There’s nothing like a warm roll on a crisp British morning or a fresh baguette (or two) while watching the sun rise above the Seine. You can practically hear English sheep bleating and French accordions playing as you’re reading this. Who doesn’t love bread, the food staple that’s been around since the dawn of civilization? And don’t …

20 best tomato recipes: part 1

A classic pan con tomate, crispy tomato fritters and Chinese stir-fried eggs simple dishes with summers finest ingredient Claire Ptaks tomato, rye and triple cream tart This is a quiche but the true stars here are the slow-roasted tomatoes. The custard is only there to gently wrap its arms around these tart and sweet, almost dried tomatoes and the creamy cheese. The pastry is rye and crisp the perfect case for the rich filling. You will need baking parchment and …

Who needs cookbooks? Top chefs favourite ultra-simple recipes

You dont need pages of ingredients and instructions to make something delicious. Here are 18 quick and easy stunners, from Middle Eastern dips to Indian street snacks Over the past 50 years, the chef Alice Waters, owner and chief ideologue at Chez Panisse in Berkeley, California, has played a pivotal role in the popularisation of local, seasonal cooking. In Labneh. Photograph: Yana Margulis Rubin/Alamy Labneh with zaatar Stuart Ralston, chef-owner, Aizle, Edinburgh In New York, I worked with an Israeli …

How do you make Chinese takeaway-style fried rice?

Ever wanted to know the secret to clump-free takeaway rice? How do I make authentic, Chinese takeaway-style fried rice? Mine always clumps together, and I can never quite get the flavours right.Rob, Barrow, Cumbria Dont beat yourself up, Rob, weve all had a stir-fry disaster or six. More often than not, its the pan thats to blame, says Andrew Wong, chef/owner of Kyms, both in London. You 100% need a proper wok, otherwise youll have a hard time getting it …

Revealed: rampant deforestation of Amazon driven by global greed for meat

Investigation exposes how Brazils huge beef sector continues to threaten health of worlds largest rainforest The cows grazed under the midday Amazon sun, near a wooden bridge spanning a river. It was an idyllic scene of pastoral quiet, occasionally broken by a motorbike growling on the dirt road that cuts through part of the Lagoa do Triunfo cattle farm to a nearby community. But this pasture is land that the farm has been forbidden to use for cattle since 2010, …

What can I use instead of chillies? | Kitchen Aide

Chillies provide not only heat, but also sweetness, smokiness or sourness to your cooking unsurprisingly, there are alternative sources Im frustrated by how many savoury recipes in Feast contain chilli fusion-themed 8 June column was a tad chilli-heavy, what with spiced caponata with silken tofu, cabbage with ginger cream and chilli oil, and saffron pasta with chipotle shallots and pickled chillies. Were big chilli fans in the test kitchen, he admits, and undeniably that comes through in our food. Chillies …

Thomasina Miers Californian apricot salad recipe | The Simple Fix

A dish that reflects a land of sunshine: apricot, buffalo cheese, kale and crunchy seeds, all doused in a tangy dressing Californian food is sunshine food: fresh, crisp and golden. Like Mexico, the state grows bountiful fruit and vegetables, and it is this fresh produce that seems to define its cuisine. Vegan food is all the rage on the West Coast, and you could adapt this salad by swapping the burrata for an equally creamy and delicious avocado. Serve as …