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    Technique: How to clean a squid

    I cleaned two buckets of squid at the restaurant, got squirted in the eye with its black ink, and to remember it all, drew a little step-by-step to show the process. I hope you…

    November 30, 2013

    Technique: How To Cut An Artichoke

    How to Cut an Artichoke, the Roman way. Early in the morning at Campo de Fiori, aside from arranging the fresh produce, the vendors are busy trimming the seasonal favourite of Italians: the artichoke.…

    January 9, 2012

    Technique: How to make mascarpone cheese

    Last week was a fun week filled with lots of experiments in the kitchen. I had the strongest craving to replicate the Tiramisu that I ate on my first evening in Verona. That Tiramisu…

    June 12, 2011

    Technique: Candied Orange Peel

    Ever since my friend sent me candied orange segments from one of Madrid’s oldest sweet shops, I’ve been on a wild goose chase to find that flavour. I tried candying segments, but that didn’t work…

    February 18, 2011

    Technique: Hazelnut Extract

    If you’ve hung around here a while, you’ll know that I’m pretty obsessed with hazelnuts (hazelnut cheesecake, hazelnut truffles, hazelnut cake, Nutella cookies, Nutella cupcakes, being some of my favourites). And to think that…

    May 18, 2010

    Technique: Grow your own lemongrass

    I love the smell of lemongrass: fresh, clean and zesty. My favourite way to use it up is in this lemongrass drink that I learned from one of my favorite local restaurants. Back then, lemongrass was…

    April 15, 2010