New for these weird and sometimes scary times we’re living in, we’re starting a regular post of the things entertaining, distracting and keeping us sane, safe and fed. We hope they work for you too! Have an idea that we should include in future post? Please contact us.
Samin Nosrat from the fantastic Netflix Series and Book Salt Fat Acid Heat has a new podcast out on all topics of home cooking. Episode one tackles dried beans, which if you are like us, we have a cabinet full of.
Our friends at TILIT, who are normally busy making aprons, workwear and accessories for chefs and culinary industry have just launched a facemask project. Made from recycled hemp and organic cotton, for each mask sold they will donate one for a food service worker.
If you are one of the lucky ones who has a supply of yeast and flour, might we recommend Pizza Camp, a really useful book from Joe Beddia of Philadelphia’s Pizzeria Beddia’s excellent book, Pizza Camp. Truly, it’s the most successful pizza we’ve ever made at home. Pick up the book and check out Joe’s Rules for the best homemade pizza of your life!
Star chefs around the world are hosting online cooking classes. This week we were focussed on Italian. First osso buco with chef Massimo Bottura ~ He goes live daily at 20:00 Central European time, ( 2pm Eastern Time). For pasta content, you can find this terrific tutorial from Evan Funke of Venice, California’s Felix and Food 52. Evan teaches all the basics of rolling fresh pasta dough and then filling it into tortelloni.
In areas hard hit by COVID-19, the best thing we can do for our brave doctors and nurses on the frontline is stay at home! Watch this collection of reminders from Italy’s mayors.
ROAR [relief opportunities for all restaurants] is a New York based relief organization providing grants to individuals facing unprecedented hardship as a result of COVID-19. Restaurants are the life-blood for our communities and taking care of the people that feed is more important now than ever.
Sharpen your knives
For many, knife sharpening is a routine part of their knife maintenance. Others wish they had more time to do it. Everyone agrees what a pleasure a super sharp knife is! Want to learn how to sharpen Japanese knives, but don’t know where to start? We have resources on our blog including a terrific eight part series from our friend, professional chef and expert sharpener Eduardo Castro. We recommend it for all skill levels.