It’s so much easier to cook a dish when you’ve seen it being made. Ideally, of course, this will be from the comfort of a kitchen stool, glass of wine in hand while you watch the cook at work and wait to eat whatever delicious concoction he or she is creating!
But the next best thing is a video, which is why I’ve launched my new Fresh Everyday campaign, featuring videos showing you how to make delicious, easy recipes using some of my favourite products. The first television ads in the series are screening on New Zealand television this week, but here's a sneak preview:
Fresh Everyday is all about the shortcuts, tricks and products that make it easy to cook fresh meals for your family and friends every day. So here's my first tip: If you haven't got time to make your own stock, using a good-quality shop-bought fresh stock gives your meals a real flavour boost. Start with really good ingredients and it’s hard to go wrong!
To celebrate the launch of Fresh Everyday we're giving away a boxed set of two of my favourite Furi cooking knives, plus a delicious selection of Essential Cuisine pestos, stocks and jus, together worth $350! You don't even have to buy anything (although you do have to live in New Zealand) - simply click here to enter!
I'd love to hear what you think about the recipes I've posted so far on the Fresh Everyday site - Tweet me using the following #hashtags and I'll give a signed copy of Annabel Langbein The Free Range Cook to one lucky Tweeter.
Chicken Laksa - this Malaysian coconut noodle soup is a firm favourite in my household and easier than you think! The crunchy salad garnish offsets the creamy soup perfectly and a dash of lime revives tired taste buds. Tell me what you think on #FEDlaksa
Asparagus, Spinach and Lemon Risotto - a great vegetarian dish (use beans when asparagus is out of season), or serve with grilled chicken or fish on the side. Tell me what you think on #FEDrisotto
Barbecued Lamb with Rosemary Chilli Sauce - delicious on the barbecue or just as good cooked in a heavy-based pan in the wintertime. Tell me what you think on #FEDlamb
Tuscan Beef Ragu - one of those hearty, rustic dishes you crave in the depths of winter. Make on the stovetop, in the oven or in a slow-cooker. Tell me what you think on #FEDragu
Steak with Green Peppercorn Sauce - a grown-up dinner for a romantic occasion or dinner party. Just 30 minutes from go to woah! Tell me what you think on #FEDsteak
Veal Saltimbocca - my twist on a classic. White wine and veal stock add depth to the mushroom sauce on these tender veal rolls. Tell me what you think on #FEDveal