How you like your steak is very subjective and in a professional kitchen, you often get cooking descriptions that can be convoluted and incredibly detailed. Chefs gauge the thickness and weight of the piece of meat, the type of cut, the cooking technique and the provenance of beef when cooking and often access the stages by gently touching and feeling the give in the meat and using their experience as a guide. A good grill chef is a very valuable member of the kitchen.
Braised Beef and Red Wine Pie
Shin is an inexpensive cut of meat, which is big on flavour, and is full of gelatinous sinew which cooks down to make the most excellent gravy. It is easy to stew, you can also cook in the oven at around 350 F / 180 C / Gas mark 4 and it really lends itself to batch cooking in the pressure cooker and freezing down until required. You can substitute the red wine for a strong tasting beer for beef and ale pie and adapt the recipe further adding chestnut mushrooms, sautéd kidneys or if you are feeling indulgent a dozen oysters just before you finish cooking.
Seasonal Ingredients – December
As the cold, long winter nights really kick in we can really enjoy lots of hearty, filling dishes and great tasting produce such as game, clementines and delicious shellfish. We finish off the month with perhaps the biggest food feast of the year Christmas Day Lunch and all the delicious Christmas dishes and culinary treats.
Beef in Black Bean Sauce
In Chinese cooking Blackbeans, Salted Blackbeans or Douchi ( 豆豉 ) are the fermented and salted black soybean, and they are most widely used for making black bean sauce dishes.
Cantonese is revered in China as one of the most celebrated national styles of cooking. In the eighteenth century, the Qing Dynasty allowed the Guangdong region, home to the Cantonese, to be opened to the first foreign traders and natives from the area were amongst the first immigrants to settle in the United Kingdom and America exporting their traditions and food.
Pork is cured in brine to make bacon and ham, inhibiting bacterial spoiling . Other food stuff can also be brined, Feta and halloumi cheeses are both aged in brine for flavour. Brining is increasingly popular with professional chefs to help chicken, other poultry and pork stay juicy and moist during cooking .