Great chefs disregard the oven dial and never apologise. This bank holiday quickly brush up your culinary skills, with these five-minute hints
The vaguely illicit thrill of days like today, the delicious guilt of a Monday morning free from screaming alarms and awful commutes, leads many of us to overcompensate by making the bank holiday an opportunity for personal admin the chance to finally put up those pictures, weed the garden or go for a much-needed run. All of these, it must be admitted, are worthy activities deserving of commendation. Theyre also a shameful waste of a precious day off.
Assuage your conscience by honing your culinary skills instead at least that way you can enjoy the fruits of your labours with a large glass of wine, which is certainly not something that can be said of an afternoon spent clearing out the gutters. The University of California has produced a helpful list of kitchen myths advice youve probably heard a thousand times but which is actually positively unhelpful but after seven years perfecting recipes for this newspaper, making at least six versions of the same dish every week, Ive picked up a few pearls of wisdom along the way. These are my top 10 tips for improving your cooking in less than five minutes:
1) Knives dont sharpen themselves
The easiest thing you can do to become a better cook is invest in a knife sharpener, and learn how to use it. Not only are sharp knives safer, because theyre less likely to slip off the food and on to your tender flesh, but they make chopping so much quicker and more efficient that youre likely to find yourself imbued with a renewed enthusiasm for the likes of stir fries and ratatouille.
2) Fire means flavour
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