Embrace stress-free cooking and learn 20 techniques that will elevate everyday meals. Start by learning how to enhance flavors by toasting spices and nuts and clarifying butter for bright additions to any recipe. Next, learn techniques for making perfect eggs, including scrambled, hard-boiled and poached, and even master a folded French omelet with delicate green peppers and a hint of fresh thyme! Then, find out how to properly blanch and shock your favorite vegetables to preserve color, flavor and nutrition. Youll even learn how to use scraps and save time by making your own chicken and vegetable stocks. Finally, always cook your protein to a perfect doneness, as Brendan demonstrates how to fillet and cook fish, tie up a whole chicken and even brown a mouthwatering pork tenderloin.
Toasting or "blooming" your spices really brings out their flavor, even if they're pre-ground. Brendan shows how to prepare whole and pre-ground spices for toasting in a pan on the stovetop, and what to look (and sniff) for as the spices bloom. Then try toasting nuts such as almonds and pine nuts, and learn how to clarify butter to use as a delicious cooking oil. You can even infuse it with herbs and spices!