Pancakes, filled with spinach and cheese sauce

“It’s got spinach in it, that’s healthy.” I suggested tentatively, alighting on a recipe within the pancake section of Delia Smith’s Complete Illustrated Cookery Course, the Classic Edition. Mr Salford Kitchen peered at the instructions. “Let me get this right – the spinach is first cooked in butter. Then you squeeze out all of the…

Crêpes

Tuesday 16th February is Shrove Tuesday, aka Pancake Day! Traditionally pancakes were made to use perishable ingredients before the fasting period of Lent. This post includes the ingredients and method for one of the best recipes that we have found for making crêpes, from Delia Smith’s Complete Illustrated Cookery Course, the Classic Edition. Made with…

Baguettes: Tartine Bread

Up there with the beret, Eiffel Tower and marinière or tricot rayé (‘striped sweater’), the French “stick” or Parisan baguette is a French icon. I was surprised therefore to discover that the baguette is actually a relatively modern bread. Before the early 1900s, boules (round loaves) were the de facto French bread, hence the French…

Oh, ramen

We tend to have several cooking shows on the go at any one time in The Salford Kitchen. Masterchef Australia is obviously one of them. Netflix’s Chef’s Table series is another that has had a big impact. One of the episodes that particularly made an impression on me is Season 3, Episode 4: Ivan Orkin,…

Quick and easy menma recipe

Menma is a seasoned bamboo shoot topping for ramen, which is normally fermented. It is absolutely delicious, and one of my favourite toppings for ramen. Menma is somewhat of a specialist ingredient and can be difficult to source in regular grocery stores, however it’s possible to make a quick and easy version of it yourself…

Tare

Tare (pronounced ‘tah-reh’) is the seasoning for the ramen broth. The type of tare will usually appear in the name of the dish – shio ramen (shio meaning ‘salt’ in Japanese) is seasoned with a salt tare for example, while shoyu ramen will be seasoned with a soy sauce tare. Ingredients: 1 tbsp sake ½ tbsp mirin ½ tbsp soy sauce…

Overnight ramen eggs

This recipe, from Pippa Middlehurst’s ‘Dumplings and Noodles: Bao, Gyoza, Biang Biang, Ramen and Everything in Between’ results in delicious marinated eggs – arguably the hero topping ingredient to any bowl of ramen. Try and source the best quality eggs you can (for example, Chestnut Maran or Burford Brown eggs) – it is well worth…

Ramen noodles

This recipe, from Pippa Middlehurst’s ‘Dumplings and Noodles: Bao, Gyoza, Biang Biang, Ramen and Everything in Between’ produces delicious noodles. Ingredients 1g kansui 198g high-gluten flour, such as extra-strong bread flour 86ml water Potato starch or cornflour (cornstarch), for dusting 1g salt Method To make the kansui: Preheat the oven to 120C/250F/Gas 1/2. Sprinkle 100g…

Charred onion broth

This recipe, from Pippa Middlehurst’s ‘Dumplings and Noodles: Bao, Gyoza, Biang Biang, Ramen and Everything in Between’ makes a lovely broth for ramen. In her recipe, Pippa explains that the kombu and shiitake add umami, while charring the vegetables encourages the sugars in the ingredients to caramelise, resulting in a mellow, slightly sweet and richly…