Confession: I am a terrible cook.
It’s a stupid thing to admit from someone that has been on a TV cooking show. But it’s true – I’d rather step on Lego barefoot than cook dinner.
When it comes to dessert, I’ll happily spend four days researching and crafting the perfect 15-layer cake. But the actual dinner part? Ugh. Spare me.
But now, I’m past the age where it’s a novelty. It’s not a chic statement of individuality, it’s just lazy. I’m bored of noodle tubs. I’ve eaten all the flavours of Lean Cuisine. And there’s only so many times you can have people over for dinner and order in pizzas.
So I’ve decided to change, by starting at the beginning. I picked five really simple and delish recipes – those classics that I keep coming back to. The staple pieces. The great ones that never let us down.
And now here we are, embarking on a journey from a crap-cooking-caterpillar into a bloody beautiful butterfly who can cook a few things nicely.
1. Scrambled eggs.
I used to cook scrambled eggs by thinning them out with some milk, beating the crap out of them and then frying them until they were hard, dry and granular. Mmm.
Then one day, at brunch, I ate the most indecently soft and buttery scrambled eggs. I asked the chef how she made them like that. And she told me: slowly. With lots of butter and cream.
Per person, use 2-3 eggs and 1tbsp of cream, and 5g of salted butter.
- Whisk the eggs with the cream.
- Heat a frying pan over a low flame and melt the butter gently.
- Add the egg mixture and using a wooden spatula, just kind of gently scrape the bottom of the pan so the little bit of egg mixture that sets is constantly stirred into the rest of the egg.
- Continue until the eggs are almost all cooked.
- Don’t overcook them. Remember that the eggs will continue cooking in the pan after you take it off the heat. Add the salt and pepper at the END.
2. A great steak, mate.
A good steak is a beautiful thing: it’s fast, impressive and can be served with a simple salad for a pretty darn good meal. My dad taught me how to cook steak and I every time I do it his voice rings in my ears. He is the steak king.
Here’s how to do it right: