Spaghetti squashes have a delicate flavour and a thread-like texture which looks like thin pasta or noodles. They are quite large so it’s easier to bake the whole squash first, rather than slice or peel them, and use the cooked flesh in your recipe.
Peeling and cutting a pumpkin is a lot of work, especially if the pumpkin or squash is on the large side. If you are going to purée it anyway, it’s easier to roast it whole, cut it in half, remove the seeds and scoop out the soft flesh so it’s ready to eat.
Roasting a vegetable in its whole state, such as a sweet potato or butternut squash, opens up a world of possibilities in your cooking. The soft flesh can be mashed with butter or cream and served as a vegetable purée with roast meat or you can add stock and cream to it and turn it into soup. You can purée the flesh in a blender or mouli to make it even softer to serve to young children. Freeze the baked flesh in freezer bags and add to soups to make them healthier or to give them a creamier texture.
A ricer makes light work of mashing vegetables. The key to using a ricer is to make sure the vegetables are very soft.
A quick photo essay on how to prepare a butternut squash for boiling, puréeing or baking.
It can be hard to know how much flesh you will get from a butternut squash when you see it in the supermarket. So we chopped some up and weighed the flesh so you don’t have to.
Szechwan pepper, Sichuan pepper or Chinese pepper is a classic seasoning in Chinese cooking, and is one of the key ingredients in Chinese five-spice powder.
People often over-cook liver and then say that they don’t like it. Is it any wonder when it goes to mealy pieces in your mouth? Properly cooked liver is a delight to eat, soft and tender and melting. It is full of goodness, inexpensive to buy and easy to cook. Here’s how to cook it to get the best out of it.
Do you squash your pasta into a small saucepan which you half-fill with water and spend your time pushing the pasta back into the water? Do you find that some of your pasta strands are not fully cooked after the recommended time on the packet has elapsed? We show you how to cook pasta like an Italian.