Lunar New Year (or Chinese New Year) is one of the world's great annual celebrations. How big? Well, in China people are expected to take around three billion journeys as they travel to join family for festivities. The shebang begins on Thursday February 15, with the Year of the Dog starting the following day, and celebrations continuing for 23 days. Special 'lucky' foods are eaten during this period, sometimes because of their colour (red is lucky) and often because their name is a homonym for words such as 'luck', 'prosperity', 'wealth'.
I try to appreciate nature's bounty with every mouthful but I am especially in awe of peaches: I find it so amazing that this fuzzy fruit's seed is protected by flesh that's so evocative, sweet and juicy. Practical propagation probably doesn't need to be this delicious but YES. Enjoy my stonefruit primer and recipe suggestions.
A good salad is superb. A sad salad is soul-destroying. Listen in to hear about the salad good and the salad bad.
I’m thrilled to share an interview with leading US chef Grant Achatz. His Chicago restaurant Alinea is at the forefront of modern cuisine, largely because Grant never stops asking ‘why?’ He’s the ultimate culinary provocateur, questioning every aspect of dining. Why do we need to eat from plates? Why can’t food float? Can I make a stew that’s ice cold and boiling at the same time? His endless questing has led to some of the most mind-bending meals ever served.
I look forward to cold weather for many reasons. I love winter clothes: pulling out my stockings, knits, scarves and layers is like reconnecting with old friends. I like the way that winter gives us permission to hibernate. Short days and icy weather make snuggling at home seem absolutely sensible. And, above all, I love winter food: succulent, warming, sticky and nourishing. As well as simple, slow-cooked comfort food, I also try to up my intake of leafy greens. Smoothies make that so easy.
Mother’s Day doesn’t have to mean burnt toast in bed and bad soap from school stalls. If you are a mum, you can steer the family towards these menu suggestions, and if you have a mum, please enjoy these suggestions for Mum-friendly Thermomix dishes and tasty gifts that keep on giving. Of course, a Dani Valent Cooking subscription is a gift that will bring joy and inspiration for a whole year.
I'm all about sharing simple tips and tricks as part of the never-ending journey of cooking, learning, eating and enjoying. I extracted this little lemon ...
At this time of year, a lot of people are shrugging off holiday eating habits and looking for a new year of vim, vigour and recipes full of vitality. If you're feeling like a little too much Basque Cheesecake has passed your lips (me? no! never!), check out these #cleaneating dishes on the site.
Are you suffering from Christmas present panic? I'm here to help! I outline six gift ideas below which include four versatile condiments, a chocolatey treat for the sweet-tooth in your life and ...
The Coconut Flour Pancakes with Blueberry Syrup video and recipe with Jo ‘Quirky Cooking’ Whitton is available to everyone. Click here for the free version if you are not a registered user. The others are available to my lovely subscribers (click here, friends) and include breakfast options from chefs Ben Shewry, Jesse Gerner and Victor Liong plus another healthy (and amazingly tasty smoothie) recipe from Jo Whitton. Want to know what my subscribers think about the site? Check out their testimonials!
If your family is anything like my family, you eat a fair bit of chicken. (I’m leaving my vegetarian daughter aside!) And if you’re anything like me, you sometimes get a little bored with your repertoire. Dani Valent Cooking is here to help you get your mojo back with five new ways with chicken.
Chatting Food Hacks on ABC News Breakfast on August 16, 2016. Every few weeks I drop in to ABC News Breakfast to chat about what’s happening in the food world. This ...