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Ros Rants: why is there plastic on our TV screens?

There’s no debating that food television programmes have exploded in the last decade, with the likes of Masterchef, Great British Bake Off, Saturday Kitchen and Chef’s Table occupying the minds and hearts of millions of viewers all over the UK.

However, in the last five years or so, there has been a shift from education to entertainment, with many tuning in to follow the excitement and pressure of a cooking challenge,

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Ros Rants: What oils should you be using when cooking?

Oil may seem like a simple issue to some, but at Cookery School, what we choose to cook with is the result of many discussions and dilemmas!

First things first, we do not buy our oil in plastic bottles. Obviously, we are a plastic-free kitchen so that would betray our ethos! However, it goes beyond this. There is a theory that plastic (particularly softer plastics) contain BDA and phthalates and these molecules,

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Ros Rants: The lost art of home cooking

 

When I first came to live in London, the only ‘fast’ food available were fish and chips, pie and mash or jellied eels.  Anything else required some cooking.  Even when eating a tin of bully beef, you had to put it into a pan to melt the fat in which the beef was surrounded.  Everything was cooked from scratch!

However, with convenience becoming priority number one, home cooking has fallen to the wayside,

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Ros Rants: My journey to being plastic-free

I am 75 years old and it is during my lifetime that plastics have evolved.  It is hard to believe that over a mere 50-year period, plastics could be responsible for systematically polluting our environment and our bodies.  This trend has to be urgently reversed and it can only be done by us, the people that so willingly embraced all things plastic over the past half century.

It is not hard to understand why we did this,

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Ros Rants: The ethics of chocolate

I am an utter chocoholic and love the stuff but I always have one huge proviso – it has to be 100% slave free. The chocolate that I devour and that we use at Cookery School is always ethical.

In our chocolate making class, taught by the wonderful Jon Hogan from Rococo, we start the day with a tasting of a range of different ethical chocolates. Our students are always shocked to learn that the chocolates that they eat all the time aren’t free of controversy and ought to be given an enormously wide berth.  

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Ros Rants: A sprinkle of salt

Salt is magic for me. Of all the ingredients that can be used to enhance the flavour of food, salt is the most effective when correctly used. The emphasis being on correct! I loathe food that is over-salted. It kills the taste of any dish, so it’s essential to find the right balance.

There is a hysteria surrounding the use of salt.  It is not unfounded if one is a fast food or ready meal addict.

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Ros Rants: Are TV chefs doing more harm than good?

Food programmes are here to stay. Everyone enjoys the entertainment value of watching people cook, and the figures can prove it. 7.5 million viewers tuned in to watch the Great British Chefs final last year and 3.3 million viewers watched the MasterChef final this year. While I can appreciate the inspiration these shows bring to those looking to cook at home, I do have a bit of a rant on the role that chefs play in doing television programmes.

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Ros Rants: On the subject of sugar

I am no stranger to a sweet treat – in fact, I love them! From pieces of Original Beans Pura Malingas Peruvian 75% chocolate to snack on, to gorgeous fruit crumbles, there isn’t much I don’t like.

The one thing that all diets have in common is that sugar is the baddie. However, when humans first started cooking, sugar was viewed as a treat, mainly because it was so hard to come by.

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Ros Rants: Don’t Sweat the Onions

Cookery School at Little Portland Street founder Rosalind Rathouse occasionally reads, hears or sees something that gets her attention and inspires her to have a say. We call this Ros’s Rants… 

 

Last week I was alerted to a tweet that stated the author felt deceived by the cooking community after he had read a 2012 article on Slate.com about how long it really takes to caramelise an onion (35-40 minutes) versus what a recipe typically says (5-8 minutes).

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