By Richard Olney
Richard Olney was once thought of a culinary genius for his skill to raise cooking to a pragmatic paintings. He wrote evocatively concerning the attractiveness and delight in cooking by way of concentrating on getting ready uncomplicated meals good. This re-creation of his vintage cookbook contains a clean disguise, new inside layout, and a foreword via Mark Bittman—so entire new iteration of foodstuff enthusiasts can get pleasure from this inspiring publication. Olney’s a hundred seventy five recipes are so ordinary that chefs can be encouraged to move correct into the kitchen: herb omelets, fish with zucchini, lamb shanks with garlic, and lots of extra. He additionally stocks innovations (several that includes his personal illustrations), resembling fermenting vinegar, in response to the back-to-basics development in cooking. Olney’s emphasis on simplicity and improvisation in cooking will resonate with today’s chefs and nutrition fans.
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As a variation to this recipe, or if liquorice root is not available, substitute with mint leaves. 62 m u s h roo m d i s h e s abalone mushrooms in sweet and sour sauce INGREDIENTS Abalone mushrooms Salt Five-spice powder Corn ﬂour (cornstarch) Rice ﬂour Self-raising ﬂour Cooking oil Garlic Tomato Cucumber Green capsicum (bell pepper) Pineapple Corn ﬂour (cornstarch) 260 g (91/3 oz) 1 /2 tsp 1 /4 tsp 130 g (41/2 oz) 130 g (41/2 oz) 130 g (41/2 oz) 625 ml (20 ﬂ oz / 21/2 cups) 1 clove,peeled and chopped 1 /2, diced 1 /4, diced 1 /2, diced 85 g (3 oz), diced 1 Tbsp, mixed with 1 Tbsp water METHOD • Marinate abalone mushrooms with salt and ﬁve-spice powder.
Drain and set aside. • Using the same wok, heat remaining oil and stir-fry red chillies for 5 seconds. Add Chinese mushrooms and stir-fry for 2 minutes. Add fried bean curd cubes, carrot, vegetable stock, vermicelli, bean sprouts and seasoning. Stir-fry over high heat for 3–5 minutes or until almost dry. • Add chopped chives and mix well. Serve immediately. 45 ml (11/2 ﬂ oz / 3 Tbsp) 1 tsp 1 /2 tsp /2 tsp 1 ric e an d n o o dles 47 pekinese noodles in special sauce INGREDIENTS Fresh egg noodles Sesame oil Cooking oil Spring onions (scallions) Dried Chinese mushrooms Yellow pressed bean curd Cucumber Carrot Canned bamboo shoot 500 g (1 lb 11/2 oz) 30 ml (1 ﬂ oz / 2 Tbsp) 60 ml (2 ﬂ oz / 1/4 cup) 2, ﬁnely sliced seasoning Yellow bean sauce Dark soy sauce Sugar Vegetable stock (See pg 10) 4, soaked to soften, stems discarded and diced 1 piece, 220 g, diced 1 /2, small, ﬁnely shredded 1, peeled and diced 85 g (3 oz), drained and diced METHOD • Bring a large pot of water to the boil, add noodles and cook for 2 minutes.
Sprinkle with toasted black sesame seeds and serve. To make garlic soy sauce, mix together, 3 Tbsp light soy sauce, 1 Tbsp minced garlic and 1/2 tsp ground white pepper. Store in a screw-top jar. 34 s o u p s a nd a p p e t i s e rs cold sauced french beans INGREDIENTS French beans Salt Grated ginger Sesame sauce (See note) Toasted white sesame seeds 300 g (101/2 oz), trimmed and cut into 9-cm (41/2-in) lengths 1 tsp 1 Tbsp 4 Tbsp METHOD • Cook French beans in boiling water with salt and grated ginger for 2–3 minutes.