It wouldn't be Easter without an egg. Make your own chocolate eggs and decorate the surface with someone's name in flavoured chocolate for an even more personal gift. Buy the DIY Easter Egg Kit here.
Picnic season is coming and what better treat to pop in your pockets on a long walk than homemade jerky? More tender than anything you can buy in the shops, and flavoured exactly as you like, homemade is the best. Read our interview with Billy Franks jerky superstar Will Yates here, and our step-by-step guide to how to make jerky here. The one must have is the Excalibur Dehydrator - a favourite in professional kitchens.
Baking your first sourdough loaf is very easy, but takes time. First learn how to start, then 4-7 days for your starter to develop (the natural yeast to make it rise), and finally a day or so to bake. To start off you'll want an expert to guide you through. We love Emmanuel Hadjiandreou's How to Make Sourdough. Then when ready to bake, a few banneton proving baskets and a lame blade to score the surface of the loaf. Or get your full bread making kit here.
Salt plates are individual blocks of salt mined in the Himalayas from some of the oldest mountain ranges in the world. The dusky pink Himalayan rock can be chilled or heated to extreme temperatures so can be used to fry scallops, laid on a BBQ as a cooking slab for roasting chicken, or to serve ice cream at the table. Buy Salt Block Cooking book along with two salt plates here.
Eat Turkish Style Eggs For Breakfast
The rich red of tomato, chilli and peppers is the backdrop of Turkish food. Tomato paste sits side-by-side with Turkish pepper paste in dishes from salads to flat breads to stews giving a lingering umami richness. And this Turkish egg recipe certainly has that. The added punch of raw garlic, stirred through a rich creamy yoghurt topping may seem a little much for breakfast, but we think it makes the recipe even more special. See the recipe here.
Smoke Almost Anything
BBQ season is just starting and if pulled pork and smoky ribs are your thing, this is the year to excel at American BBQ. Read our guide to getting started with American BBQ. Or if you want a more gentle introduction, start off by using liquid smoke in rubs, marinades and sauces before cooking in a sous vide machine or the oven. Try the smoky oven pulled pork recipe here. We also hear liquid smoke makes excellent vegan 'bacon'!
Herald Spring With Pistachio Ice Cream
Pistachio ice cream is one of the Sous Chef community favourites. Read the pistachio ice cream recipe here, and then pick up some pistachio paste and ice cream stabiliser to give an even creamier mouthfeel.
Hack Chocolate Truffles
Chocolate truffles only need three ingredients - chocolate chips, cream and butter: add anything else to make them your own. Start with a large bag of high quality chocolate couverture, and then add a little of whatever you like to flavour them: rum, pistachio paste, rosewater, coconut flavouring, peppermint extract, chestnut honey. Finally roll in cocoa powder, nibbed pistachios, ground rose petals and more. See a couple of chocolate truffle recipe ideas here: chilli chocolate truffles and rose-infused chocolate truffles.