Cooking with friends by Electrolux

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http://www.thinkingofyou.com.au/dancing-in-the-kitchen/cooking-friends

22.01.2014

Tetsuya Wakuda

Tetsuya’s Restaurant and Electrolux Ambassador

www.tetsuyas.com

What inspires you to cook with friends?

When I find great produce I want to share it with my friends and see their reaction.

How do you prepare to cook with friends?

I go to the markets and base the dinner around my choice of ingredients. This is usually as simple as possible, one pot cooking so I can enjoy the time with my friends.

What makes the perfect dinner party?

The friends you invite to share the meal with.

What are the things you can’t live without?

Spring onion, garlic, ginger and good quality olive oil.

What did you learn from your time spent with Claire from Sticky Rice?

I appreciated the peaceful and amazing atmosphere at the cooking school. The Electrolux kitchen has been beautifully laid out and is extremely functional.

Claire Fuller

Sticky Rice Cooking School

www.stickyricecookingschool.com.au

What inspires you to cook with friends?

Usually it’s a new recipe. I enjoy selecting and planning a menu, and then to put it into practise. I essentially use my friends as guinea pigs! In fact, when Tetsuya left I recreated three of his amazing dishes for 40 staff. He did say I could call him if I got stuck but I managed to pull it off!

How do you prepare to cook with friends?

I choose recipes that I know will work within the time I have. I am past the days slaving away on a Thai banquet, frantically stir frying and deep frying while my guests are left unattended. Prep is crucial – the dishes that come together magically without effort on the night are winners.

What makes the perfect dinner party?

The most important aspect of the dinner party is your group of friends. If they enjoy themselves, have great food and feel looked after, then it’s gone well. It’s perfect when the food seems effortless but has people raving about it long afterwards.

What are the things you can’t live without?

Chilli… And all the Asian pantry staples such as fish sauce, soy sauce and oyster sauce.

What did you learn from your time spent with Tetsuya at Sticky Rice?

How calm and relaxed you should be when entertaining! Not to complicate dishes with sides and salads and lots of extras. Let the star of the dish shine through. A small serve of a quality protein bursting with flavour is so much more elegant and satisfying than a big plate of carbs.

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