6:00pm – Saturday, June 9 on ABC1
English food writer Nigel Slater’s food is understated, handcrafted homecooking that is easy to accomplish and without a trace of what he affectionately calls ‘celebrity cheffery’. He believes that making something good to eat for yourself or for others can lift the spirits in the way little else can.
In this series, Nigel explores classic food culinary pairings to work out why these combinations taste so good, and how we can use this knowledge to make us better cooks. As he says, it’s not just about loving food, but understanding it too.
Each week Nigel cooks his favourite recipes that illustrate a single principle. Every recipe is utterly delicious, simple and most importantly, easy to tweak to your own taste and mood. And on a mission to find out about other people’s favourite recipes, Nigel heads out to sample the dishes of fellow passionate cooks around the country.
In the first episode, Nigel explores one of the oldest and most successful culinary pairings in the kitchen – sweet and sour. From pork chops and gooseberry to rhubarb with caramel sauce, Nigel cooks five very different dishes that all work for the same reason – the delicious marriage of something sweet with something sour.
To help further understand this pairing, Nigel meets friends Van and Anh who cook Nigel their own take on sweet and sour – oriental lemon grass and sea bass parcels served with a pineapple dipping sauce.
Nigel returns the favour with a beautifully simple monkfish, lime and chicory wrap.