World tour with foods that you make in your own kitchen: Alexandra Shulman discovers how everyone can be global chefs thanks to ingenious video co-cookers
- On a cooking tour, participants receive a box of ingredients on their door
- The box is accompanied by instructions and a live video link to a fellow cook
- They are run by famous chefs such as Angela Hartnett or Thomasina Miers
Globalization: The Type Of Vietnamese Food You Can Learn To Cook At Home
Vietnamese pho, Texas grilled beans, street food from Beirut – how wonderful it is to try them in their indigenous environment. But that’s not an option right now. Rather than settle for an often third-rate takeout, I took an A Cook’s Tour which encourages us to be our own global chefs.
The basic idea is a box of ingredients, accompanied by instructions, and a live video link to a fellow cook led by a famous cook like Angela Hartnett or Thomasina Miers.
Alternatively, you can watch yourself and cook independently. The top quality ingredients are fresh, so there is a two-day period.
I tried both versions – the first Vietnamese feast that made papaya salad, wagyu beef pho, and a coconut rice pudding, which I followed live.
The second was a rich Lebanese spread taught by an Ottolenghi cook that I watched and cooked the following evening.
This is very convenient for anyone who likes to cook new recipes and experiment with techniques. But the clue is in the word “cook”. This isn’t one of those simple mounting boxes that you just need to plate up.
Alexandra made flatbread and said: “Who knew how much fun it would be to watch the dough rise in the pan” (archive picture)
Alexandra Shulman, who described A Cook’s Tour as “wonderfully exciting”
My Lebanese encounter involved making flatbreads (who knew how fun it would be to watch the batter rise in the pan) and stuffing sardines (both tricky and ultimately delicious).
Filling Vietnamese vegetarian rice paper rolls required special skills.
Unpacking the box with its countless tiny boxes and 100 percent recyclable packaging is just as exciting as rummaging through a Christmas stocking.
A bigger challenge is following the chef’s pace. I recommend hiring a sous chef to help with the slicing and chopping so you can get on with the real work, such as cooking. like Lebanese pastries.
The live cook-along is fun as there is a chat box where you can communicate with other chefs at home, but doing one in my free time worked best for me.
I was able to uncork the bottle of delicious red from the Chateau Musar des Bekaa Valley that came as part of the box (paired alcohol is optional) and take the time to put together a platter of blood orange tabbouleh and fry the richly flavored poussin .
Either way, the results are delicious and the process wonderfully exciting.
- A Cooking Tour: Live every two weeks with ingredients delivered to your doorstep (from £ 60 for two). visit acookstour.co.uk.