Come to Food Wishes for the jokes, stay for the delicious recipes

Do you like food? Eating? I'm gonna bet you do. Maybe you don't like cooking though. Perhaps I can fix that by sharing one of my favorite YouTube channels—Food Wishes.

There are a few ways that Food Wishes can be awesome. It can help you find someone's heart by way of their stomach, it can teach you new ways to cook and my favorite, it can help you eat delicious, mmmmmmmmmm food.

To be honest, you probably won't watch Food Wishes for any of those reasons, at least not at first. You're going to watch because of the show's creator and star, Chef John. He's charming and hilarious. You'll probably binge a few videos just to listen to him being funny, it's addictive. But eventually you're going to get to a recipe and think, "I've got to try that". The good news is that it will be easy and probably cheap, especially compared to going to a restaurant for the same level of tastiness.

When I'm watching his videos I usually go through a couple of stages.

  • Sees thumbnail of delicious, complex-looking dish
  • Thinks "I can't make that!"
  • Watches Chef John go through the process step-by-step, explaining things in simple, easy-to-understand terms. Nothing's looking that hard to do.
  • Sees steaming, crusty yumminess. Drooling begins.
  • Thinks, "Do I have that stuff now? Can I make that, like, right now? I need to make that NOW."

Watching his videos and reading the accompanying blogs I've made *deep breath* crème fraicheranch dressingMillion Dollar ChickenCreamy Salmon and Leek Pasta Sauce, Persian ricetzatziki sauce, chocolate lava cakeUltimate Mashed Potatoes, pita breadsandwich rolls and fondant potatoes. I've probably made more but I can't remember them all. They've all been scrumptious. I've also made lots and lots of Salt-Roasted Chicken which literally has two ingredients-salt and chicken. It's mind-blowingly delicious. There's a sauce too but I often skip that (much to my brother's dismay) since I use the juice and fat to cook other things and I put up most of the chicken for later. This chicken doesn't need anything to be amazing, not even sides. I snack on it straight out of the fridge. I'm making some today. Just go do it. Here, watch the video:

No matter how much cooking experience you have, there are recipes for you. Here are some of his videos and playlists to show you what I mean.

Want to make your own ice cream cones? Here ya go:

Need something exciting to go with your favorite recipe? Try one of the Easy Side Dishes.

How about some delicious sandwich rolls? When I made these I was surprised at how perfect they are for sandwiches. They're the perfect balance of chewy and soft. Mmmmm.

If you want to learn some new skills or review some cooking basics check out Tips and Techniques. There's advice on how to slice a ripe peach, how to make lump-free sauce and how to get the seeds out of a pomegranate without making a mess.

One of my favorite things about the channel is rediscovering things I thought I knew how to make, like this classic French Omelette.

Another favorite is learning ways to take familiar ingredients to a new level. Check out this Fondant Potatoes recipe to see what I mean.

This poached eggs video changed the way I make Eggs Benedict. If you're making poached eggs for a group of people this is essential watching.

I love food, it's like, the best. As a consequence I have learned to love cooking. Sometimes you want what you want and the best way to get it is to make it yourself. With Chef John's help you can learn some new things to make, new techniques for things you already make, and develop a better approach to food, cooking and maybe even life while you're doing it. It's a great channel.

How to stop your faucet from shooting water everywhere

Have you ever turned on a faucet expecting a smooth flow of water but instead you get soaked by a chaotic attack of liquid bullets from every possible direction? Sucks, right?

This is a problem I see all the time, everywhere. Even in places that are well maintained this simple annoyance shows up again and again. We might have to deal with it at restaurants and airports but not in our homes dammit!

The trouble is nearly always caused by a clogged faucet aerator. Here is a photo of a clogged aerator compared to one that is working properly:

To be honest that one isn't so bad but it's getting there. And since all you need to fix it is about five minutes and a pair of pliers there is no reason to live with sub-standard water-flow. 

The problem is in the part at the end of the faucet that unscrews. This is actually the only part of the process that might be a pain. Sometimes the aerator is screwed on really tight, maybe because someone thought that would fix the weird spraying. If you have to use pliers be firm but gentle. If it's really tight you can wrap a cloth around the aerator to avoid scratching it with the pliers. 

Also, remember the wise words of Confucius (I'm pretty sure it was him), "lefty-loosey, righty-tighty". Having said that, In this case your instincts will be to go in the wrong direction. That's because the aerator is screwing up into the faucet which makes everything backwards. So you will have to turn the aerator to your right to loosen it which is left from the aerator's perspective. 

Once you do loosen it, you will be left with something that looks like this:

As you can see, this one is unclean.  

Now you have to separate and clean the elements. Pry out that o-ring at the top with a butter knife or needle-nose pliers. Be gentle because if you tear it you will have to get a new one and we want to avoid extra work, right?

Once you get the o-ring out you should be able to push the aerator's filters out of the bottom with your thumb. Be gentle though, these parts are often fragile, crusty pieces of flim-flam. 

Now you need to disassemble and clean all those parts. As you separate the pieces, put them in the order they came apart in. Like so:

This way, you won't get confused about what goes where. I've done this a hundred times and every single time I skip this step I regret it. 

I've seen lots of different kinds of aerator so don't worry if yours is not like mine. They all have parts that pull apart and fit back together. 

Take a look at the red part second from the left in the picture above. Sometimes you will have this sort of part. It's a little trickier to take apart but that's where much of the crud is. Use something pointed, the point of a utility knife works great. Be careful!

Here's the red piece disassembled:

After you set them out clean one piece at a time. An old toothbrush or wire brush works great. For some of the calcified stuff you may have to scrape it off with a knife. If you prefer not to scrub you can leave it soaking in vinegar overnight and it will remove all that calcification. It's awesome that way.

Once it's clean put it all back together and enjoy your new uniform stream of water. It should go straight down instead of all over your hands, shirt, sink, the ceiling . . .