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 fraiche, ranch dressing, Million Dollar Chicken, Creamy Salmon and Leek Pasta Sauce, Persian rice, tzatziki sauce, chocolate lava cake, Ultimate Mashed Potatoes, pita bread, sandwich 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.