More and more chefs as well as amateur and occasional cooks are coming to realise that the modern microwave should be a main player in your culinary endeavours. There are some myths and half-baked untruths that are uttered about microwaves; one of the more common is that you can’t use microwaves to cook anything fancy such as potato gratin. Look at the following video and think again:
Here you’ll see Daniel Galmiche, the celebrity French Michelin star chef visit one of his suppliers of quality beef, and discuss why the quality of the environment in which the animals are raised, affects the texture and flavour. Now living in England, he is Executive Head Chef at The Vineyard at Stockcross in Berkshire and
regularly appears on regional and national television and in the media.
Recently he appeared on BBC`s Saturday Kitchen with James Martin.
What comes across is the passion of both the chef and his supplier in creating, supplying and the cooking the best quality beef. The last section of the video shows Daniel cooking beef and potato gratin in his Panasonic combination Microwave oven. As he prepares the dish we hear how by cooking virtually everything in the microwave, all the goodness and flavour is retained. The beef is seasoned and seared in a pan while the gratin cooks for 25 minutes in the microwave oven. It would take 45 minutes or longer in a conventional oven. The results look delicious.
If you prefer something more spicy and oriental, then here’s a great recipe for Chinese Beef Casserole. You’ll need a large casserole dish with a lid. It will serve four.
3 garlic cloves, crushed
2.5cm (1”) grated ginger
1 bunch spring onions, sliced
1 red chilli, deseeded and thinly sliced
5ml (1tsp) Chinese five spice powder
2 star anise
10ml (2tsps) light muscovado sugar
30ml (2tbsp) Chinese cooking wine
30ml (2tbsps) dark soy sauce
800g (1lb12oz) casserole beef
25g (1oz) plain flour, seasoned
300ml (½ pt) beef stock
Place the garlic, ginger, onion, chilli, five spice, anise, sugar, wine and soy in casserole dish and cook on HIGH MICROWAVE for 3 mins.
Toss the beef in the seasoned flour and add to the casserole dish stirring well.
Cover and place casserole on the base of the oven and cook on CONVECTION 160ºC + WARM MICROWAVE for 1hr 15mins – 1 ½ hours.
Serve and garnish with chopped coriander or Chinese leaves. Don’t hesitate to browse the Internet since there are many microwave recipes out there that you may want to try some day!