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The best of April on Great British Chefs

The best of April on Great British Chefs

by Great British Chefs 29 April 2016

A lookback at April on Great British Chefs, with fantastic Japanese recipes from Hideki Hiwatashi, bento boxes, innovative lunch ideas, Brazilian street food and much more.

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They say, to grossly misappropriate T. S. Eliot, that April is the cruellest month. Well, anyone who was fooled by our April Fool's Day prank about the five hottest new superfoods might certainly think so, but we think the rest of the content published this month has made up for it.

Hideki and hanami

With cherry blossom season in full swing it seemed only appropriate to turn our attention to the food and traditions of Japan. We interviewed Sake no Hana's Hideki Hiwatashi, welcoming him and several of his stunning recipes to the site. From his seared nigiri platter to the striking hamachi sashimi, Chilean sea bass in yuzu miso sauce and kamameshi with truffled rice, these recipes make high end Japanese cooking accessible to a domestic kitchen.

Louise Robinson has been looking at the Japanese tradition of bento boxes, creating some incredible layered lunches to suit every taste; simple Miso aubergine and steak teriyaki recipe, a feast of Prawn nigiri, Japanese omelette and pork meatballs and a beautifully arranged selection of Yuzu chicken, sushi and sashimi. You'll never look at your lunchbox in the same way again!

Box clever

Alongside the stunning bento boxes we've been thinking about the midday meal a lot more this month (well, whatever gets you through the mornings, eh?) and coming up with some fantastic new lunch ideas to perk up tired repertoires. Whether you're looking for healthy lunch recipes or something quick and easy to throw together, we've put together some of our favourite dishes, old and new. Tom Aikens' Organic pea pancake, asparagus and poached eggs with a herb sabayon was made with the best of spring's seasonal vegetables firmly in mind, while Peter Gordon's Freekeh and artichoke salad is the perfect remedy for one too many lunchtimes picking through a tub of quinoa or couscous.

 
 

Streets ahead

Healthy street food maestros David and Charlotte Bailey (better known by the moniker Wholefood Heaven) shared some fantastic vegan recipes, including a Vegan burrito, Nasi goreng and their signature Vegan massaman curry. On a mission to liven up the vegan diet they also talked us through their best dairy alternatives for vegan cooking, from nut butters and creams to nutritional yeast – never again should your vegan meal be without creamy richness!

In preparation for the Olympics in Rio we've been looking more at the regional cuisine of Brazil, and eyeing up some of the country's most popular street food. Brazilian chef Marcello Tully has shared some classic Brazilian recipes with us, including Kibe, Pork ribs and a healthy Frozen acai smoothie.

 
 

Never had it so good

Elsewhere we've demonstrated the versatility of cucumbers with a diverse selection of summery recipes, including Turbot with cucumber buerre blanc, a refreshing Cucumber and yoghurt sorbet to serve alongside cured salmon and the innovative Cucumber panna cotta which received a degree of notoriety after being mentioned on Have I Got News For You (and, in the words of Harold Macmillan, 'It’s a good thing to be laughed at. It’s better than to be ignored.'). The TV theme continued with Amelia Singer's roundups of The Wine Show, while Howard, alongside treating us to a majestic Gluten-free hummingbird cake recipe, has been capturing all the ups, downs and unset mousses of Bake Off: Crème de la Crème in his characteristically sharp style.

Ollie Moore shared a wealth of new recipes, including gloriously sweet Caramelised yoghurt with scorched berries and a polarising loaf of Marmite bread. On the subject of bread, Jane Mason spoke to us about perfecting sourdough baking, sharing her basic rye starter recipe and a simple Pure rye loaf to get you started.

As if sensing the arrival of Hideki Hiwatashi's Wagyu sashimi recipe on the site was imminent, Chloe King visited British Wagyu farmers in Sussex to discover more about this most prized breed. We collected together our best restaurants in Edinburgh and, to add balance, Izzy Burton explored the fantastic food and drink scene in Glasgow, one of the UK's most underrated holiday destinations.

 
 
 

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