I really can say that when I see those telly chefs and they have everything prepared in little bowls I used to think I’d never cook like that. Now that we do the pasty and pie business I really believe it’s the only way to cook. How often have you thought ‘oh yes’ I’ve got everything I need to make that’ and then find yourself substituting ingredients half way through, somehow at a critical moment when popping off to the shops just isn’t possible.
I don’t always weigh everything out but I do assemble the ingredients on the side before I begin. We also pre-chop veg and put into plastic boxes in the fridge until needed and it’s the same with the meat.
So my message for all those last minute chefs is do the prep work.