What are the cooking rules you live by?
Do you even have any...?
I state that this is not a list of Italian dictates, it is just my opinion. I'm sure many chefs would turn up their noses to read it. But hey: my post, my kitchen, my rules!
1. Onion or garlic – never both
I seriously can't see them chopped together in the same dish. Not to mention that it takes about a week to digest the two together.
2. Oil or butter – never both
There is only one exception: risotto. Stir-fry the onion in the oil at the beginning and whisk with the butter at the end. But a stir-fry made with both of them makes me shiver.
3. Few (but good) ingredients
I never put too many ingredients in my cooking (less is more!). And in any case, never more than three spices. There is an Italian chef whom I will not name, who managed to put celery, carrot, onion, bay leaf, liquorice and anise, parmesan, chicken and flour in a dish of pasta. Are you all right, man?
4. Always cook with your hair pulled back
Not only for hygiene reasons, but also because you risk getting burned.
How about you? What do you think about it? What are your cooking rules? Let me know in the comments!