The Dirty Apron Cooking School has taught thousands of Canadians to cook. In this anticipated follow-up to his bestselling Dirty Apron Cookbook, David Robertson’s latest book celebrates the simple pleasures of cooking food for friends and family.
Gather features an enticing collection of 80 delicious recipes designed to be shared, whether on platters or heaped high in big bowls, and served with care, generosity and a lot of love. From crème brûlée French toast, to a salmon, spinach and fennel Wellington, to beef tenderloin with salsa verde and honey-roasted vegetables, these crowd-pleasing recipes are super approachable and bursting with flavour.
David includes more options for plant-based and gluten-free diets and introduces some new techniques to the mix. After all, good cooking is all about coaxing flavours out of your ingredients, and if you get the techniques down, you’ll have success in the kitchen and see big smiles around the table.
No matter the skill level, home cooks can learn how to cook with more confidence so they spend less time in the kitchen and more around the dining table with friends and family. Gather gets to the heart of cooking and is an indispensable addition to any food lover’s library.
Seafood and chorizo paella
I fell in love with paella the first time I had it in Spain. Resist the temptation to stir it. Instead, let it sit and take its time to develop the flavours and the socarrat, which is the delicious, crunchy crust that forms along the bottom of the dish. But take care not to overcook the various types of seafood. Never throw everything into the pan at once.
4 c Chicken Stock, plus extra if needed
30 threads saffron
2 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 onion, chopped
4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
10 piquillo peppers, seeded, deveined and chopped
2 Roma tomatoes, chopped
1 tsp smoked paprika
1 ½ c bomba rice
15 mussels, scrubbed clean
15 clams, scrubbed clean
12 prawns, peeled and deveined
12 squid, cleaned and halved
6 oz Spanish chorizo, cut into a ½-inch dice
1 c fresh or frozen peas (see Note)
¼ c chopped Italian parsley
kosher salt and ground black pepper, to taste
juice of ½ lemon, or to taste
When using fresh peas, add with seafood instead to allow a longer cooking time.
microgreens or sprouts
extra virgin olive oil
In a saucepan, combine stock and saffron and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Keep warm.
Heat oil in a large frying pan over medium-low heat. Add onions and sauté for 3 to 4 minutes, until translucent. Add garlic and cook for another minute. Stir in peppers, tomatoes and smoked paprika. Add rice and mix well, to ensure grains are lightly coated with oil.
Pour in stock, ensuring rice is completely submerged. Bring to a gentle simmer on medium heat and cook for 10 to 12 minutes, until rice is 75 percent cooked. Be careful not to boil or let the pan go dry; add more stock if needed.
Add mussels, clams, prawns, squid and chorizo to the pan and cover. Lower heat to medium-low and cook for another 5 minutes until rice absorbs remaining stock and is completely cooked, and mussels and clams have opened. (Do not stir in seafood.) Fold in peas and cover. Set aside to rest for 5 minutes.
To finish, add parsley and season to taste with salt, pepper and lemon juice.
Recipe reprinted with permission from Figure.1