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Tom and Henry Herbert, aka The Fabulous Baker Brothers, have been cooking great British food all this week on What's Cooking? From The Sainsbury's Kitchen on Channel 4. We caught up with them on set, where they'd whipped up a quick chilli squid and rocket salad and a spicy twist on the traditional Cornish pasty (check out the recipe, below), and asked them to share their kitchen secrets...
What's your favourite pasty filling? Tell us in the comments box below.
It's British pie week and we want to get baking! What are the best cuts of meat to use?
Ox cheek is lovely in a pie, or you could try braising steak that has a good bit of fat on it, which will cook down and give it loads of flavour. Pies are really economical to make because you can use cheaper cuts of meat – they all taste great after long, slow cooking in a good sauce.
What about the best cuts to use for a Sunday roast?
A joint on the bone like a shoulder of lamb or pork cooked really slowly is amazing. Just keep it simple and serve it with the meat juices and some veg.
Which five ingredients can't you live without?
Good oil, whether it's olive oil or rapeseed oil. I'm trying to stay away from butter – I've eaten a lot of it recently! I always have lemons or vinegars, too, for acidity; you can make a dull dish way more exciting with a squeeze of lemon, and I keep a pack of bacon in the fridge, as it adds a great meaty flavour to dishes.
How do you guarantee a great bake every time?
Good-quality flour is important. Your baking will only be as good as the ingredients you use, so don't skimp. Use the same brand of flour every time to make sure the results of your bakes are consistent. When baking bread, knead it thoroughly to make it elastic and stretchy. Once you've baked something, share it! People love receiving a homemade cake or loaf of bread.
With four children at home, mealtimes must be madness! What do you cook for your kids?
They love their food, so I make anything from pizzas to big pasta dishes or hearty stews – things that will do for a couple of days. The pie we made on What's Cooking? On Monday was a leftover roast dinner pie – it's really straightforward and kids will love it.
What's Cooking? From The Sainsbury's Kitchen is on every weekday at 12.35pm on Channel 4.
Catch up with The Fabulous Baker Brothers on Tuesdays at 9pm on More4.
If you have any leftover roast beef from your Sunday roast, use this instead of chicken.