Hello and welcome to two chefs at a table .
This is where we have two chefs at a table .
This is Ben and James .
They're both qualified .
They've worked in restaurants .
They have pieces of paper to prove it .
And we are going to ask them a lot of questions that you guys have sent in around a specific topic .
This week's topic is rice , because that is the topic of our weekly theme on YouTube .
So , guys , first off , um , this is a rice cooker , isn't it ?
Why is it here ?
We thought we'd demonstrate how to use it , because that's actually something we use very little , if ever on the channel , because we tend to do it in pots and pans .
So people who haven't got a piece of equipment can do it at home .
But so many people all over the world use rice cookers .
They're more energy efficient .
They're pretty much idiot proof because it switched itself off when it's done .
And it keeps it warm at the for family service .
So we're gonna show you .
You mate .
Even you're gonna do it .
Have you ever used one before ?
This is your first time show me what I need to do here .
We have some rice , one cup of rice to the pan .
That's spasmatic , and we're not gonna soak it , although you could come to that later on .
But soaking rice is sometimes and 1.5 times as much water .
No flavouring going into this .
Now you can do .
Um Well , it's good that you say that because that leads me into our very first question , which is simply , what is the best way to flavour white rice ?
I think I'm gonna steal Ben's prepared answer because he has some , uh , delightful dried spices and some fresh stuff .
Ginger , Um , I would say that so whole spices is the best way to flavour rice .
Um , just because you can take them out before you serve them , so they'll impart their flavour , and then you can get rid of them .
So we've got we've got cinnamon , We've got these lime leaves , cardamom and er fresh ginger , all good .
Or if you've got any odds and sods left in your fridge things like a a lime or lemon .
You may already have squeezed the rind , and all the other bits and pieces can go straight in and give you nice , flavorful rice .
I never I never throw away limes or lemons that I've I've squeezed , like if I squeeze them in , I'll keep them .
And then you can just put them in stuff like rice .
What are the cheap ingredients ?
Would you recommend to pair with that rice , Um , to create a really cheap and easy rice dish ?
Go pinto .
You pair it with beans and spices , kind of a Costa Rican dish , or the kind of jambalaya effect where you're just throwing spices at it or peas beans .
They also bulk out and make it super nutritious and filling and satisfying .
But then you get spice in there , which really helps , and Citrus like lime or lemon , or cook it in something else , like coconut milk .
So a nail style thing .
So you cook it in coconut milk and water rather than just water .
How do you make sure the rice doesn't stick to the pot ?
Once cooked heat diffuser would be my suggestion , um , or basically a very low heat if you cook it to what , uh , what's the best bit of a piler ?
The but the bit that's gone crispy .
The burnt bit .
You want that on the bottom of a dish like a Pieta , But I know if you're making rice on a daily basis at home , you don't want it to burn .
So it's gonna be a super low heat , and if it's therefore low , then it won't stick or you'll realise it's cooked before it starts to burn .
So I'd say a low heat .
But , um , I always give it a really good stir at the start so it doesn't settle on the bottom because that's how it really sticks .
I think all the stuff here looks delicious , and also I could eat an entire bag of each one , um , along with entire loaves of bread and pasta .
And this is definitely my downfall .
As you're probably fully aware , we pride ourselves on your feedback here at sorted food .
It's normally about food .
Sometimes it's geared to more personal areas .
Today , Mike is in the firing line and his personal areas .
I don't like the phrase firing line straight away .
This is supposed to be helping .
Wait , you pointed out firing line are not personal areas .
Oh , no .
Should we give you some examples of comments that we have found underneath our videos .
Brace yourself .
Should we start from the top and I mean literally .
Mike's hair looks like Bieber's old hairstyle .
Mike looks very attractive here before the nose job and the hair die .
It's a shame he lost all that .
Now How about I have a thing for Michael ?
Phelps told my friends recently that I fancied Mike from sorted food as well .
Now they think I only like guys with unusually long faces .
You do have a long , long face .
Yeah , it's just thin .
I don't think it's long .
I think it's just not very wide .
It's not thin , though , is it ?
Cos Mike kind of looks like he's put on weight in the face .
Must be all that good food he's eating .
It's Mike Brigham hashtag nipples .
Not because of your belly because of the size of your nipples .
OK , we're now moving slightly further down voting for Mike .
He knows the big bum struggle , and while we're in that area , this is a comment to a comment .
I don't think so .
Everyone has a bulge , but Mike's all flat mhm , and we'll finish off with the legs .
This is from our hot tub episode right at the very end , Those legs at the end , Female or Mike , I think the actual answer is James .
And it was actually James .
I've been absolutely slaughtered , that is .
But you know what ?
We love you .
Whatever shape you are , all of those funny shapes .
But if any of you have got any more comments about Mike or any one of the three of us , please do comment down below because we want to continually improve .
I feel better already violated , I'm sure .
So that's just popped and it's cooked .
So that's good .
We can just leave that amazing .
Well , um , that leaves us some time .
Let's do some quick fire questions .
A lot of these are practical questions from the community , so very helpful as quick and as helpful as possible .
We mentioned it earlier , but just to clarify what is the ratio of water to rice ?
It will depend on the grain , but generally speaking , a long grain one part rice to 1.5 .
Water does vary on the grain , but so the long grain that we cook most often 1 to 1.5 .
So there's a few terms bounding about absorption method and then the cheats method .
Um , do you mind just quickly clarifying what both of those are ?
So the absorption method is probably the way you should technically cook rice , and that's where you basically put the right amount of water in to cook the rice and the rice is cooked when it's absorbed all that water , and then you fluff it up and you've got great grains of rice .
You do probably need to wash the rice first , so it's not too starchy and sticky That's absorbed , OK , and our cheats version I .
I don't know if I'd call it a cheats version .
It's just another way of doing it , which is .
Boil a big pot of water and then just pour whatever rice you're cooking in and make sure there's a lot more water than rice .
Um , give it a stir so it doesn't stick to the bottom and just leave it for depending on the rice .
10 minutes or so , um , boiling boiling .
Strain it , and if you have cooked it well , you get fluffy rice .
But it's not like the absorption rest method where the water will have gone by the time it's cooked off the back of that explanation .
Um , someone's asked , How do you stop it from being starchy and wet ?
And is that simply the absorption , the absorption methods being used too much water or or over cooked so it become mushy ?
If you cook rice long enough , it becomes pretty much porridge .
So I feel like we've dusted the surface of rice .
Um , obviously , if you guys have any more questions , comment them below because comment them below .
That's a verb , Um , because we read everything and we will have James and Ben , and you guys will read them and and answer all of your rice questions or just cooking questions .
In general , you did do that .
Um , but I'm fascinated in where your cheffy journey began .
Um , and what inspired you and what continues to inspire you ?
I got into cooking while I was doing another university course , and I just learned to cook over the summer and fell in love with it and quit my university course and started another university course , which happens to be the same as Ben's course .
So we both did culinary arts management at Birmingham , Um , and then during that I worked in a couple of restaurants , but I haven't really worked in that many .
Um , do you regret that , or is that something that you'd like to do further ?
Well , what I did was come straight out of uni and fell into this .
You did fall into it .
I don't really regret it .
Dogs Mark .
Yes , exactly .
That's That's exactly what I meant by that .
So I grew up around good food at home , but like trained , I did G , CS E Food technology .
There I realised that I really enjoyed it , and when we had to narrow it down to a level , I did food technology at a level so that gave me a kind of increased passion for that .
But I also took on side jobs in pubs and stuff at weekends .
And then I went on to uni kind of arts management , which is the same course James did a year or so below .
And that was kind of the the educational route and the learning of the theory and the logic of food and the practical skills , but then put it into place on placement .
So hotel in Ireland , various restaurants and some private dining spaces I did the same as Ben .
I did like a placement at uni .
Um , a year I did it .
I did it in America .
And , um , that's where you really learn how to cook .
I think like that will shape you as a chef , whereas at the university you kind of learn the basics .
But it's mostly theory of how to run a business and how to run restaurants in the hospitality industry , which is equally as useful talking about aspirations of chefs .
I think it's very much assumed that all chefs want to own their own restaurant .
Is that the case with you two ?
What other ?
What other examples of chefs , Um , other work and things that they're doing ?
Do you aspire to ?
Are you inspired by and ultimately , what is your dream ?
Where's the end goal with your chef questions ?
So what I'm doing is giving you a broad place to play around in , Um , I don't know if I'd want to own my own restaurant .
Um , I would like to cook for people , uh , for people I like .
I like to cook for people who pay pay for the food .
Um , but I guess some people that I like their style is , um , two guys in London in Shoreditch who run a restaurant called the Cloves the Clove Club .
And they started out as a supper club , just like two amateurs starting a supper club .
And they've built that into a two Michelin star restaurant , which I find quite inspiring .
I when I went to uni , I went to do the arts management course and in my head wanted to one day own a gastro pub and have do change menus on a daily basis weekly basis and do amazing things and feed 100 people a day .
My kind of food that was always the dream , because I didn't really think there was much more beyond that .
That's what I mean by what was then I of my head .
That was it .
And then as you go through , we get opened up to sort of new product development , and a lot of people on our course went and did product development and create products for the kind of places you eat in and around .
Um , so chain coffee shops and stuff like that .
So my friends have developed all the cakes in in chain coffee shops and things like that .
That is one element that the same kind of learning we had could take you .
And then we started to do sorted .
And as you know , it was a very happy accident .
But basically , we found ourselves .
Now we're not creating menus and cooking dishes for 100 people a day .
We're sharing our menus and our dishes , which you guys helped create with hundreds of thousands of people .
Um , every week , in a different way , you're not cooking for them , but you're cooking for them .
So it's very different to where it started .
Wouldn't it be cool to have a physical space as well ?
Um , but right now , she just doesn't want to run it .
But right now , as James just said , I'm with James .
I just want to keep learning .
And there's still so many dishes that you guys tell us to cook , and we have no idea what it is .
So we go and learn , and we have the privilege to be able to learn , adapt , tweet , develop , and then share again .
Shall we , uh , crack on with some of this ?
Get your nose in there .
Wonderful rice .
And that is fluffy , fluffy grains , individual grains And that will hold until you need it .
I like that .
That could make me lazier .
Um , thank you very much for watching and all the questions that you submitted .
Thank you guys .
Once again , we got nice and deep , nice and philosophical there .
It was lovely .
Uh , if you're enjoying our two chefs at a table , then er let us know down below and give us a like , um but for now , this is over .
But tomorrow , are we gonna Are we gonna let them know what we're doing ?
More basmati and more hacks .
Yeah , Cheeks biryani .
Are we gonna let them know ?
Yeah , you did .
See you tomorrow .
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