Coffee, Spice and Fearless Cooking

At Home for this episode is Stephanie Fuccio, and her love of food, coffee and flavour shines through in our conversation!
Steph is a bold and fearless cook, even though she only started cooking at home a couple of years ago. She generously shares what she learned along the way, with brilliant tips ranging from overcoming 'feeling lazy' to upgrading cheap ingredients, and from using frozen garlic to lemon & butter pasta.
We also discuss the importance of texture, the Copenhagen restaurant scene (and how it pushed her into homecooking), the culinary delights of Vietnam and the unlikely places she's found the best decaf.
Tune in to find out how fun it can be to become 'a person who cooks' - Stephanie's bold energy and adventurous enthusiasm are infectious!

tasty morsels

05:02 Jazzing up cheap ingredients with extra flavour.
07:13 The importance of texture and the delight of crisp.
12:49 The journey from 'just heating up' to actually cooking.  
18:43 Experimenting with mixing hot and cold in cooking.  
21:41 Breakfast cookies for winter satisfaction.  
23:46 Embracing failure is the secret to success.  
28:49 Street food Vietnam: simply the best.  
29:50 Food is about th whole experience, not just eating.  
36:03 Favourite spices  
38:36 Morning hacks to overcome evening 'laziness'  
42:20 How to be fearless and playful in the kitchen.  
45:06 Why real coffee aficionados drink decaf, and where to find the best
48:11 Talking about cooking feels good!

the best bit

"There's a really big difference between heating stuff up, which is what I did most of my adult life, and actually cooking to make things taste a certain way. [...] I feel physically different. I feel healthier. I feel like I've got more energy because I'm eating the things that I like." 

get cooking

Three ideas for taking action in your own kitchen, inspired by the conversation.

🍅 Take a look at your spices and try something new next time you cook a meal.

🍅 Whatever you're cooking - add more vegetables than you think are enough.

🍅 Experiment with textures: dare to roast until crisp, or sprinkle on a crunchy topping.

connect with Stephanie

connect with Katerina

community: No Recipe Club
instagram: @intuitive.cook
youtube: @intuitivecook

additional links

Books & other good stuff mentioned:
An Everlasting Meal (Tamar Adler)
Vietnamese Bun Cha
Japanese Kewpie Mayonnaise
Note: links are posted for your convenience, and do not imply endorsement or advertisment. 

Original music by Colin Bass.

About your host

Katerina Pavlakis

Intuitive cook & irreverent kitchen coach
Growing up in 70s Greece, cooking - and eating - at home was simply normal. Shopping at farmers' markets, drooling over recipes, grinding spices, and animated conversation over dinner are some of my fondest memories. This is where I honed my cooking intuition. I'm here to help you find your way back to a simpler, more joyful way of cooking.

To bring intuition into your kitchen too, start here!


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