Jordan Bourke is an Irish chef and author of the critically acclaimed best-selling Our Korean Kitchen, The Guilt-Free Gourmet and The Natural Food Kitchen. Having trained at Ballymaloe in Ireland, he worked at the Michelin-starred Petersham Nurseries restaurant, London. He now divides his time between working as a food writer, food stylist and consulting for various food brands and restaurants. He lives in London and is married to the fashion designer Rejina Pyo.
Jordan has just launched his latest cookbook Healthy Baking Nourishing Breads, Wholesome Cakes, Ancient Grains and Bubbling Ferments
Reclaiming ‘healthy’ for what it really means – nutritious, balanced food made from natural ingredients – these are recipes to bring joy and flavour back into your baking and beyond. Alongside sumptuous ‘regular’ bakes – such as the perfect Sourdough bread, Caramelised Onion, Sweet Potato and Rye Tart, and Italian Strawberry and Chocolate Chunk Cake – Jordan also gives ancient grains and pickles a western update, revealing how easy it is to make abundant salads, bubbling ferments, seasonal preserves and more.
Using alternatives to refined sugar and featuring lots of options to make recipes gluten and dairy-free, you’ll quickly discover how ferments and grains can invigorate your cooking – from cultivating the perfect sourdough starter to creating delicious salads and decadent cakes.
Here are some of Jordan’s vibrant and inspiring recipes. Click on the image to go to the full recipe.
Don’t let the simplicity of this humble tomato, bread and olive oil soup fool you; it has an incredible depth of flavourPublished by Orion as a hardback & eBook, priced £20/£10.99, in February 2017
The rye gives this sourdough an extra nuttiness. It lasts very well too, but will need to be toasted after a few days to get the best out of it.
Wild rice retains an earthy bite after cooking, which is delicious here with the juicy apple and tomato. The teff is an optional extra for this salad, so don’t be put off if you don’t have it to hand – it is still delicious without it.
The addition of parsnip to a cake always seems to draw gasps, but it is no more unusual than the addition of carrot.
Healthy Baking provides over 100 nourishing and mouth-watering ways to revive and reinvent baking at home. Happy baking!