Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - LIFESTYLE - Laura Tri­este De­tails: onepotchef­ MT DRUITT-ST MARYS STAN­DARD, Wed­nes­day, June 3, 2015

WHETHER you en­joy the process of cooking or just want it over and done with quickly, min­imis­ing the wash­ing up time is some­thing we all want.

This is the beauty of one-pot meals, which greatly re­duce the amount of equip­ment needed in the kitchen.

Cen­tral Coast res­i­dent David Chilcott was in­spired to start his popular YouTube chan­nel The One Pot Chef in 2007 af­ter he bought a slow cooker.

The recipes he cre­ates to­day of­ten ex­tend be­yond only us­ing one pot, but the fo­cus is still on con­ve­nience.

“I use it as a metaphor for sim­ple recipes us­ing ba­sic equip­ment,” he said.

“I rec­om­mend that every­body get a slow cooker. I bought mine for $29 at the su­per­mar­ket and I’m still us­ing it a decade later.”

Mr Chilcott has used his to cook ev­ery­thing in­clud­ing stews, risotto and even a whole roast chicken.

“Just put a lit­tle bak­ing pa­per at the bot­tom to stop it from stick­ing,” he said.

“Add what­ever mari­nade or mix … then you just let it cook for eight hours or so and it comes out beau­ti­fully.”

As an en­thu­si­ast for find­ing short cuts to de­tailed recipes, Mr Chilcott has come up with one-pot recipes for com­mon meals like mac­a­roni and cheese and creamy gar­lic an­gel hair pasta.

“The pasta is made with stock, in­stead of wa­ter, and you add parme­san cheese, pars­ley and cream at the end to make the sauce,” he said.

A slow cooker is not the only way you can sim­plify your equip­ment use.

There are also plenty of ways to keep a recipe to one pan or bak­ing dish.

“Fried rice is a good ex­am­ple. You can just chuck ev­ery­thing into a wok,” Mr Chilcott said.

The same can be said for desserts. Mr Chilcott’s five-minute Nutella mug cake recipe is a favourite among impatient peo­ple with a sweet tooth and you only need to mix a few in­gre­di­ents in a large mug and let the mi­crowave do the rest.

The One Pot Chef David Chilcott likes to keep recipes quick and sim­ple.

Mac­a­roni and cheese made in one pot.

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