Peter Gordon: Achieve wood fired flavours
Lamb racks are one of many meals that can be cooked in a pizza oven.I have recently built a wood-fired pizza oven at home. Apart from delicious pizzas, what else can you cook in them, and do you know of any books that specialise in this type of cooking? - Guy
Roast veggies, roast fish, lamb racks, pork belly, beef fillet and chicken breasts - anything can be cooked in pizza ovens. The River Cafe cookbooks might offer suggestions - their wood-burning oven is a beautiful site to behold. See their website at rivercafe.co.uk.
You recently replied to a reader's question by saying a large turkey should be left to rest after cooking for 30 mins before serving, and a steak for five mins. But how do you keep the food hot for serving? - Barbara Rotherham
Cover the turkey with two layers of foil and a tea towel tucked into the platter or dish it's resting on. For the steak, a pot lid or foil will do the trick - but do keep the steak somewhere warm, the turkey is large enough to retain heat.
A couple of weeks back you provided advice from a reader having difficulty making fish cakes. I have a similar problem with potato cakes in that the amount of moisture in the potatoes from the supermarket is so high that any attempt at potato cakes results in a sticky mush. I end up adding copious amounts of flour, but then that is about all one can taste. Adding an egg just makes things worse. Any advice? - J.M. McKinley
Bake the unpeeled potatoes whole, leave to cool a little, then scoop out the flesh and mash with herbs, thinly sliced onions, seasoning, and a little flour. Roll in balls, press flat, coat in flour. Place in the fridge, covered, to chill a few hours. Alternately, peel and coarsely grate them, then squeeze out excess moisture between your hands. Add a little flour and seasoning, press flattish. Fry in a smallish heavy-based pan with 4mm of oil over a medium heat until golden and cooked through.