This week’s FAK Friday is going to be a little different than usual. First off, I wanted to work on some basic knife skills (namely, how to chiffonade), but instead of just showing you the technique with photos, I thought I would put together a little video, as well.
That’s right, you heard me. A video.
I’ve always been amazed by other bloggers who use videos to help tell their stories, like this video from the White On Rice Couple, or this one from Call Me Cupcake. The idea has been in my head for I don’t know how long, but the reality of it always seemed a little daunting. To be honest with you, it still does. I don’t exactly have the right equipment or know-how to make good videos, but something came over me this afternoon, and I found myself compelled to shift my camera over to record mode.
It was more of a whim than a plan, really, but there I was anyway, recording my first video. Come to think of it, that’s pretty much how this blog started… I’d thought about it for ages, then all of a sudden I found myself making my first post. Sometimes the greatest steps we take are the ones just outside of our comfort zone!
Now, I know it isn’t perfect, but I’d love to hear what you think. Do you like the video / is it helpful / should I do more of them? Or should I pull my head out of the clouds and get back to reality. Be honest, I cane take it!
In case anyone has trouble viewing the video, or just prefers photo tutorials, I’ve included step-by-step instructions below the video. Let’s get to it!
A chiffonade is just a fancy French word for a very simple knife technique used to make thin, ribbon-like slices. It is most commonly used with fresh herbs, or other delicate leafy greens. I’m using basil here, but sage, mint, sorrel, or other herb would work fine, too.
Start with just a four or five leaves, and stack them up on top of each other, with any larger leaves on the bottom.
Once your leaves are all stacked up, gently roll them unto a tight cylinder. Be careful not to press too hard while rolling, so as not to bruise the delicate leaves.
Hold the bundle of leaves with one hand, and with the other slice the leaves into thin strips with a sharp, non-serrated knife. A sharp knife is best, because a dull blade can crush the greens, rather than make clean slices.
Gently separate the slices with your fingers, and you’re done! It’s a simple technique, but one I use all the time. Who doesn’t love little ribbons of herbs in their soup, or sitting atop their salad? It’s also a great way to cut a bunch of herbs at once, without running your knife endlessly through a loose pile of leaves.
…Plus you get to feel all fancy the next time you garnish a dish with a fresh chiffonade of something. Style points!