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Three things with Poh: ‘I love this item so much I considered getting it tattooed on my wrist’

Three things with Poh: ‘I love this item so much I considered getting it tattooed on my wrist’

10/19/2021 7:50:00 PM

Three things with Poh: ‘I love this item so much I considered getting it tattooed on my wrist’

One of Australia’s favourite cooking personalities shares the kitchen implement she can’t live without, and the item she mosts regrets losing

, which screens on Thursdays at 8.30pm on SBS Food. The pair’s shared heritage and upbringing is the basis for the travel and cooking show, which sees them visiting regions around Australia, creating Malaysian dishes with local twists.In her all culinary explorations, Yeow has come to rate one kitchen implement above the rest: the whisk. Here, she tells us why she considers that tool so essential, as well as the story of two other important belongings.

What I’d save from my house in a fireI’d grab all my sketchbooks. My entire art career from uni until now is all there, in idea form – 24 years of every sketch before a painting. There’s not many things that chart my growth as consistently.Allow Instagram content?

This article includes content provided by Instagram. We ask for your permission before anything is loaded, as they may be using cookies and other technologies. To view this content,click 'Allow and continue'.Allow and continueI’m horribly erratic with writing in my diary – I often find it really tedious or too revealing to commit what I’m feeling into words, but letting the stories spill out on to the canvas is different. It feels like the secrets are contained and people can only find them if they feel them. If I lost everything else, the sketchbooks would remind me that I could create it all again.

My most useful object in the kitchenRead moreIt’s a whisk. I love this item so much I have considered getting it tattooed on one of my wrists for years. The time is ripe, I’m accelerating towards mid-life. Perhaps it can be a gift to myself when I hit 50.

It’s extra fascinating for me because I didn’t grow up with one, even though Mum was a savage baker. She’d always go electric. To me it represents French technique and refinement, something that’s become central to how I love to cook. I often ponder about its invention and ability to transform the texture of ordinary ingredients into things like magical, cloud-like meringue, feather-light sponges or cream aerated until it’s stiff and able to be shaped, piped and manipulated into beautiful forms for cakes and pastries.

In savoury cooking it makes silken gravy, smooth crepe batters, then emulsifies mayonnaise and hollandaise. At Jamface we make kilograms of custard every week, and there we have at least a dozen whisks. It’s also great for rough mashing if you want to keep some texture in things like avo or potato. Have I promoted its virtues enough?

The item I most regret losingThe engagement ring from my first marriage. My ex in-laws were the kindest, most generous people. At the time Matt and I were still at uni, often spotted scraping around the footwell of his Holden Camira for petrol money, so his mum, Margaret, decided to pass down her engagement ring to us.

Read moreIt was perfect – not too flashy; a vintage-looking, rectangular-cut aquamarine, flanked by three small diamonds on two sides and set in white gold. One of our frequent hangouts was the McDonald’s on West Terrace in Adelaide. It was close to the night spots, so it was great for people watching. Early on in the game we had a brilliant night of conversation there and it just stuck. We were Mormons at the time, and with alcohol being out of the question, we’d head there for fries as a post-going out ritual.

The ring suffered an ignominious demise – I went to the toilets, washed my hands and left it sitting on top of the syringe disposal unit. I broke into a cold sweat when I realised what had happened. We made a U-turn but it was of course gone and, upon telling Margaret what had happened, she replied in classic Margaret fashion: “The thing that matters is you have your health!” Sadly, she is no longer with us, but I’ll always treasure her Irish-Catholic stoicism.

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