• duck breasts
19 Jan, 2016

Cooking Tip #16 – Perfect duck breasts in six easy steps

By |January 19th, 2016|Cooking Tips|0 Comments

Six easy steps to getting the perfectly cooked duck breast, every time! Don't be put off from trying to cook your very own duck dish.  Gressingham or barberry duck is delicious with a fruit sauce and creamy mash potato.  This was the first time I ate duck and the first time I tried cooking itself.  [...]

  • garlic and rosemary roast potatoes
12 Oct, 2015

Cooking Tip #15 – The perfect roast potatoes

By |October 12th, 2015|Cooking Tips|0 Comments

We all strive to cook the perfect roast potatoes, right?  THE perfect crowd pleaser!  I'd say there are three steps to reaching your goal of perfection...who is judging you?  Yourself and a chef's benchmark to perfection, no matter what other culinary disasters you might have had in the kitchen, there is nothing that offers a [...]

  • rare roast beef silverside
31 Jul, 2015

Cooking Tip #14 – Roasting beef perfectly

By |July 31st, 2015|Cooking Tips|0 Comments

When it comes to roasting joints for that perfect Sunday Roast, I tend to use Topside or Silverside joints of beef when roasting.  From an area of the cow known as the 'Round' area, just below the rump.  The cuts are of the inner muscle of the thigh.  My choice because 1) they are flavoursome [...]

  • panko breadcrumbs
1 Jun, 2015

Cooking Tip #13 – Making breadcrumbs

By |June 1st, 2015|Cooking Tips|0 Comments

Making breadcrumbs might sound like such a simple kitchen task - and it is, if done right. Thinking back to when my Mum and Nan's made them, they just used ordinary bread, crusts and all.  BUT, sometimes they wouldn't always be crispy or taste greasy. Have you heard of Panko breadcrumbs?  No, they're not another [...]

  • artisan bread basket
17 Apr, 2015

Cooking Tip #12 – Keeping home baked bread fresh for longer

By |April 17th, 2015|Cooking Tips|0 Comments

If like me you regularly bake bread at home, which frankly does not require me to spell out the advantages of that over shop bought bread, you will notice that the bread doesn't last as long. The preservatives and god knows what else that goes into the bread to last longer is nothing compared to [...]

  • lemons and limes
26 Feb, 2015

Cooking Tip #11 – juicing citrus fruit

By |February 26th, 2015|Cooking Tips|0 Comments

Is it necessary to roll your fruit, I hear you ask!  Does it really sound that strange?  Maybe, but it's a classic tip, tried and tested many times and taught to me by a chef. So, take the fruit and gently roll it backwards and forwards with your palm on top.  The reason for doing [...]

  • sliced avocados
12 Feb, 2015

Cooking Tip #10 – slicing avocados

By |February 12th, 2015|Cooking Tips|0 Comments

Slicing avocados in their skin Do you find it hard to handle avocados, when slicing for salads or guacamole?  When peeled they can be hard to handle and your hands slip as you try to cut them.  Well not any more if you follow these quick tips! To slice avocados, firstly split them in half, [...]

  • chopped prepped vegetables
3 Feb, 2015

Cooking Tip #9 – kitchen efficiency

By |February 3rd, 2015|Cooking Tips|0 Comments

" Think of your kitchen like a production line and work cleanly " The most commonly made mistake I feel when working in the kitchen, is how we all plan out cooking a meal or several dishes.  By that I mean task planning.  Say you are cooking more than one dish requiring the same ingredient, [...]

  • bas gurner hob
26 Jan, 2015

Cooking Tip #8 – frying with oil

By |January 26th, 2015|Cooking Tips|0 Comments

How often have you been caught out, while frying with oil?  You realise that you need more oil while the food is cooking.  What happens when you add cold oil to a hot pan?  The food doesn't cook properly, as the heat of the oil isn't sufficient and worse still, it can make the outer [...]

  • chopping onions
15 Jan, 2015

Cooking Tip #7 – Chopping an onion

By |January 15th, 2015|Cooking Tips|0 Comments

Onions are a staple in so many dishes, yet for many of us, the thought of cutting up an onion 'brings us to tears' literally to our eyes or fills us with dread.  Partially due to lack of knowledge and secondly maybe lack of knife skills.  STOP!  That is now a thing of the past [...]