• duck breasts
19Jan, 2016

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

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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 [...]

  • garlic and rosemary roast potatoes
12Oct, 2015

Cooking Tip #15 – The perfect roast potatoes

By |October 12th, 2015|Tags: , , , , , , , |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 [...]

  • rare roast beef silverside
31Jul, 2015

Cooking Tip #14 – Roasting beef perfectly

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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 [...]

  • panko breadcrumbs
1Jun, 2015

Cooking Tip #13 – Making breadcrumbs

By |June 1st, 2015|Tags: , , , , , , , , |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.  [...]

  • artisan bread basket
17Apr, 2015

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

By |April 17th, 2015|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |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 [...]

  • lemons and limes
26Feb, 2015

Cooking Tip #11 – juicing citrus fruit

By |February 26th, 2015|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |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. [...]

  • sliced avocados
12Feb, 2015

Cooking Tip #10 – slicing avocados

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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 [...]

  • chopped prepped vegetables
3Feb, 2015

Cooking Tip #9 – kitchen efficiency

By |February 3rd, 2015|Tags: , , , , , , |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 [...]

  • bas gurner hob
26Jan, 2015

Cooking Tip #8 – frying with oil

By |January 26th, 2015|Tags: , , , , , , |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 [...]

  • chopping onions
15Jan, 2015

Cooking Tip #7 – Chopping an onion

By |January 15th, 2015|Tags: , , , , , , , , |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 [...]

  • grated frozen butter
2Jan, 2015

Cooking Tip #6 – Dealing with hard or frozen butter

By |January 2nd, 2015|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

Have you ever gone to bake something, only to discover that your butter is hard, or worse still, frozen?  Up until now, I would microwave non foil covered blocks of butter, or leave in the [...]

27Dec, 2014

Cooking Tip #5 – Perfect rice every time

By |December 27th, 2014|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Do you struggle with cooking your rice?  Follow these 5 easy steps to perfect rice every time.  These instructions were given to me by a fellow worker from the Philippines. Don't worry, you don't need [...]

  • butternut squash prep
18Dec, 2014

Cooking Tip #4 – Prepping butternut squash

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Here is your simple guide for the preparation of Butternut Squash.  No more grazed or bruised fingers trying to remove that tough skin! For more cooking tips, visit our Cooking Tips page at www.chillijamuk.com/cooking-tips/  

  • rosemary macro
7Dec, 2014

Cooking Tip #3 – Keeping herbs fresh

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How many times have you thrown away unused herbs?  Only to find them a week later in the salad bin and thought how can I save these? Here are a few helpful and thrifty tips [...]

  • brushing pastry
28Nov, 2014

Cooking Tip #2 – Perfect shortcrust pastry

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I know everyone has their own method of creating shortcrust pastry and some find pastry plain scary.  Here are a few tips I've been given or learnt over time.. If you're looking for light short-crust [...]

  • white free range duck eggs
22Nov, 2014

Cooking Tip #1 – Eggs

By |November 22nd, 2014|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Are you confused over how many or quantity of eggs to use when they are mixed sizes? Buying a batch of mixed eggs are frankly cheaper.  However, when it comes to baking (and I was [...]