All in Kitchen Toolbox

Working with Avocado

Everyone knows it

Probably the most recognisable fruit and by far the most versatile. You can find it in guacamole, salsas, brownies, cookies, smoothies and salads. The perfect avocado is a little food gift that I find great joy is opening. Knowing how to liberate the beautiful flesh from the stone and skin is now always an easy job. That is why I have put together a quick guide on how to work with avocado and how to make something pretty out of it too.

How to stir-fry

Here is another quick, easy and practical post to add to your kitchen skill toolbox.

What is stir fry?

Stir fry (stir-fry) is what can only be described as a quick, easy and tasty way to get dinner on the table.

Stir-frying is a Chinese cooking method that has been around for approximately 1,500 years. It is basically using high heat to quickly cook meat and vegetables using oil in a wok or large pan. No fancy skills, tools or knowledge needed.

How to Make Meatballs

How to Make Meatballs

Here is another quick, easy and practical post to add to your kitchen skill toolbox.

Meatballs are an easy weeknight option, they are easy to make, and each one can be made into a little flavour bomb.

Making meatballs is easy, a little messy but easy. You can follow these key steps to make tender meatballs every time no matter what flavours you put in the mix. Remember that meatballs are comfort food, so it is ok to keep it simple.

How to roast peppers

How to Roast Peppers

Here is another quick, easy and practical post to add to your kitchen skill toolbox.

Let’s talk about peppers

Today I want to talk about peppers. It might not seem important, but the ability to roast your own peppers is not only a must but also super easy to do.  As with most ingredients how you prepare them can enhance the flavour. This holds very true for roasting peppers. The roasting process brings out their sweetness. 

Working with Kale

Kale is a very popular at the moment which is a good thing as it is packed with beneficial nutrients.  Kale is easy to grow and a versatile leaf, it grows year round in Auckland and is available in many varieties.
Preparing Kale is easy enough you just need to follow some simple steps

Cold brew coffee

I'm a bit lover of coffee, that is actually an understatement, coffee keeps me going, I may have more coffee than water in my body.  It upsets me to say this, but there are times when it is too hot to drink a hot coffee; fear not as the solution is to have cold brew coffee.  

New product available - Clean Eats Food Wrap

Eating Clean and living clean – working toward a plastic-free planet.  

Each food wrap is made in  New Zealand from cotton and beeswax.  They are a reusable and eco-friendly alternative to plastic food wrap.  

Leftover preserver – keep food fresher for longer  

The beeswax coating allows food to breathe while staying covered; leftovers will last longer and not get sweaty.  

Working with onions

Excellent knife skills come with time and practice, learning how to dice an onion is an important skill that you will likely need every day (well most days).  A bonus is being able to chop onions without tears. 

Care for your knives

It may surprise you, but blunt knives are dangerous. Why? Dull knives require a greater amount of pressure to cut and are far more likely to slip and end up cutting you.

Keeping your knives sharp is important and so is investing in a sharpener to keep your knives in top condition.

Why cast iron is king

Cast iron pans are fantastic but they take a little bit of care and take some getting used to when you start cooking with them. That being said when you find your feet with cast iron you never want a non-stick frying pan again.  

How to Steam Vegetables

Steaming vegetables is a quick and easy option for getting vegetables onto your plate.  

Steaming your vegetables is a great way of keeping some of the crunch in your vegetables, none of us likes soggy broccoli with dinner. 

Boiled eggs

Don’t you just hate it when you get a hard-boiled egg with that green ring inside; I think it has to be the most off-putting thing.

Getting the perfectly boiled egg is not difficult, the secret is that it is just about timing.