All in Kitchen Toolbox
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.
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.
While taking good care of your knives is important, taking good care of your chopping boards and surfaces are just as important.
When you talk about making poached eggs lots of people think poaching eggs is impossible to get right; some count it in the same category as higher-level mathematics.
Usually, I use this as an opportunity to tell you about the food products that I have been loving, this month is a little different as I have 3 new loves that are not things to eat but they are products from the kitchen that I am loving.
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.
Making sure that you have the right ingredients is one thing, having the right amount of ingredients is something entirely different. Most recipes you find out in the world (including the ones I post on this blog) use cups and spoons as the means of measurement.
When you start to spend more time in your kitchen, you start to realise that high-quality equipment makes a big difference to the effort required from you.
I've found that spending a little bit more on some things has a huge benefit; the key is knowing what to buy and what you get out of it in the long run.
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.
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.
Hands up who wants to spend two hours a night in the kitchen each night?
I love cooking, but I don’t want to spend hours in the kitchen every night to get a real meal, we all have more interesting and important things to do when we get home from work.
I don't know about you, but I think that citrus oils are underrated.
I don’t profess to know the origins of Kombucha, there any many theories about who came up with it, to be honest I don’t mind who invented it, I’m just interested in the benefits it offers.
So you may be asking yourself, what is Kombucha?
Anyone who knows me knows I love bacon, I strongly believe that bacon will one day change the world, bacon makes everything better.
Finding good bacon is not easy, finding good pork isn't the problem, finding pork that is treated in the right way to create great bacon is the issue.
Most of us learn quickly that if you want to eat on the go it means making extras bring with you. I know that having a packet of nuts for snacking on is a great option but sadly not something I can't do.
I've been trucking around beef jerky and sunflower seeds for what feels like a lifetime.
My slow cooker is one of the key pieces of gear that I rely on and use every week without fail. I think that a slow cooker is a must have item for anyone wanting to make real food a part of their life, here are my reasons why;
I’d like to think that I’ve moved along my cooking learning curve enough to offer some advice around what a good kitchen should have in it.
For the most part I started by doing things the hard way and then justified to myself the need to buy certain items for my kitchen.