6 Simple Cooking Tips for the Beginner Chef
If you’re just getting started on your cooking journey, it can be a little intimidating trying out new recipes and maybe even quite discouraging when you don’t get it right the first time. But practice makes perfect, so don’t give up! ...
How to Cook Meat Right
Cooking meat can be a breeze or a task depending on the kind you choose. Every meat comes with its own set of challenges that can make or break your dish. But there are a few basic rules, which, if followed, can help you excel at handling your chosen delicacy...
How to Cook Fish Right
Cooking fish can be a challenge - one minute too soon, and your fish comes out pink, slightly slimy and underdone; one minute too long, and you end up with tough, chewy meat. But it’s also a pretty exact science, which means that once you get your timing and technique down pat, you should end up with a perfect fish dish every single time. Not sure where to get started? This guide to cooking fish right will help you on your journey to delicious dinners...
A Quick Guide to Cooking with Grains
For most of us, when we think of staple grains, the plain white rice is the first thing that comes to mind. Most meals don’t seem to be complete without this carbohydrate. However, adding a variety of whole grains to your diet can actually introduce a whole new dimension of flavour and nutrition to your daily meals. Before white rice, the diets of our ancestors were actually more varied, and most consumed a combination of interesting whole grains which are far less common now...
5 Things You Need for a Great Cookout
There is a lot of work that goes into throwing a party outdoors. Whether it’s a simple gathering in the backyard or a big cook-out in the park, here’s our take on how you can turn up the heat at the next grill-out! These suggestions are good for anyone, be it for the seasoned griller or barbecuing newbie...
Vegetables 101 : How to Cook Perfect Greens
Vegetables are chock full of nutritious goodness and a must at every meal, but we all know there are few things as difficult - or unpleasant - to eat than soggy, overcooked, discoloured vegetables. Unfortunately, vegetables are extremely sensitive to cooking and heat - and can go from very delicious to very slimy in just under a minute ...
Cooking with Oil: Do’s and Don’ts
Whether it’s crispy, delicious deep fried potatoes or light, tangy salad dressings, oils play a huge part in our daily meals. They can make a difference to flavour, texture and of course the nutritional profile of the food we eat...
Cooking with Kids: 4 Simple Childproof Recipes
Growing up, most of us were told to stay out of the kitchen. It’s hot, it’s stuffy! Or - it’s dangerous in here - were things we often heard from our parents, who didn’t want toddlers near hot oil or scalding pans. But cooking with your children actually is a lot of fun - as long as closely supervised. Not only is cooking together a great bonding activity, it teaches your child how food gets to the table and engages them in a sensory learning experience, not to mention equipping them with practical...
5 Smart, Efficient Storage Ideas for Your Kitchen
Our kitchens are often the heart of our homes - where delicious meals are cooked, where the family gathers for quick breakfasts, and almost always where you can find a kind word or a warm hug from your loved ones...
Simple One Pot Meals Your Family Will Love
While it is always lovely to have home cooked meals, the idea of having to do loads of washing up after each meal can be a daunting prospect. But what if you could cook everything in just one cooking pot – which makes for virtually no clean up?
Soup-er Ways to Fast, Healthy Dinners
We all want to eat well – and most of us would love to come back to a hearty, good-for-the-soul home cooked meal.
10 Types of Food You Should Never Keep in the Fridge
If the idea of fresh, wholesome food to you starts with chilled ingredients right out of the fridge - you'll be surprised that this is not always the case! The notion that the fridge is a safe place for all your groceries might stem from the belief that freezing food kills bacteria (it actually only renders them inactive), but there are certain items that are fine, or best, kept on the shelves.
Master Moist-Heat Cooking Methods
Cooking involves the transfer of heat from a heat source to your food and can be categorised into two main types of methods: moist-heat or heat-dry. Moist-heat cooking preserves and adds moisture to food during the cooking process by using liquids such as water, broth, wine or even juice.
The Cold, Hard Facts on Fridges
Freezing is the process of preserving food, which inhibits the growth of harmful bacteria. This convenient food storage method is extremely handy for keeping food fresh for an extended period of time. Discover interesting facts about frozen food...
Baking Tips Everyone Should Know
Many bakers would say that baking is a science – it requires accurate measurements and timing in order to produce perfectly moist red velvet cupcakes. They are not far from it! The steps to achieving perfectly baked goods are not hard, but they are precise. But once you get to learn of these baking tips, your pastries will never taste the same again!
A Comprehensive Guide to your Fridge’s Humidity Drawers
When it comes to properly utilising a fridge to stock fresh produce, most people know that low temperatures help to keep food fresh for longer. However, few are aware that humidity is another important factor in extending the shelf life of your fruits and vegetables.
Cooking with Leftovers: 4 Easy After-Party Recipes
Not sure what to do with last night’s roast chicken from your Christmas party? You’ll be surprised at the variety of dishes you can make with just your leftovers and common ingredients you will find in your kitchen. We have rounded up a few recipes that you can whip up—for a fuss-free, delicious meal the next day.
Healthy Food Your Children Will Love
Forget chefs with stringent gourmet expectations, children come out tops when it comes to being some of the pickiest eaters around. Make worrying a thing of the past with our healthy and delicious meal suggestions — so good you will find them irresistible too.