The short video clip below is to complement my dough making post to illustrate how easy it is to mix dough with just one finger. Continue reading
Don’t buy ready-made pastry dough! Unless you want puff pastry, which is rather labour intensive, you can make pastry dough easily and quickly using one finger (literally!). This picture guide will show you how Continue reading
First, you need one tomato. Although, you might have to buy a small packet from your local food retailer first. If you are unsure about which type to get, go for Continue reading
Pies are inexpensive and easy to make. It is a great way to use up leftover meat. Make one pie to feed 4 people or use half the pie to feed 2 and keep the other half for a cold packed lunch for 2 the following day. Below is a step-by-step picture guide on how to make the dough. Continue reading
Don’t waste time frying onions, simply cut up and place all ingredients/vegetables together in a large saucepan with one tablespoon of olive oil then add 500 ml boiled water and simmer until all vegetables are soft. Then, roughly squash the cooked vegetable using a potato masher and your soup is ready to eat.
Tip: Use red lentils as a thickener or chestnuts (or both!). You could also use potatoes but I can’t because Hubby has a potato allergy!
Tip: scatter some cubed cheddar over the soup when serving.
Below is what I used for my dips. This is particularly handy if your packet of tortilla wraps has recently passed its use by date as the tortillas will still be edible but cannot really be used to wrap food any more because they tend to tear easily.
Simply place the tortillas under the grill for a couple of minutes on both sides and cut with a chef knife to the required shape.
This picture-guide recipe is the only soft cookie recipe you will ever need. Trialled and tested by kids and grown-ups. You will need strong will power not to make this cookie recipe too often. Continue reading
Here is how I store my Bramley apples: Continue reading
Stock, whether made from lamb, beef or chicken bones, will give a lovely “meaty” and rich flavour to any dish. and is soooooooo easy to make! Below is a quick picture guide to give you that confidence to try yourself. Continue reading
Simple, re-use a Continue reading
Don’t throw out your leftover pasta//tagliatelle as they will make a lovely diner the next day.
Spread your leftover pasta (stored overnight in the fridge) over the bottom of an oven-proof dish. Here, I also used leftover fish (trout). Break a couple of eggs into a bowl, add milk (about 100-150ml), enough to cover about 3/4 of the pasta), an optional dollop of double/single cream, and salt and pepper to taste. Pour over the pasta and sprinkle grated cheese (about 50g). Cook in a preheated oven (180 degrees Celsius) until golden brown (about 25 min).
If you don’t have a salad spinner, here is how to dry your salad leaves. Take a clean kitchen towel and place your salad leaves in the middle. Take all four corners and hold them in your hand, making a tight fist. Lift your hand to the side of your body, ear height, and bring it down fast like you were trying to slap the air. Give two or three vigorous whips like this until no more water falls on the floor.
If you buy jars of vegetable in oil such as sun dried tomatoes or roasted peppers, make sure not to throw out the oil when your jar is empty. This oil, usually vegetable oil, can be used in your cooking. Handy for example when frying onions or in any recipe requiring vegetable oil. The advantage is that it already contains some flavour!
Only using egg yolks in some recipes will let you wonder what exactly you could do with the unused egg whites. Well, do not throw away because Continue reading
I have found a great use for these small net washing tablet bags found in some washing machine packs. Continue reading
When you taste this easy and quick recipe, you will think twice about buying ice cream again! Max cost £1.30 for around 900g of ice cream (using free-range eggs) and there are no additives or other nasty chemicals, just what you put in it! Continue reading
When making lemon or lime zest, most of the zest gets stuck on the grater. I used to run a pointy knife along the little blades to try and scrape off the zest but I have now found an easier way: Continue reading
I had a couple of egg whites left over from my delicious lime cheesecake. So, I decided to make meringues.
They looked lovely and delicious. But, believe me, they tasted horrible. I had a couple of mouthfulls just to make sure. They had definitely gone past the point of no return! Meringues are meant to look white. The temperature in the oven was just too high. Lesson learnt.
This recipe was easy and simple to make and so yummy that I want to share it with you. Continue reading
Once you have finished your shop-bought sliced bread, don’t throw out the plastic bag because you could reuse it in many ways. Continue reading
Have you ever wanted to eat crumble for dessert without having to wait 30 minutes for it to cook in the oven? Well, this post of for you then! Continue reading
If your ice cream is too hard to scoop, I found that the following tip works better than dipping the ice cream scoop in a mug of hot water. Continue reading
Chestnuts are expensive but if you prepare them yourself, you can save a lot of money. They will then be readily available, as and when you need them. It took me a few years to perfect my technique and I am happy to share it with you below. Continue reading
Although I use plastic containers for sandwiches and salads, I use aluminium foil for tortilla wraps because it is the only material (I have found so far) that helps them keep their shape. My tip for you today is simply to Continue reading
In this post, I will show you how to make your own sausage rolls. It is easy and quick and you will impress your friends and family. Continue reading
Add home-cooked frozen beans to your savoury salads. Once I have Continue reading
If you have any leftover stale sliced bread you no longer want to use, Continue reading
As Autumn is approaching, fresh corn is becoming plentiful and cheap. When cooking corn on the cob (I boil mine for 5 minutes with a teaspoon of sugar, no salt), make sure that you Continue reading
Have you ever wondered why potted fresh herbs (parsley, basil, coriander, etc.) bought at the supermarket never last very long, even if you remember to water them? Continue reading
Whether you buy or grow your own, take advantage of the summer season to stock up on fresh parsley and store it in your freezer for readily available supply all year round. Continue reading
To add to a previous post, I have another tip to share with you on how to spread hard/cold butter on bread. If your freezer is too small to hold all your loaves, only freeze half of them. Then, when making a sandwich, take one slice from a frozen loaf, on which to spread the cold butter, and one from the unfrozen loaf. Of course, you could always use the microwave to soften your butter but that would be cheating!