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
How to make home-made yoghurt Easy and a whole batch will cost you little more than one small single shop-bought yoghurt. 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!
If you ever wondered what to do with leftover lasagna sheets, my suggestions might help you: Continue reading
Why is it that you cannot get men and children to eat vegetables with their burgers? I like to “hide” onions and sweet peppers in my home-made burgers so that the choice is not theirs. It is also a healthy way to make more burgers with the same amount of meat without having to Continue reading
This recipe is so easy, you will be making it every Sunday! Continue reading
In the winter, I often leave food outside to speed up the cooling process before placing it in the fridge or freezer, making sure that it is safe from any opportunistic thieves (whether my dog or the neighbour’s cat). In the warmer weather, this is not possible so you need to use another technique. Continue reading
You are going shopping soon and realise that you still have a lot of milk left in the fridge. Need some ideas on how to use it up? Continue reading
This post will show you the easiest and cheapest way to store fresh chill peppers. Continue reading