Bain marie

A bain marie is a hot water bath and is ideal to keep foods such as sauces hot without being on a direct heat. A bain marie is simple to set up and is used in many recipes.

Pasta marinade

Marinading adds great taste to pasta and will give you more time to concentrate on the sauce and other ingredients. Just add the marinated pasta for the final few minutes to heat through before serving.

Mains recipes – cooking tips

Main courses come in all shapes and sizes to suit different tastes and appetites. Here, are some great tips for cooking main courses.

Peel and dice potatoes

There are many great tasting potato recipes to cook. This shows how to wash and peel a potato.

Food shopping tips

Most of our shopping is done at a local supermarket but an increasing amount is now done online. Here are some great food shopping tips to help you out.

Mise en place

What is mise en place? Mise en place is simply the time spent peeling, chopping, making stocks, weighing all the ingredients, etc. to get yourself and nice and prepared for cooking – having everything in its place.  Preparation also includes getting all your cooking utensils ready, not forgetting plates, knives, forks, etc.  Wikipedia describes it as French phrase…

Cooking tips

Cooking tips – essential cooking tips for you When the time comes to start cooking, put on some of your favourite music, pour a drink or make a mug of tea and read your recipe again. And, if you really want to look the part, buy a striped apron – it will save getting splashes…

Reasons for cooking

Reasons for cooking – why cook? Many of us cannot afford to eat out at restaurants too often, or have take-aways every evening. So, one reason why we may ask what are the reasons for cooking is cost and that we all need to eat!  Other reasons include the fact that many foods need to be cooked…

Recipe tips

Recipe tips – essential tips when it comes to recipes Put simply, a recipe is a list of ingredients and a method of putting them together to make a certain dish.  Here are some recipe tips to help get you started. There are literally hundreds of cookbooks in shops and local libraries that contain thousands…

Decorating cupcakes

This iced cupcake shows how the icing can be painted to create a stunning looking cupcake that would not be out of place in a gallery.