Vanilla sugar

Vanilla sugar is very handy when making biscuits, for example, to give a subtle hint of vanilla flavour. Why not give vanilla sugar a try when you next make a batch of shortbread.

Making a roux

A basic white roux is possibly the most used of all thickening agents in the kitchen. A roux is quite simple to make – just equal parts of melted butter/margarine and plain flour. The following shows how to make a roux.

Cutting pork medallions

Pork medallions are great to cook with pasta and other dishes. Pork medallions are simply thin slices of pork that can be cooked quickly.

Cracked pepper

This shows how to make cracked pepper. Cracked pepper as an ideal way to season steaks, pork chops, etc and is quick and simple to prepare.

Slicing pears

This video is all about slicing pears. This is a useful cookery skill when preparing refreshing salads, such as a blue cheese, walnut and pear salad.

Paper piping bag

This is all about making a paper piping bag. A paper piping bag is great to use with icing of cakes so you can pipe icing with confidence.

Pane cooking

Pane cooking is simply about passing food through seasoned flour, beaten egg and white breadcrumbs to give your food a coating ready for cooking.

How to make onion cloute

This video shows just how easy it is to make an onion cloute. A cloute is great for adding taste to sauces.

Mushroom duxelle

This shows a mushroom duxelle recipe, which is a great mushroom stuffing recipe. This mushroom duxelle is easy to make and only takes a few minutes.