Must-have kitchen tools for new (and not so new) home cooks

There are some tools and gadgets that you just need in the kitchen if you want to do something beyond a bowl of instant noodles.
This is my list of the most important ones, and some nice extra tools to have when you have the money and space.

Brining and other related recipes: what, why and how

If you think brining is only for your Christmas turkey, think again!
Brining is a very easy way to make the most out of cheaper cuts of meat and even make fish and vegetables taste better. And cheese? You might be surprised to hear that cheese can also be brined!
With this guide you can learn how to become a brining master step-by-step.

Photo collection: lightning

Another photo mini digital scrapbook. I really like these. As with the previous one dedicated to daffodils, these are a simple way to appreciate the little things.
Feel free to use them as inspiration for creating something if you feel inspired to. Otherwise, just enjoy the photos themselves.

Guide to wheat flour alternatives

I have written why I think flour is one of the basic ingredients everyone should keep at home to maximise their cooking potential. There are so many things you can do just by having a few spoonfuls of flour available.
Luckily, regular wheat flour is not the only flour out there. There are many options available right now, and as they become more and more popular prices keep getting more affordable. This post is a roundup of fantastic recipes from around the web that feature 12 flours that even if they are a little harder to use and find, are well worth the effort!

10 tips for frugal homeschooling

Not everyone homeschools, but if you are currently doing it or even considering it, money is always in everyone’s mind. Homeschooling can get extremely expensive, or it can be very affordable depending on your choices. No matter which way you go, there are always ways to reduce costs.
I am a big fan of using what you already have and making the most of all the local offerings. These are a way to make home education more sustainable, affordable and connect with the local environment and people.

Eating and cooking in spring

Flowers, cool breeze, butterflies, more flowers, and for the unlucky: seasonal allergies! Spring is here and that means food is changing. Gone are the heavy stews that kept us warm through winter and fresh salads start to slowly creep in.
Even though the thought of Spring usually brings to mind fields of flowers and green shoots, the amount of fruit and vegetables available is not a lot. Flowers haven’t yet turned to fruit and most of those green shoots are not yet ready to be picked, but there are some interesting things around.

10 beautiful quotes about spring

Spring is almost here, just 2 days to go. What better way to share the beauty and new life this new season brings with it than by sharing a collection of quotes.
Feel free to download and share on social media, but don’t forget to credit!