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.
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.
A kitchen without herbs and spices is a sad, boring kitchen. Any dish can be made exciting and tasty by adding herbs and spices. And there are so many to choose from that you won’t have time to get bored!
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!
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.
Recipes are great, but they are just guidelines. Luckily, there are a few tips and tricks that can help you when using recipes.
Facing a massive store full of food can be daunting. Or you might have to deal with the opposite: a limited selection of ingredients. In both situations you might end up spending more than you planned for or you might end up not buying everything you needed. And in most cases, you will spend more than you wanted and also forget things.
You need to go shopping with a game plan in place. You don’t necessarily need an extremely detailed shopping list or even a meal plan, but you do need to have some idea of what you’re going to get.
I consider eggs one of the basic ingredients everyone should have in their kitchen. They’re incredible versatile, affordable, and easy to cook.
However, a lot of people can’t have eggs, and a lot of people choose not to eat eggs. And luckily, there are many alternatives out there that are just as versatile, affordable, and easy to cook as eggs are. But even if you do eat eggs, you should give these alternatives a try. Often the results are a little bit different and delicious.
I don’t think I need a big introduction for this one: biscuits, cookies, call them whatever you want. They’re made with flour, usually butter, and they’re always moreish.
And don’t forget crackers! Not exactly biscuits, but similar enough.
The single best way to get fresh food is to grow it. This is great if you have a homestead, or a live in a farm, or your house has a massive garden. A bit harder if you live in a flat or have a very small garden.
Even so, there are still quite a few things that can be grown indoors without using a lot of space. All that you need is a few pots, a sunny windowsill, and a bit of patience.