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.

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!

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.

Simple customisable groceries list to suit all budgets

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.

Why you should try growing food indoors, plus tips & tricks

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.

Tips for hosting a book club & free cute Victorian girls bookish printables

Cute victorian girls, books, cupcakes, and a beautiful shade of forest green. Everything you need for your next book club meeting, plus some tips to help you run the event, some recipe ideas, and a fun bookish game.
If you don’t have a regular book club, you can use these to host a one-off book exchange. Never heard of those before? Don’t worry, you’re not alone, I only came across them a while ago. Book exchange parties are a fantastic way to get new books without having to open up the wallet, something we can all get behind!

What is fair trade? And is it even a good thing?

Fair trade has become one of those ‘good’ words associated to food, much like organic or local. But, just like those, most of us don’t really understand what fair trade really means or what products can actually be fair trade. It is usually seen as a beneficial thing, even something we should prioritise when shopping, but what is it exactly?
Join me as I explore the concept of Fair Trade.