Expert Advice

5 essential staples your kitchen (always) needs 

Published on July 3, 2024

A well-stocked pantry is the key to quick and easy meal preparation. With the right staples on hand, you can whip up delicious dishes without the need for frequent grocery trips. Here are five essential pantry staples to always keep stocked.   Canned tomatoes  Canned tomatoes are incredibly versatile and can be used in a variety […]

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5 tips to faster cooking 

Published on July 1, 2024

Cooking is a fun and rewarding experience, but it can also be time-consuming and stressful when you’re in a rush. With these 5 clever hacks, you can simplify your kitchen routine and make meal prep more efficient.    Prep ingredients ahead of time  Preparing your ingredients in advance is one of the best ways to streamline […]

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Give your immune system a boost with these powerhouse ingredients

Published on June 14, 2024

Suit up (or rather armour up) with mineral and vitamin-rich ingredients such as garlic, ginger, turmeric and more to help keep the sniffles at bay.  Powerhouse picks  Keep your immune system strong with these nutrient-rich ingredients:   Leafy greens  Leafy green vegetables (such as spinach, Swiss chard and kale) are iron-rich and packed with vitamins C […]

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Render your steak in just 3 steps 

Published on June 14, 2024

Frying meat that has a fat layer, such as steak, doesn’t need more than salt and pepper to be exquisite – if cooked right. There’s one pitfall many people see: the all-important fat is forgotten when cooked. Here’s how to render (cook out) the fat while adding tons of flavour to your steak!  Step 1: […]

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Making rough pastry from scratch 

Published on June 14, 2024

Making pastry from scratch changes your end product entirely, and this recipe doesn’t have to include hours of folding, rolling and shaping to give you that classic, crispy-layered buttery flakes that it’s known for.  Cheat’s rough-puff pastry  Makes about 400g  Rough puff pastry is super easy to make because the idea is to not blend […]

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How to caramelise butter 

Published on June 14, 2024

Adding butter to dishes not only adds flavour, but helps with the caramelisation process in cooking. Remember, butter burns quite quickly so keep some lemon juice on stand-by.   Why it works  Caramelisation is a cooking reaction that intensifies flavour. It also adds a hint of nutty sweetness that compliments savoury dishes very well.  Our forever-favourite […]

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How to poach an egg perfectly at home 

Published on June 6, 2024

Poached eggs are the epitome of a restaurant-level brunch or brekkie. The trick to bring this elevated egg to your own stove is creating a vinegar bath.  Get it perfect, every time:  To achieve the perfect poached egg, crack one into a small ramekin or bowl and cover entirely with vinegar (between ¼ and 1/3 […]

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Professional kitchen tricks you wish you knew sooner 

Published on June 6, 2024

Tricks of the trade that you never knew you needed.  Skin in the game  How to get crispy fish skin without it getting stuck to a pan!  The pan: Place a square of baking paper on the heated oil in the pan. Top with another drop of oil and fry fish skin-side down on top […]

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Ways to save your cooking mistakes  

Published on June 6, 2024

Don’t let a single mistake keep you from serving something glorious! Here’s how to save what you might think is a total fail.  Fix over-whipped eggs  Oh no! You’ve put in too much elbow grease and deflated egg whites so now they’ve got water at the bottom of mixture. This means your protein bonds in […]

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3 tips for a delicious coffee brew at home 

Published on June 5, 2024

You don’t need to go to a coffee shop for a delicious morning brew. Unlock the secrets of making your perfect cup of coffee at home with these great tips.   Froth your milk   Want to make you regular to-go latte order at home? Yes, please! Add some foam to your cuppa by frothing your […]

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