Cooking with Chocolate

Cooking with Chocolate

Cooking with Chocolate For those that love chocolate there is hardly ever a dessert decision to be made – chocolate wins every time.  At this time of year I tend to look for warm puddings such as  chocolate self saucing … Read more »

Barley Risotto Recipe

Barley Risotto Recipe

Reluctant Barley Risotto – Virgil Evetts I’m a bit slow off the mark when it comes to fad foods.  Every year a clutch of new gimmick ingredients and dishes spread through menus and magazines [beetroot and goat-cheese tart anyone?] like … Read more »

Soup Recipes

Soup Recipes

Soup must be one of man’s oldest foods since it would have been discovered at the same time as boiling was used as a method for cooking. I love the versatility of soup – it can be thin, thick, smooth … Read more »

Upside Down Cakes

Upside Down Cakes

There is something very comforting about an upside down cake.  Perhaps it is its homely rustic qualities that differentiate it from many other cakes. I don’t know what started my fascination but this winter upside down cakes and puddings have … Read more »

Balsamic Vinegar Uses

Balsamic Vinegar Uses

Balsamic Vinegar – Alison McKee Balsamic vinegar is the aristocrat of vinegars. Unlike other vinegars made from sour wine balsamic vinegar is produced from must, freshly pressed grape juice, which is boiled and reduced concentrating the sugars before aging in … Read more »

Cooking Leeks

Cooking Leeks

Leeks – Alison McKee Leeks have a great affinity with potatoes and many traditional dishes such as Scottish Cockie Leekie soup and the Welsh Cawl Cennin are based on broths containing leek and potato. The secret to making a tasty … Read more »

Chicken and Beef Stock

Chicken and Beef Stock

Last week on the Radio Live kitchen and Garden show Hester Guy and I discussed the merits of a good homemade stock and how we make them.Good stock is the basis to a well flavoured dish, if you use inferior … Read more »

Hainanese Chicken Rice

Hainanese Chicken Rice

Hainanese Chicken Rice with thanks to Keanu Reeves Virgil Evetts   So it’s not exactly high-art, but The Matrix isn’t a bad film as far as disposable fluff goes. At the very least its a fun couple of hours, crammed … Read more »

Quick and Easy Pad Thai

Quick and Easy Pad Thai

A couple of weeks ago we had the parents of Daisy’s year 2 class to dinner.Often the working parent/s doesn’t get to meet the adults attached to the little people who come to play and we thought it would be a … Read more »

Slow Cooking Meat

Slow Cooking Meat

Braising or Stewing?  Alison McKee It can be a little confusing defining the culinary terms Braising, Stewing, Casseroling, Pot Roasting and Hot Pot. However, what they all have in common is long slow cooking in liquid making them perfect rich … Read more »

Indian Curry Cooking

Indian Curry Cooking

  Indian Food – Lynley Ruck Describing “Indian” food is like describing “Italian” food, you don’t. Indian cuisine reflects the many diverse geographical regions, cultural and religious beliefs with each offering various tastes, textures and aromas. The combination of fresh … Read more »