Top tips for making the most of pumpkins

Foods

The autumn months are synonymous with thoughts of warming soups and cosy evenings by the fire and of course Halloween and Bonfire night. In most supermarkets and grocers there will inevitably be a selection of brightly coloured pumpkins on display for people to carve or use for a delicious autumn dish. Pumpkins can be used …

Planning a summer picnic?

Foods

As the weather improves and we spend more time outdoors our thoughts turn to outdoor dining. This may be a barbeque with family and friends or a celebration buffet on the lawn whatever the occasion a summer picnic never fails to please. When planning a picnic for a small group of people it is important …

Batch cooking to save money

Cooking Techniques

As we all try to save money wherever we can, one way to reduce our energy bills is to look at the way we cook our meals and whether we are using our ovens to their optimum efficiency. By batch cooking, which is making enough of a dish so that it provides meals for a …

How to cut down on those starchy carbs

Foods

When trying to improve our diet, either for weight loss or to just generally be a bit more healthy, cutting down on carb-filled starchy food products can be a great place to start. Carbohydrates are the part of our diet that gives us that ‘full’ feeling and as such many people find carbs to form …

How to take care of your pans and cookware

Cooking Equipment

The cost of cookware ranges from cheap and cheerful to expensive prestige items but even the best pans will not last long if they are not looked after. One of the trickiest pans to deal with is a cast iron pan or griddle as without proper care it will soon go rusty and deteriorate. One …