Cooking the Perfect Scrambled Eggs

Recipes
Sometimes the simplest of dishes can be the hardest to get just right. People are familiar with them and know how they should taste, so if they’re anything but perfect, it shows. Make sure your scrambled eggs never go wrong by following these simple steps: Heat a generous amount of butter and a splash of oil over a gentle heat in a non-stick saucepan. Be careful not to heat too high or for too long, or it will burn. Oil is important for heat, butter is important for flavour. Whisk the eggs together with a small splash of milk. It won’t matter what kind of milk you use – this is more for texture. The majority of flavour comes from the butter. Pour the eggs into the pan and season with salt and pepper to taste. Stir continuously over a low heat. This part it important – the eggs need to be stirred in order to cook evenly. This process will take about five minutes. For deliciously creamy scrambled eggs, add in a touch of cream or crème Keep reading

Choosing the Right Food Mixer

Cooking Equipment
Food mixers are a highly useful, versatile tool to have in your kitchen. They’re often used in baking, and as this hobby is growing in popularity, food mixers are becoming more useful than ever. You can buy a number of different products from various retailers and brands, so it’s worth doing some research to make sure that you’re choosing the right product for you. Mixers come in a range of shapes and sizes, from small hand-held devices to stand mixers big enough for commercial use. The one you choose will very much depend upon what you want to use it for and how much you want to spend – a hand-held mixer will be significantly cheaper than a stand mixer. Hand-held mixers can be either manual or motorised, and are generally used for more simple tasks. Depending on the settings available, the process may take longer than it would with a stand mixer. However, it will be perfectly adequate for most basic mixing functions, and it will allow you to whip ingredients together which would take an exceptionally Keep reading

Ideas for Snacking on Vegetables

Cooking Techniques
A lot of people feel like they should be eating more vegetables, but often they don’t have many ideas when it comes to doing so. Here are some quick and delicious ways to make vegetable snacks to keep you going throughout the day: Kale chips. A quick and easy alternative to potato crisps. Try adding tamari for some extra flavour. Hummous. You can make it yourself and add vegetables in, such as peppers, and use it to dip vegetable sticks. Carrot and cucumber are especially good. Salsa. You can make it with all kinds of different vegetables, and can eat it with cracker bread as a healthy alternative to tortilla chips. Homemade vegetable soup. A small cup will make a satisfying snack. Vegetable juice. If you have a juicer, you can juice all kinds of vegetables to find a flavour you like. Vegetable dips. There are endless recipes around, and you can eat them with bread sticks, cracker bread or crudités. Skewers. Tomatoes and peppers are good candidates for putting onto a skewer, and you can make them Keep reading

Cauliflower Crust Pizza – a Delicious and Healthy Alternative to Pizza Dough

Recipes
We’ve previously looked at how to make the perfect pizza, but if you want a lower fat, gluten-free alternative, a cauliflower crust makes a brilliant alternative. Follow this easy recipe: Cut off the cauliflower florets and put them into a blender. Once they’re ready, they’ll resemble breadcrumbs. Put the cauliflower into a bowl, cover with cling film and microwave for five minutes to soften. Tip onto a clean tea towel and allow the mixture to cool. Once it’s cool enough to touch, squeeze as much of the water out as you can. There will be a lot! Mix the cauliflower with an egg, and anything else you might want to add to the crust. You can use herbs, spring onions, parmesan cheese or anything else you fancy. Line a baking tray with baking parchment, and grease it. Spread the mixture out into a thin circle on the tray. Make it as thin as you dare – this will help to crisp it up. Bake at 200°C/ gas mark 6 for about 20 minutes, until golden. Remove from the Keep reading

Cooking Outdoors With a Chiminea

Cooking Equipment
Cooking outdoors is a popular pastime, especially during the summer months. We’ve already looked at how to create the perfect BBQ, and some of the food which can be cooked on it, but there are all kinds of options for cooking outdoors. One popular outdoor cooking appliance is the chiminea. Usually made from metal, a fire is built inside and smoke is released through a chimney at the top. They’re an attractive way to heat outdoor spaces, and can also be used for cooking food. One option involves using the heat from the chimney, and placing pans on top of it to cook dishes like scrambled eggs or stews. Depending on the design of your chiminea, you may need an additional platform to place it on, but smoke should just be released from the front instead. Most chimineas will come with a wire grill which can be placed over the fire, so you can also use this for cooking food. This operates in exactly the same way as a traditional BBQ, so it’s perfect for grilling meat, fish Keep reading