Preparing meals may not be something that you really enjoy doing but taking the time to meal plan and even batch cook can mean you get in to better eating habits. Often one of the reasons that we end up eating junk food is lack of preparation, We may not have something in to eat of haven’t allowed enough time to cook it and therefore order something in as it is less hassle. This is ok occasionally but it shouldn’t be something that you do on a regular basis as it probably is not the healthiest choice. Before you do your food shop, make a note of 6-7 meals that you want to eat that week. This will then allow you to check what ingredients you already have and what you need to buy, meaning you don’t double up or forget something. Doing this can also save you a huge amount of money on your shopping bills. Try and cook meals from scratch as much as possible as this way you know exactly what is going in Keep reading
With the nights starting to draw in and colder days fast approaching, if you haven’t already, now is the time to dig out your slow cooker. There are a huge number of different dishes that you can create in your slow cooker such as casseroles, stews, curries and even whole joints of meat. This sort of food is most often consumed during the winter months and the dishes are often so easy to prepare. Even if you have never made a stew before, you cant go wrong with a slow cooker. To make a beef stew, first fry off the diced beef. You do not need to cook it all the way through, just browning it off is enough. You can also fry off some onions at the same time which will just add extra flavour to your dish. If you want you can buy a bag of prepared veg which can just be added to the slow cooker raw and then add in your meat. You can either use a shop bought sauce to add to the Keep reading
Children love a birthday party and although there are many venues that offer birthday party packages for children it is sometimes cheaper and more enjoyable to host the party at home if you have the space. The key principle when planning the catering for a children’s party is to keep it simple. Most children will be unimpressed by extravagant displays of food and too many varieties of sandwich, so it is wise to keep to the most commonly favoured choices. It is important to bear in mind that healthy options such as carrot batons and cucumber sticks should be provided alongside traditional favourites such as mini sausages and pizza slices. It is worth checking beforehand whether any of the guests have any allergies that need to be considered when planning the food choices and if there are any children who are vegetarian or vegan. Parents with children with severe allergies may prefer to provide their child’s own food for the party. Jelly and ice cream are a traditional dessert offered at children’s parties but is often messy and Keep reading
Whether you live in a house or flat kitchen counterspace can be limited so it is essential to think carefully about the kitchen gadgets that are worthwhile in terms of cost, space and number of uses before you buy. There are some kitchen gadgets that are undoubtedly worth their weight in gold for instance an air fryer. They are not only a healthier way to cook but also produce delicious homemade chips at a fraction of the price of bought ones. They do take up space on the worktop but can be stored away in a cupboard or utility room. There are however lots of gadgets that are bought, perhaps after seeing an advertisement on the television or online, that are used once or twice and then are relegated to the loft. One such gadget is a bread maker. Many people buy them with the intention of baking their own bread but quickly discover that it is a bit hit and miss how the loaves turn out and that it is actually much cheaper buying bread from a Keep reading
Any commercial kitchen relies on efficiency, productivity and a good output of quality dishes. This is helped by having quality cooking equipment, which leads to better processes and more satisfactory food, in terms of its taste and presentation. It also means you can save a good deal of money by not having to replace your kitchen equipment all the time, as you will be able to get more out of each individual implement or piece of equipment. If you need a place to start, look into commercial kitchen brands and the ranges they offer. Sometimes it works for commercial chefs to have one particular brand that they are used to. In other cases, you will work out which types of equipment work for you and you will find your own preference. The key is in the quality: a better standard of cooking equipment means a better standard of cooking and a better standard of food.