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Chop herbs in a hurry

I find it so much easier to use a pair of sharp kitchen scissors to chop herbs and leafy vegetables like spring onions – I even cut my spinach…

Make Vichy carrots

Serves 2 A traditional French side dish originally cooked in Vichy mineral water with sugar and butter. Thinly slice 350g peeled carrots (you can also cut them into rounds…

Make creme patissiere

Makes about 200ml A thick, creamy custard for filling cakes and pastries – it’s also known as confectioner’s custard In a mixing bowl, beat 6 egg yolks and 60g…

Work out roasting times

General rules when roasting meat and chicken: • Chicken 500g – 3,5kg: 30 minutes at 220°C + 10 minutes per 500g at 180°C. • Beef on the bone: 10…

How to make gravy

Gravy is made from the juices and bits and pieces that are left behind in the roasting pan after roasting meat and chicken. Once the roast is cooked, remove…

Enhance your winter roasts

SIDE DISHES • Steam baby marrows, string beans, celery, leaks and peas. Place on a serving dish and season well to taste. Drizzle with olive oil and balsamic vinegar.…

Make colourful pasta

Measure the pasta dough ingredients as you would normally and… • For black pasta, add a sachet of squid ink to 400g flour then mix with the rest of…

How to bake blind

Baking blind refers to the process whereby a pastry case is baked prior to spooning in the filling. By baking blind, it ensures that the pastry is cooked and…

Using a sugar thermometer

To achieve the correct results when boiling sugar, it’s essential to use a sugar thermometer. Check the accuracy of your thermometer by placing it in water that has just…

How to blanch tomatoes

I prefer blanched tomatoes as I do not like the consistency of tomato skin or seeds in a dish. Blanching is the easiest and quickest way to peel large…

Avoid cake flops

• If your cake has risen unevenly, it could be due to the oven temperature being too high or because the flour wasn’t sufficiently blended into the mixture. •…

Yorkshire pudding

Traditionally, Yorkshire pudding was served with roast beef in the county of Yorkshire, England.  The batter was placed under the meat to catch the meat drippings, but if you…

Cheat’s buffalo mozzarella

Buffalo mozzarella is not always readily available, but with a little twist you can make your own. Place the mozzarella ball into a deep mixing bowl and pour fullcream…

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