Cooking Tips & Tricks

  1. Use avocado as an emulsifying agent to give salad dressings a creamy boost. To add a lovely sweet element and body to your salad dressings, use fruit purees with equal parts cider or wine vinegars as the base. e.g. raspberry, orange, apple, pear. You can blitz, portion and freeze in ice cube trays for convenience.
  2. Obviously, don't buy things or have things you shouldn't eat lying around the house. You might need to ask your family for help here. If you live close to the shops, always walk and carry your groceries. It's brilliant exercise and you will be less inclined to buy things you don't need if you have to haul it home!
  3. Use as many fresh herbs as possible to enhance the flavour, rather than things like flavoured salts.
  4. Instead of adding more salt, use a squeeze of lemon. This will fire off similar receptors on your taste buds, but instead of clogging your arteries, you get a nice hit of Vit C.
  5. Eat a variety of colours (and by this I don't mean m&m's!). Mother nature has colour coded everything to help us keep track, so use it! Usually, the more intense the colour, the more beneficial nutritionally.
  6. Please don't grate instead of julienne (cut into short, thin strips), it makes salads limp and watery which will dilute dressing and de-intensify flavours and then you will complain that your food is bland!
  7. When cooking salmon, always start with a cold pan and the skin side down.This will ensure the skin crisps up slowly and beautifully, without burning before the flesh cooks completely. Also always serve skin side up and EAT IT! A lot of people aren't used to eating fish skin but it's just like pork crackling - delicious and full of omega 3 fats, which are very good for you.
  8. Take pride in cooking something simply but perfectly - have respect for your ingredients. Also remember that cooking is all about patience so it might take a few shots to get it right, so long as it's edible, be happy.
  9. Food rituals are important. Don't go about your kitchen in a rush banging things around and smashing freshly washed herbs on the side of the sink. Be calm and treat all your ingredients with care. You'll be surprised how simple things like cutting your ingredients beautifully will create interesting textures and enhance flavour.
  10. Be willing to try new things so you can expand your repertoire. If you don't you'll grow bored with the food you're cooking and be tempted to stray to bad foods.
  11. Hop on the internet and look up seasonal produce so you are buying the best fruit and veg possible.

1 Reviews

cherylfay

Fri Feb 8, 2013 at 6:08 am

can I make quick start shake with hot water