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Pastry Tips and Tricks

  Does the idea of making your own pastry send chills down your spine? Maybe it’s not that dramatic but may still give you the hmm…could they tell if I just bought it kind of vibes? Fear not, I have my favourite tips and tricks for simple pastry recipes that will have you baking gorgeous creations […]

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When is it convenient to buy ready made?

   Ready made. Microwave meals. Convenient food. All becoming big no no’s in the culinary world. Why? I hear you ask. Depending on the quality of the product, made processed food items can contain more chemical numbers, salt and sugar than they do real ingredients. So when is it ok to buy ready made products […]

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Undercover Chef Tip – Having your cake and cutting it too

  Ever starting cutting up a beautiful birthday cake and found by the third slice it looks a little less than beautiful? So what to do?  An easy solution is to warm up the knife in hot water to allow it to cut through the icing cleanly.  So how do you warm up the knife […]

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We all scream for ice-cream

Summer days are meant for ice-cream. Cool taste sensations and flavours that delight the tongue, what could be more exciting?  Sometimes though, store bought ice-cream can reveal a whole lot of interesting additives, flavours, extenders (water, vegetable shortening, wheat starch) which I prefer to leave on the shelves, not in my stomach. So how you […]

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Who you gonna call? What to do when you don’t know what to cook

  Apologies for the bad ghost busters reference, it almost had to be done. The inspiration for this blog is thanks for a lovely friend asking about what to cook for dinner based on the ingredients she had. I realised that this is not uncommon for me as I have family often calling for a […]

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Cooking for a fussy crowd – dinner made easy

Cooking for a crowd can be a little overwhelming when you need to consider different dietary needs, possible allergies and personal preferences. It’s enough to make anyone just order takeaway and not bother!  Seriously though. how do you cook for friends, your family and everyone in between and ensure that all tastes can be met?  […]

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