Restore a stainless steel pan

I have been visiting the Second Chance Charity Shop a lot lately. Firstly, because I work at The Carpenter’s Shop, which is a fantastic NPO, and the money from the Charity Shop goes towards funding TCS initiatives, like cleaning people who live on the street (and anyone else who wants to come), and we collaborate […] Read more…

Probiotics – Kefir and other bacteria.

Whenever I start to think about the effect that probiotics have on our bodies, I get this vision of one of those great big robots that are actually being driven by tiny aliens.  Similarly, we are made up of millions of bacteria. In fact, according to the NIH Human Microbiome project,  bacteria outnumber human cells by […] Read more…

Vinaigrette: Citrus, Cumin and Cilantro

Vinaigrettes are amazing when it comes to mixing up the flavours in meals.  You can use them to dress up salads, or as sauces, or even marinades. Most vinaigrettes have a ratio of 1 part oil to 3 parts acid, and this is an excellent base from which to experiment.  However, in this recipe, you’ll […] Read more…

Top 5 Essential Kitchen Tools

This is a list of 5 of my top-rated tools – the ones that I reach for constantly, for both my personal and professional cooking. 1. Chef’s Knife A good knife has weight to it. It feels good in your hands, and it stays sharp with a bit of care. I didn’t actually feel like […] Read more…

Party food: Camembert Bites

Camembert is a must on my Christmas table.  It doesn’t matter how we have it,but it’s a traditional nod to the family gatherings of the past, where we’d indulge in deep fried Camembert with preserves of some sort.  While this is still one of my favourite ways to have it, it requires a lot of […] Read more…

Eggnog Ice Cream with Gingerbread

I love eggnog.  In particular, my favourite recipe so far is Jamie Oliver’s Best Eggnog Recipe. I’m linking directly to it because there’s no need to reinvent the wheel, and credit where it is deserved 🙂  Pop over for the recipe, and then come back when you’re done.. My tweaks to Jamie Oliver’s recipe: 2 […] Read more…

Succulent Turkey

Turkey is notoriously dry.  Probably because it is treated like a giant chicken, and often overcooked. The legs are done before the breasts, and the skin gets tough. Not this turkey! We’re going to treat her right, and you’ll be rewarded with a turkey that is tasty and juicy.  And you can even make your […] Read more…

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