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The Perfect Boiled Egg

The Perfect Boiled Egg

A perfect soft-boiled egg has a firm but tender white and a runny yolk, with no cracks in the shell to allow the white to seep out.

Which Pot to Cook What?

Which Pot to Cook What?

It is important for dishes that need to cook for a long time, that your pot or pan has a good-quality heavy base to distribute the heat evenly.

How to Make Fruit Butters and Pastes

How to Make Fruit Butters and Pastes

Fruit butters (or curds) and pastes are intensely flavoured spreads made with a high proportion of fruit. Fruit pastes (also known as ‘cheeses’) are slowly simmered mixtures of ripe cooked fruit pulp and sugar. Serve them with a cheese platter, accompanied by walnuts or bitter chocolate.

How to Make Homemade Stock

How to Make Homemade Stock

At the heart of every great soup is a great stock. Although shop-bought stocks are convenient, they never have as much flavour as those you make yourself. Plus, when you make your own, you know exactly what goes into it – and what doesn’t.

Chocolate

Everything You Need to Know About Chocolate

Chocolate tastes good, what else is there to say? Let’s start with the fact that we’re facing an imminent worldwide shortage.

Gingerbread Man

4 Fascinating Things Your Holiday Eating Habits Say About You

According to science, everything from how you eat a gingerbread man to what type of wine you drink during holiday parties reveals something about you.

How to Bake the Perfect Souffle

How to Bake the Perfect Souffle

Soufflés are relatively easy to make as long as you follow a few basic rules. For a hot soufflé, eggwhites are stiffly whisked and folded into a thick, flavoured sauce, then the mixture is cooked in a straight-sided dish.

How to Make Better Scones

How to Make Better Scones

There's nothing quite like a freshly baked, home-made scone for morning or afternoon tea. Follow these simple tips to produce well-shaped, tender and beautifully risen scones.

Types of tea

The Different Types of Tea

Although there are many types of tea, they all come from the same plant, Camellia sinensis. The differences arise because of the area where they are grown and how they are processed.

Pastry

Pastry-making Tips

Homemade pastry has a texture and taste superior to ready-bought. It also freezes well. Use these easy tips to make better pastry.

How to Make Mayonnaise in a Blender

How to Make Mayonnaise in a Blender.

Homemade mayonnaise is far better than anything out of a jar. You can also add your own flavours. Making mayonnaise in a blender is quick and easy when it’s not so important for the mixture to be really thick. A light olive oil is the best base, or use a mixture of vegetable oils. Extra virgin oil gives a strong flavour.

How to Make a Flavour-Packed Marinade

How to Make a Flavour-Packed Marinade

The aim of marinating is to tenderise and add flavour to meat and fish. It is particularly useful for some of the otherwise tough, cheaper cuts of meat. Use these tips and recipes to create a flavour-packed meal.

How to Cook With Less Fat

How to Cook with Less Fat

In these health-conscious times, many people try to follow a low-fat diet. All diets need some fat, but it’s important to choose healthy fats and to moderate how much of them you consume. Use these easy tips to reduce the amount of fat in your cooking and prepare healthier meals.

How to Preserve Fruit

How to Preserve Fruit

Most fruit seasons are short, but harvests can be abundant, so try preserving fruit for use when the fresh fruit has passed its best. Preserved fruits can be used in cooking, on top of breakfast cereal, or served simply with cream, ice cream or plain yogurt. Wash and dry all fruit before starting for all the methods below.

How to brew coffee

How to Choose Coffee Beans

Sometimes the choice between different types of coffee bean can seem overwhelming. Here are a few hints to narrow it down and get what you want.

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