Monday, 20 February 2012

How to cook Pancakes

Pancakes are thin, flat cakes eaten in countries all around the world and very popular in the UK and United States.

So popular in fact, that a specific day in the calendar year, Shrove Tuesday, is celebrated by eating pancakes and is more commonly known as Pancake Day.

They can be eaten savoury or sweet, for breakfast or even dessert, and this simple recipe will show you how to cook pancakes with minimal fuss that taste great!

Wednesday, 21 December 2011

How to make Hollandaise sauce

Hollandaise sauce is a great with fish, so if you're stuck for a something to liven up your fish dish, give this a try.


110g butter, chopped into small slices
2 egg yolks
1 tbsp water
lemon juice
Salt & Pepper

This is a very simple recipe and can be done directly in a pan but you need to keep the temperature down and constantly whisk it to avoid the egg from scrambling.

Don't forget to find a nice bottle of wine to enjoy with your fish. You can always find a good deal on wine at Vintage Roots, such as end of line wine offers and bin ends

Wednesday, 23 November 2011

How to Cook a Steak

How to cook a steak

This is something that is very simple to do, but if you don't do it right you will ruin your meat, and steak can be very expensive these days!

As a cook you will need a sharp knife. For a knife sharpener - click here

We've chosen Gorden Ramsey's 'how to cook a steak' method, so try it out and let us know how you get on.

We've added a video below which shows you how to cook a steak, but just in case you're unable to see the video, we have also added the details to show you how to cook a steak.

You should leave your steak out of the fridge for half an hour or so before cooking to allow the meat to reach room temperature.

Wednesday, 16 November 2011

How to cook Ratatouille

Ratatouille is a traditional French Provençal dish that originates from Nice, hence the full name of the dish 'ratatouille niçoise'.

Ratatouille is usually served as a side dish and goes well with just about anything, from meat and fish to pasta and rice.

Below is a great recipe that is quick and easy to make, and if you can source your ingredients from your local market it can be very cheap to make.

While being a delicious side dish, Ratatouille is very healthy and will help you on your way to the recommended five fruit and veg a day.


4 courgettes
2 aubergines
4 tomatoes
2 peppers (red or yellow…or both)
1 onion
3 garlic cloves
Fresh basil
5 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp red wine vinegar
1 tsp sugar

Monday, 31 October 2011

How to cook Pumpkin Soup

This is a great Pumpkin soup recipe that takes just 20 minutes to prepare and serves up to 6. Rather than throwing the contents of your Halloween pumpin away, put the flesh to one side and turn it into a wonderful soup that is perfect for long winter nights.

You can also freeze this soup once it has cooled to room temperature, and it will stay good for up to 2 months, so take advantage of shops selling discounted pumpkins.

12 facts about Bananas and their amazing healing properties

We all know that it's recommended to eat at least 5 pieces of fruit & veg each day, buy many will not know how many great properties belong to the Banana.

So, before you decide on which fruit to add to your children's lunch-boxes, or what to nibble on to keep you going between meals, read 12 points that you probably didn't know about bananas.

1. Bananas contain three different natural sugars - glucose , sucrose, and fructose which are combined with fibre. Together, these will give you an instant boost of energy.

Monday, 17 October 2011

How to cook fish cakes

This is a very tasty recipe that I found on the BBC good food site, and recommended by many others. You can either serve these as a started with a wedge of lemon and some tartare sauce, and garnish with salad

Alternatively, these fishcakes can be served as a main along with chunky chips.

They are extremely easy to make and taste great, while also being cheap to produce.

  • 500g of skinned fish fillets1 finely chopped onion
  • 500g potatoes - mashed
  • 350ml of white wine (this can be replace with fish stock)
  • 1-2 tbsp chopped parsley - can use tarragon or dill or all three
  • 1 egg
  • Dried or fresh breadcrumbs
  • Flour
  • Oil
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