Category Archives: Cooking for Life Week Three

Day Fourteen (or, making the stock pot pay its way)

Making your own stocks, like baking bread and other once-basic kitchen skills, is one of those pastimes that today seems to set the serious kitchen enthusiasts and fully-paid professionals apart from the rest of us hunger-motivated amateurs. I don’t know about you, but when I’m wondering what to cook for dinner, a load of shells or bones isn’t the first thing that springs to mind. And even for those out to impress, starting by scratching that particular stock-itch is seriously impressing. (How often do you see that on Come Dine With Me? I rest my case.) Read the rest of this entry

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Day Fifteen (or, hazardous kitchen habits)

Safety matters. Discuss. (Stop yawning down the back.) Seriously, safety does matter (as our talk at the end of Week Three from Eileen Morgan of Food Safety Solutions reminded us). And there’s no surer way to remember a few rules … Read the rest of this entry

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Day Thirteen (or, by the skin of your fish)

Do you eat the skin off your fish? The answer probably depends on what visual that question cues up for you. If the words ‘fish skin’ bring to mind a slithery, wobbly layer of grey chewiness insulated by another layer … Read the rest of this entry

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Day Twelve (or, bathing with butter)

I started cycling to Blackrock this week, and home again. Which is just as well. Yesterday I ate not one bird for lunch but two (or at least two halves): roast breast of quail with confit legs, carmelised onion tatin … Read the rest of this entry

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Day Eleven (or, the thinking man’s chef)

Ever wondered why your home-cooked steak never tastes quite like one ordered in your favourite steak restaurant?

Or why your grannie’s trick for perfectly poached eggs doesn’t seem to work anymore?

Or how certain restaurants know how to cook your poultry to a perfect temperature without having to stab it with a knife to see if the juices run clear? Read the rest of this entry

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