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How To, Ideas & Hints

Ideas and guidelines for doing things in the Kitchen.

Barbeque Ribs - How To Cook
  • Time: 6 hours
  • Complexity: very easy

Barbeque Ribs - How To Cook

The selection, preparation and barbequing of Pork Ribs.

Brining Pork Belly
  • Time: 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Complexity: very easy

Brining Pork Belly

The best way to keep your pork moist and flavoursome while cooking. Try adding your favourite spices!

Cajun Spice Mix
  • Time: 5 minutes
  • Complexity: very easy

Cajun Spice Mix

This is a mildly hot Cajun spice mix you make yourself with common spices from your pantry. For those who like it hotter, add the optional crushed red pepper.

Caraway

Caraway

Caraway has been used as a spice for about 5000 years. Originally from temperate Asian countries.

Chilli

Chilli

Chillies contain capsaicin, which is the source of their fiery flavour. It is an oily substance, not water soluable, that can be painful in contact with eyes or other sensitive areas. Measured in Scoville units ranging from 0 to 300,000.

Cinnamon

Cinnamon

Native to Sri Lanka. Very old - mentioned in the Bible and Sanskrit manuscripts.

Comparative Properties of Common Cooking Fats

Comparative Properties of Common Cooking Fats

This chart gives you some idea of the health value of various cooking mediums. As you can see, coconut oil is the worst.

Cooking With Soy Sauce
  • Complexity: very easy

Cooking With Soy Sauce

Made from soy beans, wheat, salt and brewer’s alcohol, soy sauce will transform any dish into a savoury delight due to its rich umami flavours.

Cooking With Wasabi
  • Complexity: very easy

Cooking With Wasabi

Although wasabi is most commonly used to add heat to sushi, it can also be used to add a real punch or a subtle accent to dips, sauces, pasta, chicken and tofu.

Court Bouillon
  • Time: 10 minutes
  • Complexity: very easy

Court Bouillon

Court-bouillon or court bouillon is a quickly-cooked broth used for poaching other foods, most commonly fish or seafood.

Crockpot Cooking Times

Crockpot Cooking Times

Your favourite recipes can be adapted by halving the liquid and increasing the cooking time.

Crockpot Hints & Tips

Crockpot Hints & Tips

Here are some Hints, Tips, Do's & Don'ts for crockpot users.

Crockpot Liquid Amounts

Crockpot Liquid Amounts

Guide to adjusting the liquid in your traditional recipes.

Dashi Stock
  • Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Complexity: very easy

Dashi Stock

This version of dashi comes from Sonoko Sakai. Dried mushrooms and bonito (dried fish flakes) add even deeper, more pungent flavour.

Five-Spice Mix
  • Time: 10 minutes
  • Complexity: very easy

Five-Spice Mix

An ancient spice mix used in Chinese cooking.