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How To, Ideas & Hints

Ideas and guidelines for doing things in the Kitchen.

12 Smoking Mistakes To Ruin Your Barbecue

12 Smoking Mistakes To Ruin Your Barbecue

Smoking meat should be fun, but if you’re just getting started it can feel like there is way too much you have to learn. This can get stressful when your guests start to arrive just when everything is going wrong.

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

Barbeque Ribs - How To Cook

The selection, preparation and barbequing of Pork Ribs.

Basic Guide to Food Presentation

Basic Guide to Food Presentation

This tutorial steps you through the tricks of eye-chtching presentations.

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!

Cage Bag Pie Case
  • Time: 20 minutes

Cage Bag Pie Case

This pie crust is easier than you think. Give it a go.

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.

Crispy Pan Fried Tofu
  • Time: 45 minutes
  • Complexity: very easy

Crispy Pan Fried Tofu

Crispy pan fried tofu is crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside.  It’s easier to pan fry tofu than you think. Make an extra batch to freeze while you have everything set up.

Crockpot Cooking Times

Crockpot Cooking Times

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