Ever watch celebrity chefs with envy as they chop everything with ease? Learn these few basic knife skills to rival the chopping prowess of any chef!A sharp knife cuts easily into food, while a dull one slides off the surface and can cut you instead.2Use a wooden or plastic chopping boardOther surfaces, such as metal, glass or stone, dull knife blades.
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Never underestimate the power of a perfect roast chicken. An example of the beauty of simplicity, roast chicken has the power to comfort, satisfy and impress.Roast chicken, demystifiedRoasting a chicken takes a little longer than some other cooking methods, but it actually requires very little preparation time.
Picture by:mommyluvs2cookRemoving the bone from a chicken thigh is more than just a quick and easy process: it is an excellent way to cut down actual cooking time, and to save money.Chicken thigh fillets at the supermarket are always more expensive than buying thighs with the bone.
RecipesDish typeSide dishSauceMarinadesSucculent, juicy lamb cooked slowly over charcoals. You can also add peppers and onions to the kebabs.8 people made thisIngredientsServes: 8 1kg (2 lb) lean lamb meat, cubed100g (4 oz) coriander seeds1 (1L) bottle orange juice8 tablespoons orange liqueur, such as Cointreau1 green chilli, minced6 oranges - peeled, sectioned and cut into bite-size pieces1 bunch fresh coriander, to garnishMethodPrep:30min ›Cook:30min ›Ready in:1hrPlace lamb into a large nonmetallic bowl.
Stir-frying cooks bite-sized ingredients in a small amount of oil over high heat. Meats, chicken and seafood come out tender and juicy. And vegetables keep the fresh flavour, crisp texture, bright colour and all the vitamins that make veggies so good for you.Stir-frying is also a great way to stretch your pennies.
Whether you& 39;re talking about a porcini, shiitake, chanterelle - or the even the common button mushroom found in the supermarket - properly cleaning and storing your mushrooms is the key to freshness.Keep mushrooms fresh by storing them correctly. Mushrooms like air, so don& 39;t close them up in a plastic bag, which is a quick way to make them sticky, squishy and unappetising!
RecipesDish typeDessertSuper-rich truffles with scotch (or alternatives)Recipe by:London, England, UK30 people made thisIngredientsMakes: 800 g400ml double cream400g dark chocolate (70 )2tbsp whisky (single malt, if fancy)about 25g cocoa (for dusting)MethodPrep:30min ›Cook:10min ›Extra time:3hr chilling › Ready in:3hr40minLine a square baking tin with cling film (must be at least 2cm deep)Bring cream to a boil in a small nonstick panSmash chocolate into small pieces with a mallet or bottle or knife, then pour cream over.
RecipesDish typePies and tartsSweet pies and tartsCustard tartCreamy custard tart for the whole family.11 people made thisIngredientsServes: 8 150g plain flour25g caster sugar125g butter, cubed1 tbsp water3 eggs150ml single or double cream150ml milk1 teaspoon nutmeg (optional)punnet of strawberries (optional)MethodPrep:40min ›Cook:1hr ›Extra time:1hr chilling › Ready in:2hr40minTo make the pastry, place the flour and sugar in a large bowl and rub in the butter with your finger tips untill the mixture resembles breadcrumbs.
RecipesIngredientsMeat and poultryPoultryChickenPopular chickenEasy chickenQuick chickenEasy to make and better than the takeaway or packet ones. I use homemade breadcrumbs for inside and out the only difference being that the outside coating are oven cooked first.10 people made thisIngredientsServes: 4 300g minced chicken or turkey1 handful breadcrumbs1 small handful chopped onion60g (2 oz) grated fresh Parmesan30g (1 oz) chopped basil1 pinch salt1 pinch peppergolden breadcrumbs for coatingMethodPrep:10min ›Cook:30min ›Ready in:40minThoroughly mix all the ingredients together, except for the golden breadcrumbs.
RecipesDish typeDessertFrozen dessertsIce creamThis is a very rich, creamy and grown up ice cream. It& 39;s simple to make and sure to impress your guests. For something extra-special, drizzle it with Baileys® and some hazelnuts.18 people made thisIngredientsServes: 12 475ml double cream325g dark or cooking chocolate150g caster sugar475ml Guinness® or other stoutMethodPrep:5min ›Cook:15min ›Extra time:3hr freezing › Ready in:3hr20minHeat the cream in a saucepan over medium-low heat until it begins to bubble.
RecipesDish typeSaladGreen saladRocket saladThis very interesting salad is a great starter for entertaining. All measurements can be altered to taste.33 people made thisIngredientsServes: 6 3 (100g) bags fresh rocket1 (250g) punnet mushrooms, cleaned and sliced200g (7 oz) roasted red peppers from a jar, sliced1 medium-sized red chilli, sliced50g (2 oz) fresh basil leaves, ripped2 cloves garlic, crushedRind of 1 lemonJuice of half a lemon3 tablespoons Olive Oil50g (2 oz) Parmesan cheeseMethodPrep:10min ›Cook:5min ›Ready in:15minSaute mushrooms in butter and oil for 5-7 minutes, or until tender.
RecipesIngredientsMeat and poultryBeefBeef minceAn unusal combination of ingredients encased in pastry! These are tasty and great for when having guests for dinner!Recipe by:Stirlingshire, Scotland, UK6 people made thisIngredientsServes: 4 1 tablespoon oil15g (1/2 oz) butter or margarine1 onion, finely chopped225g (8 oz) minced beef1 green pepper, chopped1 pinch ground ginger1 pinch chilli powder1 tablespoon tomato pureeto taste salt and pepper750g (1 1/2 lb) puff pastry1 egg, beaten1 tablespoon waterMethodPrep:30min ›Cook:40min ›Extra time:30min chilling › Ready in:1hr40minHeat the oil and butter or margarine and fry the onion until soft but not browned.
RecipesDish typePies and tartsQuicheMini quicheA delicious way to serve fennel. Bake in mini muffin tins, individual silicone moulds or small ramekins.16 people made thisIngredientsServes: 4 2 bulbs fennel, sliced1 onion, chopped1 tablespoon mustard3 eggs, beaten250ml creamsalt and freshly ground blank pepper to tasteMethodPrep:15min ›Cook:30min ›Ready in:45minBoil the fennel in salted water for 5 minutes; drain.
RecipesIngredientsSeafoodShellfishOctopusOctopus is an incomparable treat. For many, cooking octopus may seem daunting - but I assure you, it couldn& 39;t be easier. Serve this dish with chips or with rice.Recipe by:Greater London, England, UK11 people made thisIngredientsServes: 6 1kg fresh or frozen octopus (about 2 medium)6 to 8 onions, sliced into thin wedges180ml olive oil3 bay leaves500g passata1/2 teaspoon saltfreshly ground black pepper to tasteMethodPrep:15min ›Cook:45min ›Ready in:1hrCut the octopus into smallish pieces (about the size of your thumb).
RecipesIngredientsMeat and poultryBeefThis is a lovely dish, it can be served on its own for lunch or with chips or wedges for a filling main course! It is also very quick to make, good if you want something in a hurry!Recipe by:Stirlingshire, Scotland, UK22 people made thisIngredientsServes: 2 1 medium onion, sliced1 tablespoon self-raising floursunflower oil for frying2 small baguettes, split6 tablespoons mayonnaise1 little gem lettuce2 sandwich steaks, slicedMethodPrep:5min ›Cook:10min ›Ready in:15minToss the onion with the flour and seasoning.
RecipesDish typeStartersFruit startersThis a sweet and sour tangy version of the all time famous Mexican guacamole liked by all. Lots of chillies and lime make this guacamole full of flavour.Recipe by:Aberdeenshire, Scotland, UK20 people made thisIngredientsServes: 6 2 ripe avocados, peeled and stone removed1 medium red onion, finely chopped2 to 3 green chillies, finely chopped (for a very hot flavour)1 medium tomato, finely chopped2 cloves of garlic, finely choppedsea salt to tastejuice of 2 limes1/2 tablespoon black pepper1 pinch of sugar1/2 tablespoon chilli powder (optional)MethodPrep:6min ›Ready in:6minIn a bowl, mash the avocados.
RecipesIngredientsMeat and poultryLambCuts of lambLamb chopsMy mother came up with this. It& 39;s a dish the family will love and is wonderfully comforting during the cold winter!Recipe by:Essex, England, UK58 people made thisIngredientsServes: 4 5 heaped dessertspoons self-raising flour2 eggswatermilk6 lamb chopsa sprinkle of rosemaryvegetable oilMethodPrep:10min ›Cook:30min ›Ready in:40minMake up Yorkshire pudding mix using the self-raising flour, eggs, water and a little milk, made to the consistency of a thin batter.
RecipesDish typeMain courseStew and casseroleGameRabbitStifado is a favourite Greek stew, especially popular during winter. Crusty bread is also essential to mop up all the sauce.Recipe by:Greater London, England, UK52 people made thisIngredientsServes: 6 1 (2kg) rabbit, cut into pieces100ml olive oil750g small shallots, peeled and left whole3 whole cloves garlic500g passata200ml water2 whole cloves1 teaspoon whole allspice berries2 bay leaves1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamonsea salt and freshly ground black pepper to tasteMethodPrep:40min ›Cook:1hr30min ›Ready in:2hr10minHeat the olive oil in a large casserole over medium-high heat.
RecipesDish typeCakeChocolate cakeEasy chocolate cakesLovely biscuit cake with no baking required. Simple!!69 people made thisIngredientsServes: 12 50g butter1 tablespoon cocoa powder1 tablespoon golden syrupraisins (optional)50g crushed digestive biscuitscooking chocolate (optional)MethodPrep:20min ›Extra time:4hr chilling › Ready in:4hr20minMelt the butter in a non-stick pan.
RecipesDish typePies and tartsSavoury pies and tartsVegetable pies and tartsOnion pies and tartsThis is lovely, especially good for vegetarians! I use a ready made shop bought flan case, this saves a lot of & 39;time& 39; and & 39;hassle& 39;! lol!Recipe by:Stirlingshire, Scotland, UK10 people made thisIngredientsServes: 4 1 ready made flan case1 onion, sliced1 red pepper, sliced2 eggs, beaten150ml single cream60g cheese, gratedsalt and pepper to seasonMethodPrep:10min ›Cook:35min ›Ready in:45minHeat the oil in a frying pan and fry the onion until soft but not browned.
RecipesDish typeStartersSpeed up the process by using a tin of black eyed beans, if you prefer. It makes a wonderful dip for tortilla crisps, or served on top of toasted ciabatta bread.22 people made thisIngredientsServes: 12 500g (1 lb) dried black eyed beans450ml (16 fl oz) Italian-style salad dressing, or homemade vinaigrette1 to 2 green chillies, diced2 medium onions, finely chopped4 jarred roasted red peppers, drained and diced2 cloves garlic, minced2 green peppers, diced1 pinch freshly ground black pepperMethodPrep:15min ›Cook:1hr30min ›Ready in:1hr45minPlace black eyed beans in a large saucepan with enough water to cover.