cooking… and life
we´re all at a different place at different times.
both tough, rewarding journeys
We learn a lot along the way, so we can all help each other.
We didn´t take a student gap year in our 20s, but we often thought it would be more fun to do in our 50’s anyway, when we had a wiser head on our shoulders. So here we are, and we´ve gone further. We have left the professional careers and businesses behind. We’ve sold up the hotel & restaurant, our cars, the portrait studio and our home – and pretty much everything that was in it. We´ve simplified life to the max. and can now live our life online, from wherever we happen to be – as long as there is wifi ! But food and learning are still a big part of our daily life.
We trawl through all the information online – continually – and there´s too much ! So much of it is incorrect, just copied, biassed or old. So, we spend our days exploring and researching, so that you don´t have to. We´ll share the good stuff with you in different ways – here on the reviews and blog, with our email subscribers, and our social media followers.
The tools and tips from our food and cooking journey as we travel, so that we can all cook better, and most importantly… have fun with it and live more.
Where are you on your journey, and what do you need most ?
COOKS lacking experience or confidence
This blog is for you if you want to understand food and cooking, and get a repertoire going.
That was me (Aoibheann). I like to cook every day from scratch, and I like to experiment, so things can go astray ! I’m getting much more confident now but can also lose it again when it comes to a ‘performance’, a deadline, or the feeling of being judged. Maybe it’s self-sabotage, but it’s all downhill from there. So I look for simple tools and tips, to help give me confidence, and make kitchen life calmer.
Busy can do COOKS just lacking time
This blog is also for you if you desperately need to simplify a busy life.
We’ve been there a lot during our professional career life, and when busy parenting. I get it, you’ve run out of time, are done with going round in circles looking for real advice online. You just want to see the information … easily… right NOW! Let’s save you some time so you can get that loving cooking feeling back.
Keen home COOKS, hobby cooks, and DOMESTIC CHEFs
This blog is for you if you want to know, or share, the tricks of the trade.
You’ll be more like Paul then ! Find out about the little tools, the professional style appliances, and the tips that we get, from the experts and trained chefs… they make a big difference.
COOKS and CHEFS, qualified… or still in training
This blog is here for you to stay connected.
We know how full and difficult life is for you. You spend your life working your way to the top, then maybe have your own restaurant… and that’s even tougher ! We do love tool makers like Bamix and Bron, that straddle both professional and prosumer markets. We need your input too on this blog, and we love to spread the word about your work through your inspiring dishes, and tips. So feel free to get in touch, and share your own journey.
As professional photographers too, we want to celebrate the fact that there is so much photographic talent out there too – and much better than us when it comes to food phoography ! So, thank-you to Caju Gomes and Unsplash for this watermelon smile picture.
What we do for you
We will cut through all that chaotic, biased, or incorrect information we see online, and review things that we believe in, or that we love to use – with both obsession and passion. And, oh, we definitely obsess over detail. We can help you make that kitchen work better for you?
Check out our latest in-depth review here.
So we hope you are hungry…
For relevant, honest information to help you understand food and cooking more. We’re well down the road ourselves, so, with our added experience, let us spend the time doing the research for you, so you can have more time to use both your brain, and maybe your Braun in the kitchen !
We learn it. We use it. We live it.
We don’t claim to be the cooking experts, just your expert messenger. You will see the products we have researched, reviewed, just love to use or wish to have. You’ll find our favourites, from little to large, fun or professional goodies on our tools we like page.
We’ll do the research, and share everything we learn through kitchen tool reviews, tips, wee hacks, chef techniques, ingredients info, time savers, and simple recipes… and you’ll find some inspiring cook or chef stories, and a few of our own musings dotted along the way.
Our new section… Food Travel
The travel section will allow us to share all the knowledge we have in the travel and hospitality sector, as well as share the delights we find travelling in this new adventure. So you know we’ll be covering the best foodie things to do and places to stay in Morocco, Spain, and Italy, the UK, Ireland, and much more. Everyone is pretty much locked down with the Covid-19 pandemic right now, so we hope to have this ready for when you can travel again in 2021. Join our email subscribers and be the first to find out what were doing.
Our own daily mantra
Whilst we actually want to have great old fashioned home made food, we also want to have the best nutritional food, and great restaurant level food too. It’s not being too greedy any more to have it all – from rustic street food, to home cooking, to restaurant level – in your home.
There’s a lot you can do at home with good information, some tips and techniques, and great equipment. Cooking better starts with the right ingredients, and equipment, and knowledge. Chefs do a lot more than just cooking ! Chef means boss, so they can be in charge of everything starting with planning, buying and prepping, and even ending with the staffing and finances.
We will show you simply the best kitchen tools. We like simple, strong, and semi-professional ourselves. We’ll cover everything from basic and budget, to purist and professional to help you all on your own journey. You don’t have to have every tool or gadget out there. We’ll keep it simple and only cover the kitchen and cooking tools we think you need to cook better, ad throw in a few nice to haves we wouldn’t mind on our own wish list too !
The 5 main areas we´re covering are, * the essentials (knives, pans etc), * blending & mixing ( starting with hand blenders ), * coffee and drink making, * smart cooking ( starting with sous vide ), and outdoor cooking (BBQ, pizza ovens ).
We want to experience great food, and have time to enjoy it. We want the same for you. There are so many cooks and chefs out there already blogging great recipes and meal plans and nutritional information. You’ll find them mentioned as inspiration in our posts.
Aoibheann and Paul, just chilling, on a beach walk.
What do we get out of it ?
First, it’s the satisfaction of helping others, but in the interests of complete transparency, when we link you to buying sites, we may earn a small affiliate commission income if you buy through our links ( the price you pay is no different whether you go through us or not.)
We buy our own equipment, based on our own choices, and we are not linked with any other companies – the opinions are our own.
We want everyone to be able to choose to buy what they need too, and not what editors and advertisers want them to buy.
So our aim is to write better and more detailed information for you, to try to cut through all the incorrect or biassed information already online.
Second, we use this as our way to keep in touch and maintaining this blog allows us to learn and practice digital marketing every day. We love to work, and we love a challenge. We also love the satisfaction of being such a small site that can beat the big companies on google to get our message to you.
In summary. This is a passion, so we get a lot of satisfaction, a daily focus on living more fully, hopefully some pennies to help … and a lot of happiness in our pocket.
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Thank-you to Tengyart from Russia for this sad to mad eggs image.
Eggs can be the most difficult things to cook well, and I feel this image represents all the emotions from cook to chef.
Makes us giggle.