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Dopamine diet foods for a happy lifestyle
How to stay happy and lose weight at the same time! So here’s a book that took us off on our own very different journeys – find out who’s losing most weight and how.
Easy Indian curry base
Use this as the basis for any vegan or nonvegan, yellow, creamy, tomato-based curry sauce. It goes well with tofu, chicken, turkey, monkfish or lentils.
Two favourite green lentil & carrot recipes
Sharing two really simple recipes that show how to make inexpensive everyday ingredients just zing with flavour!
How to make mayonnaise
The traditional way, and the foolproof way to make mayonnaise it just 10 seconds. Get your hand blender ready!
Sharing a very simple recipe to take caramelized onions to the next level.
Elderflower cordial recipe
It´s that time of year again ! Sun is coming out. Barbecue cover is off. And those elderflowers are just begging to be picked for this really simple Elderflower cordial recipe.
How to make preserved lemons
Sharing a very simple but important part of Moroccan cuisine( and a lovely memory from our Marrakech house). Get started because it´ll be a while before you use them !
Roast tomato, pepper, chili soup… with basil & olive oil paste
Roasted tomato and red pepper soup, based on a brilliant old Jamie Oliver recipe we´ve been using for 20 years and it´s still pucker !
AeroPress coffee maker – in depth review
Free your mind with this unconventional coffee maker. So versatile that I´m still uncovering more coffee recipes and flavours with it. No wonder baristas love it, what a clever invention !
15 Best hand blenders to buy – 2021 update
From budget to keen cook to professional. Revealing the best, most tested, and awarded hand blenders in the last 5 years. Which ones did we buy, and why ?
How to Season a Steak for Grilling
Special advice from the guys that know everything about grilling meat ! Tips, tools, the basics about seasoning, the reverse sear method, and an easy peasy recipe too.
Turkish eggs menemen
the cook, the local, the chef – 3 versions. Which would you choose. Click over to see the recipes, with tools, tips from Grandma, and how to cook ´by eye´ !
In-depth review of Bamix SwissLine hand blender
Small, power-packed, and in a league of its own. The Bamix SwissLine gets our ´best commercial hand blender’ award.
Tomato anchovy salad
A simple, delicious dish – 3 main ingredients. Inspired by a set of tapas starters for lunch, by the sea in Mallorca, Spain.
Need help choosing the best Bamix to buy today ?
The complete low down on the Bamix range. Product overview and key features explained. We’ll tell you the important criteria to consider… which model would we would buy today, and why !
Mushroom pasta … with a touch of fragrant spice
This journey started with a sore gum! I blitzed some cloves to powder in a mere second or 2 in in my Bamix hand blender. Then i had a bit left over – so searched for a recipe to use it up. A recipe to hide it a bit from Paul too scchhh. What a find !
Choosing a kettle
Discover what makes cordless hand blenders so great. Get advice from the experts on the best (USB, basic, value, all-round, prof. ) PLUS a new cordless mixer. There´s a reason we also want to show you a great new cordless mixer too.
Choosing a cordless hand blender
Discover what makes cordless hand blenders so great. Get advice from the experts on the best (USB, basic, value, all-round, prof. ) PLUS a new cordless mixer. There´s a reason we also want to show you a great new cordless mixer too.
Pumpkin spice mix, pumpkin latte recipe… from scratch
Pumpkin spice mix and latté making. This spice mix is the key to so many great Autumn recipes. But which recipe is best for you ?
20 reasons why we’re obsessed with Sous Vide
Sous Vide simplifies professional cooking… levelling the playing field between cooks and chefs. It goes even further than that. It can simplify your kitchen, your life… and more !
Hearty autumn soup – pumpkin and chorizo
Roasted pumpkin, hand blended with chickpeas & chorizo to make a delicious Autumn bowl.
In-depth review of our favourite outdoor oven, the best home pizza oven, by Ooni of course
Super powerful. Super portable. Super clean. Koda or Koda16 – you choose. Best design, best results, best value for money. Read everything you need to know here.
Which Braun MultiQuick hand blender should you buy ?
Explaining the Braun MultiQuick hand blender range, and the LATEST NEWS – which pleases us no end ! The research has taken forever- we’ve started writing so we can share the secrets with you !
Spanish fish recipe
A simple, delicious fish stew, using simple typical ingredients. Looks like you’ve toiled for hours !
Can you work, and be on holiday at the same time ?
Can you have both, or do you have to give up something else ? Discover how we got here, and 10 things you can do to feel like we’re on holiday every day.
12 things you can do with unwanted gifts
What to do with that gift you don´t really want, or need ? Save time and stress. Maybe make money. Here´s 12 things you can do ( and some don´ts along the way) .
Black Friday deals
Black Friday has arrived. Whoop dee whoop. It will be gone soon too. More whoops. Don’t get overwhelmed – Cut out the stress because I’ve done the work for you and found all the bargains !
Helping each other… from cook to chef and beyond
The story behind it… why and how we can help each other, and save money or make money, and simplify life too.
Tools we like
Cooking utensils and small kitchen appliances we like, use, or would love to have. They make great little gifts or big presents for everyone, from cook to chef.
Mango salmorejo soup
The best and easiest summer soup ! What a journey, mixing raw vegetables and balancing flavours. Makes a fabulous Autumn starter soup too with those colours.
Free coffee masterclass… top service
A brilliant masterclass on how to make a perfect cappuccino. It’s free, so I checked it out for you… the pleasure was all mine ! I’ll pass on a few tips on which milks to use to get the perfect results… and link you to your own free class too.
This was part of a summer journey putting fruit in soups, salads, and tray bakes. The best thing about it is you just blend the ingredients together and its done !
Cheap as chips flash sale (famous chefs cookbook)
FLASH SALE cookbook alert ! Time is money, so I do the research to save you both. Take a minute, and see the latest update. It’ll be gone in a flash lol.
In-depth review of Kenwood Triblade HDP406WH hand blender
Voted the best value mid range hand blender, for home cooks. The Kenwood Triblade Blender – the HDP406WH. In depth review.
Perfect Spanish tomato bread (just 5 simple ingredients)
Such a simple, historical food idea, but how hard can it be to make the perfect tomato paste then put it together with the perfect bread ! Here’s what you need to know …
Fennel seed marinade and dip
Such a simple food idea, and a great way to use fennel seeds. From the Simple book by Otto Lenghi. A three part salad that we break up into parts and have in different ways… again and again and again !
How to be more like a chef in your own kitchen
Take control, learn a few professional kitchen secrets, and some kitchen French too !
Shakshuka – our spicy tomato Shakshuka low calorie lunch
We never tire of this lunch… so filling, and satisfying, and makes us look forward to ‘diet day’. Includes loads of variations if you want to add more calories.
New Kitchenware Marketplace
Finally, somewhere simple, secure, and specialised for cooks and chefs to buy and sell kitchenware. That means anything to store, prepare, cook / bake / preserve, plate up, and serve. Includes commercial, vintage, and outdoor. Have I missed anything? Just let me know.
How to fix burnt rice : the smell, the taste, the burnt pan.
Agh, you got distracted and now look… the rice has boiled over and burned. We’ve all done it, know all the hacks to save your dinner, and maybe even improve the taste of it. (and how to NEVER do it again ).
Grab a bargain… you’re welcome.
When we find a piece of equipment that’s not easy to find, or when we find a great kitchen tool at a great price, we’ll update this post. So keep an eye on the last published date above.
Courgette, Zucchini low calorie lunch
No oil lunch, ready in 10 minutes if you don’t dilly dally ! Zucchinis or Courgettes as we call them, make a great salad or side dish, raw or cooked.
Best guacamole – we did a poll !
How to have the best guacamole experience – the ingredients, the method, and the best way to serve it. Plus top tips how to make it last longer !
Tips from our sourdough making journey.
What it’s like living with a sourdough maker ! Our first challenges and resulting expert’s tips. If you’re thinking of starting… and see the guru Paul is following on video.
Do you need a holiday from your life ?
Maybe a 6 month holiday… twice a year ! is that what you’re thinking ?
Is it a Spanish Percolator, Mokapot, Cafeteria, or Greca !
It’s a challenge. From manual espresso makers, to best Nespresso takers. Now we’re out of capsules. Time to get creative. Digging deep, we find an old vintage
Easy, fast, red onion pickle
An unbelievably easy to make, pretty pickle. A no oil salad maker, a great topping for burgers, salads, cheese… anything. I could just eat it out of the jar !
Live simply so that others may simply live
Living a simpler life, and putting the WE before the ME during the pandemic is easier for some. But we’re lucky. We actually love to follow the rules… as well as breaking the norms of course.
How to get the life you want to live, now.
Makes sense to us, and it’s all part of the journey that brought us to our own best life.
In-depth review of the best semi-automatic espresso machine
The best home espresso machine for busy coffee lovers and wanna be baristas. That’s the beauty of it – perfect for both Paul… and Aoibheann.
The A-Z of how to store your food
A little bit of know how can save you a lot of time. Not only will your food last longer, but it will also taste better too !
10 things you need to know about cooking mussels
From buying to plating them up – plus our favourite moules marinière recipe.
Top 10 tips to make your food to last longer
You can cut down on the shopping trips when you start using these 10 tips to make your food last longer. They´ll save you both time and money !
Asian Slaw & Smoked Salmon
Fabulous recipe. Easy and very filling lunch too. Asian sauce with cabbage, carrot and onion slaw. Also brilliant as a marinade with smoked salmon.
Slow down Sunday
Slow living can simply be a feeling of giving enough time and space to everything you need to take care of… not forgetting of course, yourself.
85 calorie lunch !
Yes really. I’m not a calorie counter like Paul, but this still WOWs me !
Coffee is always better in a good coffee cup.
Take advantage when the sun shines, even if you have loads of work to do.
The power of endings and beginnings
and, the gifts they give us our nomadic life – No. 12 is my favourite :))
Get your griddle out !
Easy griddled veggie lunch. Healthy, filling, and pretty !
Living the magic …
We don’t need to feel stressed anymore when we can’t sleep… now that we’ve discovered the beauty and the benefit of waking in the night.
Warm orange breakfast bowl
Start, or end the day feeling good with this as a breakfast, dessert or supper. Get what you need, to feel healthy, and full ( No overnight oats involved ! )
What would you add to this dish to make it complete ?
Worry less, Wish more
and don’t forget to work hard (in an inspired way of course)
Everything will be ok…
and every cloud has a silver lining. That’s the way we look at it, and then it’s easier to spot, when it finally comes.
International Women’s Day 2020
A reminder to celebrate and be strong. As women, we have to know our inner and outer strengths every day, not just today.
How to stop food sticking to the pan
Does your food stick to the pan when you don’t want it to ? We have the solution in 3 easy steps. It’s a thing ! And it’s called…
Golden milk (version 2)
Without coconut oil. Sometimes you have to be limited to get creative, and it usually leads to the best results !
Red onion marmalade made easy
Discover how easy it is to make this savoury, sweet red onion marmalade with a sous vide machine. A great replacement for butter or sauces with meat or cheese.
Avocado fruit plate
So many ways to use avocado – and the best ways to present it. Tt’s a journey, and I hope it never ends. Join me and discover as I taste, test, write.
What’s the difference between a cook and a chef ?
11 tell tale signs it´s a chef + 1 common trait they have in common with cooks. The cook to chef journey, and how it reflects life.
Free, foraged food education.
Teeny, tiny local passion fruit. Hand picked… foraged off a nearby street, gave us a wee treat ! But what a surprise. Now we know what size of passion fruits are the best, and are learning more about urban foraging.
How to spatchcock a chicken in 1 minute
Finally caught Paul on video. ( I had to be fast ). So easy, you’ll wonder why you didn’t do it like this before. ( No scissors involved ! )
A hearty breakfast
Filling, warming, nutritious, very tasty. This oat based breakfast is perfect to set you up for the day, or, in my case to line my stomach ready for meds !
Take time to care for yourself
Are you listening to your body’s needs and prioritising them ? It’ll save you time in the end if you do. I neglected my own needs and look where I ended up !
A vintage Christmas
Our simple Christmas… with our shoe box of treasures from the past.
Red pepper dip and sauce
I found a brilliant vegan red pepper sauce recipe, but even though I didn’t follow it fully, it still makes a perfect dip or pasta sauce or potato topping.
How to make your own beans.
Don’t you just love how beans and peas magically grow when you soak them in water overnight ! ( Jack & the Beanstalk memories !)
Easy home-made decoration
home made salt dough idea – a Christmas decoration for foodies !
Simple is harder to do, than complex
Such a clever quote – you can apply it to almost any task you have to perform. Thinking, Cooking, Writing… anything !
What is this… 70’s kitchen gadget
What on earth is this little kitchen tool used for ? Seriously, we’re asking for your help… we haven’t a clue ! We found it in our Spanish rental kitchen.
What makes a great chef ?
This fromcooktochef journey really resonates ! A round of applause for this chef and his inspiring story.
Easy Sausage and beans recipe
Seems to be sausage season at the moment – this is such an easy recipe you can adapt. Can be a tapas, a starter, or a whole meal.
Make Monday Matter
New day, New week, New month, We love new beginnings. Let’s mark it !
Sunday Pieday !
Somewhere between Black Friday and Cyber Monday lies our final shortlist. Let’s call it Sunday Pie day.
Happy Mother’s Day
Spreading the love through 200 tulips from Amsterdam.
In-depth review of Bamix Gastro 350 hand blender
UK Chefs Gordon Ramsey and Jamie Oliver love Bamix. The Bamix Gastro 350 is a winner for our ´best commercial hand blender´ award 2021.
Black Pug day !
What has Black Friday started !!! Now there’s White Monday, Green Tuesday and now Orange Wednesday ! See what our Black Pug has to say about it, and the 6 bargains we’ve found on Amazon right now.
Who likes to eat sunflowers !
What are these critters bedding into my sunflower ! The word is spreading and more are bedding in. Are they sleeping or eating… and what are they ?
How to make your food smell and taste better
Learn the secret to creating and maximising those distinctive smells and umami tastes when you fry onions or sear meat. What makes the crusty breads, golden roast potatoes and toasted marshmallows all so very tempting!
Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.
With less, we feel we have more. Today we got a reminder how important this is … because we nearly lost it again ! Less stuff, money, stress. More time, fun, living.
Take some time off.
When we take a break and relax, we see so much more. So we’re ready to spot an opportunity, and reap even more benefits. It’s a pattern we’re noticing, and this is just one example.
How to make a real Spanish Tortilla
Finally, we found the secret to making the most scrumptuous Spanish tortilla. And so Tortilla Tuesday is born in our house ! Want to know the how it’s done ?
and neither can a business ! So what does it mean – to be authentic? ( Think it, feel it, act it, be it ). And, how can you check if you are being authentic or not ?
In-depth review of Braun MultiQuick 9 series (MQ9087X / MQ9097) hand blender
AWARD WINNER 2020 best all-in-one home blender. More than a hand blender – more like a hand held food processor. Built with families in mind.
Why everyone should own a hand blender
Tell the people…you heard it here!!! Instant, healthy, easy, no waste food AND save money at the same time. So many beautiful reasons why you should have one of these magic wands!
Is this the easiest, fastest, tastiest soup in the world ?
Delicious, fast. Only 5 ingredients ( 2 are ‘water’ and ‘a stock cube’). The bonus is that you probably have the other ingredients in the cupboard ! ( Thanks Nigella 🙂
In-depth review of Sage Control Grip ( Breville All In One ) hand blender
Designed by Heston Blumengthal for foodies, to produce restaurant quality food. Could this hand blender really be a Jack AND Master of all trades! N.B. Same product as Breville All in One (Sage is the UK wing of Breville.)
Adult Spaghetti … easy, quick, and so tasty.
Delicious, old recipe with variations. Hopefully you have these ingredients in the cupboard so can knock this one up any time you fancy.
Cuisinart vs KitchenAid
Which brand, and which hand blender will win, and why? Discover the best models from entry level, mid level, to professional, and the latest bargain to buy today.
Living the dream – plato’s cave
Living the dream life… or Plato’s allegory of the cave ! Which is it, and why are we much happier. Is Instagram the cave ?
Bamix accessories and attachments
The tiny Bamix blades with the power of a jet engine ! Amazing Bamix quality – lasts a lifetime. The choice of the professionals.
Top 10 best bean-to-cup espresso coffee machines to buy.
We all need this café quality coffee at home – now, more than ever, in lockdown times, when we can’t get to our favourite coffee shops for a top up.
Which espresso coffee capsules or pods are best for recycling ?
How to still have the best espresso from a pod or capsule machine and not feel guilty about the environment! We´ll show you the most eco friendly methods, materials and brands.
The best espresso coffee machines that use ground coffee and ESE pads
Fed up with coffee pods and want better coffee and easier recycling ? Discover the best ESE coffee PAD and ground coffee machines that brew excellent espresso. From basic to stylish, but what do they all have in common ?
What exactly is a hand blender anyway ?
START HERE: Hand blender, Immersion Blender, Stick Blender, Handheld blender. A short definition, the history, how it works, and how do they all differ from one another.
The best POD espresso coffee machines to buy now
A review of the top POD and CAPSULE espresso coffee machines. From best budget level, to best barista quality. Also pointing out best PAD machines. – what’s the difference?
How to use a hand blender
10 tips on how to use a hand blender… all the jobs a hand blender can do… and over 20 yummy foods it can make for you.
Best manual espresso machines to buy now
La Pavoni, Sage, Breville, Rocket, Rancilio… which ones did WE buy?
Our TOP Filter coffee machine buys
Get the best filter coffee solution for you here. Whether you’re a busy commuter needing a pick-me-up on the go, need to feed the crowd all day with the black stuff or want the best new wave craft coffee made for you at home.
Celebrity hand blenders
Celebrities and top chefs love their kitchen gadgets. They are happy to blend along with the rest of us. So which hand blender brands do they like?
The best hand blender for seniors, arthritic hands, and easy baby food making.
In depth review of the Masha hand blender by Dash. All the reasons why it’s our no. 1 choice for mashing vegetables and blending baby food, best for seniors, or those with little hands or arthritis. We love a specialist, and simplicity equally. This product is a winner on both counts.
shortcut shopping links
A visual listing with buying links to the equipment that we recommend, for various reasons, in our reviews. A work in progress !
Hand blender FAQs
Enough of the hand blender tests and trials. Here are all the silly, (and frequently asked), questions about hand blenders. Answered here by our in house expert !
In-depth review of Russell Hobbs 22241 hand blender
Our ´best basic hand blender´ award goes to the Russell Hobbs 22241 hand blender. A perfect, affordable gift for university students, pensioners, start-up cooks.
Best Coffee Machine Brands
The top 20 coffee machine brands you should know… and they aren’t all Italian !
Coloured hand blenders – red, white, black, or pink ?
or a mint green, a baby blue, an anthracite grey… or how about a gold plated one. The choices are endless. Cuisinart and Bamix have the best colour ranges.
Detailed hand blender buying guide
Which one should you choose when they all look the same ! This detailed guide shows you how to find the hand blender to suit you. It gives a checklist of the main criteria to look at – including power, speeds, quality, design, use, price, functionality.
How we use Cayenne Chili Pepper
The Cayenne Pepper – for some it’s hot, others it’s not ! Why we love it, and how we use it ? What’s in it and how can it affect our bodies !
Be thankful for what you have…
Do you want abundance ? This really works… be thankful for what you have and you’ll end up having more !
The 10 things you need to make your perfect espresso coffee
All the elements explained. So you can understand what makes a perfect espresso. Good to know before buying any coffee making equipment !
A great kick start to healthy habits !
Get this e-book ( and learn how to get other ebooks free ) to learn some really good habits. We really like this lady and what she stands for. We downloaded the digital version ourselves.
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How to clean a hand blender
Which parts can be washed by hand, or dishwasher. Maintenance tips to keep your hand blender as good as new.
How to make the best chocolate
Raw chocolate (cacao, cocoa) – probably the most nutrient dense ingredient on the planet. Find out what it is, where to get it, and how to get a free mini cookbook so you can start creating your own pure chocolate heaven.
All about almonds – and how to use them.
The Almond seed… a handful a day keeps the doctor at bay ! Harvested here in the Canaries in January / February. So what how can we use them ?
Keep bananas fresh bag
We love this because…
it does what it says. keeps bananas fresh for much longer… up to 2 weeks!
& you can store them in the fridge
How to make blanched (i.e. make white) almonds
Never have to buy expensive white almonds again. Super easy guide to how to blanche almonds yourself.
Vegan tomato avocado salad – caprese style
Makes a perfect starter, light lunch or side salad. Lovely with a home made pesto… all made in a jiffy in my Bamix hand blender of course !
perfect for sprinkling surfaces for rolling dough, for evenly flouring baking pans.
great for precise dusting on buns and cakes… cinnamon, icing sugar, cocoa
Inspired by student cooking !
A quick, refreshing Q & A with a graduate student about her journey with cooking. Pithy, to the point, and some great recommendations !
La Pavoni Coffee Machine
It’s Italian of course we love it !!!
the beautiful manual lever operation.
the steam is always immediately available.
Cute spoons… espresso spoon, coffee spoon, latte spoon
Little things really tickle me. Having coffee out, and I just love the spoon more ! What is it… an espresso spoon – a real supping spoon !
Turmeric (Curcumin) Juice… a great way to start the day.
So fast. So easy. I first made this feel to see if it could fix my hangover – and it did !
Wake up and smell the coffee…
Here’s what you need if you want the absolute best barista style coffee… and a little bit of theatre making it.
Coffee makes you happy…
Learn to make your own espresso instead of paying for it at the coffee shop ! Here’s what you need.
Sous Vide FAQs
Here are all the silly, (and frequently asked), questions about sous vide. Answered here by our in house expert !
Easy peasy 10 minute pea soup recipe.
Save time… knock up a meal in just 10mins from freezer to table. Healthy and light and no oils or fats needed. Just your hand blender and a saucepan !
Lunch Slaw… how I made a meal out of nothing !
It’s a magical feeling, creating a great filling and healthy lunch… from almost nothing !
10 reasons why the Joule sous vide blows the competition out of the sous vide water !
In depth review of the ChefSteps Joule sous vide machine. All the reasons why it’s the no. 1 choice, why we bought one. It’s not perfection of course, so read the areas where the competition have a little edge too!
Breakfast… healthy green smoothie
A glass of green foodie goodness in a breakfast smoothie. Bulk it up and make it a breakfast bowl.
Simple fresh salsa, made in seconds
Simple and fresh. Use a hand blender to whizz this up.
Healthy snack – easy, corny, cheesy !
A healthy light lunch, side salad or snack based on corn and feta, nuts, fruits and a kick of chilli.
Lunch… exotic pumpkin soup
An easy, healthy and filling soup recipe. More importantly you get all your goodness in a bowl, or take it to go in a flask. Lunch… sorted!
Sous Vide machine buying guide
An answer to all those questions we had when we were choosing our own sous vide machine ! The factors you need to consider and why they matter.
Cooking with Sous Vide, Times and temperatures
A guide to the basics of sous vide cooking times and temperatures for all the most popular sous vide foods, plus top tips from chefs.
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