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On this page, you’ll find honest kitchen tool reviews, cooking science summaries, chef’s tips, simple recipes, time creating & money saving guides, the low down on ingredients, and of course, life and people inspirations. All of this feeds our daily mantra to eat well, cook better, and most importantly … live more.
Our daily work is doing all the laborious research and testing for you… so you can get to the living more part FASTER !
So, if you’ve clicked over from Instagram or facebook, hit the next button for the latest kitchen tool featured.
As time goes on, we’ll add these to our favourite tools post you can always find them.
What’s different about our in-depth equipment reviews.
We’re out to conquer all that mis-information online, and cut through the luring sales chat that keeps you going round in circles. You’ll find a lot of genuine and complete detail here, and we’ll show you the simple and expert tools that will take you a long way on your cooking journey. We only recommend tools we fully believe in, or use, or wish to have ourselves.
Cooks and chefs inspire us, and we love to pass on little finds that work for them. You inspire us too, and we’d like to stay connected.
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 !
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.
The story behind it… why and how we can help each other, and save money or make money, and simplify life too.
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 ?
Roasted pumpkin, hand blended with chickpeas & chorizo to make a delicious Autumn bowl.
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 !
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.
Free yourself up – go cordless. It’s not easy to find current products but we’ve uncovered the best brands, reviewed the top 6 and show you which countries you’ll find them in. Use our expert advice to discover the best cordless stick blender for you today.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A simple, delicious fish stew, using simple typical ingredients. Looks like you’ve toiled for hours !
A simple, delicious dish – 3 main ingredients. Inspired by a set of tapas starters for lunch, by the sea in Mallorca, Spain.
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 !
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 !
Revealed ! The best, most tested, reviewed, and awarded hand blenders worldwide ( from 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019). Which one did we buy ?
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 !
Small, power-packed, and in a league of its own. The Bamix SwissLine gets our ´best commercial hand blender’ award.
I came across this incredible ( almost giveaway) deal when looking for traybake ideas. Have to share. Too good to miss ! (Don’t know how long a flash sale lasts)
Voted the best value mid range hand blender, for home cooks. The Kenwood Triblade Blender – the HDP406WH. In depth review.
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 …
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 !
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.
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 ).
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.
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.
Maybe a 6 month holiday… twice a year ! is that what you’re thinking ?
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
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 !
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.
Makes sense to us, and it’s all part of the journey that brought us to our own best life.
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.
Top 10 tips to make your food last longer. PLUS, an a-z food list with tips on how they like to be stored
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 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.
Yes really. I’m not a calorie counter like Paul, but this still WOWs me !
Take advantage when the sun shines, even if you have loads of work to do.
Easy griddled veggie lunch. Healthy, filling, and pretty !
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.
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 ?
and don’t forget to work hard (in an inspired way of course)
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.
A reminder to celebrate and be strong. As women, we have to know our inner and outer strengths every day, not just today.
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…
Without coconut oil. Sometimes you have to be limited to get creative, and it usually leads to the best results !
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.
Success is easy when you know how! Discover how to make sure your food never sticks to the pan. It’s a simple, scientific, 3 step method.
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 ! )
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 !
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 !
Our simple Christmas… with our shoe box of treasures from the past.
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.
Don’t you just love how beans and peas magically grow when you soak them in water overnight ! ( Jack & the Beanstalk memories !)
home made salt dough idea – a Christmas decoration for foodies !
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.
Such a clever quote – you can apply it to almost any task you have to perform. Thinking, Cooking, Writing… anything !
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.
This journey really resonates ! A round of applause for this chef and his inspiring story – beautifully interviewed and written for thriveglobal.
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.
New day, New week, New month, We love new beginnings. Let’s mark it !
Somewhere between Black Friday and Cyber Monday lies our final shortlist. Let’s call it Sunday Pie day.
Spreading the love through 200 tulips from Amsterdam.
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.
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 ?
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!
With less, we feel we have more. Less stuff, less money, less busy, less stress. More time, more fun, more space, more living.
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.
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 ?
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!
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 🙂
Delicious, old recipe with variations. Hopefully you have these ingredients in the cupboard so can knock this one up any time you fancy.
Living the dream life… or Plato’s allegory of the cave ! Which is it, and why are we much happier. Is Instagram the cave ?
The tiny Bamix blades with the power of a jet engine ! Amazing Bamix quality – lasts a lifetime. The choice of the professionals.
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.
A review of the top POD and CAPSULE espresso machines. From best budget level, to best barista quality.Also pointing out best PAD machines. – what’s the difference?
La Pavoni, Sage, Breville, Rocket, Rancilio… which ones did WE buy?
Whether you’re a busy commuter needing a pick-me-up on the go, or need to feed the crowd all day with the black stuff. Get your best filter coffee solution here.
UK Chefs Gordon Ramsey and Jamie Oliver love Bamix. The Bamix Gastro 350 is a winner for our ´best commercial hand blender´ award 2019.
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.
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.
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.)
A visual listing with buying links to the equipment that we recommend, for various reasons, in our reviews. A work in progress !
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.
The top 20 coffee machine brands you should know… and they aren’t all Italian !
The two big giants kitchen gadget companies compete again. Let’s compare their hand blender offerings and see the most popular and why !
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 !
All the elements explained. So you can understand what makes a perfect espresso. Good to know before buying any coffee making equipment !
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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Which parts can be washed by hand, or dishwasher. Maintenance tips to keep your hand blender as good as new.
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 !
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.
The Almond seed… a handful a day keeps the doctor at bay ! One of the best sources of Vitamin E, and great for magnesium which is so good for controlling blood sugar and blood pressure.
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