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kitchen tools, cooking tips, favourite recipes, ingredients, and of course, our daily inspirations.
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Want to know our latest find !
Cooks and chefs inspire us, and we love to pass on little finds that work for them. You inspire us too when you show us brilliant products you have bought !
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p.s. This one will help you pro-long the life of your fresh food. but it’s only available in the U.S. and Canada !
and look after yourself
Yes really. I’m not a calorie counter like Paul, but this still WOWs me !
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.
and don’t forget to work hard (in an inspired way of course)
and make them last longer … is the French work ‘pommme de terre’ a clue !
and garlic and more. There’s a reason why they’re sold in net bags !
Take advantage when the sun shines, even if you have loads of work to do.
Spreading the love through 200 tulips from Amsterdam.
Easy griddled veggie lunch. Healthy, filling, and pretty !
What would you add to this dish to make it complete ?
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.
The beauty and the benefit of waking in the night ! You know what I’m talking about..
A reminder to celebrate and be strong. As women, we have to know our inner and outer strengths every day, not just today.
Start the day feeling good. Get what you need, feel healthy, and full ( No overnight oats involved ! )
When you know what to do, and when, and how of course. Discover how to make sure your food never sticks to the pan ! It’s a simple, scientific, 3 step method.
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 !
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 !
Little and big kitchen gifts for everyone. The kind of gifts that keep on giving back. Things we like, use, or would love to have. Just saying !
What are you doing this January? Listening to your own body… or following the same diet as your friends ?
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.
Black Friday has arrived. Whoop dee whoop. It will be gone soon too. More whoops. Don’t get overwhelmed – Cut out the stress and check our short list of top bargains here now.
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!
From sophisticated Surrey, to simplifying everything, we find we can afford a luxury of living that never seemed to be so available before. What richness !
Taking an hour off to learn salsa – in a great location. The food and cocktails try to steal the show !
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 🙂
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 ?
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 ?
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?
Revealing the best semi-automatic, automatic, and super-automatic bean to cup espresso machines – worldwide (and why you would buy each one).
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.
Revealed ! The best, most tested, reviewed, and awarded hand blenders worldwide ( from 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019). Which one did we buy ?
The tiny Bamix blades with the power of a jet engine ! Amazing Bamix quality – lasts a lifetime. The choice of the professionals.
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 !
UK Chefs Gordon Ramsey and Jamie Oliver love Bamix. The Bamix Gastro 350 is a winner for our ´best commercial hand blender´ award 2019.
Small, power-packed, and in a league of its own. The Bamix SwissLine gets our ´best commercial hand blender’ award.
Voted the best value mid range hand blender, for home cooks. The Kenwood Triblade Blender – the HDP406WH. In depth review.
AWARD WINNER 2019 – the best all-in-one home blender. More than a hand blender – more like a hand held food processor. Built with families in mind.
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 !
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 !
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.
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.
The top 20 coffee machine brands you should know… and they aren’t all Italian !
Is the KitchenAid Artisan cordless hand blender the only choice of cordless blender in the UK?.. Not any more !
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.
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 !
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?
Which parts can be washed by hand, or dishwasher. Maintenance tips to keep your hand blender as good as new.
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.
ONLY AVAILABLE TO OUR EMAIL SUBSCRIBERS. Get this e-book for a good healthy Sunday read. We really like this lady and what she stands for. It’s on offer today, for virtually nothing !!! We just downloaded it ourselves. Enjoy.
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Never have to buy expensive white almonds again. Super easy guide to how to blanche almonds yourself.
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 ).
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 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 !
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.
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
A bargain price for the stylish Kmix sister to the Kenwood HDP406WH. If you like KitchenAid, you’ll love this.
It’s Italian of course we love it !!!
the beautiful manual lever operation.
the steam is always immediately available.
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
A quick, refreshing Q & A with a graduate student about her journey with cooking. Pithy, to the point, and some great recommendations !
Do you want abundance ? This really works… be thankful for what you have and you’ll end up having more !
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 !
So fast. So easy. I first made this feel to see if it could fix my hangover – and it did !
Here’s what you need if you want the absolute best barista style coffee… and a little bit of theatre making it.
Learn to make your own espresso instead of paying for it at the coffee shop ! Here’s what you need.
From freezer to table. Healthy and light. No oils or fats needed. Just your hand blender and a saucepan !
It’s a magical feeling, creating a great filling and healthy lunch… from almost nothing !
Roasted pumpkin, hand blended with chickpeas & chorizo to make a delicious Autumn bowl.
Simple and fresh. Use a hand blender to whizz this up.
A glass of green foodie goodness in a breakfast smoothie. Bulk it up and make it a breakfast bowl.
A healthy light lunch, side salad or snack based on corn and feta, nuts, fruits and a kick of chilli.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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 !
Here are all the silly, (and frequently asked), questions about sous vide. Answered here by our in house expert !
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