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A vegetable, a root vegetable or a fruit? Raw or cooked, savoury or sweet, the carrot is a staple ingredient in many dishes (not forgetting carrot cake!). Why not be a little more adventurous and do something other than simply boil your carrots...
Celery & celeriac
We don't always give that much thought to celery and celeriac, yet they crop up everywhere. It's not always obvious what to cook them with...let us give you some insight.
Hints on healthy cooking
If you want to control the amount of calories you're getting from your diet but still enjoy the meals you like, healthy home cooking is the way forward. Here's how to cook healthily at home.
Vegetables of the cabbage family
Known for its strong taste and smell, cabbage is a much-maligned vegetable, but cabbage and its Brassicaceae or crucifer relatives have so many good qualities it's a shame to overlook them!
Citrus fruit
Citrus fruits originate from South East Asia and were introduced to Europe in the Middle Ages (except for the citron, traces of which were found in BC Europe). Here's our guide to cooking with them.
Shortcrust pastry
Shortcrust pastry is used to make pies, tarts, quiches, turnovers and crusts. It's a versatile, simple and essential kitchen staple. Here's our basic recipe and tips.
Puff pastry
Many are reluctant to try puff pastry because they think it's complicated, takes too long and you need to be a masterchef to do it. Wrong! You do need a bit of time on your hands, but you can always do other things in between stages...
Choosing, preparing and cooking fish
Fish can be so simple - and so difficult. It is a mystery to many, and while fishfingers are easy to cook, it's a shame not to treat your tastebuds to the many delicate, delicious types of fish out there...
Whipped cream
Eating whipped cream feels like eating a fresh, soft, sweet cloud. It's a calorific bomb, but so good it's hard to resist! Whipped cream was first invented in 1660 by Vatel in the city of Chantilly in France...
Carpaccio is a particular preparation of raw foods such as meat, fish, scallops, fruit and vegetables.
Prawns are high in protein, very low in fat and filling, containing just 98 kcal per 100g, plus lots of Vitamins B12, B3 and zinc. Take care what you serve them with (they often come with bread, butter and mayo where yoghurt sauce, marinade or a dash of lime can bring out their flavour much better)...
All about champagne
Champagne is for special moments: parties, celebrations of love, success and big achievements in life. We often crack open the bubbly with dessert, but is this really the best way of savouring champagne? Connoisseurs say champers is best drunk at the apéritif stage...
All about tropical fruit
There are so many out there we don't even know what some of them are, let alone how to tell when they're ripe and how to cook with them! Here's a panorama of our favourite exotic fruits and how to use them in your cooking...
Gingerbread recipe and tips
Gingerbread is a childhood favourite and conjures up warm images of gingerbread men and gingerbread houses like in fairy tales such as Hansel and Gretel. It's also a warm, spicy Christmas favourite!
How to cook eggs
Fried, boiled, scrambled, poached, baked or in omelette…there are many different ways of cooking eggs. What are the different methods?
Cooking oils
Which type of oil should you use for frying, heating, cold dishes and cakes? Follow our cooking oil guide!
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