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Things Granny Knew: How To Make A White Sauce

Things Granny Knew: How To Make A White Sauce

If we believe foody magazines and cooking shows on the box, everybody knows what vinaigrette is, how to deglaze a pan and that white sauce is a thing of the past. I disagree.

New Book: Allergy Safe Family Food

New Book: Allergy Safe Family Food

Eight foods cause ninety percent of food allergies: nuts, eggs, milk, soy, sesame seeds, wheat, fish and shellfish. If you suffer from some form of food allergy, are intolerant to soy or wheat or have to cook for a sufferer – here’s the book for you.

Zombie vs Human

Zombie vs Human

Most people are too timid with salt and pepper and don't know how important seasoning actually is. They're bamboozled by so-called nutritionists who tell them not to eat too much salt. Okay, too much salt can have all sorts of bad effects on the body. But how much is too much?

Save the Kids!

Save the Kids!

I always thought they were exaggerating when friends told me about people who will only eat fatty fried slop, such as hash browns, plasticky-looking sausages, soggy bacon, battery eggs and tons of oil-dripping chips – all washed down with gallons of fizzy drinks like coke or energy fiz, half a teaspoon of which would make me look as if I’d slept with my fingers plugged into a power socket.

Apple Time Is Here Again! Part 3

Continuing the series of apple cake recipes I've hopped over the border of my native Germany to neighbouring Belgium. They do wicked cakes, those Flemings! And don't miss my little rant about vanilla at the end of the recipe.

 

Apple Time Is Here Again! Part 2

Apple Time Is Here Again! Part 2

I do hope you've been able to find some cooking apples - look out for Gravenstein. It's an excellent choice for tarts, if you can find it. Once upon a time there used to be hundreds of different kinds. Today, there are only about a dozen varieties widely grown in New Zealand.

Chilled Soup For Hot Days

It's so hot I'd like to sit in a cool pool all day slurping iced coffee in the morning, iced soup for lunch, icecream for tea and something boozey on the rocks a little later. Chilled soups might seem a bit outlandish at first, but they're so good you've got to try one.

My Favourite Cookbooks - Number One

My Favourite Cookbooks - Number One

Faithful companion for years to come

Death by bad cafe food? Death to bad cafe food!

I'm sick of going into cafes for a bite to eat only to find ghastly sausage rolls, pallid savouries with WHATEVER (or nothing at all) under a pile of watery potato mash and day-old scones with a concrete lid of cheese - while everything else contains battery chicken.

What's Not On The Label

What's Not On The Label

Ethics pertaining to food seems to be a hot issue, so I thought it to be a good idea not just to recommend Felicity Lawrence's book Not on the Label, but to present you with a review. Here it is: