food preparation

5 Home Safety Tips You Should Never Forget

5 Home Safety Tips You Should Never Forget

Home safety tips should never be forgotten because your home should always feel like a safe place. A few simple tips around food, housekeeping and electrical will help you create a safer environment for your family. When you think of staying safe at home, the first thing that comes to mind might be having a solid security system in place, or even using Intercom Systems to have some peace of mind.  While security is incredibly important for home safety, you should also make sure other aspects of your house are consistently safe for you and your family, too. It’s far…

11 Smart Ways To Eat Comfort Food The Healthy Way

11 Smart Ways To Eat Comfort Food The Healthy Way

Eating comfort food can be a great joy of fall and winter, but it can also mean developing unhealthy habits that can be difficult to shake off. It’s much better to develop healthy habits so that you can have a sustainable, healthy lifestyle year round. Below, you’ll find 11 suggestions that can help you to eat comfort food the healthy way. Take a look and you’ll realize that you don’t have to be ‘all or nothing!’ #1 Make Smart Swaps In Your Recipes Start by seeing if there are any smart swaps you can make in your recipes. For example,…

A Practical Kitchen. How to Make Yours Function Better

A Practical Kitchen. How to Make Yours Function Better

A practical kitchen is important if you love cooking. Your kitchen should serve your needs and become a hub for great conversation and great food. So how can you make your kitchen as practical as it can be? As the heart of your home, a practical kitchen will be a space that works with your lifestyle, entertaining and family needs. So I’ve prepared a few tips on how to make the most out of your daily routine and save time on preparing meals, too. Declutter The best chefs work in a clean and organized environment. Stop spending half of your…

Easiest Mexican Recipes EVER!

Easiest Mexican Recipes EVER!

I’m a Mexican food tragic, since visiting Austin,TX, several times and being exposed to their DIVINE Mexican and Tex/Mex food. So I wanted to share with you some of the easiest Mexican recipes ever so you can enjoy a slice of southern hospitality at your house. Whether for now or later to celebrate Dia de Los Muertos on Oct 31, here you’ll find the easiest Mexican recipes for; Chicken Quesadillas Mexican BBQ Corn Cobs Pulled Chicken Taco New Orleans Prawns, and Smokey BBQ Beans McCormick Grill Mates have two Tex-Mex style sauces perfect for your Mexican food feast. The following…

Handy Kitchen Helpers from Breville

Handy Kitchen Helpers from Breville

Who doesn’t like a little extra help in the kitchen? Handy kitchen helpers from Breville make the perfect gift for anyone who enjoys cooking, entertaining or fresh coffee in the morning. Bake, blend, and chop your way to kitchen appliance nirvana. Just released are some new kitchen helpers from Breville that will make perfect gifts. Living in a ‘cafe society’ being able to make your perfect brew at home is becoming de rigeur for coffee-lovers. Two new coffee machines with quite different price points will enable you to experience your desired coffee-fix without compromising on quality. The first ‘connected’ Nespresso…

Cutting Through The Hype On Professional Kitchen Knives

Cutting Through The Hype On Professional Kitchen Knives

In a world seemingly dominated by Thermomix and Kitchenaid you could be forgiven for believing key food prep tools have to have an electrical plug! In fact, the most important tools in any kitchen are still professional kitchen knives! Used over and over again each day for tasks such as dicing, slicing, chopping, crushing, mincing, spreading and carving this one tool remains the prime investment for any kitchen. I had a wonderful interview on my 88.9FM Hills Radio show this week with Karina Kealy from Zwilling JA Henckels, and I learnt a few interesting facts about knives. For example, there…

New PL8 Professional Mandoline

New PL8 Professional Mandoline

I am not the chef in our household so, for me, the more gadgetry the better. Pottering in the kitchen is fun but if you can look vaguely professional while you sip wine and throw ingredients around all the better; especially when it comes to the actual presentation and all important taste test. So I was intrigued to see the new PL8 Professional Mandoline which has just received an international endorsement for outstanding design, acknowledgement of benchmark safety features and an ability to produce highly impressive waffle slices in seconds. This has got to be top of the home cook’s…

Black and White Kitchen Accessories

Black and White Kitchen Accessories

Australians love entertaining at home and with the advent of open plan kitchen/living exposed shelves have become popular. So many home owners look for new serving & crockery homewares plus ‘stuff’ they can display on open shelves. Two very well-known and popular brands in Australia are Noritake and Salt&Pepper who have both come out with fabulous new black and white kitchen accessories. Black and white kitchens can be sleek, modern and clean with high contrast white walls, marble bench-tops and checkered floors adding to the appeal. Add copper via pendant lights, bench-tops or even exposed plumbing. So when I saw…