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10 Essential Ingredients of Thai Cooking

Gather up these 10 ingredients and you have the basics for cooking Thai at home effortlessly. Though Thai cuisine is brilliantly complex tasting and known for its amazing balance of sour, sweet, bitter and salty it’s actually easy to make at home. Gather up these 10 simple ingredients and you ... more

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Perfect Picnic Tips

Don’t forget to pack these items for a great day out. Here are tips and a checklist of what not to leave behind. Remember lots of ice and sunblock. The rest is an easy relaxed trip. For something different, set up in your garden at home. Fruity Slices – Cut ... more

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Top Tips Sandwich Making

1. SPREAD OUT Sandwich spreads add flavour but also perform the essential task of lending moisture and sometimes creaminess to sandwiches. Mustard and mayo are the familiar standbys, but don’t stop there. It’s well worth experimenting with the following: vinaigrettes, pestos, BBQ sauces, chutneys, and salsas. 2. USE THE RIGHT ... more

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100 Greatest Cooking Tips (of all time!)

Food Network Magazine asked top chefs across the country for their best advice. 1. Remember, y’all, it’s all about the prep. Take away the stress by doing the prep the night or day before. You’ll look like a star. Paula Deen Paula’s Best Dishes   2. The smaller the item, ... more

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The 6 Biggest Mistakes You Make Chopping Vegetables

By Sharon Franke You probably have to dice vegetables every day, but are you doing it safely? 1. Choosing the wrong knife For this task, you want a heavy wide-bladed chef’s knife. It has the heft to power through tough veggies like onions and carrots, and require you to exert ... more

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Wine Tips – Tannins

Wine tip – Tannins What is tannin? This is a chemical compound present in the skins, stalks and pips of red grapes and is extracted during the making of the wine. It is a preservative in red wine and gives a taste of dryness in the mouth. Tannin when paired ... more

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Braai Master Tips

BRAAI  MASTER TIPS Even the best braai masters need one or two tips to stay on top of their game. Here are a few of our suggestions for separating yourself from the braai master wannabe’s and staying ahead of the ‘braai’ pack: 1.Keep your braai grid clean by rubbing it down ... more

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Snack Attack

OUR TOP TEN FILLING IDEAS * Cheese and tomato with fruit chutney * Apple slaw: mix mayonnaise, lemon juice, grated cheese, apple and finely chopped spring onion. * Tuna, mayonnaise, and finely chopped red pepper * Peanut butter and bananas with honey. * Egg Mayonnaise with snipped chives * Cream ... more

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Sushi Rice

TIPS FOR SUSHI RICE Wash the rice With running water for 1-2 minutes until there is no more starch coming out of it. After you are done washing, take the rice and place it gently in a pot, add a little bit more water than rice to cover it. Cooking ... more

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Egg Facts

Egg Facts: There’s a lot more to each egg than a shell, yolk and white. For example, did you know that… Most eggs are laid between 7-11am. Eggs age more in one day at room temperature than in one week in the fridge. As a hen ages, her eggs increase ... more

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