THE SECRET TO COOKING GREAT FOOD WITH LIMITED INGREDIENTS…

When you get home after a hard day at work, open the fridge and realise that there’s basically nothing in there, you’ve got two choices. You could go back out again and buy some ingredients or you can try to make do with what you’ve got. You can cook some pretty incredible meals with just a couple of ingredients but there is a certain art to it. Use these three simple tricks to master cooking with limited ingredients.

1. KNOW YOUR FLAVOUR PAIRINGS…

Strawberries and cream, cheese and tomato, lemon and garlic. Some flavours just go well together and they create such a delicious combination that you don’t need much else in your meal. Identifying the food pairings made in heaven is the key to cooking well with a small number of ingredients. You’re going to be experimenting with flavours a lot which is always a good thing, but if you don’t know what you’re doing you can end up with some disasters. If you just start throwing things together without some idea of whether they’ll taste good, you’re probably not going to end up with a nice meal. But if you find those flavour combinations, they’ll stand you in good stead.

2. MAKE USE OF SPICES…

Often, if you don’t have a lot of fresh ingredients to use, you need to rely on flavourings. If, for example, you’ve got a load of beans and pulses in the cupboard and not much else, you can still make a delicious meal out of them if you know how to use herbs and spices properly. The correct combination of a couple of spices can really elevate even the most boring of dishes. The staples that you need in your cupboard are cumin, chilli powder, turmeric, coriander powder, oregano, parsley and paprika. You can create all sorts of different flavours using different combinations of those. You should also keep a tub of curry powder in the cupboard, it’s a great shortcut that you can use to make a delicious curry in no time at all. You’ll also need to learn when spices should be added to the pot because some need to go in right at the start while others only need to be cooked for a few minutes to release their flavour. Over or under cooking spices can completely ruin the flavour.

3. BUY VERSATILE INGREDIENTS…

When you’re only working with a couple of ingredients, you want things that you can create lots of different flavours and textures. Buying these versatile ingredients and keeping them in the cupboard will allow you to create a meal out of anything. Eggs are a great one; you can put a boiled or poached egg on top of a meal to add extra protein and nutrients, you can use them in baking or make a sauce with them. Chickpeas are another great ingredient; they make a good substitute for meat in a curry or chilli, you can make them into hummus or you can drizzle them in a bit of oil and bake them for half an hour for a delicious crispy snack. Knowing how to use versatile ingredients will make life so much easier for you.

Follow these 3 tips and you’ll be able to cook amazing food with just a few ingredients.

 

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BRITISH CORNER SHOP…

The British Corner Shop is a unique online supermarket for expats around the world. Whether you miss Marmite or crave Warburtons crumpets, they can deliver your British favourites straight to your door.

Their website stocks over 10,000 products from Britain’s most loved brands, meaning you can enjoy the British food you miss, wherever you are in the world.

Customer service is at the heart of their business. Since their humble beginnings in 1999, they have refined and developed British Corner Shop, building on the wants and needs of their loyal customers.

From purchasing your shopping through to the delivery, they want their customers to have total confidence when ordering with them.

You don’t have to be a British expat to use the service. If you have friends or relatives overseas who may be missing the taste of home, why not order them a box of British happiness? Their service is perfect for sending parcels of British food to Brits in the Armed Forces and others working abroad.

5 LAST MINUTE FOODIE GIFTS FOR FATHER’S DAY…

Personalised Chocolates For Foodie Dads

If you’re stuck for something to buy for Father’s Day then here are a few last minute popular foodie gifts you can buy that special Dad. The personalised foodie chocolate above is from Not On The High Street and is £9.95 by Chocolate By Cocoapod Chocolate.

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For the cheese lover this Award-winning cheesemonger Andy Swinscoe of The Courtyard Dairy has created a gift box with Father’s Day in mind.The Strong & Mature Cheese selection includes outstanding old winchester, a 20-month-old powerful cheddar/gouda cross; spicy bleu des causses; tunworth, Britain’s rival to the best French camembert; and intense saint oswald. £26.50,

Morrisons

For the cookie lover, just pop down to Morrisons and personalise a giant cookie with your loving message at Morrisons stores nationwide. Choose from chocolate chip, white chocolate or double chocolate. £5

Finally how about an Olive Magazine subscription. Get him a monthly dose of the best recipes, restaurant trends and travel inspiration delivered through the letterbox, so your favourite food lovers can always stay ahead of the game. The food gift that keeps on giving, for just £32.99 for 13 issues

A guide to whiskies tea towel, Father's Day

For any whisky lover then how about this unique guide to whiskies tea towel.

From bourbons to ryes and malts, this tea towel covered with whisky trivia is perfect for those scotch loving dads. It’s almost too useful to use, so hang it on your wall and learn about the differences between Japanese and Canadian whisky before mixing a Manhattan. £10

 

#SCRUMPTIOUS FOOD SATURDAY ( A BIT LATE :) )…

Scrumptious food Saturday is a tad late this week but better late than never as they say.

My three choices for this week’s scrumptious food Saturday are –

Scrumptious and Simply Delicious is a high quality catering company in North Yorkshire. They specialise in wedding and event catering, corporate entertaining, holiday cottage catering and private home dining.

If it is to do with catering then they can get it, cook it and serve it. They have a wealth of experience in Providing First Class Catering for all.

Scrumptious Creams - A Bite of Goodness

Scrumptious Creams is focused on providing high-quality cakes and customer satisfaction – They say they will do everything they can to meet your cake expectations.

With a high demand for Bespoke Cakes for weddings, baby showers, birthdays and much more all with a variety of offerings to choose from, they are sure you’ll be happy working with them. They have been baking and decorating for 6 years and decided to branch out and take on the new adventure of being well known in the cake industry. Their gallery will have your mouth salivating from the first picture.

Macarons
Boxes of 24 £36.00
Scrumptious Romanian Inspired Recipes: A complete cookbook of Romanian Dish Ideas by Anthony Boundy.
Scrumptious Romanian Inspired Recipes: A Complete Cookbook of Romanian Dish Ideas! by [Boundy, Anthony]
This book will show you how to cook the various types of meat & vegetable stew and soups, along with other foods influenced by Romania. Many of their dishes show the impact of other European foods.

From breakfasts to lunches, dinners, side dishes and desserts, they have shared genuine Romanian recipes in this helpful book, to get you well on your way to preparing Romanian dishes right at home.