If more space to you means more stuff (and inevitably, more mess!) then you will probably benefit from being a little more organized in the kitchen :) The French have a wonderful phrase mise en place which roughly translates to 'everything in place', so I have used this concept to draw some inspiration to help other home cooks and foodies become a little more organized in the kitchen.Read More
It’s almost Halloween, the shops are now brimming with ghoulish costumes and pumpkins galore, and mums and dads are stocking up the cupboards with bags of sweets, chocolates, and anything else that will keep the endless hordes of wonderfully dressed children happy! But Halloween can be healthy too... here are our favourite scary snacks that are not packed with sugar :)Read More
One of the most satisfying feelings is using up those items in the kitchen that we think are bin-ready. Each month we will give you some great ideas for what to do with a few of those store cupboard or fridge staples that you think have had their day. This month, we start with bread.
For some reason, I always seem to have a few slices left in the bag of bread that are just not nice to eat or even toast, so I've come up with a few ingenious ideas on how best to repurpose these into yummy recipes.Read More
When I think of September, I think of the leaves changing colour on the trees from vivid greens to deeper, warmer oranges and browns, and this too is reflected in the fruit and vegetables - bright reds and greens of strawberries, lettuce, tomatoes and cucumbers make way for warmer, more autumnal deep reds and oranges of blackberries, plums, figs, aubergines, cabbage, and my all time favourite, the humble pumpkin, or more specifically butternut squash.
Read more for my favourite creamy pumpkin recipe and a link to download all of September's seasonal produce.Read More
For me, August is dedicated to well-deserved holidays, lazy afternoons on the terrace, endless country fairs and more importantly, farmer’s markets! The dramatic sunsets, no, the epic sunsets, and the fruit trees groaning with an abundance of delicious produce - it’s a foragers dream! If you’re lucky enough to be in Europe or North America during this heavenly month, then make the most of nature’s larder.
See what's in season and get inspired to make the most of summer's fresh produce.Read More
Cooking may not be rocket science, but so many budding cooks make the simplest of mistakes that show up like a sore thumb when preparing and presenting a basic dish, from using the wrong knife, to cooking on the wrong heat. We have discussed, in the past, the importance of using a good cooking kit and always buying the best ingredients that you can afford, but that still doesn’t mean you’ll become an instant Gordon Ramsay! So here are my top 8 tips on becoming an authentic home-chef...Read More
Most home chefs (including me) will tell you that there is one ingredient that you can always fall back on in times of need when you've forgotten about dinner (it happens!), have unexpected guests over or even when you're feeling a little lazy and uninspired... mince! Ilove mince - it's tasty, versatile and so wonderfully easy to cook with and over the years I have developed a mini guide to cooking the best mince ever, no matter what recipe you choose.Read More
I’m a Father of 2 (that still sounds strange to me), and while I am against all the overblown commercialism of such holidays, I do find value in celebrating these special days. So why not swap the last minute gift and treat your dad this Father’s Day with one of my all time favourites: a roast dinner? I don’t think I know any man who doesn’t love a decent roast dinner and the roast beef must be the king! And an epic roast will make everyone else smile too!Read More
For centuries, spices have been worth their weight in gold, but nowadays they are just a common kitchen commodity. However, that doesn't mean they are invaluable... Far from it in fact! Spices hold all manner of wondrous qualities and can amp up a dish's' flavour and nutritional value. Try making one of these dry rubs before cooking your next piece of meat and see what we're talking about :)Read More
As a busy working mum for the last 6 years, and even before that when I was a busy career woman, I found thinking of dinners and finding inspiration for meals a daily chore, despite the fact that I loved cooking! This ultimately inspired me to start Oscar and Jemima's and I have learned a few things that really do make a difference when you’re busy...Read More
I recently moved house (countries in fact), so obviously I couldn’t take my filled store cupboard ingredients over with me. But it got me thinking that it can be quite daunting to start over again, but also pretty refreshing! So I thought I would share our top 10 recommendations for buying herbs and spices, and everything else for your pantry.Read More
I love lists! What can I say, there is nothing better than the feeling of satisfaction you get when you're crossing things off your to-do list (well, there possibly are a few better feelings, but none suitable for here!). Follow our handy tips to create the shopping list to beat all shopping lists!Read More
I keep mine in the fridge and they make me smile whenever I open the door :) Although they can be found in almost any culture, we Brits really know how to douse our food in some of the best! And I think that's what I love about them most; their versatility. Take a look at my must-have condiment list as well as few that I simply refuse to stock.Read More