Salad and Fruit Platters

A salad bowl is a must at any BBQ or garden party. But in my experience, what happens, is all the lovely salad veg gets placed in a bowl and all the heavy items fall to the bottom and you're left with just lettuce on top. Or people peer into the bowl, see something they … Continue reading Salad and Fruit Platters

Tip – Got Egg Shell in Your Bowl?

The next time you crack an egg and get a piece of shell in your bowl, instead of spending ages trying to fish it out with a spoon or your fingers, just scoop it out with an egg shell half. It works a treat. It also means you wont burn your fingers if you're cracking … Continue reading Tip – Got Egg Shell in Your Bowl?

It’s Not a Life Hack, It’s Just a Freezer!

I'm always surprised by how many people don't utilise their freezers. I freeze pretty much everything, as you're about to find out, so I find it hard to believe some people just use there's for frozen chips and ice cream! Now, I'm not judging anyone's lifestyle here, if you only eat fresh food or like … Continue reading It’s Not a Life Hack, It’s Just a Freezer!

My 2021 Healthy Eating Plan

Low Carb, Low Sugar, High Fat, High Protein Ok my lovely followers, don't panic, I'm not going to suddenly start posting videos of me lifting weights or sharing recipes for kale juice smoothies (though if that's your thing, you go for it!) If you follow my blog, you'll know I'm not into 'diet food' or … Continue reading My 2021 Healthy Eating Plan

Using Coconut Oil as Makeup Remover

I've got quite sensitive skin on my face, and over the years, I've spent a small fortune on different cleansers and makeup removers. I've tried wipes, oils, creams and washes, with varying results. Some of them are incredibly messy and chore-like to use, some stung my eyes, dried out my skin, most were not environmentally … Continue reading Using Coconut Oil as Makeup Remover

How to Keep Cold Buffet Platters Fresh

This is a simple, but really useful tip. I think I first saw Mary Berry do this on one of her cooking programs, and it works a treat. Whenever I'm having a gathering, whether it's a house party, garden party or even just some friends round for lunch, I always try to get organised beforehand, … Continue reading How to Keep Cold Buffet Platters Fresh

How to Chop Onions Quickly and Safely

I know what you're thinking - "Anyone can chop an onion, why do I need to read a post about it?" And you're right, anyone who can hold a knife can chop an onion. But over the years, cooking with friends and family members and working in hospitality, seeing other people chopping veg, it's scary … Continue reading How to Chop Onions Quickly and Safely

Testing Eggs For Freshness

A friend of mine has chickens and she often gives away some of the eggs she gets to friends and family, as her chickens produce so many in the summer. They are very happy outdoor hens and their eggs are delicious, with huge, bright orange yolks; when it comes to eggs, you really can't beat … Continue reading Testing Eggs For Freshness

Decorating With Edible Lustre

One of my closest friends makes wedding cakes for a living and she told me about this trick. I've used it to add finishing touches to numerous cakes and biscuits over the years and as we're rapidly running out of things to do during lockdown, I thought I'd share it with you. It's a great … Continue reading Decorating With Edible Lustre

How to Prep Cauliflower Like a Pro

I've worked in a few cafe's and restaurants over the years and picked up a lot of tips and tricks from the other staff members and the chefs I worked with. People in the catering industry do things quite differently to how we home cooks have been taught, as for them, time really is money. … Continue reading How to Prep Cauliflower Like a Pro

How To – Homemade Hampers

I've made many hampers in my time, both professionally and personally; from fruit and veg hampers to huge Cadbury chocolate hampers and girl's night in hampers. I love them, they look exciting, are completely personal and they don't have to cost the earth. If you're making more than one hamper, look out for multi-buy offers … Continue reading How To – Homemade Hampers

How To Be A Healthy Pesky/Veggie/Vegan

My 6 Rules for a healthy, iron rich diet. A different sort of blog post today. Usually, when we decide to stop eating meat, it's a decision that's made with our hearts, not for health reasons. We don't research alternative vitamin and mineral sources or what our bodies need, we worry about craving bacon butties … Continue reading How To Be A Healthy Pesky/Veggie/Vegan