Roasting or baking grapes makes them more flavoursome. Eat them warm on top of ice cream (the hot and cold sensation is wonderful); leave them to cool and serve with a creamy cheese or make a cheese and fruit bruschetta by spreading a piece of toasted bread with cream cheese and topping with the cooled roasted grapes. A good way of using up grapes that are starting to go soft.
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When you have bread left over make our nutty breadcrumbs which you can toss through pasta, use to top a macaroni cheese and sprinkle over vegetables. You can also use panko if you don’t want to use leftover bread. It’s an economical way of making a dish more substantial and adding texture using a food that would otherwise be thrown out.
How to keep your food safe in a store cupboard, how to make sure you use everything in date and how to group items so you can find them easily and in time before they go out of date.
‘Chefs use fresh and dried herbs to enhance both the appearance and flavour of dishes’, says chef and culinary lecturer TJ O’Connor. ‘Here’s how to replace fresh herbs with dried herbs, why you should add hard herbs like rosemary at the start of cooking and when to add soft herbs like basil to a dish.’
Kerry chef and IT Tralee Culinary Lecturer TJ O’Connor explains how the top chefs make sure that fish doesn’t stick to the pan. You can do it easily at home.
Chef and culinary lecturer TJ O’Connor gives his professional tips to make the perfect roast chicken.
Many of us didn’t learn baking at our mother’s knee – here are some tips to help fill those gaps.
Baking powder is a mixture of bicarbonate of soda (also called baking soda) and cream of tartar. When it’s mixed with a liquid it releases carbon dioxide gas and causes a batter or dough to rise. Buy it in small quantities and keep it dry in a sealed container or in the tin. If you run out of baking powder, you can always make your own – see our recipe below.
When you are measuring honey or molasses or any sticky substance, lightly oil the measuring cup or spoon with unflavoured oil (sunflower or groundnut oil are perfect) or butter to make it easier to pour out.