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Cooking a Dinner Party With Less Fat

Posted by James McIntosh Monday, 17th November 2014

I'm very proud to say at the grand age of 36 I have a 32" waist.  I do believe in the concept of "you are what you eat", but rather than being fanatical about food, I simply eat a healthy balanced diet.  Well, it works for me.  That means I can splurge and save on different ingredients and have naughty days complemented with healthier days.  But, it’s not all about me, so considering a dinner party, how do we ensure less fat is on the plate?

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Show off your chef skills

Posted by Hayley Gilbert Friday, 7th November 2014

Once the nights draw in and autumn is well underway, it’s the perfect time of year to invite family and friends over for a hearty meal. No-one wants to spend too much on going out with Christmas round the corner so entertaining at home is an ideal way to keep socialising on a more informal and inexpensive scale. I’m certainly no Nigella but I’d like to think that I can cook fresh, seasonal ingredients in a very simple yet tasty way. You don’t need to get bogged down in gadgets and utensils or even complicated ingredients – what’s more important is the basic tools for the job and this means investing in a cooker that offers flexibility when it comes to experimenting with different dishes.

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Sparklin’ Parkin for bonfire night

Posted by Gill Bland Thursday, 30th October 2014

Mr Bland, who is a Yorkshire-man by birth, first introduced me to Parkin. In Yorkshire parkin is a Bonfire Night tradition and I can see why. The best way to describe it to those of us more southerly born is that it’s a really dense ginger cake. It is warming and sweet but the addition of oats and treacle create a depth of flavour and density of texture that is perfect for keeping the cold at bay on a cold November night. It’s also sturdy enough to be wrapped up and shoved in a coat pocket for the walk home!

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Meringue Girls Mixture

Posted by Meringue Girls Wednesday, 29th October 2014

Try out this failproof mixture by meringue aficionados, the Meringue Girls, for deliciously decadent meringue kisses - ideal for parties and the festive season ahead!

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It’s Halloween!

Posted by James McIntosh Monday, 27th October 2014

Spooky time of year, no sooner are we back at school than its half term time again for teachers and students. But having kids at home is fun, but they may need a bit of entertaining! 

In London where I live, one can’t help the night time ramble of ‘trick-or-treat’, my car is parked on the street and I do like to keep it clean and shiny, so I ensure I’m well stocked with sweets.  

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1 Pot Beery Beef Cobbler

Posted by Gill Bland Monday, 13th October 2014

With the launch of the new 60 cm Rangemaster I thought I would bring you a recipe that is perfect for the more compact kitchen. The tools for this dish are minimal (perfect when storage is at a premium) and yet you can easily feed a hungry crowd on it. All you need is 1 chopping board, 1 knife, 1 small bowl and 1 pot. Ideally the pot should be a cast iron casserole dish, which I would suggest is an essential item in any kitchen.

 

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Appliances for open-plan kitchens

Posted by Hayley Gilbert Monday, 6th October 2014

Over the past decade or so, open-plan living has become increasingly popular, as homeowners knock down dividing walls between kitchens and dining rooms to create one airy, open space. It not only lets more natural light in but it can also transform a series of poky rooms into a wonderfully spacious kitchen-dining-living area. Before you get the sledgehammer out, always check whether the walls you want rid of are supporting walls as, if they are, you’ll need to replace them with RSJs or steel beams for structural support. A structural engineer will be able to tell you and should also be able to give a guide price for doing the work.

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Healthy Eating Infographic

Posted by Alison Baker Wednesday, 1st October 2014

We all know that it’s important to keep fit and healthy, but we also know that maintaining a healthy lifestyle isn’t always easy. To prevent us from being tempted with unhealthy food we’ve created an infographic that shows us how to keep healthy the simple way. Our infographic includes facts about super foods and healthy alternatives that will hopefully encourage you all to make some healthy changes to your diet. We’ve chosen facts and alternatives that are inexpensive, simple to change and most importantly – delicious. Some can be made perfectly in one of our cookers while others can be eaten on its own as a simple snack. This infographic is there to give you ideas on how to look after your body and heart and we hope that you enjoy our healthy but tasty alternatives.

Let us know in the comment section below if you’ve tried our ideas out or if you have any more yummy alternatives! 

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Baking with children. Make your own lunch.

Posted by Gill Bland Monday, 22nd September 2014

This month I thought I’d bring you a recipe that’s great for getting the children in your life enjoying the kitchen as much as you do.

Whether you’ve got children of your own and have just re-started the daily packed lunch production line, or are just temporarily taking the role of small-person supervisor and want an easy activity that has the added bonus of resulting lunch, this recipe is ideal. You’ll have the benefit of knowing exactly what your darling one is eating and they can get all nice and messy mixing and kneading the bread with their hands. You could even add spices, nuts, dried fruit, or other ingredients to jazz it up. I once had a lovely cinnamon spiced soda bread with dates and walnuts in it. I suspect that version would be more popular with the more mature section of the family though, especially if accompanied with some good cheese and wine! 

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Induction cooking for the whole family

Posted by Hayley Gilbert Monday, 15th September 2014

One of my earliest memories is helping my mum make fairy cakes – probably more of the mixing and tasting than the actual cooking but children do love to help out in the kitchen, especially when it comes to baking. If you’re concerned about safety, one of the most child-friendly options in terms of hobs is induction. Its main benefit is that it’s an extremely safe method of cooking, as it’s the pan that heats up and not the hob. This is great when cooking with little ones, as if they accidentally touch the hob’s surface, they won’t get burned. Another bonus is that they usually come with built-in safety controls such as automatic shut-off if a pan is not in contact with the hob.

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