Monthly Archives: April 2012

CRISPY FUN!


We had great fun this weekend with the Mastrad Crisp Maker. http://www.cookshopdirect.co.uk/kitchen-accessories/7-mastrad-microwave-crisp-maker.html

My girl of 10 and son of 15 had great fun making healthy crisps in the microwave and sprinkling them with different flavourings.

Apart from salt and vinegar we had tandoori, chilli (my husband likes spicy crisps) and even garlic. My daughter took some salt and vinegar ones to school in her lunch box and her friends asked if dad worked for Walkers (we live near Leicester).

Maybe some of you could tell me if you’ve made any of your own special flavours. Let’s see who can come up with the best ones!

We’ll make a list of the best 10. No prizes I’m afraid, just a bit of fun!

See you soon, Beverley.

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BURN OFF!


Someone emailed me the other day to ask how to clean burnt stains off the bottom of a saucepan.  

This depends on the material used to make the pan but generally speaking I find it best to put some water and baking soda crystals in the pan and slowly bring to the boil.  

Leave this simmering for a while and then clean as normal.  If it’s a casserole just put it in the oven on a medium heat for half an hour.  

You may need to finish off with a brillo pad or scourer.  

I had the problem last year when I asked my son to ‘watch the potatoes’. They were boiling on the hob and I had a phone call from an old friend. When I came back to the kitchen the water had all boiled off, but my son had done nothing. He could see I was angry, but then made the point: “You only asked me to watch them – nothing else”.  

Lesson learned – don’t expect too much iniative from teenagers!   See you soon Beverley

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Time to up-grade your flippers and dippers


We’ve got some great utensils on the Cookshop Direct website and there’s a great offer if you buy the six most popular kitchen tools. There is a saving of 25% and the hanging bar comes free (keeps them tidy and they don’t take up drawer space!)

They are very high quality and beautifully finished with a red ABS feature in the handle. I ‘Googled’ ABS and discovered it is a strong plastic material. The most important mechanical properties of ABS are impact resistance and toughness, which is good for me because Greg likes to cook but he’s a bit clumsy around the kitchen.

I hope you are trying out my recipes. If you have any of your own that you would like to share, just leave them in the comments box.

Have a good Easter, Beverley

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IRISH WHEATEN BREAD


You will need:

450gms Wholemeal Flour

1 tsp salt

1tsp bicarbonate of soda

30 g butter

284 ml buttermilk (natural yoghurt if you can’t get buttermilk)

Preheat the oven to 200 degrees C.  Mix the flour salt and bicarbonate of soda in a large bowl.  Blend in the butter.  Add the buttermilk and mix with a fork.

Shape into a flat circle and score the top with a cross.

Place 0n a greased baking tray (we sell these at Cookshop Direct) and bake for 40 – 45 minutes.

It’s that simple.  Wheaten Bread tastes great with butter (I know!) or with your favourite soup.

See you.  Beverley

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Al Fresco Dining


Wow! there are some great new items on the Cookshop Direct web site.  Lots of Acrylic glasses (can I call them glasses?) and melamine tableware.  You’ll find them in the Outdoor Dining and Outdoor Drinkware sections.

Great for outdoor dining when (if) the spring weather gets warmer.

I hear on the grapevine that we’ll be introducing some picnic items very soon and these will include luxury hampers.

I’ll be posting a new recipe which was given to me by a friend from Belfast – tasty and healthy wheaten bread.  Believe me it’s gorgeous.

Keep cooking!  Beverley

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