REVIEW: Delia’s Complete Cookery Course Cookbook


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I’m a bit of a fan of Delia Smith. I love her cooking style and her recipes work. We have the Delia’s Complete Cookery Course cookbook in our house and use it on a regular basis. To me, it’s like those cookbooks of years ago that had just about everything you needed to know in it and for this reason it’s more of a cookbook bible or encyclopaedia of cooking than just a cookbook.

This is one thick book with over 600 pages jam packed with useful information and recipes.

The first chapter is all about the equipment. Delia details the basic kitchen equipment that make up a good kitchen. It includes cookware, baking equipment, spatulas, whisks and mixing utensils as well as knives, graters, grinders, mincers, sifters, strainers and measuring equipment.

Each of the subsequent chapters relates to a food group. For instance, the first chapter is titled ‘Eggs’. The information here includes such things as how to buy eggs, how to store them, what’s in an egg, how to beat egg whites, how to boil eggs, how to poach, fry and scramble eggs and how to make omelettes. After that information comes the egg recipes.

The next chapter is titled ‘Bread and Yeast Cookery’ and goes into the same detail as the egg chapter like how to store bread and flour, descriptions of the different types of flours and how a loaf of bread is made. It then follows with a multitude of bread, pizza and other dough recipes.

The remaining chapters all have the same structure. Here’s the complete list:

  • Eggs
  • Bread and Yeast Cookery
  • Stocks and Soups
  • Pates and Starters
  • Fish
  • Meat – roasting and pot roasting
  • Meat – casseroles and braised dishes
  • Poultry
  • Offal
  • Vegetables
  • Rice and Other Grains
  • Vegetarian Cooking
  • Pulses
  • Pasta and Pancakes
  • Herbs
  • Spices and Flavourings
  • Sauces
  • Cheese
  • Salads and Dressings
  • Barbecues and Picnics
  • Cream, ice cream and yoghurt
  • Pastry
  • Cakes
  • Scones and Biscuits
  • Fruits and Puddings
  • Preserving
  • Left Overs

My version of the book is the classic edition which I notice is different to the one I have linked to below which is an illustrated version. Although the classic version has images I don’t think it is as extensive as the Illustrated version but I can’t say exactly what’s in that version.

This is one cookbook that you will be referring to again and again. I highly recommend it.

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REVIEW: Senseo Single Serve Coffee Machine



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 The Senseo  Single Serve Coffee Machine is a single-serve coffee maker that uses pre-measured coffee pods to create cups of coffee. This is one popular machine due mostly to it’s ease of use but also because it produces a nice cup of coffee with a frothy top layer.

To use you simply fill with water and then add the coffee pods. Then you just turn the machine on and select whether you want a one cup or two cups. One cup is equivalent to 4 ounces. If you want a larger cup of coffee then you can just use the two cup option but this will require two pods which will increase your costs.

The water reservoir holds 20 ounces of water so there is enough for up to five 4 ounce cups of coffee.

This would be a great appliance in an office. RV or anywhere where space is limited.

What We Like

  • The removable parts are dishwasher safe.
  • It brews in under 60 seconds.
  • It has an automatic shut off after an hour.

What We Don’t Like

  • Although this coffee machine has been designed to take Senseo coffee pods a good number of reviewers weren’t very happy with the taste of the coffee. Many purchased other pod brands and were much happier.

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Kitchenaid 4 Piece Utensil Set

kitchenaid-4-piece-utensil-setThe Kitchenaid 4 Piece Utensil Set is another in the line of Kitchenaid products but is this set all that it is cracked up to be?

We have a strong liking for Kitchenaid. Their products are good quality, solid and built to last. Unfortunately however, this set of Kitchenaid utensils does seem to have a couple of design flaws that a number of reviewers weren’t happy with.

The first related to the size of the utensils. They are actually quite big and while some were happy with this, others felt that they took up too much space when trying to store them. For instance, the handles are quite thick so many found that when storing them upside in a crock they took up too much space.

The heavy handles were also a problem. When resting on the side of a fry pan for instance, they would sometimes tip backwards out of the pan, taking the food with it. And those with small hands, found them too difficult to manage.

Another problem that some reviewers found was that the slotted spatula was not pointed enough at the end so they found it difficult to use to pick up things like cookies.

One other flaw that some noticed was that after washing, the handles retained water and they found that when stirring that the water would drip out into the food.

Funnily enough though, despite all of these flaws, there were still a good number of consumers who were extremely happy with the set.

What’s Included:

  • Slotted Turner (14.75in)
  • Slotted Spoon (13.5in)
  • Basting Spoon (13.5in)
  • Short Turner (12in)

What We Like

  • These utensils are dish washer safe.
  • These utensils are made from heat resistant silicone.
  • We love the color of these utensils – they are bright and fun.

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Review: Kitchenaid Pasta Maker Attachment

kitchenaid-pasta-maker-attachmentFirst of all, to use this attachment you need to own a Kitchenaid Stand Mixer.  Once you have one of these fantastic mixers then you can get yourself  all sorts of really great attachments  and one of these is the nifty pasta maker attachment.

I love fresh pasta. It seems to have a fresher, almost creamier texture. And of course, when making your own homemade pasta you know exactly what has gone into it so you know it is a healthy alternative for all the family.

The KitchenAid Pasta Maker Attachment only actually works if you have a Kitchenaid food grinder attachment but this is included in this particular pack. If you already have the food grinder you will want to just purchase the additional pieces separately. You can do that here – KitchenAid Pasta Maker Plates.

What’s Included:

  • Food Grinder
  • Thin spaghetti plate
  • Thick spaghetti plate
  • Flat noodle plate
  • Macaroni plate
  • Lasagne plate
  • Bowl clips
  • Cleaning tool
  • Plate storage case

Now this is one of those products that receives really mixed reviews from those who rave over how fantastic this product is to those who are bitterly disappointed.

A lot of the concerns relate to how the pasta mix had to be just right for this attachment to work. Those that seemed to get the right consistency found the product well worth the money.

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Review: Rachael Ray Double Griddle Pan

Rachael Ray Double GriddleYet nother versatile piece of cookware from Rachael Ray. The Rachael Ray  Double Burner Griddle will have you cooking up a storm in the kitchen.

This griddle has a hard anodised construction which as we know, promotes even heating and less hot spots.

Measuring at 18in by 10in this griddle pan is quite long and will fit over two burners.

What We Like

  • You can put this griddle in the oven as it is oven safe to 500F.
  • The griddle is made from cast iron so you will get great cooking results from this one as the plate heats evenly and retains the heat well.
  • It has a pour spout at so that you can easily pour off the pan drippings after the food has cooked.
  • It has double riveted, stainless steel handles for extra strength.

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