Cooking Bytes

One of the tasks I do whilst working on this website is to scour the net looking for blogs to add to our Blog of the Week section.

Now I shouldn’t really call this a task as I really enjoy it. The number of cooking and food related blogs on the net is amazing and the quality of some of them is outstanding. In other words, there are just too many to choose from so I am going to add some of the more interesting ones that I have saved in my Favorites folder in the past couple of weeks:

  1. Herbal Farmstead – As the name suggests, this blog focuses on herbs. I particularly liked her post on Herbal Housekeeping which provided recipes for making your own natural home made cleaners.
  2. The Candy Addict – If you love candy (and who doesn’t) then this is the site for you. Everything you have ever wanted to know about candy is here. Take a look at the Top 10 Grossest Candies and the M&M’s Wedding Cake.
  3. Kalyns Kitchen – This is a really nice, visually appealing blog and the recipes look fantastic. I am going to be trying the Sweet Potato Fries.

Perfect Rice Every Time!

What is it about cooking rice that can strike terror into the heart of the most capable cook? How difficult can it be? Rice, water and salt…and yet those separated, fluffy grains remain elusive. If you usually end up with rice that is either uncooked or needs to be sliced, it might be time to consider buying a rice cooker.

We have just added a new article on the different types of rice cookers.

You can also read more about rice cookers here.



How to Store your Cast Iron Dutch Oven

dutch-oven-1It’s important to store your cast iron Dutch oven with the lid slightly open to allow air to circulate into the pot.

Use a length of kitchen paper towel that is long enough to go across the rim of the pot. Fold it like a fan, lay it across the rim and put the lid on. This will also act like a wick and will draw any moisture out of the oven.

This is necessary because without a good air supply, the oil that you used to season it may turn rancid. If your pot goes rancid, you mustn’t cook in it and will have to clean it and re-season it.

Pot Racks Show Off Your Pots and Pans

pot-rackI think it is such a shame to hide my cookware away in the cupboard where it can get dented and scratched. Especially as pots and pans are not inexpensive items to buy if you are going to buy good quality cookware.

My friend has a large pot drawer under her wall oven to keep her pots and pans neat and tidy, but unfortunately I only have the regular sized drawers and cupboards.

Many years ago I had a wall pot rack in the kitchen where I could hang my lovely set of copper bottom pots. But of course we moved countries and the kitchen I have now does not have space for a wall pot rack.

I am in the process of buying great looking new cookware and began to wonder what to do so that these new pots don’t just get thrown in the cupboard, not by me of course, but the rest of the family don’t quite appreciate the cost of these items.

There are wall fittings available but I was taken with the pot racks that hang from the ceiling such as this traditional lighted oval rack. This rack is finished in hammered steel and it has straight pot hooks and six angled pot hooks.

Traditional Lighted Oval Rack

Although there is a large range of great styles of pot racks  available I am quite taken with this one for my kitchen.

Cinnamon Toast and Other Things

Cinnamon Sticks and Ground CinnamonThis morning I just felt like something different for breakfast. I am not a big breakfast eater at the best of times because I just don’t feel like eating that early in the morning.  I generally have to force myself to eat something but it is usually around 10am or so that I finally get around to making something to eat.

Funnily enough, when I am on holidays and living out of a hotel, I have no problem rushing down to the buffet breakfast and eating as much as I can. Maybe it’s because someone else is preparing it for me or because the food is so much more interesting. Or maybe it’s because I have walked for miles the day before and my body is craving some food to keep the energy levels up. Who knows? What I do know though is that I just enjoy good hotel buffet breakfasts.

But let’s not get me started on travel. This is one of the things that I really love to do. And my best friend and business partner, Wanda, who works on this website with me, loves to do the same. So any excuse and we are off! But now I am getting sidetracked…

So anyway, back to today’s breakfast.

Lately I have been scouring the net looking for good cooking blogs to add to our Blog of the Week section and found a site with a nice Cinnamon Toast recipe. I love cinnamon so this really appealed to me. I have had it saved in my favorites for a while now but never got around to making it. So today was the day.

It took about a minute to put together the ingredients and another minute or two for it to toast and there I was with a nice simple and really tasty breakfast.

Now I will probably get bored with this pretty quickly if I have it every day. Not because of the recipe but because that is what I am generally like with food. I like variety and I am not one for having the same thing day after day. But I will keep this one for those occasions when I am wanting something sweet for breakfast.