Anya Cooks – Blog of the Week

anya.JPGThis weeks blog of the week is a site called Anya Cooks

What I like about Anya’s site is that the recipes are well presented with lovely photos and easy to follow instructions, plus the site is nicely set out and easy to read.

I also like the way that Anya adds her personal comments to the recipes and the posts.

So head on over and check out the latest batch of Oatmeal Cookies.

http://anyacooks.blogspot.com/

Cooking With T- Fal & Jamie Oliver Thermo-Spot Cookware

t-fal-thermo-spot-125-pan1T-Fal cookware such as this T-Fal Ultimate Hard Enamel Fry Pan- Black(12.5″) has the unique Thermo-Spot indicator that lets you know when your pan is perfectly preheated and ready to seal in the flavor of your food.

How often have you ended up with stewed, stringy meat and soggy potatoes simply because the pan wasn’t hot enough to sear the meat and seal in the juices.

When the pan is cold the Thermo-spot pattern is visible in the dark red spot in the middle of the pan.

The pan is perfectly pre-heated and ready for use when the spot turns solid red at approximately 190 degrees.

The non-stick interior gives durable performance for extra heavy use and the Non-stick exterior allows for easy clean up.

For those of you who follow this blog will be aware of the fact that I am a great fan of Jamie Oliver cookware. and have recently purchased the saute pan, breakfast pan and dutch oven.


Jamie Oliver has his own series of TV shows and is the author of The Naked Chef among other great cookbooks.Jamie designed his range of cookware with Tefal to ensure that his followers received

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the very best in quality and design.

I wouldn’t be without my Jamie Oliver Cookware.

This  T-Fal Giant 13.5″ Family Fry Pan has:

  • the patented thermospot
  • non stick interior and  exterior
  • handle helper
  • patented metal-safe nonstick coating.

How to Season Your Carbon Steel Wok

carbon-steel-wokIf you love oriental food and would love to create it at home, you may have considered buying a wok. Having your own wok makes it much easier to cook authentic tasting Chinese or oriental food.

Woks come in a variety of materials including stainless steel, electric, non-stick and aluminum. Carbon steel woks are very popular with chefs as they relatively inexpensive, easy to clean and conduct heat well.

If you have purchased a carbon steel wok then you will need to ensure it is seasoned for best results.

Read our latest article on how to season your carbon steel wok.

How Should I Care For My Dutch Oven?

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The first thing you need to do is to check if your Dutch Oven needs seasoning. If it does, heat the pot until it is hot but still touchable. Coat the inside and outside of both pot and lid with cooking oil and leave it to cool completely.

Some Dutch ovens are now manufactured in such a way that they don’t need seasoning.

How you need to clean your your Dutch Oven depends on what it is made from. If it is cast iron, then you firstly need to remove any stuck on food by boiling warm, clean water in the Dutch oven. Don’t use any soap as this will strip off the seasoning and may impart its scent to your next Dutch oven meal. Gently scrape off any food and rinse the pot in clean, warm water. Leave it to air dry and then re-season before storing.

• Don’t ever allow the pot to sit in water or let water stand it – it will rust!
• Don’t ever put an empty cast iron pot over a fire. It will crack or warp.
• Don’t ever put cold liquid into a cast iron Dutch oven that is very hot – it will crack immediately!

Read more about Dutch ovens

Here are some excellent buys in Dutch Ovens:



The Beauty of Calphalon Nonstick One Cookware

calphalon-one-nonstick-cookware-set We can’t get enough of the Calphalon One Nonstick cookware with its special nonstick cooking surface – the only one of its kind on the market today.

Calphalon One combines Calphalon’s exclusive infused anodized technology with a revolutionary nonstick cooking surface.

There are four interlocking nonstick layers which comprise the interior surface giving flawless release of sticky foods like sushi rice, cheese or caramel as well as delicate foods such as omelettes and seafood.

It is safe to use metal utensils on these pans.

The exterior of the pan’s heavy-gauge aluminum construction is infused with a special polymer that is stain resistant and makes clean-up easy..

The classically-shaped pan has a flared rim for neater pouring, and a long, double-riveted, cool-to-the-touch stainless handle which is perfectly balanced for lifting and carrying.

The glass lid is oven-safe to 450 degrees.

This 10-pc. set includes an 8 qt. Stockpot with Lid, 4.5 qt. Sauce Pan with Lid,  3 qt. Chef’s Pan with Lid, 10 in. Omelette Pan, 12 in. Omelette Pan and an 11in. Chef’s Skillet with Lid

Calphalon 10-pc. Nonstick One Nonstick Cookware Set