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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What is Kosher Salt

Kosher SaltSalt comes from the ocean. Even the salt that is mined from inland deposits originally came from the sea. The salt that is mined from the ocean itself is called ‘sea salt’. All other salts will have been mined from inland deposits.

Once the salt is mined it is then refined to make different types of salts. For instance, the common table salt that most people use has added iodine. Salt can also be ground into very small grains.

Kosher salt is a much larger grained salt than regular table salt and has an almost flaky appearance. In general, it contains no additives but this isn’t the reason that it is called kosher. In actual fact, the salt itself isn’t kosher or at least in most cases it isn’t.

A food that is kosher is made following Jewish dietary laws and just because a salt is called kosher doesn’t necessarily means it meets these guidelines. The reason that kosher salt gets its name is because of the way it is used in the curing process to create kosher meat. As part of Jewish dietary law, blood cannot be eaten so the role of kosher salt is to draw out the blood.

In terms of every day cooking, Kosher salt is used where a coarser salt is required. It is also often used for pickling. Table salt can cause the pickling liquid to go cloudy because of the iodine. As Kosher salt doesn’t have iodine it prevents this from happening.

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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Fusions Brands The Food Loop – The Silicone Food Trussing Tool That’s Arthritis Friendly

fusion-brands-food-loop-silicone-trussing-toolWhat a great idea this is!

Here is the first heat resistant silicone food trussing tool the –Fusion Brands Set of 4 The Food Loop Silicone Trussing Tool. The silicone Food Loop is designed to replace kitchen string and toothpicks when you are trussing a turkey or chicken or tying up a roast or veges.

Because of its unique qualities, the Food Loop won’t  go soggy, splinter or get lost in the food like toothpicks do and it won’t stick to the food like string does.

The Fusions Brands The Food Loop – The Silicone Food Trussing Tool is ideal for anyone who suffers from arthritis as they are flexible and easy to use.  It is adjustable from 1 inch to 4 inches and you can even link several loops together to truss larger volumes of food.

Unlike string and toothpicks, the Food Loop can be reused and they clean up easily in soapy water or you can pop them in the dishwasher and there is a mesh dishwasher/storage bag included.

The FoodLoop is heat resistant to 675 °F or  357 ° C and can be used in any pan on the stove top, and you can pop them in the oven, microwave, refrigerator or freezer.

This is one of those kitchen accessories that you will wonder how you ever managed without them once you have used them.

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All Clad Pie Dish – All Clad Gourmet Pie Pan – 13.25 inch

all-clad-pie-dish Having the right pie dish makes pie making an easy process.  And the All-Clad  Gourmet Oven Pie Pan will give you perfect results every time.

Because this pie dish is made from All-Clad’s unique technology of bonded tri-ply 18/10 stainless steel construction with an aluminum core,  you are assured of even heat distribution and the pie dish will maintain its shape.

This pan will ensure that your pies, tarts or quiches will have crisp and golden crusts.

The All-Clad Gourmet Oven Pie Pan is a beautiful piece of cookware that you can serve directly from the oven to the table and this piece will match nicely with all your other All Clad pieces.

What we like about the All Clad Gourmet Oven Pie Pan

  • The 18/10 stainless steel interior is food safe and will not react with food
  • It is designed to withstand the extreme heat of commercial ovens
  • It will keep its precise shape for the duration of its lifetime
  • It has an elegant brushed stainless steel exterior
  • There are nicely polished cast stainless steel handles
  • Flush interior rivets for easy release
  • All Clad have given this pie pan a lifetime guarantee
  • And it is dishwasher safe
  • At 13.25 inches it will make a good sized pie.

What Don’t We Like

Well with All Clad there is nothing that we don’t like. All Clad is more expensive than other cookware, but it is worth the price for the superior cooking results and the fact that this cookware will be around long enough to pass on to your children.

There is no doubt that if you like making pie then this dish is one you won’t want to be without.

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