2017 has been wonderful to me and I am so so so grateful for it! Here are some ‘lessons’ I think I definitely need to bring into 2018. Some of the below are things that I have been doing for a few years but still think they are important and need to be reminded of.
Christmas and New Years are just around the corner and you know what this means – festive dinner parties and gatherings. The twinkling lights, the smell of Christmas (think pine trees, cinnamon, ginger bread), the Christmas songs and all gorgeous decorations just make December all the more special.
This is the time of year where I love to host a few cozy dinners for my family and close friends where we can spend some quality time together. However, I know having guests over can also lead to stress and exhaustion when there seems to be so much you have to prepare. So I am here to share some of my top tips for keeping your spirits up and making this a hassle-free Christmas. Continue reading
I love cooking with wines. But a lot of people get nervous when it comes to cooking with wines because they are afraid they might choose the wrong ones to cook with. There aren’t any hard and fast rules when it comes to putting wines in your dishes, but one rule that you do hear a lot is “Don’t cook with wines that you won’t drink”. This is because you are concentrating the flavour of the wine when you cook it. There are a lot of decent and reasonably priced wines out in the market that I would drink so don’t worry, you don’t need to use expensive wines at all.
It is always a good idea to eat according to the season. As the weather changes so does the fresh produce that is available. Each season offers a wide selection of beautiful fresh produce that are fresher and sweeter because the fruits and vegetables have been naturally ripened on the vine or the tree and harvested at the right time. This also means that they are more flavourful, nutritious and much cheaper since the crops are harvested in large quantity.
I really love autumn. As the weather is starting to cool off, we get to spend more time in the kitchen, making slow cooked stews, braising meats and baking delicious warming desserts. From beautiful figs and juicy pears to dark leafy greens to sweet root vegetables and squashes, who could resist these seasonal goodies? Everyone should make the most of what they can find at the markets this autumn and cook up the best dishes that this season has to offer.
Here are some of my favourite autumn fruits and vegetables: Continue reading