4 Useful Tips for Cooking with Wines

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.

 

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What’s in Season? My Top 5 Autumn Fruits and Vegetables for Cooking & Baking

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.

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Eat According to the Season: Crepes with Fresh Figs and Pears

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’s my recipe using two of my favourite autumn fruits: figs and pears. Hope you guys will like it!

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What is Saffron and What Can I Use It For?

Saffron is one of the world’s most delicate and expensive spices. The reason why saffron is so expensive is because this spice is the stamen from the flower Crocus sativus, which only bloom for one week of the year. Each flower produces about 3 – 4 stamen (i.e saffron), which must be picked by hand and then dried. An estimated of around 150 flowers and many hours of labour are needed to produce one gram of saffron!

 

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Photo taken from Carmencita, Spain, production facilities. Every gram of saffron are still handpicked and weighted before bottling.

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