All posts tagged: cooking

Groovy kitchen gifts: Joseph Joseph chopping boards

I’m an adventurous cook; you’ll never find me moaning that something’s missing in the fridge so I can’t make a perfect lasagne, omelette or <insert any dish you want here>. There are “traditionalists” who would say that recipe books are made by people who know best, but I tend to challenge the norms and add bourbon in my tiramisu, for example 🙂 For those like me who find cooking exciting and fun, Joseph Joseph do an amazing set of chopping boards with 80s disco motives. But unlike many cute kitchen appliances from the likes of Tiger and Ikea, these are super sturdy and are actually made for busy cooks who like to chop things on a day to day basis. I  fell in love with the tomato-themed vinyl the moment I saw it. This was exactly what I was after – a glass worktop (I hear it’s more hygienic than wood or metal), fits perfectly into my smallish dishwasher and makes a satisfying noise every time I chop things! I am a bit of a …

Romantic dinners are dull, so why not spend your Valentine’s at a cooking class?

Here’s the deal: we all know that restaurants overcharge for Valentine’s dinners, offering mediocre food and wine for Michelin-starred prices. I suggest we boycott them this year and try cooking something ourselves 🙂 The question then is – cooking at home is pretty much an everyday occasion for most of us, so how do we make it both fun and romantic? Easy – we go to a cooking class! On a mission to find something challenging for couples, I stumbled up Recipease – another ingenious invention of the UK’s favourite chef (whether it’s fair or not), Jamie Oliver. Recipease’s team of chefs offer easy and fun 2-hour lessons, ranging from spicy Thai curries to hand-made pasta dishes. I selected a sushi lesson, simply because my boyfriend had always admired Japanese cuisine and wanted to learn how to make rolls and dips at home. The place itself was very busy, as we were practically cooking in an open-plan kitchen in front of other non-cooking customers. Each couple received a set of ingredients, with instructors explaining easy …