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From time to time, we all need a co-pilot, a sous chef and sometimes a chemist to help us sort out the culinary mysteries we run into as we navigate our way through the kitchen – whether it be a tool, a method, a recipe or an unfamiliar ingredient. It’s all about having the knowledge – which leads to having the power, I feel a song coming on –

So as a result, here you will find an ever-growing collection of basic recipes & methods (as I think of them) that are essential to master and then make your own. Ace the basic methods and be led straight to the promised land! You will soon discover that all great cooks and chefs master the basics which gives them the freedom to play. So get your GED in the basics and you will soon be cooking like you know what you’re doing – and do you know why? Because you do!

And for the more adventuresome cooks there are also a few classics like beef wellington, steak diane, crispy salmon or chicken marsala – not to mention passion fruit & banana soufflé. Sounds impressive? It is. Sounds beyond you? Not a chance.

key cooking methods

cooking basics

My take on cooking techniques coming soon … so in the meantime, feast on what’s already out there!

read it – get yourself some serious know-how

watch it – class is in session – videos await

banana leaves

My take on cooking in banana leaves coming soon … so in the meantime, feast on what’s already out there!

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barbeque

My take on cooking with a barbeque coming soon … so in the meantime, feast on what’s already out there!

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blanching, boiling & poaching

My take on cooking in liquids coming soon … so in the meantime, feast on what’s already out there!

read it – get yourself some serious know-how

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broiling

My take on broiling coming soon … so in the meantime, feast on what’s already out there!

read it – get yourself some serious know-how

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deep-frying

My take on deep-frying coming soon … so in the meantime, feast on what’s already out there!

read it – get yourself some serious know-how

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fondue

My take on preparing fondue coming soon … so in the meantime, feast on what’s already out there!

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grilling

My take on grilling coming soon … so in the meantime, feast on what’s already out there!

read it – get yourself some serious know-how

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microwave

My take on cooking with a microwave coming soon … so in the meantime, feast on what’s already out there!

read it – get yourself some serious know-how

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roasting

My take on roasting coming soon … so in the meantime, feast on what’s already out there!

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searing

My take on searing coming soon … so in the meantime, feast on what’s already out there!

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slow cooking

If you don’t own a slow cooker– stop reading and get up and go get one. And if you do own one, pick it up, dust it off and start cooking – slow. It’s all the things you’re looking for in a helper in the kitchen – it’s quiet, it’s efficient, it does what you want it to – all without even being asked.

read it – get yourself some serious know-how

watch it – class is in session – videos await

smoking

My take on using smoke in cooking coming soon … so in the meantime, feast on what’s already out there!

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sous vide

My take on sealed cooking coming soon … so in the meantime, feast on what’s already out there!

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steaming

stewing & braising

My take on stewing & braising coming soon … so in the meantime, feast on what’s already out there!

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stir-fry & sauté

My take on whipping it up in a hot pan coming soon … so in the meantime, feast on what’s already out there!

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basic recipes & techniques