Do you need hours to marinate food?

February 27, 2013

his year my Irishman has started cooking dinner once a week. That’s above and beyond his usual fire lighting and BBQing duties. Anyway, recently he was making his current favourite, Kung Pao Chicken and was a little worried. His recipe (not one of mine… can you believe it?) said to ‘marinate the chicken overnight’. We […]

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5 Ingredients 10 Minutes… the book trailer!

February 22, 2013

5 Ingredients 10 Minutes is now available to PRE-ORDER from amazon.co.uk and bookdepository.co.uk (my favourite book supplier because they have FREE shipping anywhere in the world!). It will be available for sale in the UK on the 14th March and in Australia on the 20th March. At this stage there aren’t any plans to launch […]

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4 ways to find the time and energy to cook after a long busy day…

February 19, 2013

o you struggle to find the time and energy to cook after a long busy day? Well you’re certainly not alone! A few years ago I did a survey of Stonesoup readers for the biggest problems when it comes to cooking. And the overwhelming majority of you said that being tired at the end of […]

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The Best Implement for Shaved or Shredded Veg Salads?

February 12, 2013

ack in December I got a lovely email from a Stonesoup reader, Ciska. Like me, Ciska is a big fan of shaved or shredded vegetable salads and had an excellent question… “Hi Jules, I have been looking for some info for a while and am hoping you might be able to help. I love all […]

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The Secret Rule of Making Better Dinners

February 5, 2013

ave you ever wished there was an easier way to make delicious and healthy meals night after night? Or that those meals you ‘aren’t really happy with’ were a thing of the past? Or at least didn’t happen very often? Well you’re definitely not alone. Most of us have times where we wish we were […]

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4 steps to cure refrigerator ‘blindness’

January 29, 2013

ave you ever found yourself staring into your fridge thinking ‘there’s nothing to eat here’? Even if the shelves aren’t bare? Well my friend, you may be suffering from ‘refrigerator blindness’. But the good news is you’re not alone! Over the years I’ve noticed episodes of ‘refrigerator blindness’ in my friends, my flatmates, a certain […]

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A healthy alternative to sugar?

January 22, 2013

ast week in my interview with Sarah Wilson we chatted about the benefits of quitting sugar. The good news is, there are healthy, natural sugar alternatives out there. So quitting or cutting down your sugar intake need not mean the end of enjoying delicious sweet treats. So what are these healthy sugar alternatives? 1. Stevia. […]

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Could you quit sugar?

January 15, 2013

ast October I was lucky enough to be invited to speak at the Problogger Event in Melbourne. As expected I got to meet loads of great people who happen to be bloggers. I also got to hear Chris Guillebeau, one of my favourite blogging inspirations speak. But the surprise highlight for me was the keynote […]

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My dirty little secret…

January 9, 2013

ou know that icky, ‘guilty’ feeling you get when you haven’t been 100% honest in a particular situation? Well, I’ve had it for a while now. So I thought I’d start the new year by coming ‘clean’ because as my Mum taught me, honesty is always the best policy. What’s this dirty little secret? It […]

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10 favourite cookbooks for 2012 + some news!

December 19, 2012

o you think Santa reads blogs? Yeah, I’m not sure he’d have time to either… But just in case one of the elves is trawling the blogosphere, I thought I’d share with you 10 of my favourite cookbooks from this year. And share my Christmas cookbook wishlist too…You never know who’s reading. I also have […]

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An Insanely Delicious [ice cream] Birthday Cake

December 12, 2012

‘ve always been glad that my birthday doesn’t fall around the Christmas and New Year’s period. It must be tough sharing your special day with all the other holiday goings on. So I’m surprised I didn’t plan my blog’s birthday a little better… Back in November 2005, I decided I was going to take the […]

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A Lesson From My New Favourite Cookbook

December 5, 2012

y Irishman is brilliant when it comes to impromptu gifts. Sometimes they don’t have a reason. Sometimes they do. Like a few weeks ago when we were in Sydney, he allowed himself to be kidnapped by the Irish mafia (aka ‘The Lads’). Somehow a copy of ‘Hugh’s 3 Good Things on a Plate’ by Hugh […]

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Do you struggle to find great gifts?

November 27, 2012

ell if you do struggle to find great gifts, welcome to the club! Like my grandmother, I’ve never been very good at coming up with thoughtful gift ideas. But over the years I’ve developed a fail-safe system for choosing gifts for my family and friends. And it really couldn’t be easier. I do one of […]

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The Dos and Don’ts of Keeping Leftovers Safe

November 21, 2012

ay back in April I inadvertently sparked some controversy here on Stonesoup. It all started when I suggested that some roast butternut pumpkin would keep in the fridge for ‘a few weeks.’ One reader commented “No way would any food be safe to eat after a few weeks in the fridge. Yuck!” Which sparked much […]

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16 Ideas for ‘Pot Lucking’ this Thanksgiving

November 14, 2012

hen I was living in California, back in my wine-making days, I was introduced to the concept of ‘pot lucking’. If you’re in Australia you may know it as ‘bringing a plate.’ The idea is everyone brings something to eat to the party and you make a meal of whatever turns up. Personally I think […]

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Could you make dinner in 5 minutes?

November 7, 2012

hen was the last time you got caught up at work and ended up getting home later than you’d like? If you’re like most people I was probably yesterday or at least within the last week or so. One of the most common answers I hear when I ask people about their cooking problems is… […]

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My kitchen disaster + 4 steps to help you avoid my mistake…

October 31, 2012

ast week I decided to make a soufflé for dinner. We had some eggs and a really lovely Saint Agur blue cheese that needed eating up. We both felt like something light. So a soufflé seemed like a good idea. I know these wonders of kitchen magic tend to have a reputation for being difficult […]

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Henry’s golden rule of stress-free entertaining

October 24, 2012

n Saturday night we were treated to dinner at the amazing house of one of our friends, Henry. Now neither my Irishman nor I had sampled Henry’s hospitality before, but we had heard phrases such as ‘Henry does the best BBQ beef in the Monaro’ often enough to know that we were in for a […]

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The 2 easiest ways to avoid getting stuck in a food rut

October 17, 2012

o you find yourself struggling to come up with new ideas for quick and healthy dinners? Especially ideas for those life-saving weeknight meal ideas that you turn to time and time again when you come home and you’re tired and hungry. Well you’re definitely not alone. Most of us struggle to keep things fresh and […]

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4 surprising lessons for home cooks from the best restaurant in the world

October 10, 2012

s much as I love simplicity and comfort of home cooking, I also love eating out. Mostly I prefer casual places. Bistros and wine bars where the food is straightforward and delicious and there’s no pretense or snobbery. But every now and then I like to treat myself to some world class fine dining. If […]

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