Why I Love Waitrose

Last week I purchased a potted basil plant at Waitrose. A few days later, as the sun streamed through the kitchen window and warmed the plant, a cloud of gnats began to populate the air. And the windowsill. The fruit bowl. Flying and falling into mugs of tea and mugs of coffee and glasses of…

How to Cook Easy-Peel Eggs

How To Cook An Easy-Peel Egg It can be done. I didn’t believe it but it’s true. This method comes from J. Kenji Lopez-Alt’s book “The Food Lab”. It’s the science of cooking, like why that does this, or why that doesn’t do this. Anyway, the eggs. This method produces a hard-cooked egg that is…

A Surprising Way to Boil an Egg

“You live and learn. At any rate, you live.” ― Douglas Adams, Mostly Harmless How To Boil an Egg that You Can Peel I read an article on Quartz Magazine about the science of boiling an egg. It credited Kenji López-Alt with the methodology, in his book called “The Food Lab: Better Home Cooking Through Science”….

How to Cook Bacon Without Making a Mess

I love streaky bacon. I don’t particularly love cleaning up the mess on the cooker afterwards though. But there is an easy, mess-free way to do this. Pop your streaky bacon on a foil-lined baking sheet, and you’ll find that this same bacon hardly shoots a drop of fat anywhere. Yes, it will sizzle and…

How To Remove Tea Stains From China Cups

How To Remove Coffee and Tea Stains From China Cups My lovely Royal Copenhagen mugs are a magnet for tea stains. I refuse to use harsh chemicals (bleach, denture tablets, hydrogen peroxide, etc.) on their delicate surface, so what to do? How to remove coffee and tea stains from the inside of your precious cups?…

My Favourite Spatula Spoon

Delia was the first person to mention the genius of this spoon. That was many years ago, and I’ve had one in my kitchen ever since. It scrapes the last bits from a pan or bowl, it’s moderately heat-proof, and it won’t deflate whipped egg whites or cream. I bought this one at Lakeland Plastics,…

Pork Tenderloin with Chive Flower Mash

PORK TENDERLOIN WITH CHIVE FLOWER MASH There’s no recipe for this, and in truth it takes no skill. All you need is a pot of chives in bloom, a whole pork tenderloin with the silver sinew removed, plump dried plums, and a very sharp knife. First, check if your dried plums (prunes) are soft, juicy…