Let’s Make a Cake, Hoorah!

By Victoria Hansen |April 5th, 2015|

Let's make a cake my nephew said, and of course his mother obliged. Who'd have thought such a simple task to could turn into such a disaster! I won't even begin to tell you what went wrong. Needless to say, that recipe won't be used again.

I'm […]

Using Leftovers from Making Veal Stock

By Victoria Hansen |March 29th, 2015|

If you're a foodie, making stock will be a regular part of your cooking repertoire, but making veal stock might not be something you tackle regularly, simply because of the time it takes to execute.

Veal stock is a rich flavoured stock made from veal bones, vegetables and a ham hock with a […]

Whipping Up a Quick Canned Bean Meal

By Victoria Hansen |March 22nd, 2015|

I want to talk to you a little bit about beans today and I'm talking particularly about canned beans like borlotti, cannellini and pinto beans, all of those beans that we can buy both dried and canned, but particularly canned because they're quick, easy and delicious and very nutritious.
Now I adore beans but I […]

My Rewritten Recipe for Creme Brulee Recipe

By Victoria Hansen |March 15th, 2015|

I thought I'd give you an example of a recipe rewrite of a well  known recipe that many people avoid because they are afraid of stuffing it up. I got the recipe from a well know recipe website and apart from the number of method steps, some of them can be […]

Livening Up the Lunchbox

By Victoria Hansen |March 8th, 2015|

Whilst wholesome sandwiches might be nutritious, most kids tire of the same thing for lunch day after day. Let's take a look at how to liven up those school lunchboxes, so they don't end up in the garbage!

Know your Child's Tastes
So […]

All About Hors d’Oeuvres

By Victoria Hansen |March 1st, 2015|

I absolutely love finger food, or as it's more formerly know, hors d'oeuvres or apetisers. If all meals could be a selection of tiny morsels, I'd be in seventh heaven. For the same reason I love degustation menus.
A Bit of History
Hors d'oevres have been around for a long time, the […]

Video Blog: Secrets to Melting Chocolate

By Victoria Hansen |February 24th, 2015|

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I wanted to tell you my secrets to melting chocolate. Now it’s not a difficult thing to do but its amazing how many people stuff it up. But I have to say I’m one of those people. I’ve done it so many times and the general core reason is that I am […]

What Does Your Fresh Produce Say About Your Store?

By Victoria Hansen |February 22nd, 2015|

I recently wrote an article for Retail World Magazine, here's a copy…

The word FRESH is defined as recently made, produced, or harvested; imparting vitality and energy; not canned, soured or otherwise preserved; and free from impurities.

When one hears this word in association with produce, one assumes the produce is one, if not all of […]

Preparing Thai Ingredients Hints and Tips

By Victoria Hansen |February 15th, 2015|

Cutting VegetablesAll vegetables should be cut up into uniform small pieces. This allows them to cook quickly and it also means they absorb the flavours of oils, seasonings and/or sauces. Some vegetables are cut according to their natural shapes (i.e. cauliflower and broccoli) and some are sliced, shredded or diced depending on cooking method. […]

History of Aphrodisiac Foods

By Victoria Hansen |February 8th, 2015|

Aphrodisiacs were first sought out as a remedy for various sexual anxieties including fears of inadequate performance as well as a need to increase fertility. Procreation was an important moral and religious issue and aphrodisiacs were sought to insure both male and female potency.

Why Certain Foods
In ancient times a distinction was made between […]