Food

Unless you're a celebrity, or happen to be alarmingly wealthy, then it's fairly unlikely that you'll ever enjoy the culinary delights of one of the world's most celebrated and talented chefs while dining in one of their restaurants. However, that doesn't negate their contribution to the world of cooking; like fashion designers, the world's leading chefs set the trends, influencing those who create the dishes that we enjoy locally. But who are the world's leading chefs? Here, in no particular order, are ten of the best.   Gordon Ramsay One of the most recogni... more ...
It is an American summertime staple. A diverse and indulgent culinary delight. Everyone's favorite ground beef-based food. It is the burger. They are pretty much always edible, but it takes a little something special to make a burger truly amazing. By following a few pieces of advice from the Monarch Room's executive chef Michael Citarella, anyone can enjoy a gourmet burger in the comfort of their own home.     What Makes the Perfect Burger? It is all about the ingredients. Obviously, the most important part of a burger is the meat. The patty should not be thick, and it i... more ...
Sometimes it seems that we're constantly hearing about what we should and shouldn't eat. One day we hear that a food cuts our risk of heart problems, the next that it increases the risk of a stroke. It can be hard to know what we should be eating - we all know that on the whole, we need to eat more fruits and vegetables and less sugar and fat but what about other foods? What foods should be in your diet but aren't? Read on to find out.     Walnuts Due to containing high levels of Alpha-Linolenic Acid (a type of Omega 3 fat), walnuts are thought to help boost your mood... more ...
It might be the most wonderful time of the year, but it's also quite stressful! If you're hosting a party on the run up to Christmas, the last thing you need is to swamp yourself with complicated recipes. However, you can still impress your guests with some clever cooking cheats.   Spicy Candied Nuts Popular with our American cousins, the combination of sweet, salt and spice makes this the perfect accompaniment to a festive tipple. Also makes a great gift. Take 500g shelled mixed unsalted nuts, bake for ten minutes at 300 degrees centigrade, cool, then add to a saucepan. In a b... more ...
If you're used to cooking for a crowd, it's hard to adjust to cooking for only two people. It's nice to know that many of your favorite recipes can be portioned out for two people, and you can freeze as many extra portions as necessary. There are also many meals that can be made for two people without any freezing at all. Here are five tips on how cooking for two may be easier than you thought:   1) Mix up some meatballs It's not easy to make a spaghetti and meatball dinner for two without a ton of leftovers. If you want to cook up a big batch of pasta sauce and meatba... more ...
Fall has finally arrived, bringing with it the comforting scents of cinnamon, apples, and that versatile orange squash, the pumpkin. Before carving yours into a jack-o-lantern, take a look at some of the savory delights you can create with the pulp of this harvest favorite.           Pumpkin Cake Roll   For the breading: - 3 eggs - 1 c sugar - 2/3 c fresh pumpkin - 1 tsp. lemon juice - 3/4 c flour - 1 tsp. ginger - 1 tsp. baking powder - 2 tsp. cinnamon - 1/2 tsp. salt - 1/2 tsp. nutmeg   Pre-heat the oven to 375 degrees. After beating t... more ...
Few gourmet chefs are without a substantial selection of flavored butters waiting for them in their freezer. Flavored or compound butters are easy and fun to make, and they turn a basic meal like steamed green beans, a baked potato and a grilled pork chop into a dining experience that won’t easily be forgotten. By incorporating ingredients like roasted garlic, fresh basil leaves, lemon zest or strawberry jelly into a stick of softened butter, you create an intensely flavored butter that will add character, color and powerful flavor to simply prepared meats and vegetables. You can also s... more ...
Summer may be swiftly drawing to a close, but there's still plenty of time to use your grill. If you're tired of the same old, tried-and-true recipes, why not shake things up a bit with these chicken barbecue ideas? You may find a new favorite for an end-of-summer bash.         Caribbean Jerk Chicken For a taste of the islands, try this authentic Caribbean jerk chicken recipe.   Ingredients: 1 1/2 lbs. skinless, boneless chicken breast halves 6 green onions, chopped 1 onion, chopped 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced 3/4 cup soy sauce 1/2 cup d... more ...
Take a second look at your leftovers. Instead of viewing leftovers as yesterday's scraps, see them in a new light: a prepared ingredient ready to use in today's meals. Once you see the worth and convenience of having these foods available to you, take a second look at your freezer too. Your freezer keeps leftovers "frozen in time" and fresh until you're ready to use them. However, don't wait too long to use those precious leftovers because all frozen food loses taste, texture or color if frozen for extended periods of time. Here are some great tips on how to eliminat... more ...
With summer thus far proving itself to be our finest in many years, many of us - keen to savour every last bit of sunshine - have taken to outdoor barbecues en masse in recent weeks. After grilling your food to perfection, what better reward for an aspiring chef than a large glass of wine? Within this article, we attempt to discover the best type of red, white and pink wines to go alongside your summer grilling.     Zinfandel Not to be confused with the increasingly popular White Zinfandel (which is - confusingly - a rosé), this is a robust red wine that pairs well with mo... more ...