Many of life's best moments occur over the dining table - where friends, family and food all come together for a fun occasion. I've always admired how the party host managed the incredible feat of cooking whilst entertaining without a sweat.
Have you ever wondered how to host your own dinner party, stress-free?
Whether you're inviting a few friends over for a casual dinner, or planning a bigger bash, hosting a cool dinner party doesn't need to be nerve-wrecking event. Having had a fair share of party-planning over the years, here's the secret to organising one that will impress without the stress.
April is a great time to get in touch with nature, feel the moisture of the earth, watch the lovely budding flowers and start bringing some green into the kitchen with our favourite spring herb. Minty treats and colours fill up our Food Moodboard this month.
I will be forever grateful to Christopher Columbus; his greatest deed for me personally, was initiating the spread of chilli peppers the world over.
As the story goes, during the 15th Century, black peppercorns were so valuable that the Catholic Kings of Spain sent Christopher Columbus off on a mission to find a new and quicker route to the pepper source in the Spice Islands, via the West. Of course, we all know that he didn’t make his way around and “founded” America instead.
He first landed in the Bahamas Archipelago and from there he ventured his way along the islands of the West Indies and came across an indigenous fruit that set his tongue on fire. Either he tried to deceive himself and in turn deceive the Kings waiting for him back home, or he was truly mistaken, we would never know…but he did duly named them pimiento which means pepper. These were in fact the red chillies we know of today, and not the pepper he was looking for.
Thanks to him, I now have a buffet of lip-smackingly spicy dishes from all over the world to sample from.
Some of you might omit chillies from recipes because of the uncomfortable burning sensation but here are a few reasons to start adding them into your dishes while being able to thoroughly relish its heat.
Most contemporary cookbooks encourage small talk – depicting undulating landscapes and colourful market scenes, evoking memories of gatherings with family and friends.
It was thus really refreshing for me to read a no-nonsensical, functional, direct and structured cookbook based on menus by Ferran Adrià, especially since he’s known to be as much of an artist as being the best chef in the world.
The book has its roots from designing daily meals for the staff, known as “The Family”, at El Bulli; shedding light on many interesting accounts in the professional world that can be applied to the home kitchen, and giving you the option to cook for a huge party – up to 75 people.
The Family Meal assumes that you already want to cook, and that you want to share the result of that passion with your loved ones.
What are the essential tools and equipment you need in your kitchen? What kitchenware should you get for your kitchen?
Setting up your kitchen - or even de-cluttering one - can be a baffling task, especially when space and storage is limited.
Here, the Codlo team have distilled an ultimate checklist of the top 20 kitchenware that would allow you to do most (if not all) forms of cooking, whilst taking cost and storage space into consideration. Simples.