Although we’re an island nation, surveys suggest that many of us aren’t that comfortable with preparing or cooking fish. But fish shouldn’t be overlooked - it can be cheap, healthy and nutritious. We asked experts for their advice on everything from how to buy the freshest fish to which sauces to serve alongside…
Buying the freshest fish
The ‘fishy’ smell can sometimes put people off cooking fish - but very fresh fish won’t smell fishy at all. Head Chef Ben Fisher at The Gallivant in Rye told Yahoo that shoppers should look for fish that has “bright eyes, bloody gills, slimy skin and is firm to the touch.” Avoid fish with sunken, cloudy eyes – an indication that the fish is no longer at its best - and always eat (or freeze) as soon as possible after purchase.
Easy filleting tips
Buying fish in ready-to-cook fillets is often much more expensive than buying a whole fish and filleting it yourself. But where do you start? Ben comes to the rescue: “Use a really sharp knife and starting from
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We share expert tips for preparing and cooking fish.By Jo Romero | Yahoo Lifestyle – Thu, Mar 6, 2014 13:51 GMT
Although we’re an island nation, surveys suggest that many of us aren’t that comfortable with preparing or cooking fish. But fish shouldn’t be overlooked - it can be cheap, healthy and nutritious. We asked experts for their advice on everything from how to buy the freshest fish to which sauces to serve alongside…Read More »from How to get more fish in your diet – expert tips
Clean eating's been a buzz word for the beginning of January so our food writer sheds some light on what it is and how to clean up your dietBy Jo Romero | Jo Romero – Wed, Jan 8, 2014 11:40 GMT
It’s January. And after the excesses of Christmas the prospect of a detox is probably at its most appealing. But instead of jumping on the usual flurry of faddy January diets, could ‘clean eating’ be the answer?Read More »from What is ‘clean eating’ and how to start
We look at what it is and how you can start.
Clean Eating: the basics
Clean eating has increased in popularity, championed by American health writer Tosca Reno. It’s not so much a diet as a lifestyle choice which shuns processed foods and refined sugars in favour of whole, natural foods. And you can incorporate ‘clean eating’ into any diet - if you’re vegetarian, vegan or need to eat gluten-free you can still eat clean - just remember that if you do eat meat and dairy they should be eaten in their natural, unprocessed form.
Fans of clean eating also say that it can reward you with clearer skin, more energy and deeper sleep. It can also help you lose weight - not surprising as you’ll have ditched processed foods that are often calorie-laden and low on nutrients.
So how do you get
The world’s longest yule log? A mince pie that costs £3,000? If you thought your Christmas traditions were extreme, check these out...By Jo Romero | Yahoo Lifestyle – Wed, Dec 18, 2013 13:38 GMTLargest chocolate Santa
Executive pastry chef Laurent Branlord made this huge chocolate Santa Claus for a display at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort in Florida. It weighs 1,200lbs (around 544kg), contains 2,956,818 calories and took 300 hours to finish. A spokesperson from Disney told Yahoo! that every year Laurent Branlord creates an extra chocolate figure to add the to display and this year it was the giant nutcracker to Santa’s right. Bet you’d struggle to get that in your stocking.
The World’s ‘Most Precious’ Christmas PuddingRead More »from The world's most EXTREME Christmas food
After offering a £125,000 four-course Christmas dinner last year, luxury website VeryFirstTo.com have something very special on offer this year: the world’s most precious Christmas pudding. The £23,500 pud, which will serve 12 people, is to be created by pastry chef Martin Chiffers. Ingredients include a 200-year old Cognac (costing £10,890 per bottle), Agawa dates, Mamra almonds and other fine alcohols and organic ingredients. And for luck? A gold
If you've got some extra time this weekend why not try rustling up one of these tasty treats?By Jo Romero | Yahoo Lifestyle – Fri, Oct 25, 2013 11:54 BST
Breakfast is often called the most important meal of the day - so take time over it this weekend with these indulgent breakfast recipes.Read More »from Breakfast recipes for slow weekends: Cinnamon doughnuts and sweet potato pancakes
Apple and Cinnamon Mini Doughnuts
You’ll need a mini doughnut mould to create these bite-sized doughnuts with the classic combination of grated apple and a sticky, cinnamon glaze. They’re oven-baked, not deep-fried - just plonk a batch on the table and see how quickly they disappear.
60g plain flour
30g golden caster sugar
1 tsp baking powder
quarter teaspoon cinnamon
1 apple - peeled, cored and grated
100ml semi-skimmed milk
half teaspoon vanilla extract
20g butter, melted and left to cool slightly
For the glaze
4 tbsp icing sugar
quarter teaspoon cinnamon
Preheat your oven to 180ºC. In a bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon and grated apple. In a jug, mix together the milk, vanilla, egg and butter. Pour the wet mixture into the dry ingredients and stir until you get a smooth batter. Scrape the batter into a
Creamy curries, rum-soaked bananas and new ways with jerk seasoning - we love the tropical tastes of the Caribbean, but you don't need a holiday to enjoy themBy Jo Romero | Jo Romero – Thu, Aug 15, 2013 10:23 BST
It’s Caribbean Food Week next week in the UK (19-25 August) and so you can get involved, we’ve come up with four simple Caribbean-inspired recipes you can make at home.Read More »from For Caribbean Food Week try these tasty recipes with a tropical twist
Rum bananas, anyone?
Caribbean Prawn Curry Lettuce Cups
These lettuce leaves are filled with prawns cooked in a creamy mild Caribbean curry sauce - perfect served as a starter or a light snack. They take just a few minutes to make. Makes 8 cups.
1 tsp olive oil
1 tsp Caribbean Mild Curry Powder
180g fresh raw, peeled prawns
2 tbsp coconut cream
pinch of salt
quarter tsp dark brown muscovado sugar
8 little gem or gem heart lettuce leaves, washed and dried
1 small spring onion, finely sliced
2 tbsp finely chopped sweet red pepper
Gently heat the olive oil in a non-stick frying pan. Stir in the curry powder and fry for about 1 minute, until fragrant. Tip in the prawns, coating them in the spices and then pour in the coconut cream - you just need enough to make a sauce that will cling to the prawns. Add a pinch of
Get creative in the kitchen with your children and boost their love of foodBy Jo Romero | Jo Romero – Fri, Aug 9, 2013 13:25 BSTGetting your kids to help you out in the kitchen helps boost their self-confidence and teach them basic cookery skills they’ll need when they grow up.
We asked nutritionists and chefs for their advice on kids’ recipe ideas, keeping it nutritious, and how to limit the mess...
Whenyou’re cooking with children, choose recipes that are fun to make and not too messy. ‘Think edible playdough, and bread dough springs to mind’, says Jessica Andersson, chef, nutritional therapist and founder of food company Jessica’s Recipe Bag.Read More »from Cooking with kids this summer holiday
‘Kids love to get their hands into something squidgy and make shapes, and bread dough can provide just that.’ Get them to twist and roll the dough into plaits,knots and even use gingerbread cutters to stamp out figures. Jessica recommends making the dough yourself to avoid ‘too much flour billowing around the kitchen’, and suggests sprinkling seeds on top before baking for a healthier version.
Get their inquisitive minds going as well, by asking why they think
A first time mum is having to entirely rethink her nursery design as her baby girl was born a boyBy Jo Romero | Yahoo Lifestyle – Mon, Aug 5, 2013 13:32 BST
A first-time mum is more than likely struggling with a sense of gender disappointment after giving birth to an unexpected baby boy.
Mum-to-be, Sarah Sharples spend thousands kitting out her baby's nursery and wardrobe in perfect pink - as doctors told her she was expecting a little girl. But when baby arrived, it turned out he's a boy.
Sarah spent £3,000 on pink baby goodies such as clothes and nursery furniture and splashed out £900 on a rosy pram. She even made sure every basic, from the feeding bottles to the bath, were bought in the traditional girly colour.
Doting parents Sarah and husband Lee, 37, decided on a Lily-Mae as a name and had it stencilled on the pink nursery wall. But then at only 36 weeks, Sarah went into labour and was astounded when she gave birth to a bouncing baby boy.
Now she and Lee are left with the challenge of changing everything for their new son, Joseph.
Sarah, from Blyth,
Encourage the inner foodie in your little ones this summer with one of our favourite British food celebrations and days outBy Jo Romero | Yahoo Lifestyle – Mon, Aug 5, 2013 10:23 BST
Having fun with food helps children understand where it comes from, why it’s so important and what healthy means. So a foodie family day out is the perfect summer holiday activity.
We’ve put together some ideas for foodie day trips that are fun and educational, to suit all budgets. Check these out...
Summer is a great time to catch a food festival. Watch demonstrations by local (and often celebrity) chefs, sample local produce and take part in traditional foodie events. To attract families, children are usually well catered for, with professional workshops and the chance to enter cooking competitions.
Watch the Landing of the Oysters at the Whitstable Oyster Festival this year (27 July-2nd August), the Great Cheese Race at Caerphilly’s Big Cheese festival (27-29 August) and get the kids to make their own noodle dishes and fresh bread at the Kingston Food Festival (main events 10-11 August).
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Making works out art out of food isn’t just for desperate mums trying to feed fussy toddlers – check out these impressive structuresBy Jo Romero | Yahoo Lifestyle – Wed, Jul 17, 2013 12:21 BST
What would you do with a full English breakfast, a pile of cabbage and some lollipops - eat them, right (not necessarily at once)?Read More »from Food art – amazing edible creations
We take a look at some of the artists creating pretty impressive works of art using our favourite foods.
Lennie Payne’s Toast Portraits
London-born artist Lennie Payne has created some extremely life-like portraits using toast. He says on his website that ‘toast, a metaphor for the basic human need to eat and survive, also exists as a canvas on which to explore the spirituality that influences and affects our everyday lives.’
He first started using bread to create art in 1996, and as well as his self-portrait, he’s also created toast portraits of celebrities such as Amy Winehouse, Dannii Minogue, Simon Cowell and Benny Hill.
Sat fats are in many modern meals but you can’t reduce the amount of bad fat and make your meals healthier without compromising on flavourBy Jo Romero | Yahoo Lifestyle – Fri, Jul 12, 2013 13:25 BST
The NHS reckons we’re eating around 20 per cent more saturated fat each day than our bodies need, increasing our cholesterol levels and the risk of heart disease.Read More »from Low Saturated Fat Dinner Ideas
But you don’t need to skip those creamy pasta sauces and curries completely - check out these low-fat dinner ideas.
Low-Fat Creamy Turkey Curry
Creamy curries often contain ingredients like butter, double cream and full-fat coconut milk. This version is made with low-fat yoghurt, which contains only 0.9g saturated fat per 100g.
Even though it’s low in fat, this curry is creamy and has a light, citrus tang thanks to the lemon. Serves 2.
1 tbsp sunflower oil
1 small onion
130g turkey breast
1 heaped tbsp mild curry paste
100ml chicken stock
1 tsp tomato puree
salt and black pepper
100g low-fat yoghurt
chilli powder, to taste (optional)
pinch of sugar (optional)
juice of half a lemon
small handful chopped fresh coriander
Heat the oil in a non-stick pan and gently fry the onions until they’re well browned and softened. Cut