If you are new to simple cooking and great food then we have some ideas to help you revisit some of the basic cooking equipment that you will need (not that much really) and some of the fundamental cooking skills.  It does not take too much to be up to speed with simple methods of creating good things to eat on a very modest budget. 

Seasonal eating

Buying food produced as near to where you live as possible can cut the distance our food travels dramatically, thus saving energy and helping keep local farmers and producers in business.

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Organic versus conventionally farmed

Now that you have embarked upon a new healthy eating regime you may well be thinking maybe organic would be good as well.  Go for quality not quantity, yes.  Locally sourced, yes.  No more lovely french beans from Central America!  But organic, well.....

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Ingredient of the month August

Food prices are on the up but the the chosen ingredient this month is pollack which provides a good, cheaper alternative to cod or haddock.  Lighly salting before cooking makes the flesh firmer.

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Get the right stuff for a great new life in your kitchen

You do not need an enormous batterie de cuisine (pots, pans and all the kit) in order to be able to produce a good meal for yourself.  When it comes to cookware, as with so much else in life, quality rather than quantity is what you need.

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Food and cooking for divorced men and women

Despite never cooking anything more exciting than spag bol it's not too late to develop an interest in cooking.  If life after divorce only holds the prosect of a succession of takeaways and ready meals then there is no time to waste.

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Menu planning and making a list

Without getting too Superwoman, or indeed, too Superman about this, planning meals ahead of time can be a great help for busy working mothers and fathers and for those for whom finance after divorce is tight.

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Cooking methods: the foundation skills of cooking

Anyone can learn to be a good cook, it just takes a little basic knowledge and few simple recipes and a willingness to experiment.  Here is a quick run down on the basic cooking techniques that form the foundation of everything.

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Shopping and Ingredients

Question: What did we do in the days before supermarkets, ready meals and takeaways.  Answer: We ate proper food bought from local shops, cooked at home and we sat around a table to eat.

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