• Four tips for hygienic cooking

    Healthy cooking and eating isn’t just a matter of choosing fresh ingredients and fat-free recipes. Keeping your kitchen clean and free from germs, and practicing safe food handling all contributes to ensuring that your dinner guests remain healthy.

    In honour of Food Safety Week , here are four ways to keep your food preparation hygienic:

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  • How to select the freshest ingredients – nine Best Home Chef favourites!

    Keeping your cooking healthy and great-tasting is often a matter of thinking fresh, and choosing the best possible ingredients. While a master chef may be able to turn some average-quality meat and veggies into a five-star dish, imagine what they’d be capable of when using top-notch produce!

    Here are nine of the most popular ingredients found in recipes on Best Home Chef, and some tips for selecting the freshest examples from down at the shops.

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  • How to cook Greek lamb

    Discover how to slow-roast a leg of lamb that will redefine your understanding of the word “bliss”. Plus we take a look at Greek cuisine and what makes it so completely delicious!

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  • Famous recipes from famous celebrities

    Here’s a selection of some well-known dishes courtesy of the rich and fabulous: from Keith Richards’ Shepherd’s Pie to Tom Cruise’s Spaghetti Carbonara … these recipes are guaranteed to make you a star in the kitchen!

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  • Tips for better food presentation

    They say the first bite is with the eye.

    We’ve previously told you all about how to take great food photographs. But how can you plate up your food to get it looking its very best in the first place?

    You don’t have to be a fancy chef in a high-class restaurant to take advantage of food presentation. Even everyday dishes like spaghetti bolognese or steak and chips can benefit from an artistic touch.

    Here are a few tips for giving the appearance of your food a touch of additional pizazz:

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  • How to cook risotto

    Want to know how to make authentic risotto? Find out the secrets from Best Home Chef’s very own Italian cooking expert, Luca Ciano. You might be surprised!

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  • How to cook quinoa

    The latest ingredient that’s buzzing its way through the culinary world is quinoa, which seems to be turning up in everything from salads to cereals.

    So what can you do with this wonder ingredient, which is regularly touted as a ‘superfood’?

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  • A visitor’s introduction to German cooking: Oktoberfest, schnitzel and beyond!

    Travelling not only broadens the mind but develops the palette as well - and a recent visit we undertook to Germany certainly proved that. Happily coinciding with that epic festival of beer drinking known as Ocktoberbest, the introduction of this roving reporter to German cooking offered a lot of surprises, some delicious results … and a little tummy ache. Needless to say we came home with ... Sausages and Bier Read more

  • 13 ways to chop an onion without crying

    The common onion has been used in cooking for thousands of years, all around the world. Onions come in many different varieties, from brown and red onions to shallots and spring onions, and are called for in all kinds of recipes.

    Unfortunately, they can also be tricky to slice and dice without ending up with your eyes filled with tears, no matter how good a mood you’re in.

    Here is a selection of tips, tricks and strategies for avoiding the waterworks when chopping onions – try a few out and see what works best for you!

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  • Parmesan: the world’s most counterfeited cheese!

    Did you know that unless it’s from Parma, Italy, your ‘Parmesan’ cheese is a fraud? Read on to find out more about this criminal cheese and other food-naming fallacies.

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  • ‘Eating designers’ make art out of food

    Best Home Chef takes a look at artworks that have used food in weird and interesting ways to create a memorable experience. From one ton piles of honey-drizzled ribs to walls covered in thousands of doughnuts, there’s virtually no limit to what can be created with food as your canvas.

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  • Six simple steps to a perfect steak

    A classic of the kitchen or the barbeque, cooking a steak is one of those things that’s easy to learn but tricky to master.

    While there are a thousand and one different techniques out there for cooking a perfect steak, this Best Home Chef guide will take novice chefs through the basics, providing a starting point from which to experiment with new methods.

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  • Getting started in the kitchen: tips for kitchen newbies!

    Is your ‘specialty dish’ Vegemite on toast? Do you spent too much money on take away food? You’re not alone. When it comes to cooking, sometimes the biggest hurdle to overcome is simply getting started! Here we look at some easy ways to get acquainted with your kitchen – plus a great recipe for sausage hot pot.

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  • Baking Basics

    Are you a person who puts baking in the ‘too hard’ basket? It’s actually a lot easier than you might think. Here we provide advice for anyone who is new to baking, and wants to get their cake on!

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  • Tips for taking better food photographs

    Food is a multi-sensory experience that has as much to do with how it looks as how it tastes. This is especially important to remember on a recipe sharing website such as Best Home Chef – where the presentation of your dish will be its biggest drawcard. Here we look at some simple ways to take impressive photos that will encourage people to try your recipes.

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  • 5 famous chefs who didn’t get started until later in life

    It’s never too late for a career change! If you’re truly passionate about food, perhaps it’s time to start thinking about a career in the food industry. Here are 5 famous chefs who did exactly that…

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  • Writing your first recipe

    Never written a recipe before? It’s much easier than you might think! Creating your own recipes can be an extremely fun and rewarding experience – Best Home Chef shows you how.

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  • Tips for creating winning recipes

    Want to write a prize-winning recipe? Best Home Chef spills the beans on recipe-writing success!

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  • What makes a recipe ‘original’?

    How is an ‘original’ recipe defined? Best Home Chef lifts the lid on what can be a confusing topic.

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  • 52% of Aussies save money by cooking at home

    Research has shown that over half of Australians eat their main meal at home. And as more Aussies become confident in the kitchen, it’s becoming possible to enjoy restaurant-quality food within our own homes – at a fraction of the cost.

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