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Yeast for baking
Yeast is a useful ingredient in cookery. Yeast is used as a raising agent to make a dough mixture light with an 'open texture'.  Yeast is a biological raising agent. It is a single cell living organism called 'bakers yeast' or saccharomyces cereviciae.   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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How to eat well and spend less:week 1

Eat well, spend less.

Weekday meals and 2 treats from an affordable shopping bag. Use meal planning to help keep you organised and healthy.

 

  

 

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How to eat well and spend less: week 2

Eat well, spend less. 

Weekday meals and 2 treats for busy people from one shopping bag of ingredients. Careful shopping and meal planning is the key to making your money go further and eating well. 

 

 

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Cooking a celebration turkey meal

Are you cooking the Christmas meal or Thanksgiving dinner or simply a Sunday roast for the first time?

Excited but not sure how to do it?  

Follow my plan, shop and cook for success.

 

 

 

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Booklets to support teaching food practical

4 booklets to purchase designed to accompany practical cooking.

Is it done?   Is it thick?  Will it work?  Is it safe?

These are answered in straightforward, jargon-free explanations of the science of browning, thickening, how ingredients work together and food safety. Understanding characteristics of ingredients, developing food science literacy.

The booklets offer teachers, and their students, informative insights into ingredients and processes, allowing them to develop creative, technical and practical expertise. 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Gelatinisation

Gelatinisation 

The understanding of thickening and cooking of starchy foods.

Gelatinisation is key to learning when making sauces. The application of gelatinisation covers many dishes and cuisines.

 

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Useful Links: Cooking Initiatives

Really useful links to other websites: Cooking Initiatives

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Useful Links: Food Education

Really useful links to other websites: Food Education and exams

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Useful links Food Ingredients

Really useful links to other websites: Food ingredients

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Dim Sum Lesson

 

Meet the Head Chef from

The Peninsula Hotel, Hong Kong

 a dim sum lesson.

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Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year is a very special time for people in Hong Kong. Food is central to the celebratioin. Meals become the focus of family reunions, Special cakes, desserts and snacks are prepared to bring prosperity and good health.

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How to make marzipan flowers

If you want to decorate a cake quickly and without too much expense try these yellow marzipan rose flowers.

 

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Cooking Terms

Add
A term used when you are assembling ingredients to make a dish or recipe. Usually a mixing bowl or larger container is selected in the first place to allow the collection of ingredients to combine without spilling.


Beat
To mix together ingredients quickly with rapid motion and usually with a wooden spoon or with an electric mixer. It is normally in order to trap some air into a mixture and make the end product light and open in texture

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Eat and move in Hong Kong

Moving around Hong Kong or between Hong Kong Island and other islands nearby can be fun. You can take a tram ride, ferry boat, bus, or subway. You will see many differing forms of transport as you journey to the many restaurants and interesting food outlets.

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Haute Alps Food Market

A visit to the Alps always involves a trip round the local market. In the High Alps market day is a social event and not to be missed.  Join me as I take in the sights and sounds of Veynes market day.

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Food Markets in Munich
Munich was a short trip but packed with wonderful foodie experiences. I had heard of the Christkindlmarkt (Christmas Market) that runs every year from end of November until December 24 but not of the Victualienmarkt (Victuals Market).
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Yorkshire Food Gems

Next time you go to Yorkshire take some time to visit these three rather special places.

Holmfirth Vineyard, Betty's Tea room at Harlow Carr   and   The Hand-made Bakery

 

 

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Bury Market

Bury Market . . it just sounds good before you even start! If you are a foodie and can get to Lancashire it is a must visit venue.

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All About Tapas

Tapas are small savoury snacks that accompany drinks.  Tapa is the word for a ‘saucer.’  Saucers were reportedly used to cover drink glasses to keep out flies. Gradually, so the story goes, the saucer began to carry little morsels of food and so the beginnings of the wide variety of tapas grew.                          

 
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Food Markets in Madrid
I must tell you about the food markets in Madrid. I went to three.  One was a tourist hot spot that was in all the ‘Visit Madrid’ books. It was an old iron-framed market place that had been upgraded and re-styled.  It was called Mercado de San Miguel.
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