Ideas & Inspiration

  1. Cast Aluminium. What is it all about?

    Cast Aluminium. What is it all about?

    Cast Aluminium

    Cast Aluminium is a type of cookware that is produced by pouring molten aluminium into a cast or mould to form the shape of the cookware.  This technique differs to traditional methods of machine shaped cookware.

    Aluminium is one of the most commonly used materials to manufacture cookware as it is a great conductor of heat, heating quickly and evenly, up to 16 times faster than stainless steel cookware.While this improved heat conductivity means less cooking times than using cast iron and stainless steel, aluminium cookware is also lighter meaning ease of use while cooking!

    Cast Aluminium is typically a heavier or thicker gauge of cookware that contains a non-stick coating with benefits including:

    1. Lightweight
    2. Great conductor of heat
    3. Oven safe
    4. Quick to cool
    5. Durable
    6. Won’t rust
    7. Easy to use

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  2. How to Make the Perfect Poached Eggs…Everytime!

    How to Make the Perfect Poached Eggs…Everytime!

     

    Recipe by Mei Ling

     

    I purchased the RACO Contemporary 4 Cup Egg Poacher over a year ago, but didn’t have the chance to use it until the recent lockdown. 

    I love poached eggs on toast but it’s always a struggle to get it right, from the correct ratio of vinegar and water to the way you put the eggs in the water, and then the occasional stirring. 

    With the RACO Egg Poacher, I can create the perfect poached eggs every time.

    How to use the RACO Contemporary 4 Cup Egg Poacher and RACO Bravo 5 Cup Egg Poacher to cre

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  3. Steak & Bacon Cheese Pies

    Steak & Bacon Cheese Pies

    Steak Bacon Cheese Pies

    Recipe by Michael Weldon from Farm to Fork

    Recipe: Steak Bacon cheese Pie

    Serves: 4

    Prep Time: 10-15 mins

    Cooking Time: 1.5 hrs + 30 mins

    Ingredients

    For the filling

    • 1kg chuck steak, diced
    • 2tbs plain flour
    • 4 rashers streaky bacon, sliced
    • 1 onion, diced
    • 2 garlic cloves, sliced
    • 2 cups beef stock
    • Sea Salt
    • Black Pepper
    • Extra Virgin Olive oil

    For the pastry

    • 4 Sheets Short Crust Pastry
    • 4 Sheets Puff Pastry
    • 1cup pizza blend cheese
    • 2 Tbs ketchup
    • 2 egg yolks

    Method

    1. Heat a large saucepan over a medium heat.
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  4. Cookie Spiced Playdough

    Cookie Spiced Playdough

    Yield: 1 BIG BATCH OF PLAYDOUGH

    Prep Time: 5 MINUTES

    Active Time: 5 MINUTES

    Cooling Time: 10 MINUTES

    Total Time: 20 MINUTES

    Difficulty: BEGINNER

    Estimated Cost: $5

    This cookie spiced playdough smells delicious, makes your hands smooth, is easy to make and fun to play with!

    Ingredients 

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  5. How to keep your non-stick pans performing like new

    How to keep your non-stick pans performing like new
     
     

    The number one benefit of a non-stick pan is that they make light work of cleaning up after cooking and reduce the need for the use of oil, making it a healthier choice for many.

    After investing your hard-earned money in a quality non-stick pan, you want to get the best out of your cookware, ensuring it will last for years to come. If your pan begins to stick after only a short time of use, read on for some great tips to bring it back to new again!

     

    The Nemesis of Non-stick

    Did you know that in most cases, non-stick pans stop performing not because of an issue with the non-stick, but due to overheating and a build-up of oil and residue in the pan?  It could explain why your food was gliding out of your non-stick pan just months ago, but now it seems that no matter what you do, it

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  6. Cookware Masterclass – Choosing the Best Cookware for Your Kitchen

    Cookware Masterclass – Choosing the Best Cookware for Your Kitchen

    Whether you are investing a brand-new matching set of pots and pans or replacing your favorite saucepan that been passed down 

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  7. Sizzle, Sizzle – Everything You Need to Know About Frypans & Skillets

    Sizzle, Sizzle – Everything You Need to Know About Frypans & Skillets

    Whether you’re preparing a curry for dinner or whipping up your Sunday breakfast, chances are you’ll be using a frypan.

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  8. Do You Believe in Magic? – What is Induction Cookware and How to Find It

    Do You Believe in Magic? – What is Induction Cookware and How to Find It

    When I was a kid, I was obsessed with magic. My poor, long-suffering family were forced to spend untold hours camped on the living room couch, pretending, with varying degrees of success

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  9. Taking Stock – How to Get the Most Out of Your Stock Pot

    Taking Stock – How to Get the Most Out of Your Stock Pot

    Winter is wreaking its frosty vengeance upon us. Outside, the wind, rain and chill are making life unpleasant for the poor souls unfortunate enough to be trapped in their clutches.

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  10. Sticky Situations – 5 Reasons Why You Need Non-Stick Cookware & What to Look For

    Sticky Situations – 5 Reasons Why You Need Non-Stick Cookware & What to Look For

    Before the advent of non-stick cookware, a significant proportion of cooking involved dousing your food in ungodly amounts of oil or accepting the fact that you may lose half of your meal to the frying pan. Today, non-stick pots and pans are essential in every domestic kitchen.

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