How to make freezer-perfect meals

Have you ever spent so much time and effort planning and preparing your healthy meals for the week, only to discover that they don’t reheat or store very well? After trial and error I’ve discovered a variety of meals that work well after either fridge or freezer storage, and also a few dishes that fail the reheat test. As a general rule,...

Vegetarian friendly proteins and how to cook them

Have you ever considered changing your diet to a vegetarian diet, but were concerned about where you would get your protein from? Believe it or not, following a vegetarian diet is easy — proteins included. An impressively wide range of plant foods are loaded with protein and amazing flavours and textures. Quinoa Quinoa is a grain-like seed that cooks much like rice. You...

Perfect fish cooking tips from a seafood chef

Fish and seafood has always been an area of cooking that has interested me. Working at Sydney Cove Oyster Bar in Circular Quay, Sydney, really allowed me to discover my passion and love for all things seafood. Here are my tips on getting the perfect seafood. Crispy skin The secret to achieving crisp skin when pan frying fish such as barramundi...

A chef’s guide to meat

Think you know meat? We asked professional chef Ali Bahmad his favourite cuts, and how to cook them to perfection.  There's nothing better than a hot roast on the weekend. What I love most is that there's almost always leftovers for lunch on Monday! With a weekend beef roast, I like to pierce the meat all over with a small knife and...

Tricks of the trade: cooking a perfect chicken

Chicken is the most commonly used protein for muscle building, and a favourite among people watching what they eat when training. To take your chicken to the next level in both quality and flavour try these tips by professional chef Ali Bahmad.  The cut For starters, getting the right cut of chicken for the way you want to cook is important to making...

Which foods you should cook (and which to eat raw)

Some foods should be eaten raw to maximise your nutrient intake. But some others should be cooked for the same thing. Dietitian Susie Burrell provides a guide. To eat raw or to eat cooked? That is the question… When it comes to optimal nutrition there are several schools of thought in terms of whether it’s best to consume certain foods raw, or...

5 tips to shop smarter, healthier

Groceries
We all know that shopping healthy is harder than it sounds. Trying to walk past the sweet temptation of our favourite naughty snacks more often than not lands them in our trolley. If the weekly shop is your diet’s downfall, here’s a few tips to help you get through it with only the groceries you want. 1. Write a list You’ve...

Processed food the key to our evolution?

Processed meat
A new study has theorised that our prehistoric ancestor’s ability to make processed food led to the evolution of their bigger brains. But rest easy Paleo-lovers, we’re not talking about chips and pre-packaged meals here. Rather, the study theorised that the caveman’s ability to use crude tools 2 to 3 million years ago to cut, pound and cook chewy meat...

Try these off-the-hook beef cuts at your next BBQ

What cuts of meat are you eating?
So, it’s summer time and you’re at the shop choosing your steaks and bangers to throw on the barbie. Take a moment though, and think about where that meat came from. Wouldn’t you like to know the story behind the food you’re eating? David Connaghan from The Good Food Chain looks at non-traditional cuts of beef that you should think about...

Tap water isn’t as pure as you thought

Tap water
Chugging back litres of water to stay hydrated over summer? You’ll be surprised to hear water isn’t perfect. There’s a reason bottled water is so popular: people just don’t trust tap water. Despite the continual reassurances by the authorities that tap water is safe, studies regularly find all manner of contaminants in it. But worse, scientists at Sheffield University in...

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