OK, so ironing isn’t your idea of fun! But here’s some good news –with just a few smart changes to your washing routine, you’ll save time and take better care of your fabrics. Read on to find out more!

Effective ironing starts with your wash!

8 smart tips that make all the difference

Your washing:

You love the clothes you wear because they represent who you are. So take care of them by following these helpful tips:

1. Turn your clothes inside out before you put them in the washing machine, as this will reduce bobbling.

2. You can use a colour-catcher sheet if you’re washing several different colours together.

3. The other golden rule is to use the recommended amount of washing powder or liquid. Too much is pointless and may even clog up your machine.

4. If your water is very hard, add an anti-limescale product to each wash.

5. And finally, wash at low temperatures – between 30° and 40° – as water that is too hot may make your favourite outfits shrink or lose their shape.


Read your clothes labels! Some fabrics won’t withstand going in the dryer at all, and most clothes will carry an unpleasant smell if put away before drying completely - save yourself from double washing with these drying tips:

1. Most garments will shrink if the temperature is too high, so use the delicate cycle.

2. Hang your shirts, jumpers and T-shirts on hangers so that they don’t lose their shape.

3. If you use a clothes horse, space out your laundry, even when it’s hot, because clothing that hasn’t dried properly gives off an unpleasant smell when ironed.



FRD-LOGOIt kicked off at the Sydney Opera House this March as Tefal partner Jamie Oliver staged a #FoodRevolution – petitioning for food education to be added to all curricula globally.  The worldwide obesity issue has fueled the fire behind this passion project as we’re currently in an era where, for the first time, there are more people who are overweight than underweight.

Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution Live at The Opera house earlier this year.

Jamie’s vision
“My wish is to create a strong, sustainable movement to educate every child about food, inspire families to cook again and empower people everywhere to fight obesity.”


Take action and Join the revolution:

  • Sign the global petition at change.org where Jamie Oliver will be calling on the leaders and governments of all G20 to make food education a compulsory part of every school curriculum.
  • There are plenty of ways you can get involved, from whipping up delicious recipes with kids, hosting a foodie event in your community or challenging your workmates to a cook-off to sharing your photos on the #foodrevolutionday via social media.
  • Tell your local school. Get your local school to register online, download the teaching materials and get involved in Jamie’s exclusive cooking lesson online on Food Revolution Day

Jamie Oliver Sign It. Share ItSign it. Share it:  change.org/jamieoliver #FoodRevolutionDay

Get involved, visit http://www.foodrevolutionday.com

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All the tips and tricks for perfect rice!

Say goodbye to soggy rice, and to hours spent scouring the bottom of your pans! Thanks to a few simple tips, your rice will always turn out perfect. Whether it’s sushi, basmati or arborio, simply pick your favourite cooking method for perfect rice every time.

Pan or rice cooker – it’s up to you

So. You love rice  in all its forms, but you tend to overcook it or find it stuck to the bottom of your pan. For hassle-free rice, you need to equip yourself with either a rice cooker or a good-quality, non-stick pan. Whichever you choose, the next step is to give your rice a good rinse in cold water.
Ultra practical and ideal for large families (and for anyone who constantly lets their milk or water boil over!), a rice cooker does it all for you. Simply choose your rice, add the required amount of water, switch on… then go read your book or watch your favourite TV programme, while your rice cooker does the rest. Once your rice is cooked, just let it rest for a few minutes before serving with a proud flourish and a “Look what I made!”
If you’re using a pan, don’t forget to check the required cooking time since this varies depending on the type of rice used. When the water starts to boil, pour in your rice stirring all the time, then leave to cook over a medium heat. You can add a stock cube or some herbs to the cooking water, or scatter some saffron over your rice after draining.

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Foolproof methods for cooking rice!

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Put your tissues away, and get the lowdown on tear-free onion chopping!

Knife in hand, you’re all set to start chopping your onions. But the mere thought of ending up in floods of tears and with stinging, bloodshot eyes puts you off! And yet, a few simple tricks will ensure
you remain dry-eyed, even if your recipe calls for some fine dicing. Read on…

Take your pick from our favourite tricks

When it comes to the thorny old issue of onion peeling and slicing, every chef has their own little trick. While some techniques seem both unlikely and convoluted, others have stood the test of time:
- Peel and slice your onion under cold running water
- Place your chopping board directly under the extractor fan
- Keep dipping your knife in cold water
- Leave your onion in the fridge or freezer for a few minutes beforehand.

Now go and experiment! One of these techniques is bound to work for you, so hopefully you’ll no longer need a gas mask every time you want to chop an onion!


Whether you’re a foodie, a health-lover or a weight-watcher, grilling is for you! From romantic suppers to family dinners, grilling retains all the taste and all the nutrients, and is endlessly versatile – whether you’re cooking meat, fish or vegetables.

Great for parties, great for your figure!

Get the whole family gathered around the grill for fish, seafood, meat and vegetables cooked without any added fat! Needless to say, if you’re watching your figure or your health, opt for lean cuts of meat as opposed to fatty varieties like sausages. Use your imagination and put vegetables centre stage – a platter of vegetable kebabs, for example, will impress all your guests old and young! Grilling helps to retain all the vitamins and water-soluble minerals – even the heat-sensitive ones, like vitamins A, C, B1, B5 and B9.

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No longer do you have to wait for Summer to enjoy a good barbecue! Indoor grills can be used all year round and are perfect for parties and family get-togethers, with everyone gathering round to grill their own choices of meat or vegetables. And don’t forget to throw in a few homemade sauces –your traditional homemade mayonnaise (link to mayo article), for instance, is sure to prove an all-round winner!


Watch Jamie Oliver show you how to cook up a Greek-inspired beautiful fish stew that not only tastes delicious, but is super easy to knock together and saves on washing up too. Packed with loads of lovely veg, this one-pan wonder uses the trusty Tefal Hard Anodised stewpot from the Jamie Oliver Professional Series.  This tough, aluminium pan evenly distributes heat and retains temperature so the broth is sweet, the veggies tender and the fish is perfectly flaking. This great-tasting dinner is as comforting as it comes and guaranteed to win over the whole family.


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