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.


Put a stop to unwanted gifts: we’ll help you come up with ideas for your house-warming!

 So, you’re throwing a house-warming party for your friends and family. But no-one knows what to get you, and they’re already asking you for ideas! Luckily, we’re here to help you plan ahead, and give your guests some great ideas for house-warming gifts.

Ideas for house-warming gifts that will stand the test of time

When you move into your first home, you often have to buy everything from scratch. A nice microwave and a kettle will no doubt make very welcome additions to your new home. Your friends and family will be only too pleased to know they’re getting you what you want, without having to rack their brains to find THE ideal house-warming gift. And if you already have everything you need for breakfast time, why not ask for an all-in-one machine for making your favourite recipes? That way, your guests could gift you the food processor (chopper) of your dreams!


Or you could ask for a party-friendly gift that they can enjoy using with you. You could even use it at your house-warming party, and your guests will be delighted to have given you something that they can look forward to using at future get-togethers.

Why not start a house-warming gift list on our website? You can pass it on to your friends, and they’ll be spoilt for choice!

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For a balanced diet, variety really is the spice of life! Contrary to common belief, it is important to eat carbohydrates, even when on a diet. Ideally, a balanced diet is made up of 15% protein, 50-55% carbohydrates, and 30-35% fat. Of course, by carbohydrates we don’t mean sweets!

Eat more fruit and veg – the simple way!

Eating five fruit and vegetables a day can sometimes feel like a bit of a challenge. Luckily, there are plenty of recipes and techniques out there to add a little bit of magic to your meals whilst ensuring you enjoy a varied diet. If you have a Vitacuisine steamer, for example, you can cook your vegetables, as well as your meat, fish and desserts, in a healthy way and without losing any of the flavour. Be creative and play with the flavours. Rediscover long-forgotten vegetables, combine different colours, and then cook it all effortlessly with a steamer.

Not all carbohydrates were created equal!

Your body needs carbohydrates, but not from just anywhere! There’s so much you can do with bread, cereals and potatoes. And if you’re craving chips for dinner, why not try reducing the amount of cooking oil? With the ActiFry, for example, you can cook potatoes and/or sweet potatoes in a healthy way.

Rule 1 healthy balance

Food variety is important, but don’t forget that you need to drink too! To keep your body well-hydrated, drink water in whatever form you prefer: herbal teas, bottled water, tea… it’s up to you!

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