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June 08

Avocado

If you have half an avocado left over, store in the fridge with the stone and it will stop the flesh browning

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 Smelling sweet and fresh

If you want to keep your kitchen smelling sweet and fresh just put some orange (or mandarin) peels in the oven medium heat until the fragrance can be detected.

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Shellfish

When you prepare shellfish it must be very fresh and should be cooked the day you buy it. The cooking process needs to be quick and stopped at the right time to prevent it from becoming tough.

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 Strawberries

To bring up the flavour of fresh strawberries add a few drops of lemon juice, balsamic vinegar or a pinch of black pepper.

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Garlic

After eating too much garlic, forget the Chewing Gum, just eat a little bit of fresh parsley and your bad breath will disappear (nearly)

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 Red wine

At the end of the cooking process of a red wine casserole i.e.: coq au vin or boeuf bourguignon. Add a few grams of dark chocolate to remove the bitterness and give a shiny finish to the sauce. On the other hand if the sauce is to sweet just add a few drops of kirsch alcohol

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Pan-fry a steak

To pan-fry a steak properly, preheat a flat or ridged frying pan over a high heat, then add a small amount of olive or sunflower oil. Pat the meat dry and place in the frying pan cook for an equal amount of time on each side until done as desired. salt after cooking to avoid drawing out juices; and add a noisette of butter during the last minute of cooking.

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 Cleaning the glass

If you need to clean a burnt glass coffee jug, use a mix of salt and vinegar.

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 Skin a tomato

Τo skin a tomato: with the tip of the blade cut a shallow “X” in the bottom of the tomato and drop in boiling water for a few seconds and pop into a bowl of icy water. Leave until cool and it will peel off like magic

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Apples

To ensure apples remain crisp and juicy, store them in a perforated plastic bag in the bottom draw of your fridge

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