Creative Caviar Restaurant Recipe Ideas

If you’re a big fan of caviar, you’ll probably know that its reputation has changed over the years. Although the high end products are still very much an exclusive delicacy, it’s now also possible to get cheaper caviar in more affordable restaurants, and even sometimes in your local supermarket. However, for people who really enjoy this delicious and rare treat, there’s no better way to serve it than as part of a delicious restaurant-standard dish. If you want to try some of these fine dining experiences yourself, look no further than these creative caviar recipe ideas.

Smoked Sturgeon & Caviar Bagels

This one comes directly from Attilus Caviar, whose Royal Siberian Sturgeon or Baerii caviar is perfectly suited for this idea (you could also use Royal Oscietra caviar depending on your taste). This toasted bagel topped with poached eggs, smoked sturgeon and, of course, caviar makes for an amazing high class breakfast. (more…)

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Salt & Pepper: The Ultimate Cooking Tools

We passionately believe that good seasoning is truly crucial to taking your cooking to the next level. The world of herbs and spices is complex and exciting, allowing you to infuse inspiration from all over the world into your dishes, whether you’re catering for a restaurant, your family or just yourself. However, there are two essential ingredients you’ll find in almost every recipe: salt and pepper.

The tricky thing is how much to use in your particular recipe. Other than the occasional call for a “pinch” of one or the other, the phrase “season to taste” is the one that comes up most often. With little experience, it can be especially tricky to decipher the meaning of this odd turn of phrase. In reality, it basically indicates you should take a trial and error approach. Adding a little more salt or pepper at a time and sampling your dish again and again will eventually allow you to determine the optimum quantity. Figuring this out can unlock the maximum flavour potential of your creation! (more…)

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5 Ways To Add Flavour To Healthy Meals

Eating healthily and enjoying a balanced diet is something many people are still working hard to achieve. For food lovers and budding amateur chefs, it can be tricky to manage your diet while being around so many delicious temptations all the time! Once you get used to flavourful cooking, some of the recommended healthy options we encounter can seem less than appealing, especially if they’re a little lacking in flavour. Low-carb diets and an increased emphasis on fruit and vegetables can be especially off-putting for people who expect them to taste boring compared to their usual meals.

However, with a little creative seasoning, you can easily turn the healthiest dishes into some of the tastiest. Here are our top five tips for experimenting with basic seasoning to unlock the hidden potential in your healthy meals.

1) Salt and pepper to taste

Your number one secret weapon for bringing out the best in almost any meal, salt and pepper needs to be handled carefully. If you get it right, you can improve practically any flavour combination, and you don’t have to worry about sodium levels as long as you’re avoiding processed foods. (more…)

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Home & Commercial Kitchen Cleaning

No matter what kind of cooking you’re interested in, your experience level, or even whether you’re running a commercial kitchen in a restaurant or cooking for yourself at home, one thing remains the same for everyone. Hygiene should be your number one priority, since without proper care, dangerous situations can arise during food preparation and cooking.

For commercial kitchens like those in restaurants, takeaways, pubs, hotels and so on, standards are set high with good reason: to protect the public. It’s vital to be compliant, which is why it’s important to know when to use a professional deep cleaning service such as KDC (Kitchen Duct Cleaning), a prominent UK kitchen and ductwork cleaning company. A professional service like this is necessary to ensure you meet the required health and safety guidelines for running a clean and safe commercial kitchen. (more…)

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The Most Renowned Restaurants in London

There are so many amazing restaurants in London – the heart of the UK and one of our favourite cities in the world – that it’s hard to know where to begin. That’s why we decided to narrow down the list by focusing on those that have built up the finest reputations over the years. Here are some of the best restaurants in London that have stood the test of time and show no signs of slowing down yet.

Dabbous – At one time this restaurant was one of the most difficult ones to secure a table at in the whole of London. Now thanks to the overwhelming number of options it’s a little easier, but its reputation remains outstanding. It boasts an ever-evolving menu that’s always full of new and exciting dishes to try, keeping guests coming back regularly.

Goodman – Some restaurants end up being known as the best in their field, and that’s certainly true of Goodman, widely celebrated as the finest steakhouse in London. It’s also credited with ushering in a new era of premier steakhouses across the city, but remains the best in many critics’ eyes. (more…)

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Basic cooking and seasoning checklist

One common mistake people make with cooking from scratch is thinking that there’s no point having a wide selection of spices if you don’t know much about cooking. We’d actually argue the opposite is true, since there’s no better way to learn than through experimentation! Whatever your skill level, we have a checklist for you to make sure you’ve always got all the essentials in to produce restaurant quality flavours at home.

Bay Leaves

These leaves are best when they’re a rich green in colour, and they’re usually dried. Whole leaves added to your dishes will impart some great savoury flavour, but make sure you take them out before serving.

Black Pepper

Go for whole black peppercorns since the flavour will be much better if you grind them fresh.

Cayenne Pepper

This is particularly useful in many Indian recipes, and pretty much anything Cajun or involving hot pepper sauce. (more…)

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Buying the best quality ingredients

If you really want to build up an excellent seasoning collection that will allow you to add high quality, exciting flavours into your cooking, then you’ll need some advice on where to start with choosing how to buy your ingredients. There are too many options around to know what you’re looking at without some guidance, so here are some key points we have learned from years of experience. (more…)

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How to source the best spices

We have already covered what you should be looking for as a sign of quality spices, and what you might be doing wrong so far when building up your collection of flavouring ingredients. But what is one to do when looking for ways of sourcing excellent quality spices? We have some wisdom to impart about the best ways to find great spices.

Buy spices online

If you’re looking for something very specific it might be difficult to track down in shops, so you might want to research cooking spices online and find somewhere you can purchase what you’re looking for. Quality spice merchants will know what they’re talking about so you can ask questions about the products before placing your order. Many online stores carry a huge collection of the best cooking spices, herbs and blends for Indian, Mediterranean, Chinese dishes.

Visit ethnic markets

To find spices for a specific sort of cooking or something that originates from a particular country, you might be best visiting an authentic market for those goods. These prices are likely to be fair and the products will usually be the best quality around, plus they will be restocked much faster than those in supermarkets and other big retailers.

Find a local expert

If you want a single place you can visit to get advice on cooking as well as a full range of high quality spices, you might be able to find a local spice specialist. A merchant who is an expert in the field will be able to help you find what you’re looking for and assure you that the products you’re buying are of the finest quality. (more…)

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How to look after your herbs and spices

To ensure your cooking is always top quality, it’s really vital to start with a great herb and spice collection. But once you’ve figured out where to buy your seasonings and how to choose the best ones, your efforts might still be wasted if you don’t store and look after your collection properly. Here is some of our tried and tested advice regarding the best ways to look after your spices.

Review your storage cabinet

First of all you need to review and analyse your collection closely. Do you have a load of spices that can’t be used any more because they’ve been left too long and gone stale? If you’ve had them for more than a few months, chances are they’ve either gone off, or they have too many preservatives in them to be considered good quality. There are a few exceptions which will keep for years, but for any particular spice make sure you throw it out when it’s too old rather than spoil your food.

Keep everything organised

If you enjoy tidying up and keeping things in order then you’re the perfect seasoning connoisseur in the making. You don’t have to obsessively label everything, but it’s a good idea to mark things with the date you purchased them, and also to group things by theme or based on what you use them for. Ones you rarely use might end up at the back of the cupboard but you need to be careful they don’t get lost and go off.

Choose where to keep them

If your herbs and spices are too close to the oven, chances are they’re going to be weakened faster. Heat, light and air getting to them will make the flavours evaporate faster and they’re more likely to be unusable. You can put your seasonings and condiments in a dedicated cupboard, or keep them mobile in plastic containers or glass jars that you can move around your kitchen as needed.

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Top 5 herbs and spices you should try next

If you’re building up a collection of herbs and spices you’re well on your way to cooking a wide variety of exotic and exciting dishes to enjoy at home. However, it’s easy to get into habits with food and if you find a few useful ingredients that work with many dishes you’ll probably find yourself sticking to your comfort zone. If you want to improve your cooking skills you should focus on trying new things rather than going over the same recipes trying to get them perfect.

As such, we have a few suggestions for some of the best herbs and spices you can use in various styles of cooking. We highly recommend trying these ones next if you haven’t managed to yet.


Notable for its vivid golden yellow colour, you have to be careful with turmeric because it will stain your skin and clothes easily. It’s often found in Indian cooking but is also present in American mustard and many more things, tasting something like spicy ginger. Use this with curry, soup, rice dishes, chicken or pretty much anything vegetarian for great results.

Smoked Serrano Chilli Powder

Serrano chillies are famous for being spicy and flavourful. When dried and ground into  a powder, they become a powerful, smoky spice that’s very versatile and suits a range of cooking styles, including Mexican and South American.

Saigon Cinnamon

Of all the varieties of cinnamon available, this is considered the finest flavour as it’s both hot and sweet. You can use Saigon cinnamon for your favourite winter baking and coffee blends, and it also works brilliantly with seafood, chicken and lamb dishes.

Herbs de Provence

The Provence region of France is famously home to a variety of useful herbs including thyme, basil, lavender, rosemary and more. These can easily be found in a single blend which makes it a simple process to add these to your roast or grilled meat. Herbs de Provence can also add a lot of depth of flavour to hot recipes.

Vanilla Paste

Although vanilla extract is widespread in recipes, there is a new trend for vanilla paste because it’s made without wasting the pods that have to be ground up to make the extract. It’s easier to use than starting from the actual beans so you can easily add it to homemade desserts.

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