Cooking misadventures and how to avoid them!

I am not an amazing and incredible chef who knows all there is to cooking, that’s fairly obvious. But I am a good cook though, and like most people interested in food, I am constantly learning new ways of cooking and making things in the kitchen. I also often make mistakes. This new page on the blog documents those mistakes I have made and tells you what not to do in the kitchen so that you don’t have to. It also includes tips, tricks and advice for things that go wrong.


Eggs (Photo credit: pietroizzo)

Also, this page is not just for beginner cooks starting out in cooking, it should also prove very useful for experienced cooks who might have had a recipe elude them for years and years; like my Grandfather for instance who only recently learned how to make the perfect meringue.

And if you’ve got a great piece of advice you’d like to share then please feel free to comment at the bottom of this page, the same also goes for whether you think you might have a better technique for something that I’ve written or just another interesting way. We’ve all got different methods!

Some great websites and other stuff for beginner chefs –

This a cookery school website run by Delia Smith, one of England’s most celebrated celebrity chefs. You will find nearly everything you could need to help with your cooking here and it is invaluable for the inexperienced or just starting out chef. Right from how to use measuring spoons to how to make good pastry. Or how to make a perfect cake. You probably saw Delia talking about the website when she was on Graham Norton a while ago too.
Whether you’re just starting out in the kitchen or are an advanced cook wanting to refine your technique, the tips, suggestions, and know-how in Cooking Basics will take your cooking to the next level.
Nice website for recipes and how-to do’s. I highly recommend it. Jamie Oliver
This is Jamie Oliver’s official website, which, in case you haven’t had a look at is a great source of delicious recipes to try at home, my favourite, his Steak, Guinness and Cheese Pie. It’s also packed with helpful how-to videos for all sorts of things. Including ones by Genarro Contaldo, who has to be one of the best Italian chefs in the world; him and also Antonio Carluccio.

Nigella Lawson
Fantastic website for finding a good recipe or for finding out tips and tricks.
Here you’ll find all of the recipes that have appeared in New Zealand’s best magazines and publications. The Listener, NZ Herald, Bite magazine, Women’s Weekly and my favourite, Viva food and wine.

If you’ve got any websites that you’d recommend then please leave a comment at the bottom of this page, or you can go and post a comment on the blogs facebook page – About sean’s food. Happy cooking!

Some neat recipe books as well – You can look forward to seeing the reviews for these books soon appear in the “book reviews” section of the blog.

The Family Circle Recipe Encyclopedia
Family Circle

Any of The Australian Women’s Weekly cook books
Australian Women’s Weekly

The Cook’s Book – Age-old advice and tips for the kitchen
Louise Dixon

The Edmond’s Cookery Book
Bluebird Foods

Delia’s How to Cook, book one
Delia Smith

Nigella Lawson

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