Separating Egg Whites

When separating egg whites, break each egg into a secondary dish before adding to the mixture. Avoid using any whites that have yolk in them.


Soak bamboo skewers in cold water for 30 minutes before use. This helps to prevent them from burning on the barbecue.

Slippery Surfaces

To keep your mixing bowl or chopping board from sliding around, place the bowl or board on a damp cloth or tea towel.


Toast spices in a little oil or butter before using to wake up their flavour.Replace spices 6 months after opening as they will have lost valuable essential oils – and with it, the flavour.

Sweet Short Crust Pastry

If you want to make your own sweet shortcrust pastry then click here try this easy recipe.


Tomato paste - leftovers

Freeze any leftover Wattie’s Tomato Puree in ice cube trays. Once frozen transfer to a bag and seal. The cubes can be added to a sauce, gravy, soup or casserole. Pesto can be frozen and used in the same way.

Tomato paste – cooking

Browning tomato paste for casseroles, soups and pies adds a real depth of flavour and more intense colour. Stir the paste all the time over a moderate heat so that it browns rather than burns. It also acts as a thickener, eliminating the need to add extra flour.


Do not keep fresh tomatoes in the fridge. They are a fruit, so keep them in a cool place away from heat and light to let them continue their natural ripening process and to develop their full flavour.


Thaw your turkey in the refrigerator this can take 3-4 days and can be kept in the refrigerator for 2 days after thawing.



Always use pure vanilla essence rather than imitation. It is more expensive, but the flavour is superior and you need to use less of it because it is more intense.

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