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Garlic is the basis of so many dishes, it tastes great and it's good for you. So here's the quickest and most efficient way to get it out of its skin and into the pan.

Chopping fresh root ginger by hand gives you a much better result than with a food processor. As with garlic, aim to chop your ginger consistently so it will cook evenly and distribute better throughout the dish. Ginger gives a distinctive bite to sweet and savoury food and sauces.

Though you may think you know how to cook pasta, there are a few simple tricks cooks use to ensure their pasta is perfect every time.

A double boiler sounds like a fancy kitchen gadget, but it is actually easy to make out of basic tools you already have in your kitchen.

Learn how to cook asparagus and tips for preparing and storing asparagus. Make the most of local asparagus while it is in season with useful techniques and advice.

It's hard to go past a perfectly soft-boiled egg with some soldiers for a quick nutritious breakfast! Hard or soft boiled eggs are also the basis of so many dishes, such as egg mayonnaise, Niçoise salad and egg and onion sandwiches, to name but a few.

Never underestimate the power of a perfect roast chicken. An example of the beauty of simplicity, roast chicken has the power to comfort, satisfy and impress.

The secret to making moist, fluffy scrambled eggs is all in the scrambling. You'll need low, gentle heat and patience to make perfect scrambled eggs.

Learn how to make pancakes with these foolproof step-by-step directions and photos, and you will never be defeated by a pancake again! Served with sugar and lemon, these pancakes are a favourite on Pancake Day or anytime.

Find easy-to-understand answers to some frequently asked questions regarding preparing and cooking chicken.


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