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Essential Cuisine Stock Mix

A couple of years ago, I discovered a little trick that advanced my cooking from good to great: instead of salt, use stock mix in savoury dishes to deepen the flavour and remove the risk of over-salting food. I’ve tried quite a few stocks over the years, but none come close to those made by Essential Cuisine. Their range of gravies, glaces, jus and stocks are flavourful without being overly salty. I’ve tried many over the the years, but these three are my favourites. If you want to boost the flavour of just about any savoury dish, Essential Cuisine Chicken Stock, £14.95, is your secret weapon. It instantly adds depth and interest to a variety of foods and doesn’t need to be reconstituted for use. I like to sprinkle it onto chicken before roasting and I also add a bit to pasta sauce to enrich the flavour. If you’re from the southern US like I am, try it for cooking grits. The flavour is absolutely amazing. If you are vegetarian or enjoy cooking without meat …

New Year Resolutions

I don’t tend to make resolutions – especially in January.  It’s so dark and cold, and I don’t feel like making major life changes.  Instead, I try to make tiny changes that make a big difference to my health and well-being.  Some haven’t stuck, but a few have.  So here is a list of easy beauty resolutions for 2017.  These are the ones I’ve managed to keep over the years. Cleanse your face every night before you go to bed.  I can’t impress upon you how important this is.  Find a cleanser that works for you.  For me, it’s Emma Hardie’s Moringa Cleansing Balm.  I use it every evening without fail and my skin looks better for it.  Proper daily cleansing is something you can do that will make an immediate and visible difference to your skin. Eat fresh fruit every day.  It doesn’t have to be a chore and you will eventually come to miss it if you accidentally forget.  Because it was January when I started this, I ate a tangerine most days, and …