flour freshly milled

How is Flour Made?

Firstly, let's identify what flour is. It’s amazing to me how many people have no idea how to make flour or where it comes from. Types of Wheat There are six classes of wheat — within which are around

vessels of cocoa powder

Cocoa: The Forgotten Ingredient

For years I have been passively using cocoa powder. Very rarely is cocoa powder the main ingredient in products I make so I rarely give it much thought. I always focus on the type of chocolate, the

Turmeric and golden raisin bread

Turmeric and Golden Raisin Bread

I had a version of this bread on a recent trip to Paris. Turmeric is an ideal spice to use because it's strong and aromatic enough to taste, but doesn’t overpower everything. Turmeric also gives the

Carrot, Apple and Coconut Cookies

Carrot and Apple Cookies for Kids

Facing this new challenge while trying to work from home or stressing about if there is a job waiting for you when this is all over, does not help. However, it’s important that these little people don

Caneles and copper tins

Classic Canelé: The History of the Fluted French Pastry

As with most classic French pastries, the canele is a food with a varied and diverse history depending on what you read, and like most great recipes and dishes from France, they have not changed for

Chef Rory's cheesecake with balsamic glaze and spun sugar

Elevate Cheesecake with Balsamic Glaze and Spun Sugar

Chef Rory Macdonald tops his mini cheesecakes with a glaze combining cherry puree and balsamic. The flavors marry beautifully and he adds a touch of creativity and ingenuity with his slinky-like spun

Chef Rory's mince pies

The Curious History of the Mince Pie

The term “mince” actually comes from the Latin word “minutus” that means small and has no connotation with minced meat, which is a common misconception. The history of how mince pie originated is

Rory Macdonald's strawberry and black pepper no-bake cheesecake

Chef Rory Macdonald's No-Bake Cheesecake

Chef Rory adds texture to the dish with an oat biscuit rather than the traditional graham cracker crust, combines cream cheese and Brillat-Savarin cheese, and tops the pastry with fresh strawberry

Pecan pie with orange zest and smoked salt

How to Chef-ify Pecan Pie

As a British guy living in the states it took me a few years to understand Thanksgiving, but now it’s one of my favorite holidays – if I’m not working! Pumpkin and pecan pies are not very common in

A chef in a restaurant kitchen

How to Leave a Job in the Restaurant Industry

Here’s how I recommend handling the situation to best develop your professional reputation and respect the team you work with. Be Honest My advice to anyone thinking about making a move is to always

Banana-Passionfruit Gelato

Picture-Perfect Passionfruit Gelato

The keys to Chef Rory's elevated ice cream interpretation are consistency, texture and flavor combination. The Pacojet machine's powerful blade turns anything into a puree with perfect texture

Three honeybees

No Bees. No Food.

Wild and domestic honeybees are responsible for more than 80% of the world’s pollination. While grains are primarily pollinated by the wind; fruits, nuts and vegetables are pollinated by bees. To put

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