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20 Tasty Toppings for Toast

20 low-salt and low saturated fat ideas for a toast snack.

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Homemade Tortilla Chips From Soft Tortilla Wraps

Brilliant trick for making tortilla chips from normal (UK) supermarket tortilla wraps. (You can’t just fry them!)

Salt + Sweet + Sour + Hot

Thinking about food through these four prisms of taste can open up new possibilities for seasoning and adding flavour to our food.

How to Eat a Globe Artichoke

A handy tip for those who haven’t tried this magical vegetable before.

Do Chefs Eat Greens?

At home, I try to provide a balanced diet. That means two or three vegetables with each meal. In fact for a Sunday roast, the number of vegetables can rise exponentially…

Onigiri 3 Ways

Dad trials out three ways to prepare and eat Onigiri with shitaki mushrooms.

3 Ways to Cook Octopus

Octopus may not be everybody’s cup of tea. But do try it. Here are three way to cook it – hopefully one of these will inspire you to have a go!

3 Ways to Eat Raw Salmon

Dad’s three ways to prepare raw salmon. Follow the step by step guide to making salmon carpaccio, salmon tartare and even nigiri style sushi.

3 Ways to Cure Salmon

Here are 3 great ways to cure a fillet of salmon – ceviche, gravadlax and escabeche. Only the escabeche requires any cooking. They are all good techniques to have up your sleeve and each would make a great starter for a dinner party.

3 Ways To Marinate and Grill Salmon

Salmon home cooking tip time from Dad. We’ve got “3 Ways To Fry Marinate & Grill Salmon” – garlic and herb, salmon teriyaki and a Miso Marinade.

3 Ways To Fry Salmon

Another genius cooking tip from WDC. Here, dad describes 3 Ways To Fry Salmon using 3 different techniques; stir-fry, shallow-fry and deep-fry.

Homemade Chicken Soup in 5 Minutes

It’s lunch. I fancied some soup. I opened the fridge and took stock. Leftover bits of chicken and some rice. Chicken soup sounds good. Lunch is over in 10 minutes – and the soup was great.

3 Ways To Cook Salmon in the Oven

Sometimes frying fish just does not seem to work – it all starts getting a bit stressed and before you know it the fish can be ruined. Here are 3 tasty and stress-free ways to cook salmon in the oven.

Sticky Toffee Pudding Cheat in 30 Minutes

Here’s a cheat I’ve been doing for years. It takes 10 minutes to prepare and about 20 minutes in the oven.

3 Ways To Cook Salmon in a Pan

Here’s a series on ways to cook a fillet of salmon. So often people are put-off fish for fear of things going wrong. But in my view cooking fish couldn’t be easier – and it’s quick. Follow my simple steps to see for yourself.

Quick Microwave Quesadillas

Quesadillas are a popular Mexican snack. They are best made on a hot griddle pan, but we have always made them in the microwave, rather like nachos. Here is a method I have developed which makes perfect quesadillas – straight from the microwave.

How To Make Cheap Grilled Artichokes

Through a process of trial and error – motivated as much by curiosity as thrift – I have finally devised a method to elevate the status of these bland buds to that of a proper chargrilled artichoke.

The WDC Raclette Egg Toast

Part of Dad’s series ‘Quick cook breakfasts’. The WDC Raclette Egg Toast requires just an egg, some bread and cheese… simplest of breakfasts in 5 minutes.

How To Fillet A Fish

Filleting a fish is fun and satisfying. Every aspiring home cook should always fillet their fish.

Pimp My Biscuit: Make Your Shop Bought Biscuits Better

Open the cupboards and give those plain biscuits some go-faster stripes…

WDC Sausage & Egg Muffin

Breakfast in a bun. The WDC McMuffin is the perfect breakfast treat to satisfy your morning requirements. Let’s be honest, it’s the perfect hangover cure!

‘Refined-Sugar-Free’ Black Forest Sandwich Cake

An office ‘bake-day’ refined-sugar-free cake recipe the whole office enjoyed.

Roasting Tomatoes

Roasting tomatoes is a useful technique for adding sweetness and depth of flavour to tomatoes.

How To Cook a Simple But Tasty Stir-fry

‘Wok stir-frying poses plenty of challenges. I have developed my own strategies to help…’

How To Make the Perfect Blueberry Smoothie

There is more to the art of a smoothie-making than meets the eye…

Winter Squashes

Squash – more than a useful prop for a still life – a taste record of this range of winter squashes…

The Essentials to Cooking Paella

In Spain they take paella very seriously. Here are my tips for making successful paella in our own homes…

The Best Way To Store Fresh Herbs

Fresh herbs are great – but why is it so difficult to keep them fresh…

How To Make Your Own Stock

Stock is the fundamental building block in developing flavour in your cooking…

Why is the Avocado So Good?

The avocado is a very evocative fruit – it has a sensual texture and a rich and heady flesh…

How To Make A Roast Dinner Last All Week

Here is a real-life example of how to use a Sunday roast dinner leftovers through the week…

Cherry Parfait

This is a store-cupboard cheat – the kind one is sometimes forced to make when…

How To Chop An Onion

Here is a description – and a gif – of the most basic skill in cooking…

Comparing 5 Pecorino Cheeses

Pecorino is made with ewe’s milk. The Italian for sheep is ‘pecora’ – a useful starting point in understanding the nature of this cheese…

Borough Market Vegetables & Fruit (July)

An exploration of seasonal fruit and veg sourced from Borough market, including what Dad cooked with them…

Borough Market Tomatoes (July)

I asked for the most flavoursome tomatoes and was directed to the Italian ‘winter’ tomatoes…

A Summer Barbecue

Barbecues are great fun – here’ a few tips about how to plan a stress free and fun barbecue…

How To Make a Cute Mango Hedgehog

I first saw mangoes presented like this in the 1970’s. They were served by a very large charismatic Jamaican lady…

Instant Gazpacho

Here’s a way to enjoy a really authentic ice-cold gazpacho – and it only takes a few minutes to prepare…

Quick & Easy Nachos

This is one of the quickest snacks it’s possible to make…

10 Minute Paella Recipe

This is where WDC cooking comes into its own – and it was created in all of 10 minutes…

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