Scratch Cook

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One of the silver linings about being at home more often is taking time to cook a wonderful meal, relishing in the simple joys of chopping, stirring, and smelling the ingredients, as they bubble away on the hob or in the oven. Use the opportunity to master some new skills, practise classic recipes, and create some gorgeous meals you haven’t had before

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SLOW SIMMER

Take your time to caramelise onions for soup, or relax and enjoy the gentle, repetitive stirring that's needed for making risotto

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HOW TO MAKE A WHITE SAUCE

This classic sauce forms the basis of so many dishes, from a simple macaroni cheese to fish pie and lasagne. Stir in chopped parsley and pour over white fish, or mix with spinach and cheese and toss with pasta

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COOK'S TIP

Use this method to make a stock-based velouté sauce, cooking the butter and flour for 2-3 minutes until it smells like biscuits. Replace the milk with stock, and add a splash of cream at the end if you like. Serve with chicken or fish

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ADD YOUR WHITE SAUCE TO THESE RECIPES

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CURRY NIGHT

While there’s nothing wrong with taking shortcuts with pastes and sauces, when you have the time, take pleasure from cooking a curry from scratch using fresh spices

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HOW TO COOK RICE

There are numerous rice varieties and ways to cook them. Try this one for any long grain white rice. For brown rice, cook for 25 minutes then leave to stand for 10 minutes

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FAKEAWAY FAVOURITES

Learn how to make these takeaway delights in your own kitchen. They’re simpler than you might think

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