How to Cook Broccoli 3 Ways

We explore 3 ways to cook broccoli, and corresponding recipes for a variety of delicious broccoli-based dishes!

Blanching

This method involves lightly boiling broccoli and cooling it in an ice bath, for crisp, nutrient-rich broccoli.

How to Blanch Broccoli

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The Top 10 Things to Keep In Your Fridge

Hungry and looking to whip up a dish at a minutes notice? Make sure to have these 10 staples in your fridge, which will facilitate taking your dishes from zero to hero!

 

1. Butter

Butter is a delicious staple to many dishes in baking such as pie crusts and used to lend a fluffy texture to sweet treats. It is also delicious in sauces, and can be used to add depth of flavour when used to sauté and fry that oil doesn’t offer. Keep a block in your fridge or freezer as it keeps for 6-9 months.

 

2. Leafy greens

We’re talking spinach, arugula, rocket or even lettuce. Nutrient dense and affordable salad greens can be used in salads, sautéed in the case of spinach or even blended in smoothies, just keep them in the crisper of your fridge and make sure to eat them within 5 days.

 

3. Milk

Perfect for tea or coffee, milk is nutrient dense and its creamy texture is perfect for use in cooking. These include adding to mashed potatoes for a creamy texture, to the base of a roux or even in stew.

 

4. Yoghurt

Yoghurt is an extremely versatile ingredient that can be used for a variety of dishes both sweet and savoury. For sweet dishes it can be used to add density and moistness to cakes and slices and in savoury dishes to replace sour cream (it lasts longer!) and as the base of sauces, drizzles or dips.

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5. Eggs

Eggs! Eggs are rich in vitamins and minerals and are tasty and inexpensive to buy and simple to cook. Eaten whole (poached, boiled, scrambled) they are also used to bind ingredients, think cake batter or a meatloaf. They also emulsify mayonnaise and salad dressing and are the key ingredient in sauces like Hollandaise.

 

6. Lemon/Limes

Apart from adding wedges or slices to drinks such as gin & tonic or sparkling water, lemons or limes are a great addition to sauces to add acidity and balance or as a key component in sweet dishes such as lemon slices or pies. Plus, they last a long time in the fridge, and generally older lemons or limes are sweeter

 

7. Cheese

A good quality cheese is another great addition to any fridge, as well as being great for snacking, cheese forms the basis of many sauces, such as roux, and also as a cheesy topping on dishes such as lasagna, pasta or pizza. We recommend stocking your fridge with parmesan as it lasts longest in the fridge!

 

8. Stock

Stock is a long lasting (when sealed) flavour-packed addition to your fridge; think of it as a tastier substitute to water in your savoury dishes. Use it for broiling  vegetables, added to pasta sauce bases and in soup for a flavour punch!

 

9. Soy Sauce

Soy sauce is a delicious salty addition to all variety of Asian dishes including stir fries, noodles and sauces. For the health conscious there is also low sodium varieties if you are trying to watch your salt intake. We recommend Kikkoman’s soy used at all popular restaurants.

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10. A sweet treat

Ok, I snuck that one in there, but what fridge is complete without a sweet treat – take your pick and indulge after you’ve just whipped up a tasty meal using some of the above!