How To Assemble A Perfect Cheeseboard

Points to Note:

  1. Please aim to have a good visual appeal and great tasting cheese.
  2. How many cheeses do you want to serve? 4-6 different types should be enough. Don’t crowd the cheeseboard.
  3. How much cheese should you serve? Allow about 2oz (55g) of cheese per guest for a tasting and about 100g (4oz) per guest if the cheese is the bulk of the meal. Please don’t be tempted to put out more than you need.
  4. Make sure you have a good balance of flavours, from mild cheeses like Gouda or Edam to flavoured cheeses like White Stilton with Mango and Ginger and strong cheeses like Roquefort. Serve at least one goat or sheep’s milk cheese, rather than all cows’ milk cheeses.
  5. You may even decide to serve 4-5 types of cheddar, or cheese from a region or country or a variety of flavoured artisan cheeses. Continue reading

Roasted Butternut Squash

How to Roast The Perfect Butternut SquashThe only thing I don’t like about butternut squash is the “peeling part” It takes me so long to do it. What do you use to peel butternut squash and how long does it take you?  I have one large butternut squash in my pantry right now. I bought it one week ago, and I keep postponing cooking it, because I have to peel it. I roasted this one sometime last year. It was delicous. Today is a lovely sunny day? How can I complain?? Have a pleasant week! Continue reading


Solanum tuberosum L.

How Many Species of Potatoes Worldwide?

Potato is a member of tomato or eggplant family, Solanaceae. The species is indigenous to the Andes region (Peru, Bolivia, Equador, Chile, and Colombia) where some closely related species are cultivated. In total there are about eight or nine cultivated potato species, but the major species grown worldwide is Solanum tuberosum (a tetraploid with 48 chromosomes).

Potato (Solanum tuberosum) myfavouritepastime.comFollowing centuries of selective breeding there are now over 5000 different cultivars of potatoes worldwide, 3000 in the Andes region alone.  Potatoes can be divided into four major Cultivar Groups, namely, the Russets, reds, whites and yellows (also called Yukons). The part of the plant used is the swollen underground stem known as the tuber. It stores surplus carbohydrates to feed the leafy green areas of the plant. Continue reading

How to Cook Broccoli

 Micro-waving Broccoli

Pasta with Blue Cheese Sauce

  1. Arrange 500g (1Ib) broccoli on a plate with florets pointing toward the centre, add 2-3 tablespoons water, cover and microwave on high for 2-4 minutes or until done to your desired tenderness. Rotate plate halfway. Time will depend on amount of broccoli you have.
  2. Use microwaved broccoli as a side or for warm salads.

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