Tips and Tricks

  1. How To Avoid 'Clumpy' Pasta

    We have all done it, and sometimes it's been worse than the times before but there is an easy way to fix the common 'clumpy' pasta problem. 

    We Greeks love our olive oil, but it's for good reason, it's like theWindex featured in My Big Fat Greek Wedding ... it fixes (well almost) anything!

    So when cooking pasta add a splash of olive oil to the water BEFORE you add the uncooked pasta and give it a good stir. This gives the water a silky texture and will stop any of your pasta from sticking together and forming those annoying 'clumps'!

     

    Hope this helps!

     

    Yia Yia Mary xo

  2. Don't Panic, It's A Long Term Goal When It Comes To Fussy Eaters

    "Just one bite" ... we've all said it and we've all tried it more than once, but what's the real point behind the "one bite" philosophy? Here's an extract from an article that we found quite interesting, and really helps to keep it all in perspective! 

    "The “polite one bite” rule is great, but leave it at that, says Castle: “The goal is not to get them to eat the broccoli today but to help them actually like the broccoli long-term.” Susan Miller of Franklin Lakes, NJ, employed this strategy when feeding her sons as toddlers. “I made sure there was at least one thing on their plates I knew they'd eat,” she says, “but they had to taste the other foods, too. If they didn't like what they tried, fine, but what eventually happened is that, having been exposed to a wide variety of flavors, my sons now eat almost everything.”

    So mums, DON'T PANIC! All kids go through a "fussy" stage so it's important to keep it in perspective. It's about getting your children into healthy eating habits that will last them their lifetime, so be sure to expose them to different flavours and tastes so that as they get older their palates welcome healthy, wholesome food! Persevere with the "hard stuff" and it will pay off sooner rather than later!

    Hope this helps!

    Little Darlings Kitchen Team xx

  3. How To Keep Berries Fresher For Longer

    Yia Yia Mary has always said that when it comes to berries, "wash as you eat otherwise they go off".

    Turns out, she was right! Berries have a protective layer on them called 'bloom' that is produced naturally to ward off insects and bacteria. If this layer is removed, it limits the life of the berries. 

    So only wash your berries when you plan to eat them to keep them lasting longer in your fridge!


    Yia Yia Mary xx



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