Taking inspiration from Italy, yet using ideas from Ireland and around the world, make toppings for bruschetta.
If I'm having people over for dinner and want to make it an occasion, I like to serve a little treat. A teaser for the meal ahead. It should always be delicious, but rarely fancy and never fussy. For me, bruschetta is the perfect middle ground. It can have a really creative and fabulous-tasting topping, but at the end of the day it's still just something delicious on toast!
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Test your culinary skills with a spot of stir-frying.

The wok is the most versatile cooking pot. Across Asia, cooks use woks for deep frying, steaming, making sauces and cooking noodles. They don't need an armoury of different pots and pans in the kitchen. A medium-sized wok will make most meals in a household, and it is essential for that most versatile of meals, the stir-fry, which is a dish that can be adapted to practically any ingredient you have in the fridge.

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In some parts of the world, rice is almost a religion, says Rachel Allen, who offers tasty ways to treat the humble grain.
The importance of rice to some cultures is almost impossible to overstate. More than one country holds rice as an essential part of their creation myth, fundamental to their very existence - which makes it considerably more exotic than something to boil quickly and eat with a curry!
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A freezer is perhaps the most time-saving tool in a cook's armoury. Here's a few tips how you can get the best out of yours.
We all have those days when we seem to be racing around the place with not much time to cook, yet we still want a delicious, comforting meal.
That's why my freezer is my friend. It's packed with what are, essentially, home-cooked ready-meals, ready to defrost and reheat in just a few minutes. Good organisation saves not just time but your health (and sometimes sanity!) too.
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