Every Cooking Gadget a BBQ Fiend Needs Right Now!

Finding the right gift for the chef in your life can be very difficult, it is important that you find something they are going to use regularly otherwise what is the point in buying it. Finding the right gift doesn’t have to be difficult and if your friend is interested in barbecuing there are plenty of options available out there.


BBQ Tools

New BBQ tools are a great gift for someone who is just getting started in hosting barbeques as it is something they may not have thought of getting themselves, rather than leaving them to use the random tools they find in the kitchen why not purchase them a high-quality set of tools dedicated just for use on the BBQ. As the grill can get up to a very high temperature you will need to make sure the tools that you buy are heat resistant and that they will last a long time, I’m sure the chef in your life will appreciate this kind of gift and at least it is something that you know they will use regularly.


Home Smoker

Another great gift a BBQ fiend should have would be their own home smoking system, whether you choose to invest in a more expensive electric model or you decide to stick to the more affordable wood burner, a smoker would make for a great gift for someone with an interest in smoking their own food. If you would like to buy your loved one a more versatile gift then you may want to consider purchasing one of the amazing grill brushes, which are currently available on the market, as grill brushes are the perfect accompaniment to smokers. An offset smoker combines the ability to smoke your own meats as well as having a classic grilling function, this would be the perfect gift for someone who doesn’t have a lot of space, or for someone who just getting started in preparing their own smoked meats.


Meat Thermometer

A meat thermometer is a must-have gift for someone who regularly cooks meat on the grill or BBQ, being able to check the internal temperature of the meat you are cooking allows you to be confident in your cooking as you are able to find out if the meat is cooked or not and have peace of mind that the food is safe for you and your loved ones to eat. If you want to really splash out you could even invest in a digital probe which will provide a specific temperature reading as well as having the ability to change the setting to suit the meat you are testing.


Drum Chimney

One of the biggest issues faced by those who use a coal BBQ would have to be being able to actually light it, all too often do we see people struggling to get the BBQ hot enough so they end up quitting and taking the food inside. This no longer has to be an issue thanks to the drum chimney, this great gift option is a real lifesaver. Simply layer coals, firefighters, and some form of kindling inside the chimney and leave it to burn for around half an hour, the compact metal tube increases the amount of heat generated and lights your coals every time without fail.


Branding Tool

 The final gift on this list would have to be a branding tool, nothing looks better than being able to complete your delicious steak with a personalized message thanks to this amazing gift – a BBQ branding tool. Once you have put together your desired message simply heat up the tool over the hot BBQ tools and then place it onto your meat.

The Importance of Regularly Cleaning Your Oven Interior

The Importance of Regularly Cleaning Your Oven Interior

We all know how important it is to clean our kitchens after cooking. There can be sauce splashes on counters, crumbs, bacteria from raw meat. A thorough clean makes it all look tidy and ready to use again. But what about our ovens? These are also a regularly used part of our kitchen, but one that often can get overlooked in the cleaning process.


Why is it so important to clean your ovens?

As much as most germs are killed at high temperatures, some can survive these and linger in your oven interior. These germs are then passed on to the other foods you cook in there and will multiply, which could be detrimental to the health of both you and your family. There could also be small bits of food and debris which will continue to cook each time your oven is used, and this could cause a build-up of smoke inside your oven when using it.

Taking the shelves out and regularly wiping them down will help stop the spread of these germs, and you can quite simply clean these in the sink with a bit of elbow grease. But for a build-up of grease, such as what you might see on the door of an oven, an oven cleaner would be the best thing to use for this. If you are regularly cleaning out your oven, however, you may get away without an oven cleaner for a while, but if you do have one dont use oven cleaner on your countertop as this is a highly abrasive formula and could potentially damage them quite badly. Some kitchen cleaners are interchangeable but this isn’t, so be careful when using it!

The Correct Way to Diet: Why Starvation is Lethal

There is a common misconception that dieting can be done by not eating and this really isn’t the case, not only is this method dangerous for your health but it is ineffective as you will find that the weight returns once you start eating again. Rather than resorting to starvation as a way to lose weight, there are many other lifestyle changes you can make to help you lose weight whilst retaining your health and mental state. Losing weight can be very daunting but with a few changes to how you eat you should start to see the weight fall off in no time, it also important to remember the hundreds of weight and health services that are out there to help you if you are unsure or nervous about getting started.


Having a Balanced Diet

Sticking to a balanced diet is easier said than done, with plenty of fad diets and weight loss schemes out there it can be easy to turn to one of the commercial methods without trying to do it yourself first. A balanced diet doesn’t just consist of eating fruits and vegetables which will put a lot of people off trying. Having a balanced diet basically means that unhealthy foods are allowed just in moderation and with a healthy diet plan, the key thing to remember is that the unhealthy foods in your diet should be treated as a reward for sticking to a health plan or even doing exercise. Using tactics such as this in order to help lose weight is much more likely to work than a plan which changes your whole diet. Going from eating on a regular basis to not at all is a totally unsafe way to try and lose weight and has been scientifically proven to have a negative effect on your mental health.



Regular exercise alongside a healthy diet is one of the most effective ways in which you can lose weight without having to sacrifice the foods you love, with a proper workout routine you will find that you can still indulge in treat foods using them as a reward for a milestone you have reached in your diet plan. Exercise may seem daunting to those who are not experienced but it is not all about getting a  gym membership or seeing a personal trainer. Doing exercise can be as little or as much as you see fit with many people choosing to implement daily walks or using home videos to fit in a small amount of exercise into their daily lifestyle.


Exercise should be done alongside a balanced diet in order to see the effects and lose weight quickly, if you were to ensure you did as little as half an hour of exercise a day paired with nutritionally balanced meals you will find that you’ll lose weight in a  safe and controlled way which is much better than trying to starvation. There are many resources available online that detail how to pair foods to lose more weight with a simple daily exercise regime.


Portion Control

There is a significant difference between reducing portions in a controlled manner and not eating at all, portion control is a great way to help lose weight whilst ensuring your body gets all of the nutrients it needs to thrive. For someone who is just getting started in reducing their portion size in order to lose weight, I would recommend that you invest in a calorie counting application, calorie counting apps are available at a very affordable price and are a great way to look at what the recommended serving sizes of your meals are. Using portion control doesn’t mean that you are going to be hungry at dinner time as there are foods of which you can eat as much as you want, it is only really the unhealthier foods that you need to track the portion size off as fruits and vegetables are only going to help you lose the weight. For your daily meals, it would be recommended to limit the amount of high sugar and fat products you consume and replace these with healthier alternatives that will do your body the world of good.

The Insider Secrets to Earning a Michelin Star

The Insider Secrets to Earning a Michelin Star

If you are or even know someone that owns a restaurant, you will know that one of the main goals of setting up an establishment is earning the coveted Michelin Star. Having a Michelin star is a good indication of the quality of service and food that a restaurant offers and so it is no wonder why so many restaurant owners do all that they can in order to earn one. However, they don’t just hand out Michelin Stars to anyone that asks for them and some restaurant owners don’t even know where to start the earning process. Here are our insider secrets to earning that desired Michelin star that you may be able to implement in your business.


Stand Out

As previously stated, they aren’t just handing out Michelin stars to anyone who desires one. Due to the sheer overpopulation of the restaurant industry, it would be impossible for them to check out every single restaurant that is operating right now and so your business really needs to stand out.  Make sure that you are doing something that nobody in your area is. If your local area is well known Italian food and you are deciding to open an Italian restaurant, you may easily be lost among the crowd. Because of this, you need to find some sort of USP that makes you stand out from the rest, like a signature dish or special cooking technique. Be sure to do some market research and even go eat at some of your competitors so that you can get an idea of what you need to do to stand out.



Receiving a Michelin star demands excellence in several areas, one of these areas being the atmosphere that you offer your customers. You want to make sure that the decor that you have within your restaurant perfectly complements the food that you have on offer. This is something that people are quick to overlook and so miss out on Michelin stars, even when they have excellent food on offer.  The atmosphere doesn’t just apply to the inside of your restaurant, you also have to make sure the area surrounding your restaurant is up to scratch. This may seem a bit overkill, but it really is that much of a strict process. Make sure that the entrance of your restaurant is presentable and clean, but also make sure that other areas- like where you keep your bins, are also clean and tidy. This will not only impress the people deciding whether or not you earn your star, but it will also lead to more positive pest control results in your monthly review as vermin will be less attracted to your restaurant.



Another aspect of your restaurant that is penalized when taking part in the Michelin star process is your service. People aren’t going to want to attend a restaurant that offers poor service and so it is crucial that all of your staff are trained to adhere to the high standards that are kept by other Michelin star restaurants. If you are unsure of how to do this, then it may be worth visiting a restaurant that has already earned a Michelin star as they will be a good example of the right way to interact with customers. If you don’t feel up for the job of training your staff yourself, there are also specialist services available that will do that part for you.


No matter what you decide to do, make sure that you are fully prepared for the process of gaining a star as you won’t have many chances.