Cooking with Phil - Tips, Techniques and Knowledge

Grilling steak for Grand Finals
Here is the best way to grill your steak - especially for the grand finals! This is a New York cut Make sure that your steak is as close to room temperature as possible for even cooking and better browning (as opposed to steak just out of the fridge) Season the steak for flavour   Read More


Lamb Cutlets
The great thing about lamb cutlets are that, being small and quite thin, they cook very quickly They can be eaten as finger food as well. So lamb cutlets are quite versatile * Ensure that the meat is NOT straight out of the fridge. If they are close to room temperature they cook better * Seaso  Read More


Beef Bourguignon
This is one of the most traditional French dishes — FEEDS TWELVE TO SIXTEEN — INGREDIENTS 2 kg Diced chuck steak 700g Brown onion 800g Carrots 1 stick Celery 70g Plain flour 2L Beef St  Read More


Grilling steak
Start with a nice tender cut such as a scotch fillet or NY steak Make sure that the steak is as close to room temperature as possible Season the meat Whether it is the BBQ or a grill plate sitting on stove tops ensure that the heat is on high and oil the grill. The  Read More


Pan Frying Steak
Here are some tips to pan frying steak Ensure that the steak is not straight from the fridge Season the steak Put the pan on a high heat and add some oil. Once the oil is added. Bring to a high heat before adding the steak Once the steak is brown on one side turn over the o  Read More


sauce making skills - deglazing
Have you ever wondered how the professional chef creates such delicious sauces with your steaks? The process is called deglazing. Here is what the chef does and now you can do it in your own home! After the steaks have been pan fried and removed from the pan to rest, what you have left in the pan   Read More


Cooking your green vegetables
How to get the most out of cooking your green vegetables These days vegetables are recognised not only for their nutritional value, but for their flavour and eye appeal. so it is important that we understand how to cook vegetables and why we use that particular cooking process. When it comes to gr  Read More


Storing mince meat
Storing mince meat Mince meat gives you the opportunity to make hamburgers, meat balls, and bolognaise sauce. Therefore mince meat is very versatile. But to make sure that it is a safe product, just be aware that it is very perishable because once it is minced, it has a much larger surface area and is  Read More


Canola Oil or Olive Oil
What oils to use when you cook? You want to cook like a professional in your own home. Of course there is a lot of skill and knowledge needed but an important piece of knowledge is to know and understand which oils to use to cook with. As a creature of habit I have always used Canola oil. By all   Read More


Chicken feet - beef feet
Chicken feet, beef feet - not your favourite cup of tea??? This is a part of the animal that doesn't look very attractive but it is full of goodness!!!! Next time you are making soup, a braised dish/casserole, or stock add some chicken feet to the liquid in the long slow cooking process. of course  Read More