We are obsessed with saving time and finding shortcuts while NEVER compromising on flavour. After years of trawling the interwebs and boring our friends to death, we finally hit on a brand new group to unleash our need for tips upon: food bloggers. These foodie experts are masters of their kitchens, putting out amazing food every day of the week, and presumably doing most of the washing up afterwards – who better to give us their essential time saving tips?
This week, we chat to Rosanne Hewitt-Cromwell of Like Mam Used To Bake. Rosanne is a cookbook author and fantastically successful food blogger who is at her most delighted when “feeding people to the point of bursting”. She’s a lovely girl, and her are her top tips for time-saving in the kitchen:
“Cook double batches of food that freezes well and freeze half, it will take you the same amount of time to cook but means you have a meal ready to go for a night that you don’t have time (or energy) to cook. Get into the habit of doing this and you will have a stockpile of ’emergency’ meals waiting in the freezer.”
‘One pot’ meals are a favourite of mine, not only do they cut down on washing up but they also free up time spent standing over the cooker. Prep all of the components, pop them into a pot/roasting dish and then just leave them to do their thing. I find this great for cooking a lazy roast chicken dinner as a weeknight treat.”
“Learn a couple of simple baking recipes for days that you would like the luxury of a homemade dessert without a lot of faffing. A Madeira cake is one of the easiest to mix up and can be transformed with the addition of some cocoa powder, citrus zest or grated apple for variety. My go-to quick fix dessert is a Pavlova, I can have it in the oven in minutes and it never fails to impress.”