Busy lives both professional and social don’t really leave a lot of time for home cooking these days. If like me you like your food but increasingly find you have less time to prepare your meals the Executive Chef Neil Foster here at Fota Island Hotel Restaurants Cork has a few useful points to help out.

I’m not a big fan of ready meals and jars so I kept this in mind when I was asking Chef Neil Foster for pointers. I asked what I can do in the kitchen that would make life easier.

  1. Always have as wide a range of herbs and spices as possible to hand, these ingredients are essential to form a good base for your recipes. This is a great way to increase the flavour and taste of your meal with little effort. Just be sure to get it right with the spices 😛
  1. For quick, easy, and convenient cooking a wok is always handy to have around. It’s a great way to save on the washing up! Just be careful and get your timing right when adding your ingredients, its vital to add things at the right time for what ever tasty dish you’re cooking.
  1. Ensure to use cookery books that are within your cookery skill range. You need to build these skills over time like any other skills in life practice makes perfect. The cooks’ cookbook by Jill Norman is an excellent beginner’s cookbook to start you off.

If you have any questions or want any further information please ask and I’ll look into it for you.

John O’Connell