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Handling Fish

If. like me, you can't stand the smell of fish on your hands, try using the very thin gloves supermarket workers wear when handling cheese, sliced meats, etc. You still have enough manipulation, but your hands don't suffer and you can throw the gloves away afterwards.

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Lemon Juice

If you're squeezing juice from a fresh lemon it's better to warm it slightly first - you get more juice that way.

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Saving Energy

Try to arrange your cooking/baking so that you have several items that can be cooked at the same temperature. It doesn't have to be for the same length of time, since you can put things in at different times - as long as you don't have a souffle in there!

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Your fridge

When you're preparing a meal or setting a table, try to remember everything you'll want from the fridge (make a list if necessary) and take them out together so that you don't have to keep opening and closing the fridge door and affecting the temperature inside.

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Flavour

Try cooking vegetables in a light stock instead of plain water: it makes them so much tastier.

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Fennel

Try frying fennel in a non-stick pan and judt before the end add a squeeze or two of lemon juice: combined with the aniseed taste it gives a wonderful flavour.

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Instant Stock

If you haven't got time to make 'real' stock, don't use a stock cube, because they go lumpy very quickly. Stock granules dissolve very easily, and you're good to go!

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Taking Time

If you can possibly spare the time DON'T get up from the table as soon as you've finished eating: it's really true that it takes time for your stomach to realise it's full. This will help you resist later temptations.

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Wrapping food

Some foods keep well in the fridge, but others, like hard cheeses, tend to dry out, so use clingfilm and an outer layer of foil to help to keep them fresh.

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Lemons

If a recipe calls for lemon zest AND juice, make sure you do the zesting first: the lemon can still be squeezed easily, but getting the zest from a squeezed lemon is quite hard!

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