1. Beginners guide to use leftovers

    In the age of convenience it’s easy to forget things. Until you’re faced with some unknown horror in the back of your refrigerator. Some unidentifiable something or other that has evolved into another life form. The Leftovers. Sometimes you buy food with the intention of making something in particular which gets postponed and then it goes bad; or you didn’t need all of what you bought. If there is a supermarket out there that sells celery by the stalk or…

  2. How to store gluten free products

    There are plenty of people who eat gluten free, for plenty of different reasons. Whatever your reason is you certainly don’t go to the trouble or making or buying the gluten free products only to have them contaminated with glutens. Especially if you actually have someone in your family with a gluten intolerance Celiac Disease. These poor gluten free souls can get so sick from something as simple as cutting bread on the same cutting board. The cross contamination could send a…

  3. What’s ‘in’ this autumn

    With fashion week drawing near many of us are anxious to see the showcase of new trends from emerging artists and designers all over the world. The most classic and cutting edge of all fall collections however, comes from Nature. Her bold colour palate never fails to impress even the most cynical among us. Besides the changing of the leaves a lot more goes on in the autumn showcase, that we don’t even realise. With every changing season her new…

  4. Best way of storing fresh fish

    Nothing beats eating fresh fish; but did you know that fresh fish, properly prepared and packaged will last in the freezer for up to and exceeding two years? Here is how. Step 1: Get your hands on some good fish. Pro tip: Buy your fish from a specialist. They will have handled it with the upmost care and respect up to and including point of purchase. Intermediate pro tip: Don’t be tricked into buying garbage fish. If you find a…

  5. Next level picnicking with Vacuvita

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    Ever wanted to go on a picnic with a friend, your partner or loved one? Painstakingly you’ve planed a meal and thoughtfully placed it into little plastic boxes, stacked and transported everything to the perfect spot. The place with the perfect view over the park and the fountain, were you plan to eat a nice meal and watch the sunset and fireworks. Or it was a beautiful sunny day when you wanted to hit the beach? You planned and packed…

  6. Matcha tea and how to keep it fresh

    Matcha is a finely ground powder of specially grown and processed green tea leaves. The green tea plants for Matcha are shade-grown for three weeks before harvest and the stems and veins are removed. During shaded growth, the plant Camellia produces more theanine and caffeine accounting for the calm energy people feel from drinking it. Matcha has come to the forefront recently for its many health benefits and we thought we’d explore a few, so why not make yourself a…

  7. How to make a good espresso

    Recently people have entered the realm of ‘coffee elitism.’ Like micro breweries coffee shops have been popping up all over the place, each one like the next claiming to have the best melanges and brews, whether you like fruity aromas or something seriously dark and menacing, everyone has their favorites. Some people have even gone ‘coffee alchemist’ ordering beans from around the world creating and roasting their own blends at home. But do you know what it takes to make…

  8. Sophisticated French macarons in easy steps

    macarons recipe vacuvita

    French macarons are delicate weightless cookies with a crunchy exterior which gives way to a sticky, chewy texture in your mouth and can be filled with anything from frosting and caramel to curd and ganache. They are delicious and at €2 a piece they are pricey but they are worth it. Just on the off chance though that you wanted to try your hand at a centuries old patisserie technique though, we’ve done the honour of finding you a nice…

  9. How to store caviar

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    Caviar is one of the most luxurious foods in the world. It is acquired from fish with the best one coming from sturgeon. The eggs are harvested from mature fish, no less than 10 years old, intercepted, on their way up river to spawn. The most expensive caviar ever harvested what was said to have been from a 100 year old fish and that her eggs sold for no less than $1000 an ounce. This is food to be savoured!…

  10. Vacuvita Chef: Easy Pavlova for summer days

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    Question: What do you do with the egg whites that remain after you make mayonnaise? Answer: FREEZE THEM! Yeah, they can be frozen as already discussed in a previous blog. And when you get many, it is time for a delicious cake. Bake a Pavlova! Preparation: Bring 10 egg whites to room temperature and beat until stiff. Gradually add in 200g of powder sugar and 15ml of lemon juice and mix until the meringue becomes glossy. To form the meringue,…