They say a bad workman always blames his (or her) tools, but there is some truth in the matter. Talent can only carry you so far – you need the right tools for the job in order to push the boundaries into something exceptional. The kitchen is no different – you might be the best at distinguishing thyme from rosemary, and you might know your Julienne from your batons, but without the best tools, it’s tricky to elevate your cooking to the next level.

Here are five kitchen essentials that no budding chef should ever be without.

5 Kitchen Essentials for budding chefs

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It’s a good idea to get your children involved in managing the home while they’re still young. But this isn’t about making them do the housework as some kind of punishment. It can be made fun and interesting for them if you take the right kind of approach. In fact, there are some tasks around the home that always offer great ways to have family fun. So, get them started early, and show them that helping around the home doesn’t have to be a chore.

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I won these beautiful boxes of asparagus with @GrownWithLove on Twitter last week. It might sound strange to some of you, but I have never tried asparagus before so this is an ideal chance for me to discover what it’s all about. They look very beautiful and fresh.
           
I have been reading up on what asparagus actually is and how can it benefit you. 

Apparently asparagus is a spring vegetable and only the young shoots are eaten before the buds start to open otherwise they turn woody.
Asparagus is very low in calories and low in sodium. It contains lots of vitamins and minerals like calcium, zinc, vitamin C and vitamin E.
                     
Here are 7 Hints and Tips on what you can do with asparagus and would like to try out for myself:
  1. Grilled asparagus with dill butter and a sprinkling of Parmesan – perfect for a side vegetable dish with fish.
  2. Asparagus risotto 
  3. Cornish Mackerel with asparagus and grapefuit 
  4. The classic poached egg on roasted asparagus with chorizo – perfect for a starter.
  5. Salmon and asparagus terrine – ideal for a nibble on some oat cakes
  6. Asparagus smoothies with spinach, apple and melon – a great refreshing snack after a work out
  7. Fresh asparagus soup with a light seasoning of salt and black pepper – superb for a light spring lunch with some crusty white bread

What are your favourite asparagus recipes? I would love to hear all about them.
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Rachel xx

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