Here are some extremely easy cheffy hacks for you to get your teeth into. Why not give them a go?
Picture the scene: it’s Wednesday evening, you’ve had a long day at work and you’re on autopilot preparing your jacket potato. Then out of nowhere, inspiration strikes. How about adding a quick spicy rub to the skin with a few store cupboard spices before putting it in the oven? Pretty crazy, huh? Give these a go...
You can give an elegant and extra creamy finish to any soup by swirling a little fresh cream into it and sprinkling it with some chopped fresh parsley.
2. Oven chips
Before baking, give the chips a misting of olive oil spray and a sprinkling of paprika.
3. Roast chicken
Sprinkle the oiled or buttered chicken with basic mixed herbs before roasting for an aromatic result.
4. Jacket potatoes
Try coating the oiled skins with a ready-made spicy rub before baking. You can make your own rub by mixing together paprika, salt and pepper, coriander, onion powder and garlic powder. Experiment with different combinations: rubs are great on meat, chicken or fish, too.
5. Fish fingers
Turn fish fingers into a posh lunch by serving them in crusty bread with tartare sauce and ketchup for a very trendy sandwich.
Drizzle your choice of olive oil over pizza before baking for a more authentic pizzeria finish.
7. Mashed potato
Stir in a handful of grated cheddar, a drizzle of olive oil or a spoonful of Dijon mustard to change it up a little.
Top burgers with a slice of roquefort or other blue cheese for extra tang.
Sprinkle salad with a handful of sesame seeds or a bag of croutons just before serving for added texture and crunch.
Add a little desiccated coconut and some lime zest rice to serve with curry.
11. Rice pudding
Instead of the traditional jam, liven up rice pudding with some squeezy chocolate sauce or maple syrup.
12. Iced cupcakes
Just before serving, add a new dimension to iced cupcakes by sprinkling them with popping candy.
Add a dollop of ready-made caramel from a tin to a carton ready-to-eat custard to go with sponge puddings, apple pie or crumble.
Pretty up a standard trifle with a sprinkling strawberries or raspberries.
15. Ice cream
Give vanilla, chocolate or coffee ice cream a very posh lift with a drizzle of amaretto liqueur, or a shot of espresso coffee and some crushed amaretti biscuits.
16. Apple crumble
Add a handful of crushed, mixed nuts to the crumble topping for an extra dimension of flavour and crunch.