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Couscous - the food so nice they named it twice

posted on Wednesday, September 27th 2017

Did you know that couscous is actually pasta? I kid you not. There are a number of couscous varieties, but at smak our favourite to use is Israeli couscous. When we first tried it, it was love at first…. bite! Israeli couscous, also known as pearl couscous, is a large ...

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My guide to understanding coffee - the good and the bad

posted on Monday, August 7th 2017

If you’re anything like me, you drink a lot of coffee. And by a lot, I mean a lot. You’ve probably also had your fair share of java that made you cringe and others that kept you going back for more.

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The many reasons why cooking in a bag is a good idea

posted on Monday, July 10th 2017

It may seem like an odd thing to do, but cooking in a bag is a pretty good idea and an often forgotten art. But, thanks to shows like Masterchef Australia, it has become increasingly popular the world over.

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What every cook needs to know about the five mother sauces

posted on Thursday, May 11th 2017

It would be difficult to find someone who didn’t agree that a good sauce can vastly improve even the simplest of meals. I adore sauce and basically built a career around making it when Katia and I started smak.

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How going gluten free changed my life

posted on Tuesday, May 2nd 2017

The truth is, I was not aware of special dietary requirements and food allergies until I opened smak. Sure, at college we were taught about various dietary specifications, but I didn’t realise how important it was until I began interacting with customers on a daily basis.

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What went wrong with your baking and how to fix it

posted on Thursday, April 20th 2017

I knew that food was always going to be a huge part of my life, and before smak was even a concept I had graduated from Prue Leith Cooking School and furthered my studies at ENSP pastry school in Yssingeaux, France . It was here that I had some of ...

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The art of sandwich making

posted on Friday, March 24th 2017

A look into the art of making the perfect sandwich with dos and don'ts you wouldn't normally think of

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Easy wine-pairing tips for everyday meals

posted on Wednesday, March 15th 2017

Easy wine-pairing tips for the home cook and everyday meals

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Don't know how to cook? Here are some Valentine's Day tricks for the perfect date night

posted on Friday, February 10th 2017

Tips and tricks on Valentine's Day for guys who can't cook

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Japanese food culture and how to cook with miso

posted on Thursday, January 5th 2017

Japanese food culture and how to cook with miso.