Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Chef Tips: How to Improve your Culinary Habits One Step at a Time

Tips from a Celebrity Chef

Many chefs advocate a healthy diet above all else, but few more so than myself - Craig Higgins. With a wealth of experience in some of the best restaurants in the world, it’s well worth listening to these tips on how to make your life and your palette healthier.

How many of you make new year’s resolutions regarding your diet? Whether it’s simply to cut down on fast food, or to take on a strict regimen of healthy eating; few of us manage to stick to it until Spring. A lot of our palette is learned as a child and the variety of flavours and textures we are fed determines some of our basic loves and hates. However, the palette has a way of changing over time, allowing us to expand our use of flavour with age.

If you think of a bag of dry pine nuts when you think of health foods, you’re on the wrong track. It’s easier to think of healthy eating as a normal diet in the past; before being bombarded by takeaways and fast food adverts on every street. Remove these temptations, train yourself to avoid them and already you’re making steps towards healthier habits.

The time we spend in the supermarket ultimately determines what we eat for the whole week. Our shopping habits are hard to change, this is a fact. All too easily we go on autopilot up and down the same aisles simply replacing what we had last week. Obviously, if you made some unhealthy choices last week, this cycle will repeat itself. What I find helpful is to take recipe ideas with me. That way I have a target and my basket is different every week. A great addition to your regular kitchen habits may be as simple as making a smoothie every day. It doesn’t have to be huge, just throw some fruit and juice into your mixer and get it down you! Your body will thank you for it. To find out more about me, Craig Higgins chef click here.

Spending a large part of his year abroad in locations such as Hong Kong and Zambia, Chef Craig Higgins and his work with Lady Monika Bacardi here and how he uses his extensive experience to create vibrant new menus showcasing the best of African cuisine. Craig is the author of Elephant in the Kitchen, a book exploring the tastes of Africa. If you’d like to find out more, find him on the Foot & Home Channel.