Cook’s tips

Cook with less fat, keep fish fresh, check out a sparkling drink and quick brekkie ideas, all from our food edi­tor Ali­son Roberts

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TEFAL POWER GRILL!

De­signed to be used at your din­ing ta­ble – whether it be in­side or out­side – the

Tefal Power Grill is a great way to bring the fam­ily to­gether to cook and eat. The grill heats up quickly and fea­tures a large 2-in-1 sur­face, half be­ing a grill plate and the other half a flat plate. This al­lows you to cook a va­ri­ety of in­gre­di­ents at the same time. The non-stick grilling plate elim­i­nates the need for ad­di­tional fats or oils dur­ing the cook­ing process. Avail­able from Myer, The Good Guys, Bing Lee, JB Hi-Fi and David Jones,

$249.95.

Get­ting fishy

Fish is a great source of pro­tein, zinc, io­dine and omega 3 fatty acids and should be con­sumed at least twice a week. Fresh is al­ways a great choice as you can be sure that noth­ing has been added. How­ever, canned va­ri­eties are also a good op­tion to have on hand, plus they are cheap and make an easy mid-week lunch!

When choos­ing canned va­ri­eties, opt for those canned in spring wa­ter rather than brine; or if you pre­fer the flavoured op­tions, drain off the ex­cess oil be­fore con­sum­ing. If buy­ing fresh fish from your lo­cal fish shop or su­per­mar­ket, make sure to ask if the fish is fresh or has been frozen (they quite of­ten will write this next to the name of the fish and price, but if they don’t, make sure to check).

Ei­ther are fine to use, but if the fish was frozen and has been de­frosted, or is sold frozen, you can’t then re-freeze it, you need to con­sume it within 1-2 days. If buy­ing fresh fish it can ei­ther be con­sumed within 1-2 days or placed in a re­seal­able freezer bag. Ex­pel any air and la­bel, date and freeze for up to 3 months. Make sure when de­frost­ing to place it on a plate in the fridge overnight to de­frost, not left out on the bench.

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