Jorvik Medieval Festival

I was just about to walk down the aisle and this urgency to become a better cook just couldn’t wait. I was in the beginning phase of my cooking classes when I realized that the knives in my kitchen weren’t exactly what I needed to make my learning experience worthwhile. Even my tutor recommended that I purchase one of these kitchen knives sets. According to her, I couldn’t afford missing out the benefits of having not only a sharp knife but also one whose ergonomic is guaranteed. Seeing there wasn’t a way out, I started shopping for the  in the market.

kitchen knives set

Since I was doing it for the first time, my search was full of confusion and endless doubts. However, I eventually figured it out and managed to purchase several knives – of course at varying times. I have taken the initiative to extend a little help, or advice, to make your kitchen knife shopping experience less challenging.

Chef Knife – My budget

How much money are you willing and ready to spend on a good kitchen knife? One of the shocking things that you will come to terms with is the fact that this type of knives can be more expensive than the usual ones. Thankfully, it is not impossible to not find a knife that matches your budget. Having a pre-determined budget came in handy when it came to narrowing down the search.

8 – The magic number!

Look for an 8” knife – it works for the majority of people, including myself. The ratio of mass to the usable cutting surface makes this size more appropriate. For some people, this length might feel either too long, or too heavy. I have a friend whose cooking quarters are tight causing him to choose an inch less. While smaller ones might work for some cooks, a knife that measures more than 8” isn’t necessarily a better alternative. Regardless, when all is said and done, it all boils down to personal preferences. I am just pointing out what has worked for me so far.

Steel kitchen knife

There are many different types of steel, but I choose to focus on stainless and carbon. I have a firsthand experience with both kinds, but my personal favorite is carbon steel. At its sharpest point, my carbon steel knife is quite sharper than the stainless one, and it remains that way for longer. It has its downsides, though. I have to remember to dry it thoroughly, and sometimes oil it after using failure to which I have to deal with a rusted or discolored knife. A lot of commitment is needed I must say. If you are looking for a knife that doesn’t demand a lot of attention, choose a high-quality stainless steel knife. It serves me well as well.

The Knife Handle

Your choice of knife’s handle should be dependent on some factors. During my search, I always look for a handle that promises not only durability but also a good grip. No wonder most of my chef knives have composite handles. If you are only concerned about a superior grip, especially in wet conditions, rubber and textured handles are a good fit. On the other hand, if you care about durability and aesthetics above everything else, wood and metal handles are the best.

My own experiences with masticating juicers

Okay I admit it, I have been what you might call a bit of a juicing addict for the past decade and a half! However, you do have to admit that as far as addictions go, mine is about as healthy an addiction that you can get. One thing I have learned in that time, is that if you want the best quality juice, you should be using a masticating juicer rather than any other type. Why? because the slower ‘chewing’ like process leads to more juice yield and protects all of the valuable nutrients and vitamins which would otherwise be destroyed in centrifugal juicers. Additionally, the juice is fresher and can be kept for up to 72 hours in the fridge and I personally find them easier to clean.


So anyway, I thought I would share my own experiences with masticating juicers and let you know which i feel are the best masticating juicers I’ve used throughout my lifetime. I have limited this to just three as I am sure you would not want to read for hours on end as I describe each and every one I have owned or tested.

The Omega J Series J8003, J8004, J8005, and J8006

I have had every single one of these at some point but and have gifted them to different family members as I have upgraded each time. I have stuck with the J8006 though as it is definitely the best of the lot. This is not to say that the rest are not excellent masticating juicers, they are all fantastic in fact, but the J8006 in my view is the complete package and the one right at the pinnacle of this series.

masticating juicer

I would say that as a complete package the Omega J8006 one of the best masticating juicers that I’ve used and probably the very best. There are a couple that I might admit perform a little better at juicing but they are normally a lot more expensive, do not offer a great 15 year warranty like Omega does, and are not as easy to clean.

The auger in this model runs at an ideal 80 RPMs which means that the juice you get does not oxidize and the nutrients and vitamins are perfectly intact due to very little heat being generated when juicing. This slow juicing makes it ideal for denser foods that centrifugal juicers may struggle with and it also means that you will extract more juice from anything that you place inside it.

What I like most about the Omega J range is the fact that it can be used for other purposes other than just being a juicer. Its versatility allows it to make things like nut butters, baby food, and even frozen fruit sorbets. For a complete package I would definitely have the J006 at the very top when it comes to the best masticating juicers I’ve used.

Champion 2000 Commercial Juicer


The Champion 2000 was the first juicer I ever bought and is the reason my juicing addiction was able to grow into what it is today. As a newbie I guess I got very lucky with my first choice, as boy did I love that machine! I guess it speaks volumes that this juicer (which has been available for decades) is still regarded as one of the top masticating juicers after so many years. What you get with this model is an excellent yield of juice that is produced quite quickly compared to others, its extremely easy to clean, and is built to last.

I have kept this one as backup for my Omega J8006 though I doubt I will ever need to use it again. More than that I guess I have kept it for sentimental reasons rather than selling it or giving it away to family members as it was my first love.

It retails at about the same price as the J8006 and while it is great for juicing, it does not quite have the versatility as its replacement in my kitchen. What I would say about this model is that the quality of build just about edges out the J8006 if the aesthetics of it does not quite match. There are reports of this juicer still going well from customers who have had them for 20+ years.

Green Star GS-1000

greenstar masticating juicer

Another very good masticating juicer on the market is that of the Green Star GS-1000. I admit that I have not had as much experience with this one as with the other two I have mentioned. Work commitments meant that I had to temporarily relocate for a few months and rather stupidly forgot to bring my then Champion juicer. Rather than getting it shipped to me I decided to use it as an opportunity to test another one and went for the Green Star.

Thankfully, I made another good choice as it served me very well. It is a bit cheaper than the two above as I obviously did not want to blow too much on something that was probably only going to be temporary. For that reason I expected it to not be as good but to be honest I was shocked that it pretty much matched the Champion in quality of juice and was actually a bit more effective at getting through tougher vegetables than my machine at home.

There have been complaints about the amount of cleaning needed for this model but I have always said that once you get used to it, it really is not so bad. Yes, it might be a shock to the system the first time around but once you get into a routine and sort out the process, you can have it done quite quickly. The amount of additional work compared to other masticating juicers is simply down to this one having more parts that need to be removed, cleaned, and then put back.

Personally, it was the 5 year warranty and the lower quality build that puts it as my third favorite rather than any higher. Sure, its cheaper and does what it does very well, its just that I prefer my appliances to look and feel more durable. I would certainly recommend this to people who are looking to get into juicing for the first time and will not be overworking it.

Well there you have it, my top 3 list of the best masticating juicers I’ve used. I have been juicing for some considerable time now and have had the opportunity to use and test out many others from time to time but the three above hold a place in my heart for different reasons. I do hope that I have helped at least some of you in forming an informed opinion on which masticating juicers would be the best to purchase.

There are many ways of preparing a delicious restaurant-quality meal without having to misuse all your cookware. You can go ahead and read a thousand of stainless steel cookware reviews 2017 and find something you’re looking for. Trust me, it’s never boring reading cookware reviews, but not all reviews cater to professional 5-star kitchens. So here’s a taste of what 5-star chefs use in their kitchen.


One of the best pans I will recommend to all professional chefs is the All Clad 4403 Stainless Steel Tri-Ply Sauté Pan. Available with a large 18/10 stainless steel interior, this stainless steel Sauté pan is capable of cooking a variety of different meals without running out of space. This Sauté pan pre-heats quite fast thanks to the three-layer construction that includes a thin aluminum core in-between two stainless steel layers.

When it comes to cooking your favorite foods, there’s nothing to worry about because the All Clad 4403 Stainless Steel Tri-Ply Sauté Pan does everything for you. The walls of this pan are longer as compared to an ordinary pan while the long riveted handle and the dedicated steel lid work together to make sure that the cooking procedure is smooth and more simplified. As we conclude, let me say that this Sauté Pan has a light weight of 4 pounds making it very easy to stir food when cooking on the stove or in the oven.


This Sauté Pan allows you to turn food without spilling off to the stove top. The riveted handle and the easy grip-loop handle provide maximum stability to this pan when cooking. The dedicated lid retains heat inside the pan to allow for fast and even cooking of your food. The aluminum core allows for an excellent heat transfer throughout the pan when cooking. The stainless steel material means that this Sauté Pan doesn’t react with your food. This pan is lightweight and dishwasher safe.


The inside of this Sauté Pan is not non-stick. Most of the food that’s cooked sticks to the inner walls but since it’s dishwasher safe, I think this setback is not a real issue. Although the handle is long, it’s quite thin making it hard to hold when cooking.There are many ways of preparing a delicious restaurant-quality meal without having to misuse all your cookware. One way of doing this is through using a Sauté pan. One of the best pans I will recommend to all professional chefs is the All Clad 4403 Stainless Steel Tri-Ply Sauté Pan.

A Divine Breakfast Recipe To Try!

3 ripe tomatoes
2 roasted red peppers from a jar
4 spring onions
½–1 lime
extra virgin olive oil
1 x 400 g tin of black beans
olive oil
8 small flour or corn tortillas
4 large free-range eggs
1 knob of butter

Make a fast and simple salsa by chopping the tomatoes, peppers and spring onions together on a big board. Squeeze over the juice from half a lime, drizzle with extra virgin olive oil and season, then use the knife to chop and mix it all together. Taste and add more lime juice if needed. Drain and pour the black beans into a small saucepan, season, drizzle with olive oil and heat through gently. Meanwhile, heat a frying pan, toast the tortillas one at a time on both sides until charred, then keep warm under a clean tea towel or foil. Fry the eggs in a little butter and oil, keeping the yolks nice and soft. Pop 2 tortillas on each plate and top with beans, salsa and an egg. Serve with salsa verde fresco for a bit of attitude.


Way to improve overall health

Knowing More About Juicers and Juicing recipes is an excellent way to improve overall health. It is very simple to do and lets you get the goodness from massive amounts of fruit and vegetables without having to eat your way through them. There are a lot of different effective juicers on the market, so it is worth doing your research before you buy.

How Do You Choose A Juicer ?

When you are choosing a juicer, then you should decide what kind of juice you will be doing. There are high-speed centrifugal juicers that are very efficient at juicing fruit and vegetables. They can eject the pulp quickly and neatly into a collection container, and you will not have to keep stopping to unclog them or empty out the pulp.

Various of the elements are dishwasher safe and are easy to clean. They are pretty economical as they extract a lot of juice and leave petite waste. It is wise to look at whatever juicer you are thinking of buying to see how easy it is to clean as some can be very fiddly.

Types Of Juicing Supplies

If you are intending juicing wheat grass, then you will need to get one of the best masticating juicers. The centrifugal machines cannot process wheat grass or leafy vegetables such as spinach and kale. A masticating machine can make living juices, which is where there is the preservation of while being juiced.

You can juice just approximately any blend of fruits and vegetables, but some good ones to try to include a mixture of fennel, red pepper, apple, and carrots. That is excellent for detoxification and as an energy boost. The fennel will make it taste slightly of aniseed which is pleasant and sweet.

A Simple Juicing Recipe To Try Out

A very simple recipe is just to juice carrots, apples, celery, and cucumber. That is a very refreshing combination that will also boost your immune system. You could also add a small amount of ginger to the mix to give it a bit of zing, but take care as it can be very potent. Obtaining about how to acquire juicers and the best juicing methods can give your wellness a tremendous boost.

An espresso machine is supposed to gift you with the ability to produce high end coffee with just the touch of a button. It has to be quick and easy. The best automatic espresso machine will allow you to enjoy a cup of coffee any time of the day without failure. Being recommended by countless blogs and websites such as bisuzs coffee, this espresso machine is a treat in itself. The best espresso machine is none other than the Nespresso Citiz that comes with the special Aeroccino Milk Frother.

Imagine never having to step into a coffee shop in the morning and just having your favourite flavour at home still in your pajamas. Plus, you even get to avoid the rude barista that never gets your complicated order right and snaps at everyone in the morning. It’s not your fault that you prefer almond milk or soy milk over non-fat milk.

How Much Do You Have To Spend?

For an automatic machine, it is quite expensive but totally worth it. The price on the market is 350 dollars and it comes with a 2 year warranty. You can get a cheap capsule espresso maker for 50 dollars. Since this machine comes with a built-in milk frother unlike the other bests.

Features To Be Grateful For

This small machine comes with a 19 pressure bar. This is the ideal pressure to have for total extraction of the coffee flavour. The minimum pressure bar you should look for is 15. It has a litre water reservoir that is detachable. You can’t necessarily see it since it is at the back of the machine. It’s easy to clean and if you have filtered water, it is advised to use it. You have the choice to brew a single or double shot and the best part is that you don’t have to often readjust your choice since it’s programmable.

Multipurpose Cup Tray

It has a cup try that allows you to use a big or small cup for your beverage. If it was me, I would always use a bigger cup. The cup try allows the coffee to drip into the cup without sloshing everywhere. You can actually pull out the cup tray which would reveal a removable dump box for the used coffee. It has a stainless steel drip tray. The power button is at the side of the machine so do not surround the machine with objects that might accidentally hit it.

Aero 3 Feature

The Aeroccino comes with two different types of whips which is specifically made for cappuccino and latte. The spring whip is for the cappuccino and the whip without the spring is for the latte. Do not misused it because the quality of the milk is super different. It sticks to the circle which is magnetised. You have the option to froth cold milk or hot milk. The Aeroccino also automatically shuts down once it’s done frothing. Unlike a semi automatic espresso machine, the Citiz allows you to brew and froth and the same time. A great invention that produces high quality brewed coffee in less than a minute.

Every time a new member joins our entertaining Book Club, we would host a Medieval-based potluck. If you love medieval fashion as well as food, you would certainly enjoy our potluck. The new mother that had joined us was very friendly and she made the most perfect Honey Mustard Glazed Gammon. Other dishes that were served at the potluck were Chardewardon (pear custard), Pottage of Turnips, Salmon Flatbread with Skagen Sauce and you can’t forget their famous Barley Porridge.

Since this a welcoming party, we always encourage mother to bring their children. We even organised children games to keep them entertained. We always hope that more mothers will be interested in joining our book club so stay tuned !

Chicken and Leek Pie

An historic recipe dating back to medieval Wales, Chicken and Leek Pie offers incredible, comforting flavors and simple luxury. This was elegant cuisine then and now.

Maids of Honour - Old English Tudor Cheesecakes

These are the forerunner of modern baked cheesecakes, and this recipe originates from one of the first documented versions of this recipe. Curd cheese was very popular as an ingredient for desserts many hundreds of years.
I always make these for afternoon tea - they are delightfully light and fragranced with delicate orange flower water or rose water. Use any dried fruits that you have available - I find a mixture of seedless raisins and chopped candied peel works very well.