These expert tips will help you achieve the perfect balance of flavours.
The Roo Sisters

29 Apr 2013 - 5:28 PM  UPDATED 6 Sep 2013 - 9:31 AM

Use your nut

When buying nuts, choose a seller you know has a high turnover and stores their produce in cool conditions. Heat will spoil fresh nuts by turning their volatile oils rancid.

Herb sense

Coriander and parsley will keep longer if stored upright in the fridge in a glass containing 1–2 cm water and covered with a plastic bag. To ensure dried mint packs a refreshing punch, buy in small quantities from a vendor you know has a high turnover.

Baking bread

If you want to make Afghan or other naan-style breads and don’t have a traditional clay tannur or wood-fired oven, try using a wide pizza stone placed in the bottom of a cold oven, then turn the oven on to maximum heat. Electric pizza ovens, available from homeware stores, will do the job too.