Handy tools for foodies

Food, glorious food! With countless flavours and varieties, food really is one of the simple pleasures in life. There are those among us who take food more seriously than others, seeking out new and unusual cuisine, gourmet ingredients and go-to recipes to enrich our dining experience. Whether you’re an experienced chef or a newbie looking for some new tastes, “foodie” culture is a fun way to try new things, and you can even use it to take your next social gathering to the next level.

To help you take your taste buds on a journey, we’ve found five handy tools and resources for new and experienced foodies alike. Hopefully we can get you inspired and planning your next dish!


Find a farmer’s market

The key to good cooking is good ingredients, and when it comes to fresh produce and other goods such as bread, meat, honey, sauces and more, a farmer’s market just can’t be beat. If you haven’t checked out your local farmer’s market yet, now’s the time! The Australian Farmer’s Market Association has a handy Markets Directory that will help you look up the location of farmers markets in your area. Go taste the difference for yourself!


Expand your recipe horizons

When it comes to a collection of gorgeously presented recipes, you can’t go past Gourmet Traveller Magazine. As well as recommendations for dining hotspots around the globe, their online recipes will no doubt have your mouth watering. Catering to a range of skill levels, the collection has something for everyone, even those following a vegetarian or vegan diet. Some of our favourites include the Chocolate Tart, Beef Wellington, Grilled Bean Salad and Baked Sweet Potatoes with Goat’s Cheese. Yum!


Don’t let allergies hold you back

Picture this: you’ve found a mouth-watering recipe and you read through the ingredients only to discover that the recipe calls for tree nuts, which could kill you. Or perhaps a guest at your next dinner party has Coeliac disease, so the meal needs to be gluten free. Food allergies and intolerances are serious business, but you can work around them. Food Allergy Training has free, online resources that were developed with food service staff in mind, but knowledge is power, and there’s nothing stopping you from using this information to aid your own private cooking endeavours. For example, their Food Allergy Ingredient Substitution Tool contains a list of suitable substitutes, plus things to watch out for if diners are allergic to more than one thing.


Who needs specialty tools?

While we’re on the subject of substitutions, let’s talk about kitchen gadgets. The longer you proclaim yourself to be a foodie, the likelihood of receiving specialty cooking tools as gifts from friends and family increases. For beginners and casual cooks, however, it’s likely that you’ll come across a recipe that calls for a fancy gadget that you just don’t have. After all, how many typical households these days have a meat tenderiser, egg separator, fruit juicer or vacuum sealer? You’ll find some easy-peasy substitutions for these tools and more over on Wonder How To.


Learn a new technique

Cooking takes time to learn, and while it won’t take long to get your head around how to pan fry or set the oven to the right temperature, there are dozens upon dozens of other culinary techniques that need a bit more practice. If you’re looking to add a new skill to your repertoire (or even just master the basics) then you may be interested in the online food classes available on Instructables. At the moment, there are six free classes to choose from with quality learning materials put together by experts: bread making, pasta making, cooking basics, meat, canning and preserving, and the science of baking.


Bon appétit!

Do you have a foodie tip for us? Share it in the comments.


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  1. Julie Hoffmann says:

    I have been an extremely happy customer of iiNet for about 10 years and neber had a problem resolving a problem!.
    I have also never checked out what else was on offer and just today found recipes, how to’s etc. Apologies here but also noticed that in the menu below ‘Opinions’ is spelled with 2 ‘i’ … sorry I just always notice these things.
    So I have a query.. in all of the information on the website for iiNet and Westnet do you offer a reward system of some type?.
    Thank you iiNet, will now have a wander around this food section (love cooking shows!).
    Hope all well, many thanks

  2. Bruce says:

    No rewards and after 23 years+ with Nestpace, the prices simply continue to rise.

    • Leo Yarnold says:

      Hi Bruce,

      You’re always welcome to speak to our team about what we may be able to offer you. You’re more than welcome to make contact with us via with your details and we can arrange for our team to give you a call to have a chat.

      – Leo