9 cooking skills you really need to master - and how to nail them

When it comes to cooking the most basic of foods - eggs, rice, pasta, you name it - it feels as if you should have already mastered how to cook them to perfection by now.

But as your pasta comes out soggy, your poached egg as hard as nails and your ‘fluffy’ rice looking more like rice pudding, it’s time to admit to yourself when you’ve still got a bit to learn.

Never fear - while they might take some practice, actually cooking the darned things need not be so hard if you know the right technique.

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