| 10.4°C Dublin

Ask the Expert: Catherine Fulvio

Everyone can cook. Simply start by reading the recipe in full. Read it at least twice, especially if it's a new one.

Check the ingredients and the equipment list before you start to ensure you have everything.

Cooking a new recipe can be fun, but it can be challenging, especially if it is for a special occasion. If new techniques are involved, practise at least once. Pay careful attention to oven specs as every oven is different.

A fan oven will distribute the heat evenly throughout. The Whirlpool Circa-Fan oven is great for fast, even heating and cooking on three levels at once.

Doubling recipes can be a tricky business, especially when baking, which is a bit of a science.

Best advice is to write down the quantities of the main ingredients and double them.

Raising agents and flavouring don't always require doubling-up, and it is often better to go by taste rather than increasing them (spices, alcohol and flavourings, say).

If you double the recipe, you may need to allow more cooking time. Finally, it's very important not to forget to season and taste as you go along - but not too much.

Catherine is the new brand ambassador for Whirlpool appliances. See www.whirlpool.ie