Whether you’re a seasoned chef, foodie or just a beginner, discovering new ways to create new or classic dishes is always exciting. These five apps for Windows 8.1 are ideal for exactly those epicurean types who enjoy making food and drinks as much as they love consuming it.

BBC Good Food

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Price: Free

With the BBC Good Food app, you can get amazing recipes (viewable offline) and cooking tips, as well as some tools to organise your favourite dishes and create shopping lists. You get 20 free recipes pre-installed, 50 glossary items, cooking tips and a multiple timer tool. To help you watch what you’re eating, the recipes have nutritional information, which you can choose to view the recipes in metric or imperial measurements.  

 “All you need for good cooking
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Cocktail Flow

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Who needs a professional barman when you can whip up your own cocktails from the comfort of your home (bar) with the handy recipes, tips and tricks from Cocktail Flow? You can search existing cocktails by colour, theme, name or type of alcohol, or you can play around with your own ideas and create and save recipes using the app. Cocktail Flow is updated on a regular basis with new recipes for you to experiment with. Cheers.

 “Make cocktails at home
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Food is one thing we’re famous for in Africa, from dishes like Egypt’s Kushari to South Africa’s potjie kos, there’s so much you can explore when it comes to cuisine on our continent. AfriRecipesWiki is great for discovering such dishes – you can search from five countries on the continent – Egypt, Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa and Zimbabwe – or upload your own creation that’s unique to your country along with photos of the dish to engage with the AfriRecipesWiki chefs on the official accompanying blog.

 “The best African cuisine
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Price: Free

Custard, ice-cream and fruit salad are all great for dessert but for those who want to take their sweet tooth on an adventure, Desserts gives you a long list of new recipes you can try out. There are thousands of recipes featured, with dishes divided up into categories such as new, French, European, frozen, Italian, Indian, kids, candy, vegan, cookies and much more, so there’ something for everybody to enjoy. You can also watch videos of each dessert being made step-by-step or read the instructions below.

 “Treats for your sweet tooth
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Smoothies and Shakes

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Smoothies and shakes are two refreshing and delicious drinks almost everyone enjoys, especially during the hot summer days when you want to cool off. The Smoothies and Shakes app shows you how to make over 350 of these popular drinks. From creating healthy fruit and vegetable smoothies to help you maintain a balanced diet, to chocolately, creamy milkshakes for when you want to make a sweet treat for your family and friends.

 “Delicious recipes for all
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