Why England is not known for its Cooking

Why England is not known for its Cooking

I have been to England for a ten-day study trip once and as a Singaporean, who eats, breathes and drowns in a plethora of Asian and Western cuisines (Singaporeans have a known habit of discussing where to eat dinner…during lunch), I was looking forward to trying something distinctly different. And boy, did I get it. Not to say that the food was horrible; there were good moments. I had my very best ice-cream cone at Abbott Lodge, a dairy farm that produces fresh ice-cream everyday with the most dazzling array…

Tips for Making Homemade Bread

Tips for Making Homemade Bread

Making homemade bread demands practice, patience, and basic knowledge of baking. Without these essential tools, making homemade bread will not be successful. The following pieces of advice will allow you to learn some basic baking knowledge if you don’t already know it, and to practice that knowledge with patience so that you can start baking your own bread. The fruits of your labor will surely be rewarding. When making homemade bread, always measure out the ingredients exactly as described. Use a liquid measuring cup for liquids and regular measuring cups…

Meat

Meat

Most any form of beef that can be cooked by a high dry heat method, can as well be improved by aging. Thin cuts such as flank or skirt tend not to do well by the “at home” aging process. Tougher cuts such as, shoulder or shank often require a wet method for cooking after being aged. The ideal cuts, well that would be a rib roast or a tenderloin, go figure! Fact still remains, if you put down your hard earned cash on any slab of beef, aging will…

Peanut Butter Pie no Bake

Peanut Butter Pie no Bake

Peanut butter pie is a fluffy and delicious dessert. It makes an excellent treat on a hot summer day. However, no one wants to spend time in the kitchen cooking and having to turn on a hot stove. Well, this recipe takes care of that problem. No baking is required! The pie is so tasty and rich, everyone will think you spent hours making it, but this pie is so quick and easy you will be amazed. Peanut butter pie has replaced pumpkin pie as the top choice for Thanksgiving in…

Malaysian Beef Curry

Malaysian Beef Curry

MALAYSIAN BEEF CURRY This is a very versatile meat dish which can easily be adapted to suit all different tastes by adding more or less of the chilli’s to create different strength curries. There is sugar listed but you can omit this for a tangier flavour or add just half the amount for a more rounded taste. This recipe will serve 4 but can be easily and accurately doubled if you will need more than this. WHAT YOU WILL NEED 380g beef steak, cut this into thick slices. Trim as much…

How to Spice up a Cake Mix

How to Spice up a Cake Mix

Making a Terrific Cake With A Mix Making a terrific cake does not have to be a time-consuming chore. It can be fast, fun and creative, if you use your imagination. A great place to start is with your favorite cake mix. By substituting a few of the required ingredients and adding a few others, a cake that started as a mix can become a homemade delight. Substitutions The first ingredient that can be substituted is the water. Water works fine if you want a cake mix cake as the…

How to Make better Brownies

How to Make better Brownies

Do you love chewy brownies with a twist? Are you a brownie lover? Brownies that are full of great add-in ingredients are always a welcome treat. Using a boxed mix you will just tweak the recipe: Substitute margarine or butter for oil, that the recipe asks for. This subtle substitution makes a dramatic difference on how chewy and moist the brownies will be. Use the same amount of butter or margarine as you would oil, that the recipe asks for on the box. If the recipe calls for cup of…

How to Make Ice Cream without an Ice Cream Maker

How to Make Ice Cream without an Ice Cream Maker

Many mothers cringe  when they hear children say “We’re bored”.  An excellent choice to cure the boredom is ice cream.  If the children get to make the ice cream it keeps the more active and involved and the boredom seems to fly away for awhile. There are two basic ways for children to make ice cream.  First we will talk about the methods and then move onto the recipes. ~Plastic Bag MethodSupplies*Ingredients for ice cream (see at end of article)*Mittens or gloves*Gallon size zip lock bags*Pint size zip lock bags*Rock…

Restaurant Reviews Taverna Evora Portugal

Restaurant Reviews Taverna Evora Portugal

As you walk down the cobbled street known as Travessa de Sta Marta in the historic city of Evora you will come across  a doorway with an antique gas lamp swinging above a sign that says. ‘Taverna.’ From the outside it looks like any other house in the Alentejo with its white-washed walls and yellow ochre edgings.  Outside the portal are a couple of decorative  plant pots painted in yellow and a deep stone step. Having stepped over the step you find yourself in one of the smallest restaurants in…

Monster Energy Import Reviews

Monster Energy Import Reviews

Review of Monster Energy’s Import Price: $1.99-$3.99 Size: 18.3 fluid ounces Availability: Most U.S. markets Website: http://www.monsterenergy.com This might be a first for an energy drink company. Monster Energy’s “Import” energy drink is produced and canned in Amsterdam, Holland. In case you were wondering, Monster is based in Southern California. The backstory according to Monster is that they were at a motocross event in Europe and saw tall and thin cans that had a plastic rotating piece covering the opening on top. The can can be opened and closed by…