Tips for everyday living

  • Types of Sauces. Understanding sauces is key to making the best sauces
    Sauces can break or make a meal. They are initially classified into 5 categories, known as mother sauces, or “sayces meres” or “grandes sauces.”  A famous french chef, did the classifications, which are taught in culinary schools. While some are only famous in big restaurants, some have made it into home cooking.  The five mother sauces are:-  Béchamel sauce (White sauce)Veloute sauce Brown or Espagnole sauceHollandaise sauce (Dutch Sauce)Tomato sauce Mayonnaise was added later to make them the 6 mother sauces.  Roux  – The foundation of sauces.  A roux is made of equal quantities of melted butter and flour. Use a heavy … Read more
  • A helpful guide to cleaning and storing brass, bronze, copper, lead, silver, and diamond items at home
    We all hold items that we treasure that are made of brass, bronze, silver or diamond. Cleaning and storing them well preserves them and makes them last as long as possible.  Whether you inherited these items or gifted at the wedding, they do need good care so that they do not depreciate.   How to find out if an object is made of brass To find out if an object is made of brass or brass-plated steel, use a magnet  The magnet will not cling to real brass but will stick to brass-plated steel. This is because of the steel.  How … Read more
  • Tips on making the perfect souffle every time
    Sometimes we want to make the perfect souffle, but it does always turn out to make the impression. The perfect souffle should be puffy, light and look good. No. look great. At times you put in a lot of time, energy and emotion into making a souffle. And it disappoints you by failing to rise to the occasion.  Savoury or sweet, it turns out the secret is how you handle the egg white and the egg yolk.  When making the mixture, do not forget to use a large saucepan, so it will be easy to add in the egg yolk … Read more
  • Getting the most from your eggs. Handling of eggs and egg cooking tips
    White shell or brown shell? Eggs must be bought clean, as the shell is porous and allows germs to penetrate. Brown shells are thicker and less porous than white shells.  A soiled egg should be wiped with a slightly damp cloth, washing it would take away the natural protecting film which prevents bacteria and odours entering the egg.  Most cooks advocate keeping eggs at low room temperature as temperature variations cause the whites to become thin.  Eggs should be stored big end downward to retain their freshness and quality longer.  To get an egg out when stuck to the cardboard … Read more
  • Getting rid of cockroaches with sugar and baking soda
    Are you sharing your toothbrush with a cockroach? Are you living with so many of them that you feel they should be paying rent?  Have you tried everything, and they keep coming back? In this post, we share how to deal with these creatures using readily available kitchen supplies i.e. baking soda (Bicarbonate of soda) and sugar. Sugar is sweet; it attracts the roaches. Baking soda is harmful (to roaches); it fills their stomach with gas and boom! They explode and die Preparation Mix equal rations of baking soda with sugar Fill small containers (bottle top, plastic bottle top) with … Read more
  • How to pick a good watermelon
    You must love watermelons. How do you pick the good one? Is there art in picking the best watermelon? Today we look at some of the tests you can use to make sure you select that juicy and sweet watermelon. If you are buying precut watermelon, look for bright red flesh and dark brown or black seeds.  Pieces with white streaks and many white seeds means the watermelon is under-ripe. How to pick a good watermelon For full watermelon, you should consider the following factors:- THE SHAPE – get and a firm symmetrical watermelon with no cuts dents and bruises.  If it … Read more
  • Is It Time To Replace My Pillow?
    A good pillow should give you the right cushioning to position your head and neck properly.  Just like any good thing, no pillow lasts forever. The life time of a pillow is determined by frequency of use, type of use and materials (fill) that make the pillow. Common pillow sizes and their uses   The fill and size of pillows determine their function, support and comfort.  Standard Pillow: 20 inches x 26 inches and fits inside a standard size pillowcase. This pillow is your basic sleeping pillow and provides support for your head and neck; it’s ideal for all sleep … Read more
  • How To Make Yoghurt at Home
    Making yoghurt at home will save you money.  You will be able to take home made yoghurt any time you want and also experiment with different flavourings and toppings.   Making your own yoghurt gives you control over what goes into your yoghurt. You can make sure that only the healthiest ingredients go into your yoghurt Ingredients 1. One litre of milk (will make 4 cups) 2. 2 tablespoons Plain Natural yoghurt (to act a culture) 3. Flavourings and toppings such as jam, honey, fresh or dried fruit, garlic, herbs, etc (optional)Equipment 1. Flask to act as incubator  2. Sufuria … Read more
  • Keeping Coriander Leaves (Dhania) Fresh
    We all love coriander leaves (Dhania) but storing them can be a pain because they don’t stay fresh for long. When purchasing dhania, make sure you get the fresh, tender and very green. Make sure you can “smell” the aroma. If they don't not have a strong aroma then they will not add flavor to food when used.    Dhania contains antioxidants which can delay or prevent the spoilage of food seasoned with this spice. Dhania leaves don’t stay for long unless you store them properly To store dhania leaves: 1. Pick out any wilted leaves. 2. Do not wash … Read more
  • How to clean a blender jar in less than a minute
    The most boring thing about homemade smoothies is not the smoothie itself but cleaning the blender jar. Whilst using a scouring pad might remove most of the dirt from the jar, some dirt is usually left on and under the sharp blades. If you use your hand, you might end up bruising your fingers Today we look at how you can clean a blender in under a minute and without inserting your fingers into the jar. 1. Fill the blender halfway with water and blend for about 20 seconds. This will rinse out most of the dirt. Empty the jar. … Read more