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In 1978, I graduated with a BSc in Food Science, specialising in Food Analysis. I emigrated shortly afterwards and never really worked in the field for which I had trained. My mother was a very good cook and even ran a small catering business; I don't remember her showing me how to cook, but when I was a student, I automatically knew how to cook.

These days, I only cook at weekends: mainly variations of chicken dishes with a slow cooker. I love fish and dislike beef.

We keep a kosher kitchen which sometimes causes problems (no butter, no milk with meat).


Sep
24
awarded  Autobiographer
Jul
9
answered How do I prepare ground flaxseed for consumption? (If needed at all)
Feb
20
comment Why microwaves do not kill harmful bacteria as well as boiling?
Maybe the professor meant spores? Or maybe poisons which have already been released into the food by the bacteria?
Feb
18
comment Smoke point and toxicity
If you're using olive oil, your family can only benefit from this. You're certainly not going to give them cancer from cold olive oil! Actually, if the oil is smoking, then there may well be 'free radicals' within the oil which can be dangerous, so you should cook at a lower temperature. The oil exists only as a heat transfer medium: if you stir your eggs, you will get scrambled eggs, and if you don't, you'll get an omelette.
Feb
12
awarded  Yearling
Feb
12
comment Cooking a chicken and peppers in a crockpot instead of sauteeing, how much water should I add?
@jcolebrand: would you like to accept my answer?
Feb
12
answered What are some different ways of preparing flax seeds?
Feb
2
answered Is it possible to bake a cake without an oven?
Jan
30
comment Cooking a chicken and peppers in a crockpot instead of sauteeing, how much water should I add?
It doesn't matter; the water comes from the vegetables and from the chicken itself. Believe me!
Jan
30
answered Cooking a chicken and peppers in a crockpot instead of sauteeing, how much water should I add?
Jan
24
comment What are the advantages and disadvantages of various sugars/substitutes?
Xylitol and Erythritol belong to the group of "sugar alcohols" which are similar (but slightly different) to "regular" sugars such as glucose. They certainly have a calorific content! Xylitol is often found in chewing gum - aside from the cooling effect mentioned above, it also helps heal dental caries.
Jan
4
comment Cleaning oil sprayer pump
I was assuming that the sprayer was made of glass, not plastic, although these days plastics are less susceptible to damage from acetone or similar.
Jan
3
answered Cleaning oil sprayer pump
Dec
28
answered Does flax seed loses its properties after smashing it?
Dec
20
comment Can onion based recipes such as bolognese be cooked in slow cooker?
@Paul Lassiter: One can make very tasty dishes with a minimum of effort as well as using cheaper cuts of meat. One uses less electricity and one doesn't heat the house in the summer (by not using the oven). Your mileage may vary, of course. But a slow cooker is not a panacea: certain cooking techniques will not work in a slow cooker.
Dec
20
answered Can onion based recipes such as bolognese be cooked in slow cooker?
Dec
2
awarded  Critic
Oct
14
comment Removing the skin from chicken before or after cooking?
The first boil removes extraneous fat and possible dirt.
Aug
4
comment What should I do if power goes out while I am baking cake/cookies?
And the fridge will also have lost power, thus getting warmer....
Jul
12
comment Grapefruit recipe substitute to avoid medicine interaction?
General health warning: anyone taking statins (which lower cholesterol) should not eat grapefruit. Statins are amongst the most prescribed drugs in the western world so this warning is fairly general. It's not just people who have had kidney transplants that have to be careful.