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Aug
2
comment Does it make sense to refrigerate the dough made for Parathas to be used after 8 hours?
No, why would it? You roll them so thin and cook them on such a hot tava that it makes little difference what temperature they start at. Make sure you wrap the dough tightly in plastic wrap to prevent it drying out in the fridge and you'll be fine.
Aug
2
answered Does it make sense to refrigerate the dough made for Parathas to be used after 8 hours?
Aug
1
answered Why does my cocoa syrup overflow?
Jul
27
reviewed Approve Can you make your own black garlic?
Jul
27
answered Is it normal for ginger paste to spit violently in oil?
Jul
26
comment Why do people recommend cream of tartar when whipping egg whites to the exclusion of all other acids?
I think 'virtually every single egg white recipe' is coming it a bit strong. They're more likely to recommend white wine vinegar or lemon juice.
Jul
26
reviewed Approve Where does the chlorine taste in yogurt come from?
Jul
24
comment How do I make home-made Vietnamese or thai rice noodles?
In any case, I believe Vietnamese rice noodles are made using a laborious involving pounding rice for hours; probably not something you can do at home.
Jul
24
comment What can I use as an alternative sweetener for smoothies?
You know of course that sugar is just as 'natural' as honey, agave nectar, or anything else? Especially if you use unrefined sugar.
Jul
23
comment How to peel bell peppers effectively?
If you're doing this, the pepper will peel even easier if you put it in a heat-proof bowl and cover with plastic wrap. The skin will steam itself loose.
Jul
23
revised How to peel bell peppers effectively?
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Jul
23
answered How to peel bell peppers effectively?
Jul
22
revised how to freeze individual chicken pot pies
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Jul
21
comment Why do my teriyaki steaks come out hard and dry?
UK 'frying steak' is thin - about 1/8"/5mm thick. It needs about a minute either side. 8 minutes and you've got shoe leather.
Jul
19
answered How to convert normal sponge to chocolate sponge
Jul
19
comment Short term storage of bechamel
If you do this, cover it with plastic wrap placed directly on the surface of the sauce to prevent a skin forming.
Jul
19
comment Aged steaks cooked as medium but came out looking well done
Agreed. Aged beef generally develops a dark outer 'crust', but the inside is still wet and red. The chef just forgot about it!
Jul
19
answered How do I make raw peanut butter creamy?
Jul
19
comment Are Garlic cloves supposed to be put as whole or as chopped up pieces in a soup?
The less you chop a garlic clove, the less intense the flavour is. Whole garlic cloves are often used in Mediterranean cooking to introduce just a subtle hint of garlic flavour. Placing one in some warm oil for a few minutes is a good way of flavouring it, for example. There are French recipes too: Chicken with 40 cloves of garlic for example.
Jul
18
comment Sponge cake: excessive cooking time
Gas ovens are generally the least reliable temperature-wise. Get an oven thermometer and check your oven is actually at the required temperature. My electric oven is always 30ºC under what I set the dial to.