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Film and TV VIP. Seeker of the peace. Part-time chandelier cleaner. A legend in his own time. Oppressor of champions. Soldier of fortune. World traveler. Bon vivant. All around good guy. International lover. Casual hero. Wandering Minstrel. Defender of Reason. Philosopher. Wars fought, bears wrestled, radioactive pigs slaughtered, equations solved, revolutions quelled, tigers castrated, governments run, test-rockets flown.


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.
Jul
18
comment Replacement for pop rocks?
www.cybercandy.com stocks them and ships worldwide.
Jul
16
reviewed Approve Spring rolls splitting when frozen
Jul
14
comment Spring rolls splitting when frozen
Water expands when it freezes. Veg, noodles and meat are full of water. 'Do the math' :)
Jul
12
revised How can I make a vanilla ganache which does not taste of white chocolate?
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Jul
12
comment How can I make a vanilla ganache which does not taste of white chocolate?
I would have thought the ideal taste for vanilla ganache would be vanilla, jay. :P Rafaella, is there any particular reason you don't want to use a buttercream other than the fact that Laduree don't?
Jul
11
comment Sticky and unmanagable sourdough
Oh, and you're some kind of home-baking expert?! Oh... ;)
Jul
10
comment Is it possible to have chocolate chunks in ice cream that aren't waxy?
If you make your own mint ice cream, you could add good quality dark chocolate chunks from the fridge each time, rather than freeze them.
Jul
10
answered Sticky and unmanagable sourdough