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Taking the Guesswork out of Baking

For novices and first-timers, baking can be very hit or miss: it either goes very right (rarely) or very, very wrong (more likely). Help is at hand. Gregory Ong is the founder of Bakestarters, a Singaporean company that creates baking kits complete with step-by-step instruction cards and video tutorials. His aim is to make it possible for anyone to get baking right the first time around. This can be those new to baking, but also old hands who are attempting …

What is Your Cookie Dough Horoscope?

The stars have aligned, and so have the pastry mixers. Open your mind to these twelve cookie dough recipes (safe and specially designed to be eaten uncooked) and see what culinary guidance lies in the chocolate chips and raisins. Aries: Chocolate chip cookie dough pizza Your various responsibilities swirl like tapioca pearls in a blender, so find your centre…the centre of a thick, rich cookie dough pizza with a chocolate chip crust! This recipe is eggless but soft and reminds you, …

Trick or Treat? Nine Homemade Halloween Candy Recipes

Let’s face it, there are two kinds of grown-ups on Halloween: Those who skimp on the candy, and those who don’t. But instead of stocking up on sackfuls of Snickers and M&Ms, trick out your treats with these spooktacular homemade candy recipes. 1. Candy corn from scratch There is a reason candy corn is the red-headed zombie stepchild of Halloween candy: It is awful and literally nobody likes to eat it…unless you make this creamy sugar and butter recipe for homemade candy …

5 Chicken Soup Recipes You Never Thought Of

There is really nothing like a bowl of Western-style chicken soup. Its warm, golden broth, light-yet-meaty texture and amazingly simple recipe has been passed down from kitchen to kitchen for centuries. Here’s how to make it (serves six): Melt some butter in a saucepan and lightly fry some carrots, onions and celery, all finely chopped. Toss in a handful of flour and stir for a few minutes before pouring in a litre of chicken stock. Sprinkle with salt and pepper …

Pickles of the World and How to Make Them

Ever wonder how a cucumber becomes pickles? Well, it’s a very jarring experience. Done laughing? Ok. Let’s talk about pickles, the sharp, sour condiment and side dish essential to relish any burger, sandwich and hot dog. But what is a pickle, anyway? In the west, especially, a pickle is a stand-in for pickled cucumber, sometimes called a “gherkin” in the UK and Europe (named after a specific variety of cucumber). But the process of “pickling” simply means allowing a fruit, …

Hot Time for a Hot Dog

Happy International Hot Dog Day, celebrating one of the most famous yet also most humble foods. For a century, the tried and true sausage in a bun has been the go-to comfort food around the world. But wait, you say: aren’t we all eating fresh, local and healthy? And aren’t hot dogs generally made from high-processed goop spat out of commercial meat factories? Fear not. You can have the bliss-in-a-bun that is the hot dog and still eat real food. …