This apple pie recipe is the perfect homemade Father’s Day gift to make dad feel happy on his special day. Time to put your baking skills to good use and celebrate the occasion with this classic warm dessert! Make sure to serve it with ice cream or custard on top and have everyone ask for seconds.(more…)
A slice of pie, be it savoury or sweet, is one of the first things you’ll think of when you want comfort and food together. Thinking about buttery crust melded with warm filling just makes my mouth water. A whole pie fresh out of the oven is undeniably enticing. Its mini version, like this tuna hand pie, is equally delectable.(more…)
Classic beef ragu is a great dish for turning inexpensive beef cuts and pantry staples into a hearty meal. This is best enjoyed with pappardelle as the thick sauce and shredded beef cling to the flat, wide noodles. A good wok is perfect for cooking the ragu low and slow then tossing the pasta in delicious sauce using its sloped sides.(more…)
Most home bakers consider sourdough bread from scratch as the ultimate test. Baking this delicious and chewy creation, however, is a challenge that you can easily overcome with practice, patience, and a few helpful tips. Sourdough bread maker Angelique Crystal happily shares her top 10 tips to make your first sourdough loaf a winning success.(more…)
Waste pollution is one of the biggest environmental challenges of our time. Australia alone generates about 67 million tonnes of waste each year—which equates to a massive 2700kg per person—according to the National Waste Policy 2018 paper. As monumental as the waste problem might seem however, each of us can make a huge impact by doing small changes in our lives. Here are simple zero waste starters.(more…)
The MasterPro 12-in-1 multicooker is a pot that does it all. With its smart technology, all-around cooks and beginners can easily master home cooking with just a press of a button. Our selection of MasterPro multi cooker recipes shows you exactly how versatile this wonder pot can be.(more…)
One way of keeping your knives in good condition is to know how to use a whetstone. With proper sharpening techniques plus a bit of practice, you can extend the quality of your knives, save money, and work more efficiently in the kitchen.
A whetstone typically has two sides. The coarse grit removes blade roughness while the fine grit lets you maintain a polished knife edge. Follow these simple steps to bring your knives back to peak sharpness.
Step 1: Soak your whetstone in water
Submerge your whetstone in water for 5 to 10 minutes and continue to apply water while sharpening. The water combines with the small particles released from the stone to form an abrasive substance, allowing sharpening to take place.
Step 2: Pre-sharpen the knife
With the coarse side up, move the knife blade back and forth against the stone at an angle of 10 to 15 degrees. You may use a guide rail so you can sharpen at the same angle every time. This is a handy tool to have while you are still learning how to use a whetstone. Apply light or moderate pressure as you slide the knife away from you. This step is the pre-sharpening stage and removes roughness. Repeat this step on the knife’s opposite side.
Step 3: Polish the knife edges
Switch to the fine grit of the whetstone to sharpen and polish the edges of your knife. Repeat several times, making sure that you maintain the same sharpening angle.
Step 4: Wash the knife after sharpening
Rinse off the stone and your knife to remove any debris. Dry and put away your sharpened knife in a safe place until you are ready to do some prep work. You may also want to read this article to learn more tips on how to care for your knives and keep them in tip-top shape.
A well-loved French dish, the classic beef bourguignon is comfort food best shared with a hungry crowd. The colours of vegetables mixed with fork-tender meat are enough to make your mouth water. Give this recipe a go when you love cooking one-pot meals or are simply craving for something hearty.(more…)