Oct
07
2010
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In recipes and cooking, how big is a cup?

how-big-is-a-cupMost modern recipes measure liquids in milliliters (ml) and solids in grams (g), apart from in the United States where ounces (oz) and fluid ounces (fl. oz) are still used. But many traditional recipes measure solids and liquids in cups. Presumably not 65 milliliter espresso cups, nor those 44-oz monsters used by Texan truck drivers. [more...]

Oct
05
2010
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Why is Egypt such a good resource for vegan and vegetarian recipes?

egyptian vegetarian coptic churchFor centuries after the closing of the last Pagan Egyptian temple and the coming of Islam, Greco-Roman Egypt was absorbed as part of the Eastern Roman (Byzantine) Empire and was Eastern Orthodox (Coptic Orthodox) Christian.  All branches of early Christianity, Eastern and Western developed a system of ‘fasting’ on certain days of the week and [more...]

Sep
30
2010
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how do you make cardamom pudding?

making cardemom puddingHere is a fine dessert from Central Asia, mainly Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, and parts of India where it is known as Firnee, a sweet, cardamom-scented pudding that is usually reserved for holidays and special events.   And while it’s not traditional, I like to serve the pudding topped with fresh seasonal fruit such as strawberries or sliced [more...]

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Sep
28
2010
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How do you make cardamom custard?

custardCardamon custard is a traditional dessert from North Africa to the Persian Gulf and on into South Asia.  In Saudi and Gulf recipes, rose water may be added.  Cardamom is the third most expensive spice in the world and used frequently in East Indian, Scandinavian, Arabic and Central African cuisines. It is an essential ingredient [more...]

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Sep
01
2010
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Any recipes and suggestions for cooking sloes?

sloesIf your sloes are not all wanted for sloe gin, try making them into jellies, jams, or spiced conserves to go with savoury dishes. It’s more trouble than gin – you have to really cook, not just mix – but you’ll end up with attractive and flavourful jars of stuff you made yourself, and the [more...]

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Sep
01
2010
2

What is a bullace and what recipes suit it?

bullacesA bullace is a wild plum that can be either dark blue-purple or light yellowy-green, sometimes flushed with red. Black bullace and white bullace are the traditional names for the two kinds. There are a few cultivated varieties too, which give rise to more names and varied colours. Damsons are similar to a dark bullace, [more...]

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Mar
11
2010
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How do you make Quorn stir-fry?

rice-noodlesQuorn can be used instead of meat to make a vegetarian stir-fry. Here’s a delicious recipe. Ingredients Olive oil, 20ml Half a red chilli, de-seeded and finely chopped Fresh ginger, a centimeter long, peeled and thinly sliced Half a red onion, chopped A clove of garlic, finely chopped Half a yellow or orange capsicum (bell [more...]

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Mar
31
2009
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How to make world’s easiest sponge cake recipe?

Chocolate sponge cake decorated with strawberries (Photo by happy_camper CC-BY)Sponge cake is one of the easiest and quickest desserts you can make and the variations for fillings and embellishments are endless. Sponge cake can be very simple and plain or it can be luxurious and fancy. Most cookbooks, and especially books on baking basics, will provide you with a recipe for sponge cake. There [more...]

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Feb
24
2009
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What is black pudding made of?

Scottish full breakfast including a slice of fried black pudding (photo by mdid - CC-BY)The usual recipe for black pudding starts with the words “Take one quart of pig’s blood”, so this is not a dish for the faint-hearted. Black pudding is basically pig’s blood mixed with fat and fillers, stuffed into the intestine of a pig or ox, and boiled then fried. Take one quart of pig’s blood [more...]

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Jan
04
2009
4

What is an easy recipe for Cola de Mono?

Long tail Macaque monkey (photo by robstephaustralia - CC-BY)The holiday beverage that Chileans enjoy during the Christmas holiday season is called Cola de Mono. Cola de Mono literally means Monkey Tail. People in Chile say it’s called Monkey tail because after you drink it you’ll be swinging from the trees like a monkey.  Other origins of the name can be found here. The [more...]

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