This is an improved version of Mary Berry’s tip on butter. She suggests using a grater to cut butter before using it in a dough recipe. My tip goes a bit further, making it just perfect! All you need to do is Continue reading
The short video clip below is to complement my dough making post to illustrate how easy it is to mix dough with just one finger. Continue reading
I used to place my vacuum cleaner’s nozzle next to a hole being drilled to suck up any brick dust and prevent it from falling down. This was not ideal though because the motor filter is not suited to very fine dust. Now, I would like to share with you a great new tip, a much better way to pick up brick dust that cannot damage the vacuum cleaner.
Use a dust pan (because it has a wide brim and a nice handle!), place a wet kitchen towel over it and locate the dust pan right under the hole being drilled. The falling brick dust will be collected by the wet kitchen towel. When finished, simply put the kitchen towel in the bin. Try this tip and let me know what you think!
Don’t buy ready-made pastry dough! Unless you want puff pastry, which is rather labour intensive, you can make pastry dough easily and quickly using one finger (literally!). This picture guide will show you how Continue reading
How can you cross items off your shopping list when you don’t have a pen? Simply Continue reading
A watering can with a spray nozzle is a must at this time of year as you will need a very gentle spray to water your seeds and/or seedlings. Here is how to make one: re-use your Continue reading
First, you need one tomato. Although, you might have to buy a small packet from your local food retailer first. If you are unsure about which type to get, go for Continue reading
Pies are inexpensive and easy to make. It is a great way to use up leftover meat. Make one pie to feed 4 people or use half the pie to feed 2 and keep the other half for a cold packed lunch for 2 the following day. Below is a step-by-step picture guide on how to make the dough. Continue reading
Don’t waste time frying onions, simply cut up and place all ingredients/vegetables together in a large saucepan with one tablespoon of olive oil then add 500 ml boiled water and simmer until all vegetables are soft. Then, roughly squash the cooked vegetable using a potato masher and your soup is ready to eat.
Tip: Use red lentils as a thickener or chestnuts (or both!). You could also use potatoes but I can’t because Hubby has a potato allergy!
Tip: scatter some cubed cheddar over the soup when serving.
If you need to dash indoors, whether it be to go to the toilet or answer the phone, you won’t have to take your dirty boots off if you Continue reading
Below is what I used for my dips. This is particularly handy if your packet of tortilla wraps has recently passed its use by date as the tortillas will still be edible but cannot really be used to wrap food any more because they tend to tear easily.
Simply place the tortillas under the grill for a couple of minutes on both sides and cut with a chef knife to the required shape.
This picture-guide recipe is the only soft cookie recipe you will ever need. Trialled and tested by kids and grown-ups. You will need strong will power not to make this cookie recipe too often. Continue reading
Make your flower bouquet last that bit longer (25 days for the one below) by following the tips below. Continue reading
The follwing tip will save you a lot of cleaning time and hassle. Continue reading
If your picture frame has a broken glass pane, this post might be of interest to you!
What you need: Continue reading
Here is how I store my Bramley apples: Continue reading
Below you will find a couple of ways to use old aquarium gravels.
First, make an umbrella stand. All you need is Continue reading
Don’t you have any scary decorations to put out tonight ? I might solve your problem.
Get a piece of Continue reading
All you need is two jars, clearly labelled. Let me explain in more details… Continue reading
Walking through the garden centre this spring, I noticed they were selling 5-year old lemon trees for £36. And I thought: ” I can grow one too”! Continue reading
If you have cracks, small holes, or even the occasional missing piece of cork that need filling, you can make your own wood filler at a fraction of the price.
Mix 2 parts Continue reading
Stock, whether made from lamb, beef or chicken bones, will give a lovely “meaty” and rich flavour to any dish. and is soooooooo easy to make! Below is a quick picture guide to give you that confidence to try yourself. Continue reading
Simple, re-use a Continue reading
To make these bags, you don’t need to have any sewing skills just some old fabric, a stapler and follow my quick step-by-step picture guide:
Below are a few handy tips that you might find helpful when preparing walls before painting. Basically, it is all about pleasing the eye. Let me explain. Continue reading
Don’t throw out your leftover pasta//tagliatelle as they will make a lovely diner the next day.
Spread your leftover pasta (stored overnight in the fridge) over the bottom of an oven-proof dish. Here, I also used leftover fish (trout). Break a couple of eggs into a bowl, add milk (about 100-150ml), enough to cover about 3/4 of the pasta), an optional dollop of double/single cream, and salt and pepper to taste. Pour over the pasta and sprinkle grated cheese (about 50g). Cook in a preheated oven (180 degrees Celsius) until golden brown (about 25 min).
If you don’t have a salad spinner, here is how to dry your salad leaves. Take a clean kitchen towel and place your salad leaves in the middle. Take all four corners and hold them in your hand, making a tight fist. Lift your hand to the side of your body, ear height, and bring it down fast like you were trying to slap the air. Give two or three vigorous whips like this until no more water falls on the floor.
When I do the washing, I regularly find myself with odd socks…. how on earth they manage to disappear, I am still to work that one out….!
Anyway, I have Continue reading