Toasting sesame seeds

Q. When I’m toasting sesame seeds how do I stop them jumping all over the place? It happens whether I use a frying pan or the grill. A. Are you cooking them over a medium high heat, and shaking them or stirring them as they change colour? If that doesn’t tame them, you could try […]

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Circotherm Ovens

Q. I have always used a gas oven, but now I have an electric one with a bewildering number of oven settings – circotherm, circotherm intensive, bread baking, top/bottom heat, bottom heat, circo-roasting…..- and I’m never sure which to use. The handbook is not very comprehensive. What would you recommend for, say Yorkshire puddings, victoria […]

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Frying Aubergines

Q. Can suggest the best way to fry aubergines? As everyone knows, they soak up loads of oil, and if you try using less they don’t fry properly (I find they end up raw in parts the oil has missed and burnt in others, instead of achieving the desired browning effect all over). I’ve tried […]

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Q. We are advised not to re-freeze thawed frozen food. Is it safe to freeze soup made with stock from the freezer?

A. The British Frozen Food Associations (http://www.thenewiceage.com) advises not to on the grounds that ‘that each time foods are prepared germs can enter the foods and each time these foods are frozen at home, the germs are preserved with the food. Soup is often heated between servings (as opposed to cooked between servings) and this […]

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