Category: The Kitchen

Crepe/Pancake Pan

Crepe/Pancake Pan

Once again, I found myself at Neasden/Willesden yesterday. It so happened that it was market day, I mean, there was a makeshift outdoor market in Willesden just by Brent Magistrate Court.  Apparently market days are on Wednesdays and Saturdays.  Real bargains are to be had.

The fruit and vegetable offerings were fantastic. I bought two huge avocados for a pound, and two packets of blueberries for a pound, I thought I would make Peter some blueberry muffins later. I almost forgot, I also got tomatoes and more aubergines.

I have to say my main purchase was a crepe pan which could also ideally double up as a pancake pan. It was for £7.99 but I bargained. I asked if I can get it for £5.00 but the Indian vendor said, “You are a pretty girl, you can have it for  £6.00.”  If there is sexism in that, I don’t really care, I’ll just take it as a compliment, after all I got my pan for the bargain price of £6.

I find that British people seldom bargain for a better price. They just pay for whatever price was first said or stated on tags. But I grew up where the price for even a few cloves of garlic are bargained for. Peter and James (son) used to roll their eyes whenever I bargain with market sellers when we were on holidays aboard. What they don’t realise is that bargaining is some sort of a dance, the seller tells you the price, you reply with silly amount you want to pay, the seller lower down his price a little bit, you up your bid slightly higher, again he lowers down his price a little bit more. This goes on until both are satisfied with the price or in some cases the buyer just walk away, repeating the same process with another stall/seller until he gets a real bargain … or not.

Anyway, I had wanted to get a crepe pan for ages because by beloved son always ask for pancake every time he comes home to visit. He said I make the best pancake. Awww  He loves his mummy! 😉

Next time, he comes, I shall be ready with my new paraphernalia and cook up a storm of pancakes just for my baby Boy!

Types of Wine Glasses



Types of Wine Glasses

Different types of glasses for different types of wines or liqueur.

White wine glasses should only be filled up to a third of its capacity.  This will allow the aroma to concentrate upon the rim of the glass.  The aroma says a lot about a wine :0

Coloured wine glasses can be beautiful but would distort the true colour, which forms an important character of the wine.




Wine glasses by JMorton


I had a rummage into our wine glass cabinet and found these wine glasses.  From left to right are suitable glasses for: Port, sherry, white wine, the pink one standing tall from slightly behind is for champagne, the one beside the champagne glass is for red wine, the one in front of the pink glass in for brandy and the last one of course in for my favourite tipple, cocktail.

Did you know?

To make wine glasses sparkle at their best, they should be rinsed in cold water with a dash of vinegar.

You must hold your wine glass by the stem.  Otherwise your body temperature from your hand will warm up your chilled white wine, champagne or cocktail.

Wine is sunlight, held together by water.



Washing Machine

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I bet you do not clean your washing machine regularly. Some of you might have not even thought of cleaning it, even once. But then again, why would you clean a washing machine when its function is to wash and of course, clean.

But actually a washing machine should be cleaned regularly of soap scums that get accumulated, so that it will function better.

Washing Machine

It is very easy to clean and disinfect a washing machine. Just pour in 2 cups of distilled white vinegar into the soap compartment and then run the machine on a full cycle without adding any other detergent or clothes to wash.

It is as easy as that.

Cleaning Mould and Mildew

How to clean mould and mildew

It is easy enough to get rid and clean mould and mildew without resorting to anti-bacterial agents and bleach which are harmful to the environment.

Moisten a cloth with vinegar and rub it to the moldy parts and the tiles. To clean the grout, scrub with an old toothbrush dip in vinegar.


Kitchen Hero: Mezzaluna

Mezzaluna is one of my kitchen heroes. I have been using one since I saw a young Jamie Oliver chop herbs into smithereens in one of his tv cooking shows in the early 90s. I bought the Jamie Oliver one and then a Nigella one. The mezzaluna below is now my third set.

I should remember this!!! Apparently knives and utensils with steel blades should not be put into the dishwashers. It blunts the blade. Why did the instructions not say that?!!! But then again, I am not one for instructions. I only look at instructions when something is about to go wrong!

Anyway, let’s hail the mezzaluna and its function of minutely dicing herbs and the likes.

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Love February

My Darling Husband surprised me with these beautiful dishes on St Valentine’s day. Although I did hint (a lot 😉 lol) that I wanted them, I was still surprised because I did not see him come home with them.

I have decided that I will, the willing and enthusiastic help of the hubby, collect heart shape dishes for all posterity.

I really loved these crockeries and we have now used them a lot. They are so pretty and I reckon I can use them any day of the year and not just for St Valentine’s Day. They just add  interest to the dining table; a lot of love and good food (hopeful for the latter!)



Dishes for Valentine’s Day

I saw these sets of serving dishes at Sainsbury’s supermarket last Saturday and my heart is coveting them so much for Valentine’s day. 😉

The sets come in deep bowls and flat dishes in heart shaped whites. I can see them now in my dining table.

Anyone wants to give me these for Valentine’s day?!!!

I don’t want flowers, I don’t want chocolates, I don’t want another piece of jewelries.

I want…

Dishes for Valentine’s Day


“The heart has its reasons which reason knows nothing of… We know the truth not only by the reason, but by the heart.” – Blaise Pascal”

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Heston’s Triple Cooked Chips

Heston's Chips

Heston’s Chips

Chips on their own or of course, with battered fish are a favourite traditional British meal. We can get them ready fried from fish and chip shops.

We can also get frozen chips from any supermarket which are ready for home cook to pop into the oven, or rarely we can make our own by peeling potatoes and then do the slicing and frying. Home made cooked chips obviously taste better.

However our top Michelin Starred chef Heston Blumenthal has come up with a recipe that makes The Chip king among  chips :).  To make these delicious chips is fairly labour intensive, but the effort is well worth it.  Many restaurants in UK make their chips this way.

Jean and I tasted these wonders at the Cellarium Cafe & Terrace, which is set within the 14th Century store house (cellars) of Westminster Abbey, after our visit and attending a Service at the Abbey.


1kg Maris Piper potatoes, peeled and cut into chips (approx. 2 × 2 × 6cm)
Groundnut or grapeseed oil


Put the cut chips into a bowl under running water for 5 minutes to wash the starch off.

Place 2 litres of cold tap water in a large saucepan and add the potatoes. Place the pan over a medium heat and simmer until the chips are almost falling apart (approximately 20–30 minutes, depending on the potato).

Carefully remove the cooked chips and place them on a cooling rack to dry out. Then place the rack in the freezer for at least 1 hour to remove more moisture.

Heat a deep-fat fryer or a deep pan no more than half filled with oil (to a depth of around 10cm) to 130ºC. Fry the chips in small batches until a light crust forms (approximately 5 minutes), remove from the oil and drain on kitchen paper.

Put the potatoes on a cooling rack and place in the freezer for at least 1 hour. (At this stage, if you don’t want to cook and serve immediately, the chips can be kept in the fridge for 3 days.)

Heat the oil in the deep-fat fryer or deep pan to 180ºC and fry the chips until golden (approximately 7 minutes). Drain and sprinkle with salt.

Kitchen Hero: The Chopping Board

Joseph Joseph Chopping Board Photo by PH Morton

Joseph Joseph Chopping Board
Photo by PH Morton

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I love my new chopping board by Joseph Joseph. I love it because it comes in different coloured boards which make it easy to note which one is for fish, vegetable meat and hot/cooked food. Actually it was a replacement for another Joseph Joseph chopping board which handle broke.

We have been using Joseph Joseph kitchen utensils for a few years now. We love its colourful and yet simple look. They are easy to clean and gives brightness to any kitchen.