How to Cook Bacon Without Making a Mess

I love streaky bacon. I don’t particularly love cleaning up the mess on the cooker afterwards though. But there is an easy, mess-free way to do this. Pop your streaky bacon on a foil-lined baking sheet, and you’ll find that this same bacon hardly shoots a drop of fat anywhere. Yes, it will sizzle and…

How To Remove Tea Stains From China Cups

How To Remove Coffee and Tea Stains From China Cups My lovely Royal Copenhagen mugs are a magnet for tea stains. I refuse to use harsh chemicals (bleach, denture tablets, hydrogen peroxide, etc.) on their delicate surface, so what to do? How to remove coffee and tea stains from the inside of your precious cups?…

How To Make Homemade Dog Biscuits

How To Make Homemade Dog Biscuits My Molly loves treats but some of them are not particularly healthy. Some have a large amount of sugar, and in my opinion a dog should not be introduced to sugar. I want to know what Molly is eating. Fat? That’s what the ingredient list said on a popular…

What To Do With Those Apple Peelings

See all of these apple peels? I have bucket loads of them! Guess what … I just saw a recipe (that’s not really a recipe at all) for using up these bits that would normally go straight into the compost pile. Actually, I don’t have a compost pile anymore  – during the garden remodel that…

How-To Make Cheap Olives Taste Expensive

Tart-Up Your Olives I love olives. Green ones. Black ones. Even those anaemic-looking, skinny reddish ones. But I always tart them up a bit. Here’s what I do. I already have a bowl ready for New Year’s nibbles, by the way. I drain the brine away from a tub of cheap, pitted olives (approx. 500g),…

How to Clean Tarnished Jewellery

I don’t have a lot of jewellery, nor silvery for that matter. The silver stuff seems to go dull and tarnished the minute you remove it from its tissue paper. But … I’ve started wearing my silver stuff more often, now that I know an easy method of cleaning it. Easy as can be: just…

How to Extend the Life of Cut Flowers

Homemade Cut Flower Extender. This mixture is comparable to the little packets that you get with cut flowers. Works a charm! Ingredients 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice 1 tablespoon sugar 2 drops bleach Directions Add all ingredients to a vase 3/4 full of cool water. Mix to blend. Add fresh cut flowers to water making…

I’ve Cracked It: How To Make A Poached Egg

How to Poach An Egg Have we been fooled into believing that poaching an egg is best left to the expertly trained chefs at The Savoy or The Park Lane. Is that why so few of us ‘cooks’ dare attempt it? Perhaps, but consider this: Firstly: In a quarter of a second, Google found 1,500,000…