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Category: Kitchen (Page 4 of 5)

A Bunch of Flours

lots of flour

Just some of the bunch...

Uh oh. The latest rash of flour purchases has finally pushed (the contents of) the baking cupboard over the edge. Jostling for position on the top shelf now are all of the following:

  • plain white flour
  • self-raising flour
  • strong white bread flour
  • wholewheat flour
  • rye flour
  • buckwheat flour
  • 2 different kinds of maize flour
  • corn starch
  • tapioca starch
  • rice flour
  • manioc flour
  • chickpea flour

…not to mention the cornmeal, oatmeal and 5 different kinds of sugar. Ok, so it’s not quite the equivalent of Imelda Marcos and her shoe fetish but it does tell me that I need to get to work further down the baking production line!

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An Apology to my Pressure Cooker

Dear Pressure Cooker,

I would like to apologise for what I put you through the other night. To tell you the truth, I am only just about recovering from the experience myself.

Let me start by saying that you have been a faithful kitchen servant for many years. I need only think of the speed at which you have allowed me to cook a myriad pulses: kidney beans for that tex-mex chili and the Nigerian stew with the peanut sauce; black turtle beans for Mexican “charros”; black-eyed beans to be eaten with sweetcorn and a cider vinegar dressing; butter beans later slow-baked with carrots, tomatoes and oregano; soy beans for homemade tofu (though that was only the once); and chickpeas a zillion ways.

You were never, alas, meant to be used for jam-making.

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