Using A Bread Maker – Panasonic SD206

Introduction

I made this video of myself using a bread maker (Panasonic SD206) in 2001 but had no means of publishing it back then. So I have decided to publish it now so that the effort wasn’t completely wasted.

I hope it helps people who are considering getting a bread maker but are not sure how one is used in practice. Continue reading “Using A Bread Maker – Panasonic SD206”

Oh No! Not Square Plates!

Introduction

Controversy rages over what shape of plate food should be served on:

Square plates are an ‘abomination’ according to a report about MasterChef judge William Sitwell’s view in the Telegraph. Apparently Mr Sitwell is to hold a ‘Square Plate’ amnesty at the Towcester Food Festival on the 7th and 8th of June 2014. He doesn’t plan to destroy them Greek style. He’s going to give them to charity. This means they will still be in circulation and may be eaten from. I can’t really stand a round plant pot on a square plate can you.

The square plate issue came to light in the BBC MasterChef competition when Mr Sitwell (a judge by invitation) made it clear he didn’t like a contestant’s food because it was served on a square plate. He is of the opinion that a square plate suggests a chef using one raises presentation above flavour. Continue reading “Oh No! Not Square Plates!”

One Pint Glass Tankards Seen In Dalston

Has a new era begun now One Pint Glass Tankards have been seen in Dalston?

“One pint glass tankards seen in Dalston pubs in East London such as The Shacklewell Arms.”

A lengthy report from the BBC tells that these drinking vessels may be returning to some pubs frequented by young people in London. They disappeared from pubs around 2001 when the company making them, Ravenhead Glass in St Helens, closed their factory. They are now made in Turkey apparently.

Not everyone is so nostalgic. Some think that the old glass tankard is not so good for the beer as a modern narrow glass. The old ones have a poor open surface to volume ratio, I believe, allowing the bubbles to escape too soon after the pint is pulled. Yes these pubs PULL their pints.

See the video below, from St. Chad’s College Bar, Durham (not in Dalston), which shows how a Real Ale should be dispensed. Unfortunately an ordinary beer glass is being used here, not a Glass Tankard.

St. Chad’s Bar, St Chad’s College, Durham University, 18 N Bailey, Durham DH1 3RH.

Dry Ice In Water

Observing The Reaction Of Dry Ice In Water

I always wanted to try this (put dry ice in water) and last year I got the opportunity. When I bought some meat from Donald Russell it was delivered packed in dry ice (frozen CO2) i.e. solid carbon dioxide. This dry ice was used to keep the meat cool in transit. The meat and dry ice are transported in a polystyrene box which provides lots of insulation. However the heat does percolate a package like this and the dry ice sublimates, but usually there is some left on arrival. If not the meat temperature may rise too high. So I had a source of dry ice.

The first thing I wanted to do as soon as the meat was stored in a cool place was put the dry ice in water and watch it bubble away and the vapour flow out and down the side of the container. I caught it on video below:

Teapot Cleaning Methods

Should you practice teapot cleaning or not?

Some people think teapot cleaning is unnecessary and that it spoils the flavour of the tea. If they have traditional brown earthenware teapots they probably don’t see all the tannin stains on the inside. With a stainless steel teapot you see them all and they start to form very quickly from new, or after cleaning. Tannin makes a teapot look disgusting. Not something you want guests to see when you make them a cuppa, or when they make one for you.

Teapot cleaning can be avoided by keeping it clean. One way is to make sure it’s emptied and rinsed out immediately after use. Letting it stand with old tea in it until the next mash allows the tannin deposits to grow. Continue reading “Teapot Cleaning Methods”

How To Open A Wine Bottle Without A Corkscrew

This Is How To Open A Wine Bottle Without A Corkscrew

It would appear to be a very simple process to open a wine bottle without a corkscrew. Just look at this video to learn how:

If you aren’t happy with that method try this one. There probably aren’t many corkscrews where this chap comes from:

Of course the British way is the simplest. Only buy wine bottles with screw caps and just unscrew them.

Reference:

The Telegraph.

Another Method Of Opening Food Cans

Introduction

The video here demonstrates another method of opening food cans without a traditional can opener.

This Is Another Method Of Opening Food Cans

This is another method for opening food cans without a can opener. It involves grinding off the folded over edge of the can. The grinding material is in this case is flat concrete laid on the ground. I must warn you it does get a bit messy when the can begins to open:

Reference:

The Telegraph – opening food cans without a can opener.