The dilemma of how to enjoy a single glass of wine from an unopened bottle, without having to worry about quickly drinking the rest of it, is one that many have tried to solve. Plenty of wine preservation gadgets and systems exist to answer this quandary, with most relying on evacuating the air from the bottle in one way or the other. Rarely do they try to put it back in.
A bread maker in the kitchen is more than just a time-saver, it is encouragement. If not for the bread machine, chances are loaves would come straight from the store shelves. Although the offerings from the store are rich and varied, nothing can compare to the delicious comfort of freshly baked bread. But why should Western-style loaves have all the fun?
The universe of bread is big, wide, and delicious. But one thing all bread holds in common, no matter what it is designed to hold, is that freshly baked is better. The Rotimatic, from the firm Zimplistic in Singapore, … Read more
The kitchen can be a mysterious place filled with wondrous things. And that's before any food enters the room. Imagine a time traveler, stumped by the box that is the microwave. Depending on the era, they could probably riddle out the use of the hearth and the icebox, or rather the oven and the refrigerator, but other things might not be so obvious to our friend out of time.
Just as the seasons turn, so do our palates. Big, warming food becomes popular again, and appetites dream of what's to come. Always on the horizon, of course, is the big food day of the year. No, not Halloween -- contrary to popular belief, candy does not constitute a meal -- but rather that other food holiday: Thanksgiving. And while tradition dictates much of the menu, every once in a while, something new sneaks in. Or at least a new preparation.
All cooking methods have some bit of mystery associated with them. Behind the closed doors of the microwave or wall oven, magic is happening. The same could be said for something simple like frying something on the stovetop. The transformative process that happens to our food when we apply heat may be understood on a primal level, but that doesn't necessarily translate to an innate understanding about how and why food cooks the way it does.
Waffles hold a certain appeal for some individuals. Chances are, just saying the word "waffles" brings a particular image to mind (and a rumble to the stomach). Be they Belgian waffles, with their deep pockets waiting to be filled with deliciousness, or chocolate waffles with their deliciousness woven right into the batter, waffles present a challenge in that there are so many possibilities, yet only one breakfast per day.
The UK is on a breakfast roll -- or at least on a roll regarding what Americans generally consider breakfast items. Recently, we saw the iKettle, a Wi-Fi-enabled hot water kettle that can be controlled with a smartphone. Neat idea for those that never know when they'll be ready for a spot of tea. Given that there probably isn't a mysterious 'toast time' we Americans know nothing about, now they have a toaster over there specifically designed to be able to keep toast warm until it's time to eat.
Orchestrating the construction of a whole meal is an endeavor that requires timing and patience. After the perfect combination of that classic trilogy of protein, vegetable and starch has been decided upon, the next task is to prepare it. With finding balance such an important aspect of meal-making before and during the event, a kitchen gadget that can help tie everything together in the race to the finish line, is a welcome addition to the kitchen. Especially if it knows how to subtract.
The fact that coffee can have a bitter taste to some is a reality that requires an obvious solution: take out the bitter. Naturally, there are a lot of solutions that seem to be out there. For one, adding a spoonful of sugar (at least) seems to do the trick for many; sweeteners of all types always seem to be nearby a pot of coffee. Then, of course, there is the solution that goes straight to the source: let the coffee maker take out the bitterness.
Staring at the coffee maker as it performs its daily duty is a tradition long held not-so-dear to the precaffeinated; waiting for the coffee to finish brewing is no fun. However, that doesn't mean it has to be dull. Just because a traditional drip coffee maker hides the action behind an opaque filter holder doesn't mean that something exciting isn't happening behind the scenes, right?
Usually, it does mean just that. Hot water drips into ground coffee beans and out comes coffee. Bo-ring. Considering the lack of caffeine for the viewer, it is probably better to watch … Read more