Monthly Archives: January 2021

  1. You Can Do It Too: Delicious, Crispy Spring Rolls

    You Can Do It Too: Delicious, Crispy Spring Rolls
    Imagine this: Bite down on a freshly-friend, wonderfully crisp spring roll with a juicy vegetable and mushroom filling. Sound good? Today we’ve got a flaky, juicy, and easy spring roll tutorial for you right here. Spring rolls are a very popular appetizer at restaurants, but they can cost quite a bit, considering the relatively simple ingredients that go into making them. Why not make your own at a fraction of the cost? The best part is that, you can add anything you want into these delicious little bites. This recipe is more of the classic vegetarian variant, but you can absolutely add your own. These are some of our favourite additions:
    • Turnip, for that extra crunch
    • Minced meat (if you want it more filling)
    • And let’s not forget to pair these with your favourite sauce. We say, go for a Thai sweet chili.


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  2. Tried & Tested: 6 Food Hacks that Went Viral on Social Media

    Tried & Tested: 6 Food Hacks that Went Viral on Social Media
    We live in a world of instant gratification, where 24/7 connectivity breeds the need for instant results at your fingertips. The rapid exchange of information has shaped our daily lives, right down to what and how we cook – gone are the days where aspiring cooks read bible-sized cookbooks from cover to cover. Instead, they look to the internet for bite-sized kitchen tips. Not surprisingly, social media foodies, particularly those on Tiktok and Instagram, have found ways to garner fame and followings through so-called kitchen hacks, which are meant to make food prep easy for people who have never cooked anything from scratch in their lives. But do these kitchen hacks even work? Or have they been staged to work just that one time, for the sake of social media validation? Love Wholesome tries out 8 viral kitchen hacks to separate the duds from the hits.

    1. Squeezing the juice from a lemon without a knife

    In this hack, a skewer is used to poke a hole through the lemon to squeeze the juice out. It is meant to keep your lemon fresh if you are after just a little juice, as sliced lemons dry out in the fridge. Simply roll the lemon with your hand on the kitchen top, poke a hole in it with a skewer, toothpick, or a screwdriver, and gather whatever wrist strength you have to squeeze the juice out. Did it work? In short, this trick works, but
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  3. 8 Ways to Level-Up Your Kitchen for Cooking and Baking

    8 Ways to Level-Up Your Kitchen for Cooking and Baking
    Cooking or baking can be an extremely procedural past-time, especially for those who are new to it. It isn’t as straightforward as other hobbies, and many people have abandoned their newfound passion because of how frustrating it can be. But if you are serious about perfecting that roast beef you have been working on, or you just want to bake your own chocolate cookies for a change, here are some tips that you should consider if you want more consistent results and less fuss.

    1. Cooking thermometers

    Ovens come in many builds and sizes, and they may have different temperature ranges. Fan-forced ovens heat up very quickly and oftentimes, no preheating is required. If your cakes crack or burn easily, it is likely due to an overheated oven. On the other hand, if it sinks in the middle, it could be due to too-low temperatures. Likewise, optimal temperatures are most ideal for roasting meat. You don’t want to serve an undercooked chicken to your guests. If you are deep-frying breaded meats, you may need a thermometer to check for oil temperatures to avoid burning and overcooking. Invest in thermometers for your oven, meat and stovetop cooking to take the guesswork out and make your cooking and baking journeys a lot easier.

    2. Measuring spoons and cups

    When you are deep in the throes of making your favourite dish, you don’t want to be converting measurements from metric to imperial, or vice versa. It breaks your concentration and spoils the pleasures of cooking. This applies to cup measurements, too, which can v
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  4. Horchata Milk And How To Make It At Home (Super Easy!)

    Horchata Milk And How To Make It At Home (Super Easy!)
    Nut milk has long been a popular alternative to dairy milk for vegans and those suffering from lactose intolerance or dairy-related allergies. More recently, the list of dairy-free choices has expanded to include grain-based milk beverages, including one known as horchata. Horchata originates from a Mediterranean tradition of grinding grains to create drinks (the name comes from the Latin word hordeata, which in turn originates from hordeum or barley). These drinks have been an important alternative form of protein for people consuming plant-based diets or living in places where dairy sources were unavailable. There are many, many types of horchata around the world. Drinkers in the Mediterranean as well as Latin America, where the drink is also popular, have their preferred recipes and flavour combinations. The sky really is the limit when picking your horchata ingredients. You can make a horchata drink from rice, sesame seeds, barley or even pumpkin and melon seeds. A popular version in the Mediterranean and parts of Africa is making horchata out of grains and tubers such as tiger nuts and rice.

    Not that kind of nut

    Don’t be fooled by the name: tiger nuts are not actually nuts. Although they come from the tuber family, they earned this misleading name because they have stripes like tigers and taste like almonds or pecans. Producers harvest the marble-sized tiger nuts from the yellow nutsedge plant. Researchers have found that in West African countries such as Nigeria and Mali, tiger nuts are a popular and cheap source of protein. I
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  5. 2020 Wrapped: What Did People Bake the Most?

    2020 Wrapped: What Did People Bake the Most?
    It’s 2021, and while we can’t wait to bid 2020 goodbye with a little too much enthusiasm, it has been the year where you, your oven and your kitchen grew that little bit closer. While you stayed home and missed the opportunity to travel the world, visit friends and families, and savour delicious baked goods from around the world, it sure didn’t dampen your make the best of the situation and become that skilful home baker you were always destined to be. So don’t go thinking: just how much flour did I go through this year? (The answer is: a lot) Instead, with the upcoming year full of quality time to spend with your kitchen again, think of what you loved to bake, what you want to make this year, and whether you have a community of people celebrating just the same recipes as you. Here are the top 5 recipes our readers just loved in 2020.

    Sourdough Loaf

    Ah, the good old classic. Sourdough is the ultimate form of bread making. It takes a lot of patience, planning in advance, and many attempts for the perfect loaf. But that also makes the result that much more satisfying for novice home bakers. What are you waiting for? Get started on a starter now!

    Puteri Ayu Pandan

    Working from home during those warm tropical afternoons definitely gets you restless and craving a yummy snack now and then. It’s no wonder this fragrant pandan-infused mini sponge cakes made the list! Easy to make, perfect for snacking, and a nostalgic favourite of Ramadan bazaar lovers.

    Kuih Tapak Kuda

    Chocolate-y, fluffy, and delicious. This all-time favourite Raya treat was a hit with our home bakers in 2020. It’s no wonder, when you can switch up the chocolate filling for hazelnut cream, coco
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  6. Kenwood Cooking Chef Kitchen Machine: The All-In-One Kitchen Appliance

    Kenwood Cooking Chef Kitchen Machine: The All-In-One Kitchen Appliance
    It’s the New Year. Your arms are occupied with grabbing tasty snacks off the counter, throwing back glasses of bubbly, and waving those celebratory fireworks. Even if you’re tasked with whipping up some delicious chow for that New Year’s party - or need to create a simple communal dish to impress for the countdown potluck - let our Kenwood Chef XL Titanium - (Stand Mixer) do the work. It’s been a hard year, you and your arms sure deserve a break. What's our favourite feature of the Kenwood Chef XL Titanium? It would be the 24 pre-programmed settings that ease you through your baking process! The easy-to-use programmes will automatically change temperature and even adjust stir intervals and power in the background. If that's not enough to convince you, it also incorporates Kenwood's first-ever heated induction system that enables you to cook meals directly in the bowl! Perfect for busy individuals who love convenience — without compromising on the taste of their food. One thing's for sure, you can’t possibly create an entire meal with just a single stand mixer - it’ll overheat! Well, that’s where you’re wrong - our Kenwood Chef XL Titanium is designed to do the heavy lifting. For us here at Kenwood, we'd say it's one of the best kitchen machines you'd want to own
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