Tips

July 23, 2015

11 Essential Rules to Making Perfect Macarons

Having encountered numerous painful failed Macaron baking attempts, i.e. “Footless” macarons, dome cracked top macarons, hollow macarons, etc, I've come to realize there are indeed some "rules" to follow which they don't really mention in most recipes...
December 16, 2014

Essential Thai Sauces in BNF Kitchen

Since this is Thai food week, I thought it’ll make sense for me to share with you some of the essential Thai sauces in BNF Kitchen. Now, perhaps this might be boring read on a Tuesday morning (you’d rather be reading Korean Air nut rage latest saga maybe stalking someone on Facebook or Instagram), but if you are interested in making Thai food at home on a regular basis, read on!..
October 28, 2014

All about MUSHROOMS

Who doesn't like mushrooms? Okay, I’m sure there are plenty of mushroom-haters out there but I just haven’t met one yet. So today’s article is a tribute to all mushroom lovers out there. We all love our mushroom soups, stuffed baked mushrooms, risotto porcini, truffles (mmm…), etc but do you know the health benefits these fungi offer? How to store / clean them and what are the different types available here? Let’s read on!
October 14, 2014

Cook Corn in 3 Minutes

Our household is big on corn. Corn on the cob, corn salad, corn chowder, popcorn :-D…I especially love grilled corn on a stick. Whenever I pass by the street vendors selling them in Bali or Phuket, you will definitely see me walking away with at least one in my hand. My hubby recently sent me a link showing how to cook corn in 3 minutes and ever since, I’ve been making my own grilled corn at home! I just thought this is too good not to share. I'm sure some of you would have already seen this tip but for those who have not, enjoy!
October 7, 2014

Peel A Head of Garlic – No Knife Required!

Let's face it, peeling garlic is a pain in the neck. It gets in your finger nails, under your skin and takes forever for them to come apart. The 2nd last thing I want (1st thing is garlic breath) is to have my fingers reeking of garlic. So here is any easy way to peel as many heads of garlic as you want, yet keeping your fingers garlic-smell free! Oh, an added bonus - you could also tone your arms and biceps while doing that.
September 30, 2014

All about LIMES

I love limes. Be it the color, the smell, the taste, the health benefits, etc, I just can't get enough of this fruit. Here's why. Although lime is rarely eaten raw, they are used in flavoring savory dishes and desserts. Lime juice enhances the flavor of vegetables and salads without adding fat or too much calories. Win! The high content of vitamin C provides health related benefits too! Double win! They can also be used as a garnish, in the form of a slice or wedge, used in popular alcoholic beverages like margaritas and daiquiris. Lime zest is also used to add flavor in baking.
September 23, 2014

BNF Essential Kitchen Tools – Measuring Cups / Spoons

I've been getting many queries on measurement conversion - "what is 1/4 tsp equivalent to?", "how many ml is 1 cup?". To be honest, I used to have that problem too. Ever since I've started baking (that's usually when precise measurement comes into place), I've invested in a couple sets of measuring kitchen tools. Okay, maybe more than a couple. A few sets. Life has never been easier and best of all, they are inexpensive (hence, I could afford a few sets) and (seems) to last forever.
September 16, 2014

How to peel a potato in one step

Tired of standing over the sink or kitchen counter peeling potatoes? This trick is especially handy if you are making mash potatoes.
September 9, 2014

Peeling A Kiwi With A Spoon

So this tip actually came from my breakfast chef aka my man. I don't usually pay attention to how he prepared my breakfast until one day, I decided to hover over him while he cut up my fruits. In a swift motion, the kiwi was peeled. I think I just fell for him a little more.
September 2, 2014

Splitting An Apple – No Knife!

The usual way of eating apples is hold and bite. Now, if you don't like eating apples whole (they can, after all, get a little messy that way), but don't always have a knife around, you can actually break them in half with your bare hands - sounds weird? Nay. Not only is it convenient, it makes you look like the Incredible Hulk (you know, sans anger issues).