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It's the season of entertaining and your
kitchen just might be its busiest now more
than at any other time of the year with all
the baking, cooking and mixing that's
about to happen.
You can make your task a little lighter
however, by making sure you have perfectly
measured out ingredients for those treas-
ured recipes from granny, or the new ones
you can't wait to try.
Keep in mind that you need to use the
right tools for measuring dry ingredients vs.
liquids, as sometimes even small, seemingly
negligible deviations can be the difference
between a successful dish or something
that can be used as a weapon.
Once you have your tools handy, here are
a few tips you can follow:
Scoop and Level
For measuring cups of white sugar, or
using measuring spoons, the 'scoop and
level' process is fine. Scoop directly out of
the container and level off any excess using
the straight, even edge on
the back of a kitchen knife.
To pack or not to pack
Flour should be spooned
into the measuring cup and
leveled off as described
above, but don't pack it in! Compacting the
flour can change the volume measurement.
Brown sugar on the other hand should al-
ways be measured packed, using the pres-
sure of your hand to compact it in the
Measuring by weight
Measuring by weight is more accurate
than by volume, and quite a few recipes in-
clude weight measurements. As such, it
would be useful to pick up a good digital
First, place your empty bowl on the scale
and zero it out. Then, select your unit of
measurement (grams or ounces) and add
your ingredients to start measuring.
LIQUIDS AND STICKY STUFF
For measuring liquids and ingredients that
may have a somewhat sticky or gooey con-
sistency (e.g. honey or corn syrup), use a
transparent plastic or glass measuring cup
with a pour spout and a handle, especially
for larger quantities.
Make sure the cup is on a flat, level sur-
face and take all readings at eye level. Do not
lift the cup to your eyes to read the meas-
urement as the cup will very likely be un-
If you're using measuring spoons, hold the
spoon straight and fill to the brim.
Trick: To get your gooey ingredients out
easily, coat the inside of the measuring in-
strument with a bit of cooking spray.
Lastly, a neat tool to have around the
kitchen are conversion tables to help you fig-
ure out some of those tricky measurements;
any of these can be found online easily to
guide your cooking ventures.
Greetings to all our readers and welcome to our 2015 edition
of "EAT DRINK AND BE MERRY," a Christmas Cookbook with
a difference. This year, we have decided to showcase recipes
that are enjoyed internationally as opposed to our local fare of
pastelles and the like. Savoury dishes of pork, beef and lamb
are just the beginning, and we've even thrown in some sweet
surprises on how to pair wines with your dishes, some holiday
candies and even the recipe for singer Patti LaBelle's sweet
potato pie! Thus, we at Guardian Media Limited wish you all a
wonderful Christmas that's filled with delight and love (and
never forget the reason for
the season!). Enjoy your
Special Publications Unit
Measure it Right!
What's for Breakfast?
Popovers, Breads and Rolls
Perfect Wine Pairings
& Decorative Presentations
Pair with Fonseca
Christmas Chicken Dishes
Cocktails & Sorbets
Kerrygold Christmas Cake
Features Editor/Manager SPU
and Contributing Writers
Kaelanne Jordan, Christine Dalkan,
Akiela Hope, Bavina Sookdeo,
Joseanne Henry, Leja Angelove
Head of Design
Sherlan Thomas, Richard Yacoob,
Recipes were sourced from
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