Daily Archives: December 3, 2008

Handy Hints for Wednesday ~ 4

Five more handy hints for you again this week I hope you will find them useful.

Many people find cooking rice a difficult task. I find the best way is to use a microwave oven. A full portion per person is 2ozs. Start by filling the kettle with fresh water and put it on to boil. Measure the required amount of rice into a large bowl or microwave steamer. Add boiling water to about ¾ inch above the level of the rice, cover and leave to stand for at least five minutes. Place in the microwave and cook on high for 4 minutes. Remove and stir, check for doneness. Wild rice may take a little longer. Strain the rice and return to the bowl. Place a sheet of kitchen paper on top and cook for a further 30 seconds. The Rice is now ready to serve.

Buttons are stitched on to items of clothing by machine these days. This means that the ends of the thread are often not secure and will become undone. To prevent this from happening dab a little clear nail varnish on the top thread or onto the stem of the thread and leave to dry.

Pollen from the stamen of flowers can stain fabric badly. DO NOT TRY TO BRUSH IT OFF. Take a piece of sticky tape about 2 inches and press the sticky side gently to the pollen mark and lift off. Repeat with clean sticky tape as required.

Keep a box of baking soda near the cooker. In the event of a grease fire, sprinkle baking soda on the flame to extinguish it. This will not damage counter tops or the pans. It is safe for use on electrical fires.

Ever fall over and be rewarded with bumps and bruises? Thanks to Gabriela Avram for this cure! Take one cabbage leaf and soften it by pressing on it with a rolling pin then wrap around the bruise.

Gabriela, thanks for the tip and I hope your bruises have faded.