I'm a sucker for beurre noisette. French for 'hazelnut butter', it doesn't actually contain hazelnuts; instead, noisette refers to the nut-brown hue the butter takes on as it cooks. As you're probably aware, butter is not a pure fat, unlike oil and lard.

Sunday, 22 July, 2012, 12:00am

Vegetable saute

This recipe is just a rough guideline, and you can use whatever fresh, young vegetables are available. They should be blanched so they're almost cooked, before being sauteed with the other vegetables.

Ingredients 8-10 young radishes

300 grams fresh fava beans (about 1.5kg if you buy them in the pods)

8-10 young carrots

5 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

He is a good bread and butter horse, says in-form Ferraris

The winning run of the David Ferraris stable continued when Darpana snatched a well-deserved win in the shadows of the post in the all-weather Class Four sprint. 'He jumped better today and that meant he didn't leave himself with as much to do in the straight,' said jockey Zac Purton, who was confident Darpana had arrived when it mattered.

10 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Hand creams

Fresh Brown Sugar Hand Cream, HK$190/75ml

Claim: contains brown sugar, which Fresh calls a natural antiseptic with moisture-preserving properties. A blend of evening primrose, sweet almond, apricot kernel and jojoba oils nourishes the skin, as do Shea butter and vitamin E.

StriVectin-SD Volumizing Hand Treatment, HK$305/60ml

1 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Beauty buzz

Winter can wreak havoc on skin. We've tested a range of products, from moisturisers and creams to balms, that promise to stave off the ill effects of cold, dry air.

12 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

'He is on the improve and looks a nice bread-and-butter horse'

It was a tough day at the office for Douglas Whyte, with a number of expected winners not quite materialising, however there was a turning point for long-suffering supporters of the John Size-trained Right Timing, who got to cash a ticket.

6 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Almond Butter

Ceres Organics Almond Butter

300 grams for HK$89.90, ThreeSixty

This rich spread from New Zealand is made from only organic almonds - lightly roasted and ground - and salt, and is therefore as natural and wholesome as almond butter gets. It's easy to stir and spreads on smoothly.

22 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

The WOW factor

Your hair, just the way you like it

20 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Shellfish ways

Scallops come in many varieties and sizes, from sweet bay scallops that are less than 1cm in diameter to large, dense sea scallops. I only buy (and eat) fresh scallops; the frozen types are not worth the bother. The best selection of fresh scallops can be found at the better wet markets.

20 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Spread a little nuttiness

Probably the most famous nut butter is peanut butter, which is actually not a 'butter' in the traditional dairy sense, or made from nuts (peanuts are classed as legumes). Yet for many, especially those with children, peanut butter has long been a kitchen cupboard staple.

18 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

On the shelf

I love Korean citrus tea. It's simple to make - stir a spoonful into hot water, for a throat-soothing drink, or into chilled water, for something more refreshing. Bokumjari citrus tea is made entirely of organic ingredients, containing only brown sugar, citron and pear. It costs HK$86 for 620 grams at City'super (Times Square, Causeway Bay, tel: 2506 2888).

7 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Handle with care

Tarragon is one of my favourite herbs but I use it sparingly because its warm, anise-y flavour can be overwhelming.

19 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

Beauty buzz

Gift sets make the perfect present for the beauty addict in your life.

Fresh's Brown Sugar Escape set (HK$720) combines the original and all-natural Brown Sugar body polish with the Brown Sugar body cream and the new Brown Sugar oval soap. The set is available at Lane Crawford.

12 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

This week we test: body butter

Body butter is a thicker, richer choice when it comes to moisturising. Use after a shower or bath so it can sink right into your pores.

The Body Shop Body Butter (HK$179/200ml)

5 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

Beauty buzz

Treat your skin to a daily dose of freshness and hydration this summer.

Eve Lom's Creme Universelle (HK$400/50ml) can be used all over the body and works particularly well on dry feet. This mix of cocoa butter and wheat-germ oil protects, nourishes and softens the skin. It's available at Lane Crawford, Times Square, Causeway Bay and Joyce Beauty 16 Queen's Road Central.

11 Jul 2010 - 12:00am