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Butter

15 Minute Chef: spaghetti with leeks and pancetta

Trim off and discard the end of the leek then cut it in half lengthwise and rinse thoroughly between the leaves. Cut the leek into fine shreds about 4-6cm long. Melt 30 grams of butter in a skillet, add the leek and cook over a low flame until soft. Continue to cook without browning as you prepare the other ingredients, stirring occasionally. If needed, add a little water to prevent it from sticking.

Thursday, 8 November, 2012, 10:08am

Truc

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. In addition to butterfat (about 80 per cent, although many brands have more), butter also contains water and milk solids.

22 Jul 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

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