Fireplaces add warmth

As Hong Kong's temperature dips and winter begins to set in, open fireplaces are making a comeback, especially with new designs that allow portability.

Friday, 2 December, 2011, 12:00am

Toiling in a furnace

As the city endures one of its hottest summers on record, concerns are growing for the workers who turn developers' billion-dollar dreams into reality whatever the weather.

The Observatory recorded a temperature of 34.5 degrees Celsius on June 9, the highest on record in June since 1980. Mean temperature for the month was 28.6 degrees, 0.7 degrees above the average.

8 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Warm and fuzzy

Over the past several months, I've received a number of e-mails from a friend in London who is teaching herself to bake. Very few of her attempts have been successful as she likes to 'fiddle' with recipes: she substitutes whole-grain flour for white plain (all-purpose) flour and reduces the amount of sugar in an attempt to make her produce healthier.

6 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Cold comfort

You may be enjoying the current cooler weather but winter is just around the corner. So here are a few ideas to help you stay warm and cosy and, of course, stylish.

17 Oct 2010 - 12:00am

Happy campers

Hong Kong winters may not be long, but they can be chilly. That's reason enough to warm to the coolest design trend in alfresco living: the outdoor fireplace.

A flickering flame has become de rigueur in the hippest yards and patios in colder climates, so it's only natural it would catch on in Hong Kong - especially as some can also be used indoors.

18 Dec 2009 - 12:00am

Diary of a renovator: cold comfort

If designing my kitchen was tricky, choosing appliances to kindle creativity was humbling. I craved tools that would allow me to put away childish things and push me to provide adult fare.

No more instant noodles, mushroom omelettes or curry-in-a-hurry. I was destined to become Delia, Julia, possibly even Nigella.

12 Sep 2008 - 12:00am

A stove bigger than most kitchens

'It's the most expensive oven now in Hong Kong,' a rep from Miele emphasised. Certainly, the German appliance maker went all out to make a promotional statement last week, unveiling a very high-end range of kitchen apparatus. The new slogan is 'Above All', so what better visual representation of that motto than to charter a couple of Peak Trams and take the guests and media up to The Peak.

6 May 2008 - 12:00am

Ready, set, glow with a designer fireplace

Warming up to winter can be a stylish affair, with the latest range of designer fireplaces adding a chic glow to your home.

26 Jan 2007 - 12:00am

High heat

Those with kitchens more suited to hotel rooms than homes often make do without an oven. Siemens offers a solution with its wall-mounted liftMatic oven (above). The appliance, which can be installed between two cabinets or over a table, features a mechanism that lowers the entire oven 'floor'.

21 Jan 2007 - 12:00am

How to choose ... a cooker

How to choose ... a cooker

Hong Kong rental flats tend to be sparsely furnished - in fact, the landlord will usually (but not always) agree to supply only one essential item for the kitchen - a cooker.

6 Aug 2006 - 12:00am

oil burners

1. Ceramic burner, $120, from White Contemporary Homewares, shop 306, Lee Gardens Two, Causeway Bay, tel: 2907 5338.

2. 'Basic' burner with lime green accents, $70, from G.O.D., Leighton Centre, 77 Leighton Road, Sharp Street East entrance, Causeway Bay, tel: 2890 5555;

17 Jul 2005 - 12:00am

How to choose ... an oven

Smaller ovens: most cramped Hong Kong kitchens don't have space for full-size ovens, but a countertop model can be adequate. Depending on the model, a countertop oven can be either a glorified toaster or something capable of roasting a chicken. Choose carefully.

13 Mar 2005 - 12:00am

Woman critical after oil burner accident

A woman was fighting for her life in hospital last night after her clothes ignited while she was filling a lit oil burner.

Police said the accident happened at about 7.30am at the home of the 38-year-old victim, surnamed Cheung, in Man Hoi House, Chun Man Court, Ho Man Tin.

23 Nov 2004 - 12:00am

Language point

Can you pick the EIGHT words from the list below that are connected to FIRE.

Then can you use those words to fill in the blanks.

Hot, green, red, glowing, road, blaze, window, flames, wide, incinerator, ash, stone, heat

1. This food is too ...... . I will burn my mouth if I eat it now.

5 Nov 2003 - 12:00am

Sizzling options

This summer, thousands of people will be breaking out the barbecue to take part in a social ritual that goes back to the origins of cooking. Plates of meats lovingly cooked for hours, along with cobs of corn and jacket potatoes wrapped in tin foil, will follow a familiar march on to the grill for a sizzle cook-up that reflects the essence of get-togethers with good friends.

5 May 2002 - 12:00am