Survival Skills

Carry on camping!

It's summer - so you have no excuses for doing nothing. Now is the perfect time to organise a camping trip with your friends.

Wednesday, 15 August, 2012, 11:05pm

Q & A: Sara La Fountain

Q & A: Sara La Fountain

A jack of all food trades, the 31-year-old- in Hong Kong to promote a television show - explains her passion.

31 Aug 2012 - 11:36pm

5 missing as sailors plucked from sea

Five sailors from a Chinese-Indonesian crew were missing last night after their Hong Kong-registered cargo ship apparently sank in rough seas, the Marine Department said yesterday.

The Japanese coastguard rescued 12 survivors from international waters about 23 nautical miles off Torishima island, Okinawa, at about 5pm yesterday. Contact with the vessel was lost on Tuesday.

6 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Fry in the face of wisdom

What's not to love about deep-fried turkey? The meat is juicy, it has a delicious, crispy golden skin and it's quick to cook. If only it wasn't so dangerous. If you've never seen anything bigger than a deep-fried chicken wing or prawn tempura, cooking a whole turkey in a vat of hot fat sounds ridiculous. But in North America, deep-frying turkeys for Thanksgiving became a craze in the 1990s.

24 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Goldsmith offers insight into secrets of the trade

Wellendorff likes to show clients how the German jewellery brand makes its unique pieces.

At the company's boutique in IFC mall, Charlotte Marie Schleifenbaum shows Hong Kong's clients how the Wellendorff rope is made.

21 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Cooking up a storm

Cooking is an important life skill that many people fail to master by the time they leave the parental home. A great way to help children get a head start is to enrol them in classes.

10 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

STEAM work

There are many ways to cook, but steaming is a firm favourite with the Chinese. That doesn't mean top European companies are ignoring this market. Some state-of-the-art steaming appliances are made by European firms.

One reason is that it is a healthier way of cooking than frying or deep frying.

22 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Safety fears make dining out less appealing

Taiwan's plasticiser scandal has increased public concern about food safety. Cancer-causing industrial chemicals were found to have been used in food production.

As a result, people worried about eating unsafe food have been making their own meals and growing vegetables instead of dining out in restaurants.

21 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

New angle on invasion hits TV

Discovery Channel is showing a special 67th anniversary D-Day documentary this Sunday at 10pm.

The two-hour Surviving D-Day combines cutting-edge analytical commentary with powerful visuals, vivid dramatisations and inspiring stories of heroism.

3 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

A code that could save your life

These days it is easy to communicate with people. We can use e-mails or texts. But before those were invented, people had to find other ways of communicating over long distances. Mostly this used to involve long telephone wires. But when wires were not possible - such as between ships at sea - other methods had to be found. One of the best methods is the Morse Code.


25 May 2011 - 12:00am

Something old, something new

I have a friend who could be considered one of the geekiest of all food geeks - and I mean that in a good way. He has a sous-vide set up so he can cook food 'under vacuum' at precise temperatures. He has an induction burner in his bedroom, so he can cook without disturbing the people he lives with.

2 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

Distress signals found at work site

Police collected 20 marine distress flares, one of which was empty, and four smoke distress signals from a construction site in Po Toi O yesterday after construction workers found 10 marine distress signals and two smoke signals buried underground. Officers from the Fire Services Department later found 10 more marine distress signals and two more smoke signals. No one was injured.

28 May 2010 - 12:00am

School of fish

It seems an odd name for a food blog but Beyond Salmon (, as author Helen Rennie explains, covers many fish in the sea that are often ignored by home cooks. The subtitle reads, 'Everything you ever wanted to know about fish and other musings on all things yummy.' She blogs to 'capture [her] musings on all things fish. The reason ...

20 Sep 2009 - 12:00am

Perfect pitch

As holidaymakers look to escape formulaic hotels and routine vacations, a trend towards tented resorts and comfy camping gets travellers closer to nature - without the mosquito bites.

17 Jun 2009 - 12:00am



Camouflage is a way of matching the surroundings so it is difficult to see you. For example, if you lay on the grass dressed completely in green, you might look like a mound from a distance. In other words, camouflage is a way of trying to be invisible.

6 May 2009 - 12:00am