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Reflections on mini ovens

Well, I finally braced myself and got one of those mini ovens. As a snobby occasional cook (I cook rarely, but when I cook I cook up a storm, at least in my own eyes), I used to pooh-pooh my friend’s odes in the praise of mini ovens. But then my …

Put it on a whiteboard

One can find whiteboards everywhere: in offices, meeting rooms, school classrooms, homes…   Ubiquitous as they are today, whiteboards were not an instant success when they first appeared in the late 1950s to mid-1960s.   It took them …

Do you need a batter dispenser?

You may or may not be aware of it, but there is a heated debate in certain internet circles about the usefulness of batter dispensers. Things go to such extremes that some participants call into question the very reason d’être of this inoffensive kitchen …

DIY garden decor

Every gardener worth his or her salt knows that practically anything that is even remotely vessel-like or able to support a vessel-like object can be used as a planter. Add some soil, seeds, water - and you will be rewarded with a splendid …

Shopkins toys

  They are tiny, they are cute and they are the new "in toy".   Shopkins are small plastic toys. Each new series of Shopkins (and there are three so far) combines more than one hundred characters with playsets and accessories. Some …

How to cope with heat

12 tips for keeping cool in summer In winter, we shiver and yearn for summer. In summer, we moan about the heat.   Humans being what we are (only human), that kind of behaviour is not likely to change. However, now that summer is here (and a …

Delicate and delectable Madeleines

  Personally, I blame Marcel Proust.   Were it not for his 2000 (give a take a few) words long description of Madeleines in Remembrance of Things Past (also known as In Search of Lost Time), I would have never fallen in love with these …

Toys in the forefront

Every year in November, a disruption of tectonic proportions seizes up South Africa’s online marketplace bidorbuy. Merchandise that rules the roost during the rest of the year suddenly has to take back seat. Men’s watches and ladies’ jewellery, rare coins …

Eggs are also good for…

You already know that eggs can be used as food. But did you know that they are much more versatile than that?  Here are some of other popular uses for eggs:   Make paint. Mix pigments, egg yolk (the membrane carefully removed) and an agent …

Door mat essentials

If you ever cleaned the floors in your house, you will have instinctively realised just how important the humble door mat is. Experts confirm this. They say that a good door mat can trap most dirt particles, allergens, microbes and other pollutants that …