I was out with the family the other weekend enjoying a lovely lunch when whoops! I spilled my coffee all down my front! Now my favourite cream blouse is stained and ruined. Can you help me?
Coffee stains can be a real pain, can’t they? There are a couple of tricks – try neat white vinegar. If the stain lifts, make sure you wash off the vinegar completely with water. Another idea is to use glycerine, which you can buy from your chemist or supermarket. Simply rub it on the stain, leave for at least 30 minutes, then rub off.
There’s something immensely satisfying about a freshly made, creamy custard. This is an absolutely wonderful, rich version that’s close to foolproof and a wonderful warming dessert for cold nights.
2/3 cup sugar
½ tsp vanilla extract
Pinch of salt
2 vanilla beans
31/2 cups milk
2 Beat together the yolks, sugar, vanilla and salt until creamy.
3 Split the vanilla pods and scrape the centres into a saucepan.
4 Add the pods and milk to a saucepan over medium heat and bring to a simmer.
5 Whisk the milk into the egg mixture and strain into a jug.
6 Pour into 8 ramekins. Place them in a large roasting pan, with plenty of space between each.
7 Pour boiling water into the pan until it comes about halfway up the ramekins.
8 Bake for 45 minutes.
9 Allow to cool and refrigerate until ready to serve.
I just love growing berries. Blueberries, currants and cranberries can be planted any time of the year, but raspberries, boysenberries, blackberries and gooseberries are best planted in winter or spring – so now is a good time to get those in the ground if you want some good yields for the warmer season.
I just love wooden chopping boards – they look beautiful and, if well maintained, they last forever. But they need to be oiled. If not, you dramatically reduce their lifespan and run the risk of bacteria making a home in the porous surface of the wood.