Do you ever feel like your life is being sucked down a big hole called the internet? Me too. I mean, I’m exceptionally grateful that you’re reading this, but I do wonder sometimes if we would all be less busy if we spent more time IRL* rather than online.
That said, I must thank the gods of the internet for saving my bacon on several occasions in the last few weeks. Here are my internet takeouts** this week, in the hope that sharing them here will save you precious time that you can spend lying on your sofa with a book.
1. How to store feta: We eat a lot of feta in this house, but I am forever either a) throwing some out after it’s turned furry in the fridge or b) eating too much of it to avoid it going mouldy and being thrown out. So discovering that you can store it in brine has changed my life.
All you need to do is make up some brine – use 3 tsp salt to 500ml water – and pour this over the feta in a suitably sized plastic container with a lid. The feta should be immersed in the liquid. Seal the lid on, put it in the fridge and hey presto, no more stinky, wasted cheese.
2. How to deep fry without a thermometer: On Thursday morning I bought a new candy thermometer. On Friday morning I managed to smash it. On Saturday morning I needed to make a batch of doughnuts and lacked the will or time to go and buy a new thermometer. Rather than guess, I turned to my handy Mr Google and the best tip I found was also the easiest. Plunge a wooden spoon handle into hot oil and if the oil bubbles up vigorously, it’s at the right temperature. Easy. Safe. Cheap. Brilliant.
3. How to divide an egg in half: Beat the egg until yolk and white are well combined, then measure out 1 Tbsp plus 1 tsp – it will weigh about 26g for a large egg.
4. What to do with leftover croissants: We never have leftover ones anyway, but should this happen at some stage, this is what I’m going to do with them (if you don’t have time to click the link, know this: split croissants horizontally, fry in butter. Eat.)
5. What to do if you’ve got that cold that’s doing the rounds: Thankfully I haven’t had occasion to try this turmeric cure, but I am intrigued by it.
What have you learned this week?
* See, I’ve been spending so much time online I even know the geeky acronyms. IRL is short for ‘in real life’.
** I’ve also been spending a lot of time in meetings (a place where good sense and ideas go to die), where speech is peppered with words like ‘stakeholders’, ‘takeouts’ and other corporate hideousness. Ugh.