When making muffins
Always mix the wet ingredients in a separte bowl of the dry ones. And then carefully pour the wet mix into the dry mix.
Also be careful with over mixing. When making muffins you just want to moist the dry ingredients. The mix should be lumpy.
How to make the perfect pie crust
When making a crust keep all your ingredients cold by putting them in the refrigerator.
Just take them out when you are going to start making the dough.
Less chances for the butter to melt. More chances for your crust to come out perfect!
How to test how hot your grill is
Remember counting with Mississippi's. Test how hot your fire is by holding your hand about two inches above the grill, if you can only count 2 Mississippi's before removing your hand from the fire that means its very hot and good for searing and marking meats. 5 Mississippi's medium heat and 10 Mississippi's is very low good for holding meat.
Pick your mangoes right!
Depending what you are making or cooking with your mangoes you should
consider how ripe they are.
When making a dessert, jam or sweets you should pick a completely ripe mango, that is full in flavor and that it has reach its full sweetness. For sweets it doesn't matter if its soft or not.
When cooking or making grilled mangoes, relishes and other cooked dishes go for mangoes that are just 3/4 way ripe, that way they are going to be easier to handle (cut) and wont mush up or disintegrate while cooking.
How peel and seed tomatoes:
Get a small pot of water simmering
Make a x mark on the bottom of your tomatoes with your pairing knife
Get a container of ice cold water ready
Place the tomatoes in simmering water for about 1 minute or until skin loosens
Transfer the tomatoes to ice cold water
Cut in quarters and proceed to peel and take seeds out
Tomatoes ready to use! : D