Popular cooking blogger mums Oh Bee Bee, Lee Li Ming and Diana Gale share the three items they simply cannot run their kitchens without.
Bee Bee of Honeybee Sweets
“There so many essential ingredients… It’s hard to choose! But the three that I must have and will freak out when I run out are:
1. Eggs This ingredient alone can be used in so many recipes, and the ways of cooking it is limited only by our creativity. Besides, hard-boiled eggs are already delicious enough on their own and my kids will never complain about those.
2. Bread I bake bread weekly – yes, weekly. I come up with all sorts of combinations using ingredients from corn to charcoal powder. If I can’t bake, I’ll buy, though that’s rare. Bread can be used for making all kinds of savoury sandwiches or French toast. Or I simply smear on peanut butter and my kids will gobble it up happily.
3. Butter It’s another key ingredient in many recipes, like for bread, cakes and even in savoury dishes like mashed potatoes, butter corn and scrambled eggs. Without it, some dishes are just not the same. Besides, everything is better with butter!”
Diana Gale of The Domestic Goddess Wannabe
1. Salt and pepper because they bring life to every dish.
2. Garlic because it is the foundation of most recipes.
3. Chilli It adds a zing to any meal!
Li Ming of Bento, Monsters
“You don’t need a lot of fancy tools to start making charabens. The top three items I would suggest are:
1. Cling wrap Using this is a super easy and quick way to shape your rice and most people already have it in their kitchen.
2. Fine-point scissors and tweezers Use the scissors to cut the little shapes and details out of your nori (seaweed) sheets. The tweezers will help you place them neatly onto your characters.
3. Shape punchers These are a great tool, and you can be quite flexible with them. You can also use cookie cutters. Craft punchers work quite well on nori, too.”
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