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Published June 18th 2014
Not the Mythbuster Laboratory, Just My Cosy Kitchen
I love a good handy hint, but it needs to be practical and simply achievable, not require the Mythbuster Laboratory to prove it works. I have a list of handy cooking hints from the 1990, yes those were the days. These are from various magazines and newspaper columns sent in by many women sharing the wisdom of their mothers and grandmothers.

In tribute to all the women that toiled over hot stoves to create happy lifelong memories for their families I present this list of cost effective hints.

Family Meals


Mamma Mia, use a packet of chicken or onion soup instead of milk when you macaroni and cheese ~ a tasty improvement.
Rice Rescue, if you have overcooked rice, it can still be rescued by using it for a desert. Add a few raisins some sugar and small can of evaporated milk, heat slightly before serving.
Flavoursome Rice, add a teaspoon of dried coconut and a packet of mushroom soup to rice for a delicious flavour.
Foil an Egg, a cracked egg can still be boiled if wrapped in aluminum foil and boiled for a minute longer than allocated time.
Parsley Power, if you have been too generous with garlic in a dish, add chopped parsley to tone down the garlic.
Potato Reviver, to reheat baked potatoes, first dip them in boiling water and bake for another 25 minutes in the oven at 180 degree.



Jam up your Yogurt, make your own fruit yogurt by mixing jam with plain yogurt.
Fill it with Fruit, a cake that has flopped in the centre can be decorated by filling the unintended hollow with canned fruit and dress it up with whipped cream, top it off with a cherry , nobody will be the wiser.
In a Jam, if a recipe that requires citrus peel, marmalade is a good substitute. It also makes a perfect glaze for pork chops or chicken roast.



Use your Noodles, when making chicken pie add volume to the meat with shell noodle and a tin of mushroom soup.
Cushion Crackers, to spread butter or any other spreads on crisp salty crackers without breaking them, place the cracker on a slice of fresh bread to serve as a 'cushion'
Foil Bananas, when bananas are cheap and abundant, peel and wrap in foil either whole or diced. This keeps for months in the freezer make for a delicious healthy snack to nibble on in the summer months.
Coffee Bake, substitute cold black coffee for milk to add a pleasant flavour to gingerbread, or chocolate cake or any other recipe that the coffee will marry well with.
Chop n Cheese, if you do not have ricotta handy use cottage cheese with a little sugar.


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