Follow our new CNA LIFESTYLE page on Facebook for more dining stories and videosSINGAPORE: If you’re dining at a restaurant and you glance into its kitchen, chances are, amidst the flurry of pots, pans and plates, you’ll see a heavily inked arm here and a full sleeve there – grayscale patterns on skin weaving through the method and madness.Chefs are known for being visual artists when it comes to what’s on the plate, but from the empirical evidence, it certainly seems like they enjoy making canvases of their bodies, too.Why do so many of them have an affinity with tattoo art? Kenneth Foong, head chef at Cure, feels it has to do with the profession’s particular brand of emotion and expression. "I think chefs tend to be the kind of people who wear their hearts on their sleeves – quite literally," he said.It helps that "in our working environment, people don’t judge that much," said Jeremmy Chiam of Le Binchotan. … [Read more...] about Kitchen stories: Why do so many chefs have tattoos?
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By Jonathan Forani Special to the Star Wed., Feb. 28, 2018 Few kitchen complications plague the single person more than a stuck jar lid. It’s a rule universally known, that no matter how tight the lid, a second person will always be able to pop the top, and mock “you loosened it.” But without a partner to tempt the sarcasm fates, you may instead find yourself tempted instead to just to smash the jar to pieces and spoon out the contents from shards of glass. I’m surprised I didn’t resort to that dangerous method with a jar of red beets that until this week was left unopened for two years. Read more: How to sharpen a knife with household objects Article Continued Below Three sweet methods for melting chocolate No bottle opener for the beer? Here’s some ‘sudstitutes’ I bought the jar at a Yonge St. grocer that has since closed and I’ve never had such difficulty twisting a lid off in my life. … [Read more...] about Smarter ways to open a stuck jar lid
By Becky Krystal The Washington Post Wed., Feb. 28, 2018 Standing in line at the emergency room, makeshift bandage around my finger, I got to thinking: What could I have done differently while chopping those scallions? Are my knife skills really that bad? Am I going to bleed out through this wad of paper towels? It’s possible nothing would have saved me the pain and embarrassment of slicing off a chunk of skin and nail from my left index finger while making a spicy tofu stir-fry a few years ago. One errant chop left me with a wrapped digit the size of a sausage and quite possibly the smallest injury ever to require physical therapy. (Yes, there was lots of fingertip bending. And dips in hot wax.) Still, I had to wonder, would “the claw” have made a difference? Read more: How to sharpen a knife with household objects Article Continued Below A chef opens a restaurant. His training? Decades in a prison kitchen Baking her way to business … [Read more...] about Forget ‘the claw’ and learn a faster way to master chopping
A sharp knife is a safe knife, as the saying goes. Even though some of us boasting kitchen war wounds might not appreciate the counterintuitive phrase, a sharp knife can cut with ease and precision in skilled hands. Dull blades are more difficult to use, the risk of slippage is higher and they can require more cutting to get the meal prep job done.But what can you do when faced with a dull blade and no proper whetstone or sharpening surface?Many assume the rod or knife “steel” that comes with most knife blocks is a sharpener, but knife experts actually contest that it should be used that way. In a YouTube video, knife maker Walter Sorrells says the knife steel is more of a “tune up” tool between sharpenings that can make a knife cut better by scratching up the edge and raising “microscopic teeth” along the blade. But overuse will round the edge too much and will require more sharpening on a stone-like surface.With that in mind, we tried some hacks … [Read more...] about How to sharpen a knife with household objects