Microwaving

If you want quick and efficient, you need to know how to use on and the do's and don'ts

Using your Halogen Oven

Barbequeing Chicken

When BBQ'ing chicken pieces, microwave for about 5 mins on full power, then wrap in foil with some fresh herbs and a little butter before placing on the BBQ. Always put them away from the main full on source of flame for at least 10 mins before bringing them to the main heat for a further 10 mins.

Before serving, open the foil, prick with a fork to ensure that the juices are running clear and not in any way pink.

Perfectly cooked chicken pieces and delicious too!

Omelettes

To get nearer to that souffle style of omelette and impress your friends and family, add a pinch of cornflour to the beaten egg.

To make the omelette lighter, just add 12ml of water for every egg used but remember do not overbeat the eggs.

Cook in the conventional way or in the microwave if you prefer in an omelette mould

Cake Mixing

If you have problems creaming the butter and sugar together when making a cake, this might make it easier for you.
First of all, make sure that you take the butter out of the fridge at least an hour before you want to use it but if you forget to do this, just put the butter and the sugar into a bowl and place in the microwave for 5 seconds on full power and you will find that beating is so much easier.

If you have lumps in the sugar, it will also get rid of these too!

Melting Chocolate

There are 2 ways to melt chocolate:-
Microwaving, where you place the chocolate in pieces and put in a bowl on high heat for 1 min. Stir after 30 secs and then cook for a further 30 secs. (Based on a 650w microwave)

Remove from microwave, leave to stand for 1 min, stirring all the time.

The second way is to do it in the conventional way using a bain marie or glass bowl over a pan of simmering water, making sure that the water does NOT touch the bowl - this is critical.

In both case when the chocolate has melted, stir and add a knob of butter and a little cream and blend in well. This will give a lovely glossy sheen to the chocolate.

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