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Sunken cake?

Sunken centre in a cake could be due to too much sugar, shown by a sticky centre and very brown crust. It could also be due to too musch baking powder or undercooking in a low temperature oven.

Peaked cake?
Peaked top in a cake could be because of too much gluten being developed in the mixture either due to using too hard a flour or by overbeating. It could also be due to oven temperature being too high.

Avoid milk from spilling
Milk will not spill while boiling if one applies glycerine to the rim of the vessel.

Dough sticking to the rolling pin?
To prevent fresh dough from sticking to the rolling pin, keep it in the freezer for a few minutes before using.

Run out of fresh bread ?
Just keep leftover hardened bread on the lid of a pan containing hot water. The slices will be soft and as good as fresh, in no time.

To freshen stale bread
Sprinkle a little milk over it and place it in a moderately hot oven for 15 minutes. The crust will be crispier and the bread tastier.

Make curd in winter
Set in a ceramic container and place it on the voltage stabilizer of your refrigerator . It will set overnight.

Overripe and difficult to use tomatoes ?
Dip them in cold water, add some salt and leave overnight. They will be fresh and firm to the touch next day.

To increase the quantity of curd for 'raitas'
Grind freshly grated coconut to a fine paste and mix with the curd.

Running short of chili sauce?
Make a quick sauce at home! Put a little chili pickle in the mixer and grind for 2-3 minutes to obtain a smooth paste. Add this paste instead of chili sauce to the dish.

Make tasty cutlets out of leftover vegetables
Best with cabbage or cauliflower. Boil, peel and mash potatoes with salt, chopped green chilies, coriander leaves and ginger garlic paste. Mix with the vegetable. Take small portions and roll into round balls. Flatten and dip the balls in beaten egg. Roll in breadcrumbs and fry in oil till done.

If you want a quick salad dressing
Blend a cup of curd with little lime juice and seasoning and toss the salad into it.

Getting the ketchup out of the bottle.
Insert a drinking straw, push it to the bottom of the bottle, and than remove. Enough air will be admitted to start an even flow.

Thanks for your contritbution Hania Qamar Khan, Jeddah,
Saudi Arabia.

Fed up of Roaches
Cockroach Killing:
Take baking flour (Maida), sugar, milk powder and boric acid equal in quantity. Add some water in it and knead it. Then make small balls of it and paste it on walls at a number of places in your house.
You will see all the cockroaches dead in three days and they will never come back again. If you have children, then please do not paste it within the reach of children.

Contributed by Khadija Junaid

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