I know how to uncork champagne. However, I just got a bottle of prosecco with a tiny cork, and I'm not sure how to pop it. I can't grab it like with a normal cork, and I'm worried about putting a cork screw in there if everything is under pressure.
Here's a picture of what the cork looks like:
I just opened a bottle of "white red wine" (a Blanc de Noirs) from 2010. I must confess, I really don't know much about wine. The cork looks weird to me, as if it was "moldy". It's a bit blueish-green around the edges. The wine smells pretty good, and the cork doesn't smell bad as well. Is there anything to worry about? The cork looks like this – click to enlarge:
I really love popcorn and usually pop it on the stove and eat it right away. However I'd like to make it ahead to save for snacks at work. I tried this once before and the kernels got a bit stale tasting, not very crisp. Are there any techniques for making popcorn that can hold up for a day or two, and how long would it last?
I recently made popovers and I knew they would 'pop over'. Yet, I was surprised they came that high. I'm curious how this is possible, since there is no yeast, baking powder, self-rising flour, beaten egg whites... I think it's because of the egg, but I'm not sure. So, can somebody explain this?
Buttermilk is one of those pantry items that I buy for a specific recipe, then don't know what to do with the leftovers (and I think this is not uncommon). In my question about buttermilk in soda bread, the topic of alternate uses came up in the comments. I'd like to make a list of these uses. Here's what I have so far: pancakes (instead of milk or yogourt) quick breads, scones (instead of milk) cakes mashed potatoes (instead of milk) low-fat muffins (replacement for oil) (Note: This should be a community wiki item, rather than a question, but I'm not sure how to flag that.)
While making my manicotti tonight, I received a painful reminder that the stuffing isn't actually the most tedious part of the process - it's pulling all the tiny leaves off the oregano stems. It seems as though the oregano I'm able to buy here is not fully grown; it's been like this for as long as I can remember. Obviously the stems are stiff, and bitter, and generally no good to throw in the mix, at least not with any of the recipes I use. So I really need to get the leaves off the stems, and with this oregano, it's a painful process. I've tried obvious routes, like "stripping
I'm not mad, you know. I have this plan to serve a meal backwards - coffee and brandy, then dessert, then a main, then starters, then champagne. Except that of course each stage will be tailored to work in the actual order, which mostly means making a savoury dessert and a sweet starter. Honestly, i'm really not mad. I've been tested. For the savoury dessert, i plan to make that celebrated stodgy English treat, jam roly-poly. To make it savoury, i will use something like red pesto instead of jam. Or it might be a savoury version of some other suet pudding - spotted dick or figgie hobbin
I'm a big Heston Blumenthal fan and I'd like to try one of his recipes, which requires pop rocks. The problem is that I live in Brazil and nobody seems to have heard about pop rocks and I really don't know where to get it. Any suggestions for a replacement?
in the glass. The usually tapered opening keeps the aroma from dissipating before your nose can sense the wine. Champagne flutes, keep the effervescent champagne or prosecco bubbly and cold long enough to enjoy the drink without it going flat. Different beer glasses are optimal for showcasing the "head" and are tall for the same reason as champagne flutes (to keep the effervescence going as long as possible). How does the shape of the typical (see below) espresso cup affect its flavor? CC image used with permission: Credit to Flickr user davharuk.
I don't have much theoretical knowledge about wine, but I like the taste. So I often get a random bottle from the wide selection at the supermarket, avoiding only the bottom line of TetraPack wine. I have noticed a few trends (e.g. I don't like Chillean wine), but it is still mostly a hit-and-miss. One of the "bah" moments I have had several times recently was fizzy wine. I don't mean wine sold as sparkly, such as champagne or prosecco. I mean bottles which look like normal wine, which are closed with a normal cork instead of a pressure-containing plug, but on opening they turn out to have