Lesson/Tip – Bamboo Steamer and Wok Ring

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November 9, 2010

| Lesson/Tip – Bamboo Steamer and Wok Ring

Steamed dumplings are best cooked in a bamboo steamer. I learnt a new valuable tip when using the bamboo steamer in a wok. If your 1. wok is quite wide and large and your 2. bamboo steamer sits fairly close to the bottom of the wok, then there won’t be enough water for the steam to rise into the bamboo steamer. So what you need is this little contraption called a 3. wok ring. 4. You place the wok ring in the wok and place your bamboo steamer on top of the wok ring. What this does is keep your bamboo steamer high enough to have water sit underneath it to boil and the wok ring has holes on the side for water to come in and out of, making it perfect match for your wok and bamboo steamer.

You place the wok ring in the wok and place your bamboo steamer on top of the wok ring.

How to Carve a Halloween Pumpkin

Another Halloween has passed by and this year I decided to carve my very first Halloween Pumpkin face. I’m very proud of the result and might make it a tradition to carve a new pumpkin face each year.

Carving a pumpkin requires a bit of elbow grease, a steady hand and a bit of patience. It only took 30-45 minutes to clean up the inside of the pumpkin and to carve its face.

Pumpkins in Australia usually come in a greenish/gray shell and not a juicy orange colour but to overcome that I found my pumpkin at Coles Supermarket which sells a Halloween Pumpkin specifically for carving.

It’s the perfect accessory for a Halloween party of all kinds and you can be as creative as you want with the face.

What you need:


– An orange pumpkin (any size) – I got mine from Coles Supermarket

– Different size knives – (Make sure they’re sharp)

– Large spoon/ladle


Steps:

I know you’re responsible but please be careful when handling knives. If you cut off your hand or any part of your body, you’ll have the best costume of all.


1.
Using a medium sized knife cut a circle on top of the pumpkin, big enough for your hand to fit in.

Tips:
I’d suggest cutting into the pumpkin on a slight angle, for when you place the top back on it doesn’t fall straight through.

2. Using a large spoon/ladle remove the inside of the pumpkin and clean up the inside walls.

3. Draw your face according to your preference with a pen or marker.

Tips:
I used a pen which rubbed off easily. There are plenty of face designs and ideas on the internet. Search for a few templates to get your juices thinking (pumpkin face templates)

4. Cut out the shape of your outline with a sharp knife and experiment with different sized knives and make sure to take your time.

Tips:
I found it easier to use straight lines for the outline and cut straight into the pumpkin according to the width of the knife. The triangles were the easiest, cutting the side lines first then cutting the bottom line which came out when I slid the knife out or pushed the triangle straight into the pumpkin.

5. You’re almost done. Clean up your outlines and empty any excess pumpkin inside the pumpkin.

6. That’s it! You’ve carved a Halloween pumpkin, wasn’t hard at all.

Tips:
For best effect, add a tea light candle inside, turn off the lights and enjoy your creation.