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August 2019

Free Art Folio Workshop by California College of the Arts

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California College of the Arts is a private, non-profit school located in the San Francisco Bay area offering over 20 undergraduate programs in the areas of art, design, architecture and writing.

Come learn more about the portfolio requirement and get tips on how to build a strong portfolio for art school.

Thursday 5th September 6pm to 8pm @ the Eastern & Oriental tea House & Coffee Parlour

26 Quang An St, Tay Ho

Free entry

 

Visit https://www.cca.edu/ for more information about courses & entry requirements at California College of the Arts

Caramel macadamia slice recipe

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Here’s the recipe for our newest slice: make sure you use only the freshest of macadamia nuts for best results

 

  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup (110g) caster sugar
  • 1/3 cup (80ml) vegetable oil
  • 1/3 cup (100g) plain flour, sifted
  • 1/4 cup (35g) self-raising flour, sifted
  • 1 cup (220g) brown sugar
  • 175 gram butter
  • 2 tablespoon golden syrup
  • 250 gram unsalted macadamias, halved
  • 1
    Preheat oven to 180°C (160°C fan-forced). Grease and line an 18 x 28cm slice pan.
  • 2
    Using an electric mixer, beat egg and caster sugar together until pale and thick. Add oil and beat until well combined. Fold in combined flours. Spoon into prepared pan and spread to cover base evenly. Bake for 20 minutes, until puffed and golden.
  • 3
    Meanwhile, prepare topping. Place brown sugar, butter and golden syrup in a heavy-based saucepan on low heat. Stir for 5 minutes, until butter melts and sugar dissolves. Simmer, without stirring, for 10 minutes, until caramelised. Add nuts.
  • 4
    Pour topping over base and, working quickly, spread evenly. Bake for another 10-12 minutes, until topping is golden. Cool in pan. Slice and serve.

Why does my coffee taste bitter & how to fix it

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There appear to be 4 main reasons behind bitter coffee. Here’s a summary:

 

  1. You have ground your coffee beans too finely. The increased surface area of the coffee, when it’s finely ground, means that more bitterness will leach out once you add hot water. 
  2. You’ve over-brewed it. Coffee made in a French press is particularly susceptible to bitterness. Once you’ve brewed your plunger coffee, pour it out into a thermos so that it stops steeping. Problem solved!
  3. The water’s too hot. Ideally, use water that’s heated to between 90 and 96 degrees celsius
  4. Did you clean your coffee equipment thoroughly? If there are traces of yesterday’s coffee in your coffee machine, there’s a good chance your brew will taste bitter.