ASK THE EXPERT Our food editor Sophie Gray covers your queries
FROM ICECREAM DRIPS TO CHERRY PIPS, OUR EDITOR SOPHIE GRAY HAS THE ANSWERS
Q My barbecue is a basic one without a thermostat. How can I tell when it is hot enough or too hot for cooking different foods?
A Always preheat the grill for 20 minutes before attempting to cook anything on a barbecue, then hold your hand 12cm above the cooking grate. When it’s at a high temperature you won’t be able to leave your hand there for more than two seconds; when it’s medium you’ll manage four to five seconds; and at medium-low about seven seconds is tolerable.
Q My kids love icecream in a cone, but in the summer it melts so quickly and the icecream drips out of the bottom. Can I prolong the life of the icecream or cone so it can be eaten before it ends up as a sticky mess on the floor?
A There are a few tricks you can try. Lining icecream cones with melted chocolate makes them even more delicious and creates a moisture barrier. Use melted white or dark chocolate melts, spoon it in, tilt to coat, then turn upside down on a foil-lined tray to set. Alternatively, pop a couple of mini marshmallows or Hershey’s Kisses in the bottom of the cone so the icecream can’t drip out.