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How To Tell If Baking Powder Is Expired

Baking soda and baking powder are two key ingredients that are essential to baking. Surprisingly, most bakers can’t tell when they expire because but they have long shelf lives. Here’s a simple test that you can do to test whether your baking soda or baking powder is still good to use!

How To Test If Baking Soda or Baking Powder Is Expired

What You Need

Baking powder or baking soda
Measuring cup
Hot tap water
1/4 teaspoon measuring spoon
White or apple cider vinegar (if testing baking soda)


Measure out the water: Measure out 1/2 cup of hot tap water.

Tap water

  1.  Add vinegar: Baking soda needs an acid to get a reaction, so add 1/4 teaspoon of a simple vinegar like white or apple cider vinegar to the water if you’re testing baking soda. If you are testing baking powder, you do not need to add any vinegar.
  2. Add baking soda or baking powder: Add 1/4 teaspoon of the baking soda or baking powder.
  3. Look for fizzing! After you add the baking soda or baking powder, look for an immediate bubbling or fizzing reaction. If it happens, your baking soda or baking powder is still good! If you see no bubbling, it’s time get replacements.


How To Make Shrimp Sauce

Shrimps are one of the most expensive fisheries around the world and this are widely caught for human consumption. While shrimps may be small, they are an excellent source of nutrients as they have low fat, low-calorie protein and a very good source of vitamin B12.

We may think shrimps are very expensive but buying it is worth it for our health. Health Benefits Includes;

Excellent Antioxidant protection: Shrimps contains omega 3 fatty acid and zinc which play an important role in producing new cells that aid our body to fight  ageing, hair loss and acne.

Weight loss therapy: For anyone looking to shed off pound, shrimp contains vitamin D and lodine which help to regulate the rate at which the body consumes energy, fat that turns into weight gain.

Cancer protection agent: Shrimps contains selenium which is an important enzyme with anti-oxidant properties which can help protect the body from tumor growth and also boost the immune system.

Cooking tips

The biggest mistake with cooking shrimp is cooking them far too long. Most people overcook them, and the shrimp bounces in your mouth like a beach ball. Cook them just until they form a loose “C,” then you know the shrimps is ready to eat.

First, shrimps comes with shell,  it can be cooked either shelled or unshelled. To removed the shell, gently pinc off the head and legs and hold the tail, peel off the shell from the body.

To remove the shrimp’s intestine before cooking, make a shallow incision and pull out the dark vein that runs throughout and rinse thoroughly under cold water.

After cooking, chop shrimp  aside, chop tomatoes, dice chilli pepper, garlic lemon juice and a bit of olive oil.

In a frying pan, add 3 cooking spoon of olive oil allow to heat then add chopped onion, garlic and tomatoes and chille pepper. you can choose to add little vegetable to make it look inviting.

Allow to fry and add the shrimps with a cube of seasoning. then serve with as sauce with rice or with potatoes. Enjoy!

Photo Credit: simple-nourished


How to make sponge cake [gallery]

Cake baking is best done with an oven. But you don’t necessarily need an oven to make sponge cake.

Here is step by step guide to making sponge cake with a stove.

Zobo Drink (Home-Made)

Zobo drink is a Nigerian beverage made from dried Roselle plant flowers also called as Hibiscus flower.

Zobo drink is a veritable source of vitamin A. It is also recommended for hypertensive patients. Recent researches have confirmed the drink to be a good cure for diarrhoea and pneumonia. i enjoy making harbicous drink as it is my hubby’s favourite natural drink.


  • Wash dried Zobo leaves properly in ordinary water to get rid of sand and particles.
  • Put the Zobo in a cooking pot and add moderate amount of water and allow to boil for about 25 minutes.
  • Bring down the pot and sieve the Zobo leave out, then put back the water content back to boil.
  • Add the grated ginger  (grate and squeeze ginger juice out and add to the Zobo content. You could also add pineapple peels  if you feel like and allow to boil for over 20 minutes.
  • Remove from heat, allow it to cool and sieve into a big bowl to remove residue.
  • Add sugar  when still hot and stir properly to taste
  • Add flavours, e.g, strawberry, pineapple, apple, orange and any other flavour used in baking. Put in bottles and chill immediately to prevent fermentation
  • Serve chilled. If too thick dilute with water before serving.