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How to cook the perfect roast: From Yorkshire puds to roast potatoes

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Cooking the perfect roast is much easier than getting a good picture of a roast dinner. (Picture: Getty Images)

It might be May and officially ‘British Summer Time’ but when the sun goes in and the temperature drops a little there’s nothing like looking back to the colder months and whipping up a delicious Sunday roast dinner.

Yorkshire puddings, crispy roast potatoes, honey roast parsnips – a perfect roast is so much more than just the meat you eat and what you put it with can sometimes make or break how successful your Sunday roast spread is.

To help you cook the perfect roast every time, we’ve gathered some top tips from experts who know a thing or two about rustling up a roast that even the Masterchef judges would be impressed by…

How to cook a roast chicken

The most common meat cooked by those putting together a roast dinner, chicken is one of the easier meats to prepare and cook – but can still go wrong if not done properly.

No one likes a dry slice of chicken now!

For a classic roast chicken recipe, look no further than this recipe by food editor Chloe Scott. Or, for a twist on the classic roast chicken, check out Jamie Oliver’s five-ingredient harissa roasted chicken here.

Chloe’s ultimate roast chicken recipe (serves 4)
You’ll need two baking trays

Ingredients:

  • 1.7kg free-range chicken
  • 4l water
  • 250g salt
  • 60ml white wine or cider
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 bulb of garlic
  • 120g softened butter
  • 15ml olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • 4 shallots, halved
  • 8 Desiree potatoes, halved
  • 2tbsp goose fat or olive oil (goose fat adds more crispness)

Method:

Step 1 – The night before: Pour the water and salt into a large clean vessel and stir well. Carefully submerge the chicken – pour in more water if needed – then cover with cling film and refrigerate overnight.
Step 2 – The next day: Remove the chicken. Pat dry with a clean tea towel or kitchen towel. Place on a baking tray on the side for 1hr so it’s at room temperature. Preheat the oven to 200C.
Step 3 – Parboil the potatoes on the hob for about 7min. Place a second baking tray with the goose fat (or olive oil) in the oven for 1-2min so the fat heats up. Remove it – be careful not to burn yourself – and smother the potatoes with the fat or oil in the tray. Season with salt and pepper.
Step 4 – Massage the chicken with the butter under and over the skin, covering it. To finish, rub with the olive oil so everything is coated – you want the crispiest skin in town. Season well. Make sure you’ve got the chicken in the tray that you’re to roast it in. Now carefully, from a jug, pour a good glug of white wine or cider (approx 60ml-100ml) into the cavity.
Step 5 – Chop the garlic bulb in half and pop in the cavity, along with half a lemon and some thyme.
Step 6 – Roast in the oven at 200C. After 10min, turn it down to 180C and put the tray of potatoes into the oven. Add the shallots to the chicken pan. From there, cook everything for 60-70min, turning the potatoes now and again.
Step 7 – In the final 10min of cooking, crank the oven back up to 200C again to maximise crispness. To test if the bird is ready, poke a skewer into the thickest part of the thigh –the juices should be clear, not pink.
Step 8 – Remove from the oven and place carefully on to a serving plate, leaving as many juices as possible in the baking tray (to make gravy with). Cover the plate with foil and rest for 20min. Leave the potatoes in until they’re golden and crisp.
Step 9 – To make the gravy, place the tray with the chicken’s juices over a hob on low heat. Deglaze by adding 100ml white wine and simmer for a few minutes, then add 100ml water and whisk, scratching the sticky meaty bits off the tray. Taste and season if you need to. Strain for a smoother consistency. Add a sprinkling of rosemary if you wish. Pour it into a gravy jug. Serve with the roasties and chicken

How to make perfect roast potatoes

Roast potatoes, voted time and again everyone’s all time favourite part of a roast dinner, are a key ingredient to cook correctly.

Drool. (Picture: Getty)

Take them out too soon and they are soft and under done, but leave them in the oven too long and you end up with little lumps of charcoal.

To cook the perfect roast potatoes, par-boil your peeled and chopped spuds for around 10 minutes before draining the water, popping them back in an empty saucepan to give them a good shake to fluff up the edges.

Next, lie them out evenly, with space around each one, on a tray that has been pre-heated with oil in the oven.

Lots of people use goose fat instead of oil to make the potatoes extra crispy, but if you are vegetarian or goose fat just isn’t your thing then vegetable oil works perfectly well or coconut oil – as long as you get an unflavoured version!

Season with salt, black pepper, mixed herbs and a little bit of white ground pepper if you like an extra kick and pop your potatoes in a hot oven at 200 degrees.

Golden roasted potatoes are the end goal. (Picture: Getty)

Cook them for a minimum of 40 minutes. You don’t need to turn them unless you’re cooking them for an hour or more – and this will partially depend on how crispy you like your roast spuds.

Yorkshire pudding recipe

You need just three ingredients to make Yorkshire puddings, plain flour, eggs and milk – plus some oil to hand to cook them in.

Once you’ve mastered the technique of homemade yorkshires the possibilities are endless. (Picture: Getty)

For James Martin’s Yorkshire pudding batter, he uses eight eggs, one pint of whole milk and 225 grams of plain flour. That’s going to make a lot of batter – so we’d suggest halving that for a more manageable quantity unless you’ve got a crowd to feed. 

How to make Yorkshire puddings:

  • To make the batter, simply beat the eggs, and them to the flour and then mix in the milk gradually while stirring the whole time.
  • Once you have your batter, get a muffin tray and pour a little vegetable oil into each well. Heat the oven to 200 degrees before putting the tray in so the oil can heat up.
  • After the oil has been warmed through, use a jug to pour your batter into each section of the tray – taking care that you have even quantities in each part.
  • The Yorkshire puddings will take about 20-25 to cook – but take them out before if they look puffed up and have browned.

David Barr, Yorkshire pudding Guru at Aunt Bessies, told Metro.co.uk that the trick to knowing you’ve made the perfect Yorkshire pud is what they look like when they come out of the oven: ‘The main thing is that the texture and structure should be crisp on the top edge, have softer bready sidewalls that lead to a little soggy bottom.’

How to cook honey roast parsnips and carrots

As is suggested by the name of this succulently sweet Sunday roast side dish, you’re going to need honey if you’d like to make honey roast parsnips and carrots.

The best type of honey to use is clear, runny honey as this will be the easiest to drizzle over your veg.

Bunches of colourful carrots make for great instagram pics and they taste good too. (Picture: Getty)

To make honey roast parsnips and carrots, peel and chop your vegetables into long batons before combing them in a bowl with a drizzle of vegetable oil.

Then add some spoonful’s of honey to taste – the quantity will vary depending on the amount of veg you are roasting and how sweet you’d like your parsnips and carrots to be, but a couple of tablespoons should be plenty.

Finish by adding some mixed herbs, salt and pepper to the bowl, giving it one last stir to make sure the veg is fully coated and then lay the vegetables out on a baking tray before popping in the oven at 200 degrees. They should take roughly 40 minutes to cook – but make sure you check on them regularly in case they need to come out sooner.

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Fauci says U.S. needs to ‘hunker down’ for fall and winter

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As the U.S. makes its way to the flu season, the citizens can’t go easy in their fight against this ongoing pandemic, mentioned Dr. Anthony Fauci on Thursday. Even though the total number of latest daily cases for the COVID-19 disease in the United States has been slowly yet steadily declining in the past two weeks straight, the numbers are still fairly close to 200,000 deaths pertaining to COVID-19 along with 6 million+ cases of confirmed infections.

Fauci also mentioned that we have to be cautious & work through the winter and fall season. This is because things are in no way going to be survivable with a plethora of other diseases lurking in the background.

Fauci is the director for the National Institute of Allergies & Infectious Diseases who spoke regarding the vaccine trials for COVID-19 as well as the chances of surges deemed to happen after Labor Day. He went on to note that when the United States manages to control the disease in a certain region, another one emerges as a hot spot.

This spike in the number inevitably appears whenever the states happen to lift their restrictions related to social distancing. As per Fauci, this transition from a controlled area to a hot spot is actually a depressing sight, given the fact that we already know what is responsible for the same.

One among the leading researchers for AIDS since the year 1980s, Fauci, also happened to warn about how dangerous it could be when people start undermining this virus. He also went on to compare this new pandemic to that of the initial days of the HIV virus that started with some gay men & decades later; there were 70 million+ infected individuals with millions dead of the disease.

He mentioned that the people have been through a pandemic of this intensity before, and underestimating its potential would only bring disastrous consequences. Fauci’s comments related to the requirement for scientists and doctors to approach this disease with complete seriousness came just after the President was heard saying that the pandemic seriousness has been minimized as per Sports Grind Entertainment.

President Donald Trump has been highly criticized for the response made by him with regard to this virus. According to the President, he was playing down the scenario, given the fact that there was no need to create panic.

Although Fauci didn’t actually mention these statements provided by the President, he surely reflected on the lessons learned from this mistake. He also added that we had no idea about the virus from the very first day. However, as we learn more about it, we need to be flexible and change the recommendations, policies, guidelines, as well as other mandates as per the information obtained.

Fauci also mentioned that these vaccine trials have been progressing particularly well. He repeated his caution and added it with optimism stating that a vaccine might be ready as we approach the end of 2020. However, he made no comment related to the vaccine trials being conducted at the University of Oxford that was paused for the week after one participant in the United Kingdom happened to develop an issue in the spinal cord area. When enquired about the possibility of a 2nd wave for the cases in the United States, Fauci mentioned that he isn’t debating about the 2nd surge given the fact that we haven’t yet overcome the first one. While the country is ridden with fear of the speculations of an influenza season that might start in the month of October, it might overwhelm the country’s health care protocol, which is overrun with COVID-19 patients.

Although there is some good news coming in from Australia, things are looking good for the United States. Australia experienced the lightest influenza cases due to the social distancing protocol in place for COVID-19 infection.

However, it isn’t clear whether the United States would experience a similar fate in this regard. To this, Fauci commented that he has no idea of the situation and its future, so he wouldn’t want to predict anything positive or negative related to the pandemic.

 

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IT ministry banned 118 more apps including PUBG: Here’s the full list

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The Indian government once again banned 118 Chinese applications. The name of PUBG is also included in these apps. 118 other mobile applications of China have been banned by the IT Ministry.

The Ministry of Information Technology had received several complaints from various sources, stating that users’ data is being stolen incorrectly through some mobile apps available on Android and iOS platforms. 

Here is the full list of apps banned by the government on September 2:

Other Apps which are banned by the Government are :

21.Tencent Weiyun

22.Pitu

23.WeChat Work

24.Cyber Hunter

25.Cyber Hunter Lite

26. Knives Out-No rules, just fight!

27.Super Mecha Champions

28.LifeAfter

29.Dawn of Isles

30.Ludo World-Ludo Superstar

31.Chess Rush

32.PUBG MOBILE Nordic Map: Livik

33.PUBG MOBILE LITE

34.Rise of Kingdoms: Lost Crusade

35.Art of Conquest: Dark Horizon

36.Dank Tanks

37.Warpath

38.Game of Sultans

39.Gallery Vault – Hide Pictures And Videos

40.Smart AppLock (App Protect)

& 10 Bands Equalizer

 

61.Web Browser – Fast, Privacy & Light Web Explorer

62.Web Browser – Secure Explorer

63.Music Player – Audio Player

64.Video Player – All Format HD Video Player

65.Lamour Love All Over The World

66.Amour- video chat & call all over the world.

67.MV Master – Make Your Status Video & Community

68.MV Master – Best Video Maker & Photo Video Editor

69.APUS Message Center-Intelligent management

70.LivU Meet new people & Video chat with strangers

91.Murderous Pursuits

92.Tencent Watchlist (Tencent Technology

93.Learn Chinese AI-Super Chinese

94.HUYA LIVE – Game Live Stream

95.Little Q Album

96.Fighting Landlords – Free and happy Fighting Landlords

97.Hi Meitu

98.Mobile Legends: Pocket

99.VPN for TikTok

100.VPN for TikTok

101.Penguin E-sports Live assistant

102. Buy Cars-offer everything you need, special offers and low prices

103.iPick

104.Beauty Camera Plus – Sweet Camera & Face Selfie

105.Parallel Space Lite – Dual App

106.”Chief Almighty: First Thunder BC

107.MARVEL Super War NetEase Games

108.AFK Arena

109.Creative Destruction NetEase Games

110.Crusaders of Light NetEase Games

111.Mafia City Yotta Games

112.Onmyoji NetEase Games

113.Ride Out Heroes NetEase Games

114. Yimeng Jianghu-Chu Liuxiang has been fully upgraded

115.Legend: Rising Empire NetEase Games

116.Arena of Valor: 5v5 Arena Games

117.Soul Hunters

118.Rules of Survival

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PUBG Banned In India : India’s Third Surgical Strike On Chinese Apps !!

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The Indian government banned PUBG 

A ban is imposed on PUBG as well as on 118 Chinese applications.

The Ministry of Information Technology had received several complaints from various sources, stating that users’ data is being stolen incorrectly through some mobile apps available on Android and iOS platforms. Let me tell you that even before that 57 applications of China were banned, including Tiktok’s name.

India’s 3rd Surgical Strike on Chinese Apps

The Indian government has conducted another digital strike against China. The Ministry of Information and Technology on Wednesday banned 118 mobile applications, including the mobile game PubG. This is India’s third digital strike on China’s mobile apps. Earlier, at the end of June, India had banned 47 apps from China including Tiktok, and then 59 Chinese apps at the end of July. The government has cited national security behind this decision.

Why PUBG is banned in India Now?

The statement said that the government has banned 118 such apps which are a threat to India’s sovereignty and integrity, defense of India, the security of the state, and peacekeeping. It said that the Ministry of Information Technology (IT) has received several complaints from various sources. The complaints also include reports of some mobile app users (users) on platforms such as Android and iOS being stolen and stored on servers outside the country.

It is said in the statement that such information is being compiled, analyzed, etc., which are a threat to national security and the defense of India. These ultimately pose a risk to India’s sovereignty and integrity. This is a very serious issue, which required quick action.

According to data analytics firm Senser Tower,

PUBG Mobile is the world’s highest-grossing gaming app. PUBG Mobile’s lifetime collection is about Rs 22,457 crore. 

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