Jeslyn Peh Wei Ting

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How to win at (almost) everything

In games, humans are hopelessly predictable. Spot this hidden behaviour and you can crush puny-minded opponents in everything from the lottery to Rock, Paper, Scissors.<p>Although we can never outwit the weather or natural disasters, there are ways to master those other seemingly unpredictable …

The secret to acing exams

In tests that offer a choice of answers, you can exploit hidden patterns to get full marks if you know how, says William Poundstone.<p>Our fates in school and beyond are decided by pop quizzes, final exams, drivers’ exams, and professional exams. Many are true-or-false, or multiple-choice. If you get …

Mathematics

How Apple Neurologically Hooked Its Customers

On January 9, 2007, on a big stage at the Macworld convention at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, Steve Jobs unveiled the first iPhone. With the already unprecedented cult following of Apple—and for that matter, of Jobs himself—this would be the first of many launches that would further fuel …

A Surprising New Study On How Video Games Impact Children

Parents tend to approach video games like junk food: games are fine in moderation but ultimately they are an evil temptation that’s more bad than good. But according to an article published in <i>Pediatrics: The Official Journal Of The American Academy of Pediatrics</i>, we may be fundamentally mistaken in …

FoodRecipes

Baked Alaska with hot chocolate sauce<p>Preparation time<p>30 mins to 1 hour<p>Cooking time<p>30 mins to 1 hour<p>Serves<p>Serves 8-10<p>Dietary<p>Vegetarian<p>A simple chocolate cake topped with your choice of ice cream – which is then smothered with soft meringue and lashings of chocolate sauce. Surely this 70s classic is …

Dessert

Self-saucing Jaffa pudding

100g butter, melted, plus a little extra for the dish<p>butt-err<p>Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to …

FoodRecipes

How to make puff pastry<p>Preparation time<p>1-2 hours<p>Cooking time<p>10 to 30 mins<p>Serves<p>Makes 500g/1lb 2oz pastry<p>Dietary<p>Vegetarian<p>Sure, shop-bought puff pastry is fine most of the time. But if you want a really buttery flavour, try making your own rough puff.<p>By Marcus Bean<p>Loading<p>Shopping list<p>Print …

Baking

Chocolate Swirl Muffins

Chocolate isn’t usually a breakfast food, but that doesn’t mean you can’t indulge in a little something special from time to time with your morning …

Rainbow Meringue Truffle Cones

I've had my serious hat on for a couple of weeks now, mostly due to deadlines and commitments. I believe that's partly how these rainbow meringue …

Dessert

11 Financial Books Every Young Person Should Read

Those of you who are seeking investing enlightenment are not going to find much of it on the web.<p>I suggest you log off, power down your computer, and read some books. Take your time. The months you spend perusing this list will be well spent.<p>I'd recommend reading at least the first four books …

Investing

Chocolate-Butterfinger Overflow Cheesecake and Some News!

Gosh. It's been two whole weeks since my last blog post and honestly, I don't know how time got away from me.<p>Well, yes I do.<p>I've been building sand …

Foundations no.8 - Meringue, Part I

Back when I first started blogging, meringue was one of the things I was scared of making. I bewailed my troubles in an early post on Lemon Meringue …

Dessert

Foundations no.8 - Meringue, Part II

This is the second part of my Foundations post on making meringue. Last week I covered the basics of meringue and the French method. The same basic …

Dessert

Bite Size Strawberry Shortcakes

As long as you have fresh strawberries, you can never go wrong with making a strawberry shortcake for dessert. But strawberry shortcakes can get a …

Dessert

Peanut Butter Bourbon-Filled Doughnuts

If you ask me, there's a good bit of subject matter that Dale Carnegie neglected to cover in his book <i>"How to Win Friends & Influence People"</i>. I think …

mascarpone cheesecake tart

Did you know that June 10th was National Iced Tea Day? Or that June 7th was National Doughnut Day? Or that back in May, on the 31st, there was an …

Double Chocolate Muffins

Raspberries and Cream Macarons (and a giveaway!)

I've decorated a great many cakes and sweets with lovely macarons, but I've always had the secret wish to adorn myself with them, too. That's why I …

Roses and Gold. A Rose Water Tart

The past couple of weeks have been filled with exciting new projects and surprises, although one surprise was rather unpleasant. It involved our …

Berry No-Bake Cheesecake Tarts

Dessert

Red Velvet Bundt Cake Royale

Happy July 4th, friends!<p>It's shaping up to be a rainy holiday, so our fireworks-watching will have to wait. No matter. We'll save the barbecuing for …

Dessert

New York-Style Crumb Cake

This recipe was originally developed in 2010 but when re-tested in 2015, we realized not only was it great, but it also warranted inclusion in our "BA's Best" series.<p>Ingredients<p>topping<p>1 cup (packed) dark brown sugar<p>1/2 cup sugar<p>1 1/2 tablespoons ground cinnamon<p>1/2 teaspoon salt<p>1 cup (2 sticks) …

Caramel Budino with Salted Caramel Sauce

Ingredients<p>Cookie Crust<p>1 cup finely ground chocolate cookie crumbs (such as Nabisco Famous Chocolate Wafers; about 20 cookies)<p>2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted<p>1/8 teaspoon kosher salt<p>Budino<p>3 cups whole milk, divided<p>1/4 cup cornstarch<p>3/4 cup (packed) dark brown sugar<p>5 large egg yolks<p>3 …

Dessert

Cocoa Brownies with Browned Butter and Walnuts

Ingredients<p>Nonstick vegetable oil spray<p>10 tablespoons (1 1/4 sticks) unsalted butter, cut into 1-inch pieces<p>1 1/4 cups sugar<p>3/4 cup natural unsweetened cocoa powder (spooned into cup to measure, then leveled)<p>1 teaspoon vanilla extract<p>2 large eggs, chilled<p>1/3 cup plus 1 tablespoon unbleached all …

Is good grammar still important? http://gu.com/p/3fmnf/tw The inaugural Bad Grammar award has gone to a group of academics for an open letter in which they criticised education secretary Michael Gove. Are we too hung up on the correct use of language? Photograph: John Stillwell/PA