Three drool-worthy French desserts to try

Baked Alaska


5 egg whites

1 readymade cake

1/4 cup sugar

1 tsp brandy

500 g vanilla ice-cream

1/2 tsp vanilla essence

2 tbsp orange juice


Line a bowl with cling film, put vanilla ice-cream in it and set in the refrigerator.

Then halve the cake and place one half on a serving plate.

Cut the remaining half into arcs and place around the piece on the plate.

To prepare the meringue, beat the egg whites in a processor.

Then add vanilla essence and sugar in the blender, and continue to process till the egg whites are stiff and form peaks.

Moisten the cake with a little orange juice.

Upturn the ice-cream over the centre of the cake in the plate leaving the edges.

Pour the meringue over the entire cake. Keep it in the refrigerator for five to 10 minutes.

You can bake it in the oven at high temperature till the meringue turns light golden or you can brown it with a brûlée torch.

Pour brandy into a heated steel ladle and heat it again till it catches flame.

Pour it immediately over the baked Alaska and serve immediately once the flame settles.


3 Berries to Wash Right Away (and 3 You Never Should)

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When it comes to washing berries, the when and why depends on the type of berry you’re dealing with. Some fare well when washed immediately and stored, while others hold up best and last longer when they’re not washed until right before eating. Below, we’ve shared which berries need what and explain why that’s the case. Knowing when to wash berries is the first step in making them last.

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The 3 Berries to Wash Right Away

The choice to wash berries right after you bring them home comes down to how well they can handle it and how badly they need it. The berries listed below are sturdy enough to wash before heading into the fridge. They also benefit from a dip in treated water to prolong their shelf life. As for berries picked from a backyard bush or an obliging field, cleaning them right away removes any animal friends or unwanted debris.

1. Strawberries

Whether you plan to devour these sweet red gems immediately or save some for later, go ahead and wash them now. For added insurance to keep them around longer, use a vinegar and water solution or a hot water bath.

2. Blackberries

Go ahead and wash these jewel-colored beauties right away. Like strawberries, blackberries can also benefit from a longer shelf life when washed in a vinegar and water solution or a hot water bath-just make sure to dry them really well before storing.

3. Huckleberries, Mulberries, and Other Backyard Berries

A cousin of the blueberry, deeply colored huckleberries, along with mulberries and service berries, can and should be washed right away to remove any insects, dirt, and grit.

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The 3 Berries to Wash Just Before Eating

Whether they’re too fragile or come with their own built-in protection in the form of a waxy bloom, these berries don’t need a bath until you’re ready to eat them.

1. Raspberries

These sweet berries are particularly fragile, with thin skin that easily soaks up liquid, making them more prone to mold and spoilage. So the best way to keep them fresh and extend their shelf life even longer is to wash just before eating, and no sooner.

2. Blueberries

Unless you plan to eat them immediately, there’s no need to jump the gun on washing blueberries. These small summer fruits last longest when stored in the back of the refrigerator, and washed just before eating.

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3. Grapes

Even though we don’t think of them this way, yes, grapes are technically berries. Once you get them home, stash these fruits in the fridge immediately, and then rinse just before eating.

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Pro Player Picks Orisa for the First Time, Immediately Gets Pinned and Dies

Overwatch: Pro Player Picks Orisa for the First Time, Immediately Gets Pinned and Dies

Even pros shouldn’t play new heroes without practicing them first.

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With the recent addition of Orisa to Overwatch, players have been eager to try her out and take her out for a spin. However, Blizzard intentionally disabled Orisa from Competitive Play for the first week of her launch to give players a chance to familiarize themselves with Orisa’s abilities first.

Despite being unavailable for Competitive Play until March 28th, Orisa remains pickable on the Custom Games mode, which is how pro matches are created. As a result, one pro player decided to break Orisa out in the Overwatch Carbon Series only to last about 30 seconds.

Tied 1–1 in a game on Nepal, compLexity was about to win the match with 99% objective control against Renegades. With defeat drawing near, Preston “Juv3nile” Dornon of Renegades switched to Orisa as a last ditch effort to grab victory.

Unfortunately, his lack of practice with the new hero showed as he ate Reinhardt’s Earthshatter despite having his Fortify ability up (which would have made him immune to the stun) and proceeded to die by Reinhardt’s pin. Juv3nile likely chose Orisa because he knew his team was about to lose anyway but it shows Blizzard’s decision to disable her from Competitive Play was correct.