To boil vegetables until half cooked. Used to part-cook potatoes and other hard root vegetables prior to roasting them at a high temperature to ensure that the inside is cooked while the outside crisps up well.
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Rescuing burnt chocolate
To melt chocolate break it into small pieces and place in a large heatproof bowl suspended over a small saucepan of just simmering water. Make sure the bottom of the bowl is not touching the water. Stir constantly and remove as soon as all the chocolate is melted.
In Maltese cooking this rather sweet tomato paste is used in pasta sauces and to boost any dish with tomatoes in it, as well as in the favourite national snack called hobz biz-zejt.