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Note: Some of the ingredient conversions have been rounded, to minimize the headache.
Household Measures: throughout this site, metric units and the following household measures are used
1 teaspoon = 5 ml
1 tablespoon = 15 ml
⅛ cup = 30 ml = 2 tablespoons
¼ cup = 60 ml
⅓ cup = 80 ml
½ cup = 125 ml
1 cup = 250 ml
1 inch = 2.54 cm
When I was a student, it took me ages to invest in a kitchen scale (what was I thinking?!). These conversions did come in very handy though. If you need the conversion information for an ingredient that is not here, please don’t hesitate to ask — I continue to update this list regularly.
Useful substitutions, run out of:
Fresh herbs = substitute 1 teaspoon dried herbs for 1 tablespoon fresh herbs
Self-Raising Flour = sift together 1 cup flour + 2 teaspoons (10ml) baking powder, sift twice.
Baking Powder = sift together 2 parts cream of tartar + 1 part bicarbonate of soda, sift twice.
Buttermilk = I have 3 options for you here
– whisk together 1 cup of milk and 1 tablespoon of lemon juice or white vinegar and let it sit for 5 – 10 minutes. It’s not quite as thick as buttermilk, but it works just the same or
– replace with plain yoghurt or
– replace with maas
A Whole Egg =
– flax or chia egg: combine 1 tablespoon of ground flax or chia seeds and 3 tablespoons of water. Stir well and allow the mixture to set for about 10 minutes or
– ½ a mashed banana or
– ¼ cup unsweetened applesauce or
– ¼ cup plain yoghurt or buttermilk
An Egg White = 2 tablespoons aquafaba (the juice from a tin of chickpeas). A tin usually yields about ½ – ¾ cup of this liquid, which is approx 8 – 12 tablespoons.
Ingredients: same-same but different name
aubergine = eggplant = brinjal
zucchini = baby marrow = courgette
beetroot = beets
chickpeas = garbanzo beans
spring onion = green onion = scallion
coriander = cilantro = dhania
rocket = arugula
granadilla = passion fruit
sultanas = golden raisins
cake flour or flour = all purpose flour
caster sugar = super fine sugar
icing sugar = confectioner’s sugar = powdered sugar
bicarbonate of soda (bicarb) = baking soda