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Recipe: Homemade Ketchup

french fries and homemade spices ketchup

This is a recipe for homemade ketchup using fully ripened tomatoes. I hope you will like them 😀 Tips: (1) Please have your sterilized clean glass jar ready before making this. (2) If you don’t mind bumpy texture, you can omit the use of blender. (3) Each tomato differs in its acidity and sweetness. Please adjust the amount of vinegar and sugar to your taste. (4) You can also add chopped carrots or celery into the tomato mixture. Recipe: Homemade Ketchup Yield: About 1 cup Ingredients 1kg fully ripened tomatoes 1 tsp onion powder 1 tsp garlic granules 3 tablespoon sherry vinegar … keep reading

Recipe: Homemade Mayonnaise

Homemade Mayonnaise

In some dishes I use mayonnaise instead of cooking oil to fry meat. Yet, each commercially available mayonnaise in the market tastes slightly different from each other. Having tried Regency’s fisherman’s seafood spices, I’ve decided to add it to homemade mayonnaise for a hint of lemony herbs. If you want spicy mayonnaise then you can replace the herbs with cayenne pepper (Adjust the amount to your liking). If you don’t want garlic flavor, you can omit it 😉 Tips: (1) To avoid the mixture separate into liquid and oil, keep whisking vigorously at steps 3 and 4. The mixture tends to separate in … keep reading

Recipe: Mustard Shrimp

Mustard Shrimp

Because my husband loves shrimp, I’ve tested a variety of shrimp dishes in my kitchen, and this mustard shrimp is among my favorites. The combination of wholegrain mustard with garlic and cayenne pepper is mouthwatering. I personally like this one over the garlic shrimp I cook. I hope you will like it 😀 Tips: (1) Deveining process can be a bit messy for those trying it the first time. You can purchase peeled and deveined ones to save your trouble. (2) Coriander can substituted with parsley. Recipe: Mustard Shrimp Serving: 3 Ingredients 600g shrimps, peeled and deveined 4 tablespoon lemon juice 1 tsp of garlic granules … keep reading

Recipe: Tomato & Basil Bisque

Tomato & Basil Bisque

When I was living in Japan, I used to love making and eating rice balls (onigiri) using Japanese basil. So when I moved to Hong Kong, I missed them. But then I saw Thai basil being used popularly in restaurants in Hong Kong, and I saw Italian basil in a pot that was on sale at a nearby flower shop. Huurah! My sweet Italian basil, you are coming home with me. I’m going to make one of my favorite dish with you. Tomato & basil bisque. I have made this over and over. Many recipes use canned tomatoes, but I prefer using fresh … keep reading

Recipe: Creamy Mashed Potatoes

perfect mashed potatoes garlic

Nobody can resist the perfect creamy mashed potatoes. Usually some bits always come out lumpy, or they’re just bland, but with this method you can make the perfect mashed potatoes every time. These mashed potatoes are so good that they don’t even need to be an accompaniment to a main, you can eat them by themselves as a snack in the middle of the day. Recipe: Mashed Potatoes Servings: 4 Ingredients – 600g Yukon gold potatoes (Or Russet potatoes) – 1/2 teaspoon salt – 2 bay leaves – 1/2 60ml heavy cream, warmed (microwave is ok) – 30g butter, warmed … keep reading

Fish Tacos Recipe

fish tacos regency spices

Summer is already upon us, and the best way to enjoy is by eating yum food outside. Here’s our take on popular recipe that’s been doing the blog circuit lately: Fish Tacos. The recipe is in two parts: preparing the fish, and assembling the taco. While the ingredients list looks daunting, it’s really simple taken step by step. And at the end of the day you’re rewarded with creamy deep fried comfort food that at least looks mildly healthy and tastes the bomb! Recipe: Fish Tacos Servings: 4 Ingredients For the batter 1 cup all purpose flour 2 tablespoons corn … keep reading

Recipe: Peri Peri Masala Chips!

Peri Peri Masala chips

This mouthwatering recipe is our latest creation and what we think is one of the best recipes combining the warmth of Indian spices and the aromatics of european herbs. All in yummy snack form of french fries. Who’s gonna say no to that? There’s cayenne, paprika, for spice which is balanced with lovely sweetness from cardamom, sugar and sour from pink himalayan salt. Then adding in the herbs and staple garlic / ginger to get our delicious gobsmacking Peri Peri flavour. The chips can be made wet or crispy, it’s up to you. Our recipe below is for a crispy … keep reading

Chicken Xacuti from Goa – not your traditional Indian food.

xacuti chicken curry spices goa

Food from Goa is not your usual indian fanfare of explosive spices. Owing to it’s portuguese heritage, much of the region’s cuisine is imbued with new sour-spicy and sweet flavours. It’s less about pure spice and deep warmth from garam masala. That said, Xacuti (pronounced Shakuti) masala is a fiery curry base, paired with sweet cool coconut giving a delicious fresh portuguese-indian blend of flavour. Chicken Xacuti Ingredients 1 kg chicken, cut into big pieces 5 grams turmeric powder 1 tsp salt 2 inches of ginger 10 flakes garlic 1/2 bunch fresh coriander 5 green chillies 2 tsp oil 2 … keep reading

Garlic pricing shooting up

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Garlic is one of the fundamental spices (strictly speaking a dehydrated vegetable) in the trade. As such, it is trading on many commodity indexes and usually fluctuates in price far more than exotics. This season we’ve seen an unprecedented rise in the price of garlic never seen in the past. European standard quality garlic granules have shot up in price over 50% since December 2015, and standard quality garlic flakes higher almost 60%! Prices had already risen 30-40% since the season prior to that… making the net increase almost 100% in total. The reason? a huge shortage in garlic supply. … keep reading

Recipe: Lamb Kofte (Dumplings), the lebanese way

lamb kofte with baharat seasoning

There are just so many recipes for good Kofte (sort of like dumplings) these days, but here’s one we had to share. This recipe is a lebanese version, making clever use of spices for great effect. It’s a time consuming recipe but the result is gorgeous and just so worth it! You can eat these alone, or served with hummus or yoghurt to dip. Recipe: Lamb Kofte (Dumplings) Servings: About 16 Kofte Ingredients hot water for boiling For the filling 200g minced lamb (not too lean) 1 brown onion, finely chopped 2 cloves garlic, crushed 1 tbsp black pepper powder … keep reading