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Recipe: Honey & Lavender Ice Cream

lavender honey ice cream spices

We were looking for a fun way to use lavender flowers rather than boiling them for tea, and came across this popular combination for an ice cream. With a few tweaks, it’s now a super-hit for parties. The recipe is fairly simple and you can make an eggless version as well by substituting both the eggs and milk for more heavy cream. Serves: 4-6 Ingredients – 450ml whole milk – 10g dried lavender – 80ml honey – 5 large egg yolks – 40g sugar – 250ml heavy cream – Optional: 1/2 madagascar vanilla bean (seeds removed and skin) Cooking method … keep reading

Making the finest Rosewater and Rose Syrup you’ve ever tasted

making rose syrup

Culinary flowers are always so fascinating, especially rose petals. In some ways, I prefer the dried rose buds, they carry so much more flavour and of course are great for cooking! The most common way to cook using dried roses is to first make rosewater or rose syrup. Here, we’re going to show you how to cook the best Rosewater and Rose Syrup you’ve ever tasted. 100% natural, no colouring added unlike most of the brands you’ll find in a supermarket shelf. When cooking with dried culinary flowers such as rose or lavender, it’s absolutely imperative to get them from … keep reading

Fresh banana bread, spiced with vanilla (Recipe)

photo: Celia Hu

Fresh baked bread is undeniably one of the tastiest fresh foods we’ve ever invented. So why not go a step further and make it more exciting with spices! This recipe uses vanilla pods, one of the most exotic and fragrant spices known. Fresh vanilla pods are incredibly easy to use, and also are much more flavourful than vanilla extract. To extract fresh vanilla, first slice a vanilla pod in half, then use a knife or spoon to scoop out the delicious paste inside. The heavier your vanilla pod, the more paste you’ll get! Here’s a picture taken with one of … keep reading