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Recipe: Hummus


If you make peanut butter at home, then making hummus (chickpea paste) should be a piece of cake for you 😉 I have tried other types of beans such as lentils, but I have always come back to chickpeas. Most often I use hummus in place of meat to add nutty and fatty flavor to go with a dish. Dishes I have tried hummus with include tacos, nachos, quesadilla, sandwich and what not. Of course it goes very well with fresh vegetable sticks. I often overeat celery with hummus because they are so good! This recipe uses a food processor, but it can be … keep reading

Regency explores: Paprika

paprika qualities

Paprika is an odd spice, usually assumed to be it’s own species, but is actually from the humble bell pepper plant! That’s right, paprika is another variety of chilli pepper. Paprika isn’t hot. Quite the contrary, it’s very aromatic and naturally a little sweet. Paprika has been used for supposedly 400-500 years, starting in Hungary and Spain. Over the last 100-200 years, it’s usage has become more widespread because of the natural colouring properties of the spice. So too, has the cultivation. Amongst the world’s top 3 producers of Paprika is now China, who is in fact the biggest exporter … keep reading

Recipe: Jambalaya Rice

tasty spiced jambalaya rice

Jambalaya is not one of the first things people think of when cooking a pot luck meal in Hong Kong. Yet it’s full of flavour, and the perfect recipe for success if you’re out to feed an army. This highly nutritious dish will have you set for 2 or 20, and you can customise it with any fillings you like. There’s a lot of ingredients going in, and that means a lot of exciting flavours with each mouthful. So even though it’s just one dish, Jambalaya tastes like a dozen all jam-packed together. A word of warning though… like all … keep reading

Recipe: Fettucine Alfredo with Blackened Chicken

blackened chicken fettucine with spices

This one’s a good recipe to have some excitement in the kitchen while keeping the meal comfort food. It takes about 30-40 minutes from start to finish, but you’ll be well rewarded with one of the best evolutions to a classic favourite. The Blackened Chicken is packed with a lot of spices, the creaminess and heat makes this dish super addictive! If you want to make your version less rich, substitute half the cream for milk… but when you’re a foodie, who cares about calories! Recipe: Fettucine Alfredo with Blackened Chicken Serves: 4 Ingredients For the Alfredo Sauce – 3 … 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

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

The Unordinary Cauliflower

cauliflower roasted whole

As one very popular, nutrient-rich vegetables, cauliflower can be thought as somewhat lacking in taste. It’s easy to spice up cauliflower with some simple spices, so don’t be misguided: Cauliflower can actually be very versatile to cook with. Here is one of our favourite recipes, cauliflower spiced with cumin, it’s quite famous within cooking circles and today we’d like to share it with you. It makes an excellent side to any entree, and can also be eaten all on it’s own. The cauliflower can actually be roasted whole, which also looks really impressive! But if your oven is not as grand, … keep reading

Panch Phoran roasted potatoes

panch phoran spiced roasted potatoes

Earlier last month we introduced Panch Phoran at Regency. It’s a gorgeous spice blend from Bengal, the region crossing at north-western India. The blend consists of a colourful blend of fragrant, spiced seeds: cumin, mustard, fennel, black cumin (nigella, kalonji), and fenugreek. Usually it’s used in cooking up tasty Indian curries, but we’ve found another use for it where it’s also delicious: roasted veggies. These fragrant seeds coat the potatoes and infuse all their flavour throughout the long & intense cooking heat in the oven. They soften up and also add an interesting texture when eating. We love roasted potatoes … keep reading

Rapid Alert: Recall in Hong Kong for La Chinata Brand Smoked Paprika

12th June at 10:26pm, Hong Kong’s Food and Environmental Hygiene department issued a rapid alert calling the recall for La Chinata Brand Smoked Paprika in Hong Kong. Why? It was contaminated with dangerous levels of Salmonella. Other brands and varieties of Smoked Paprika are probably also under heavy scrunity. This Smoked Paprika comes from Spain – rather surprising as we would expect EU originating food to be much safer compared to food produced in some other countries, but it appears that they too are susceptible to poor quality control and perhaps cutting corners in manufacturing. Whether to save costs or … keep reading

Spicy Indian Baked Chicken Masaledar Murghi

indian baked masala chicken

Thanks to Ellen at The Hong Kong Cookery for this fabulous recipe featuring our Regency Spices. Do check out her blog for more details on the recipe and many more. Recipe: Indian Spicy Baked Chicken Masaledar Murghi Recipe Ingredients: 6 chicken breasts 1 tbsp ground cumin 1 tbsp paprika 1 tbsp turmeric powder 1-2 tsp Kashmiri chilli powder (you can substitute with Cayenne chillies) 2-3 tsp salt 1 tsp black pepper, freshly ground 3 cloves garlic 6 tbsp lemon juice Cooking method: Mash up your garlic. (I used the end of my rolling pin to pound.) Mix up cumin, paprika, … keep reading