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Recipe: Kulfi Ice Cream (Egg Free)

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The summer is approaching and it is getting hotter and hotter in Hong Kong. On a hot and humid day like this, ice cream can be a great savior. Kulfi is by far the simplest and the easiest ice cream I’ve ever made at home. I don’t need an ice cream maker nor an egg, not even a whisk. Just heat, mix and freeze, and it’s ready. The cardamom spice added into this ice cream makes it heavenly aromatic once it melts in your mouth. Today, I’m happy to share the delicious ice cream recipe born in India. Recipe: Kulfi ice cream Servings: 3-4 Ingredients … keep reading

A taste of Africa: Chicken Tagine

chicken tajine recipe regency spices

We’ve rarely done african food, but while developing our recipe for Ras El Hanout, we came across this great recipe for a Chicken Tagine. With a few modifications, here’s the final version. It’s extremely aromatic, healthy, and bursting with flavour from the spices. This dish takes it’s name from the Tagine it’s cooked in. The tagine imparts a warm, clay aroma to the dish, which is preferred by many africans who can appreciate the slow cooked and traditional cooking method. Serve with couscous as a main dish. Serves: 2 as a main Ingredients 125g green olives 40ml olive oil 1 … keep reading

Saffron Kulfi (Indian homemade icecream)

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Summer instantly reminds us of cool Kulfi, laced with heavenly Iranian Saffron and Indian Cardamom. Mouth-watering and so full of flavor, many of us love it much more than the typical ice cream available year round! Today we’re gonna show you how to make a home made version which tastes far more flavourful than the store-bought kind. Saffron Kulfi is also a perfect pair with hot Carrot Halwa giving a fun hot-cold taste sensation. An added option that is preferred by many Indians is also to add chunks of mixed nuts into the cream along with the saffron and cardamom. … keep reading

Saffron Phirni

saffron cardamom phirni recipe

Phirni is one of the most exotic, and traditionally one of the most gruelling desserts to make. But, it has stood the test of time and remains an undeniable favourite for Indians. No Indian fine dining restaurant dessert menu is complete without Phirni. It’s called “Phirni” because the word means “stirred” in Hindi. And this dessert needs a lot of stirring to get the texture right. It should be rich, thick and creamy, much like a creme brulee. The smoother, the better. Phirni can be smoother the lower heat it is cooked on, but this will take much more time, … keep reading

Carrot Halwa recipe

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Carrot Halwa is a popular Indian dessert. Don’t be fooled by the name, it’s still very fattening and high in calories, but absolutely delicious when done right. Our family recipe includes saffron and mixed nuts which really lift the Halwa from being an ordinary version into an exotic one. Each mouthful will leave you wanting more! Recipe: Carrot Halwa Serves: 4 Ingredients 2 cups carrots, grated 1 cup milk 3/4 cup sugar 2 tbsp mixed nuts (almonds, cashews, pistachio) 5-6 cardamom seeds, pounded 1 tsp Ghee (use butter as a substitute) approx 10 strands of Saffron 1 tsp warm water Cooking method 1. In … keep reading

Nutrition and buying tips: Saffron

Regency grade Saffron

All values below are per 1 tsp (0.7g) of saffron. Proximates Water 0.08g Energy 2kcal Protein 0.08g Total lipid (fat) 0.04g Carbohydrate, by difference 0.46g Fiber, total dietary 0.0g Minerals Calcium, Ca 1mg Iron, Fe 0.08mg Magnesium, Mg 2mg Phosphorus, P 2mg Potassium, K 12mg Sodium, Na 1mg Zinc, Zn 0.01mg Vitamins Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid 0.6mg Thiamin 0.001mg Riboflavin 0.002mg Niacin 0.010mg Vitamin B-6 0.007mg Folate, DFE 1µg Vitamin B-12 0.00µg Vitamin A, RAE 0µg Vitamin A, IU 4IU Vitamin D (D2 + D3) 0.0µg Vitamin D 0IU Lipids Fatty acids, total saturated 0.011g Fatty acids, total monounsaturated … keep reading

Nutrition and Buying Tips: Saffron

Regency Grade Saffron Strands

Back to: All Nutrition and Buying Tips All values below are per 1 tsp (0.7g) of Saffron strands. Proximates Water 0.08g Energy 2kcal Protein 0.08g Total lipid (fat) 0.04g Carbohydrate, by difference 0.46g Fiber, total dietary 0g Minerals Calcium, Ca 1mg Iron, Fe 0.08mg Magnesium, Mg 2mg Phosphorus, P 2mg Potassium, K 12mg Sodium, Na 1mg Zinc, Zn 0.01mg Vitamins Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid 0.6mg Thiamin 0.001mg Riboflavin 0.002mg Niacin 0.01mg Vitamin B-6 0.007mg Folate, DFE 1µg Vitamin B-12 0µg Vitamin A, RAE 0µg Vitamin A, IU 4 IU Vitamin D (D2 + D3) 0µg Vitamin D 0IU Lipids … keep reading

Regency at Hong Kong Food Expo 2014

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Backed by the support of the Hong Kong Food Council, Regency showcased it’s products to the Hong Kong public at the Hong Kong Food Expo 2014. From left to right: HK Food Council Manager Ms. Sally Chan, VIP Guest Mr. Lai Bun, Permanent Honorable President Mr. Lee Fuen, Vice President of The Hong Kong Food Council Dr. Leslie Wong, Regency Manager Mr. Sunit Dattani. Regency introduced it’s Five Spice Powder at the HK Food Expo, which was extremely well received by the Hong Kong public. Until the end of this month, Regency is also offering a special 30% discount to … keep reading

Saffron

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Saffron is known as the emperor of spices. Why? Because it’s an extremely laborious and tedious process to harvest. It can grow in extreme hot and dry climates, as well as survive in snow. But, good grains of commercial saffron need extremely precise conditions to develop their exquisite flavour. Saffron threads are taken from the insides of orchids – perhaps the rarest and most expensive branch of flowers. A grain of good commercial Saffron contains the stigmas and styles of nine flowers, and consequently 4,320 orchids are required to yield around 30 grams of Saffron. The stigmas need to be … keep reading

Spice cheat sheet: Your one stop spice resource

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SPICE (click to see more info) BIRTHPLACE USED COMMONLY IN Bay Leaves Turkey Curries, stews, soups, and generally all sauces with a long cooking time Black Pepper India All cuisines as seasoning, chinese sauces, tea Caraway Finland Beef, chicken, vegetable dishes, breads Cardamom India Tea, curries, soups, rubs, desserts Cassia China Desserts, spice rubs, tea, soup, sauces, baked goods, grilled dishes Chilli Worldwide Almost all dishes, also marinades, salsas Cinnamon Sri Lanka Baked goods, desserts Clove Tanzania Tea, soups, french sauces, noodles, pork, beef, vegetable dishes Cubeb Indonesia In place of pepper in Asian cuisine Cumin India Bread, vegetable, curry, … keep reading