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The best Cacao Brownies

cacao brownies

This one is our favourite tried and tested recipe for perfect chewy and rich chocolate brownies. Made with our very own Peruvian organic cacao powder. Recipe: Rich Cacao Brownies Yield: 12-16 pieces Ingredients 1/2 cup butter 1 cup white sugar 2 eggs vanilla caviar scraped from 1/2 a jumbo tahitian vanilla bean 1/3 cup to 1/2 cup cacao powder, depends how strong you like your brownie 1/2 cup all purpose flour 1/4 tsp baking powder 1/4 tsp ground pink himalayan salt (substitute with ordinary sea salt if you don’t have) 1/4 tsp cinnamon powder (Ceylon Cinnamon works best as it’s sweeter … keep reading

Recipe: Raspberry Lemonade with a Hint of Spice

Raspberry Lemonade with s Hint of Spice

Yesterday I was hunting for a sunscreen for my family in a shopping center. Then I came across this product which contained raspberry seed oil. It was actually the first time I saw a sun screen product which contained raspberry seed oil. Raspberry seed oil has been a subject of interest (or controversy) regarding its ultraviolet absorbance property. Yet, I was more curious how they processed the seeds. I wondered what they did with the leftover raspberry fruits and juice. Ah, perhaps they used or sold for raspberry jam. I would have it as raspberry lemonade now! I’m melting in this hot weather. … keep reading

Recipe: Vanilla Pudding

Vanilla Pudding

My mother used to make baked pudding when I was still a teenager and the whole family loved it. I was so happy whenever I opened the refrigerator and saw my mother’s home-made puddings being cooled. I should ask her about the recipe. Today, I want to share a vanilla pudding recipe which you can easily make at home. The image does not show, but you will see vanilla seeds in your pudding if you follow this recipe. Treat yourself with heavenly creamy vanilla flavored pudding! Tips: Enjoy your own arrangement by adding rum or maccha or mango sauce! If you … keep reading

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

Recipe: Flaxseed Smoothie with fresh fruit

flaxseed and fruits smoothie

Much like chia seeds, flaxseeds are also getting famous for their amazing nutritional values. Flaxseeds are ultra rich in fibres, proteins, and a lot of micronutrients such as Vitamin B1,B2,B6 Phosphorus, Manganese, Magnesium etc. Yet flaxseeds are usually very difficult to incorporate into your diet. Here’s a flaxseed smoothie we really like because of the vanilla and fresh fruits. Feel free to substitute the fruits to whatever you like, it’ll still taste great! Recipe: Flaxseed Smoothie with Fruits Servings: 2-3 Ingredients – 30g flaxseeds – 250ml soya milk – 1g vanilla seeds scraped from the pod – 150g strawberries cut … keep reading

Recipe: Spiced Chia Seed Breakfast Pudding

spiced chia seed pudding

As basically everyone knows by now, Chia Seeds are The IT food of the decade. Chia seeds are loaded with a massive amount of nutrients condensed into a tiny amount of calories, loaded with antioxidants, high protein and also believed to help with weight loss… in addition to about a hundred other benefits. That said, they’re not very easy to cook with and the jelly-like texture is often unappetising to many. Here’s a really easy way to incorporate Chia Seeds into your daily breakfast ritual. Chia Seed Breakfast Pudding Serves: 2-3 Ingredients – 2 cups unsweetened almond milk, or coconut … keep reading

Recipe: Tahiti Vanilla Orange Cream Tarts

Orange Vanilla Cream Tart

When we came across this recipe using our Tahiti Vanilla we just absolutely had to share it. Tahiti Vanilla is much sweeter, more fragrant and a totally new experience compared to regular Vanilla. Unlike Madagascar or Indonesian vanilla which is cultivated in farms, Tahiti Vanilla grows wild and is pollenated by birds. Recipe: Tahiti Vanilla Orange Cream Tarts Servings: 6 Ingredients: For the base 1/2 cup desiccated coconut 1/2 cup almonds (substitute with graham crackers) For the Orange Vanilla Cream 1/2 cup cashews nuts (best if soaked overnight) 1/2 cup coconut milk 1/4 cup fresh orange juice 2 tsp honey … keep reading

Where does Vanilla come from?

vanilla beans drying in madagascar

Most people know Vanilla as the flavour of plain ice cream, the stuff to flavour cakes and cookies with that comes in a little bottle. But true vanilla is so much more. Large coloured beans which grow on trees! Above is the image most cooks and spice buyers are familiar with. The lovely vanilla bean. These are large, plump ones from Madagascar. Below is the much rarer image. The same beans – growing. Here’s a picture from the plantation in Madagascar that our beans come from, growing on the vine. They come in many sizes and thicknesses, and as with … keep reading

A raw delight: Coconut-Vanilla pie

vanilla coconut pie

An exotic recipe which is not only tasty, but healthy and easy to make. It’s entirely raw, no heating required. Many people believe raw food provides the body with various critical enzymes and proteins that are broken down in cooking. These “Raw foodies” believe that most nutritional value is lost when cooking. All we know is that this recipe tastes great, is easy to make, and really shines when using good quality ingredients. We suggest using only big, thick beans (at least 3g a piece) as these beans have had enough time to mature and give good flavour. Smaller beans … keep reading

Mliako S Oriz (Bulgarian Rice Pudding) recipe

Bulgarian rice pudding

Mliako S Oriz is the Bulgarian version of Rice Pudding, a real treat during the summer heat. From our experience, we’ve seen that some form of rice and milk pudding exists in almost every culture. It’s fascinating to see how different cultures use different ingredients to create new flavour profiles for preparing something that is almost the same, but altogether very different. Unlike most rice puddings, this one is boiled first and then left to cool. Some people also prefer to chill in the fridge and eat it cold – it tastes much better this way. Of course, eating hot … keep reading