Spice Trade — recipes

... and a few other articles on cooking with spices!

Recipe: Hibiscus & Rose Tea

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When my Japanese grandma was in her 30s, she used to make sweetened lemon water and drink it everyday for her skin. She wanted to make her skin lighter in tone. When I was still a child, she used to tell me my skin is too dark. As an Asian myself, I grew up in a culture which adored women with fair skin. According to her standard, my skin was way too dark (haha). When I reached early teen, she gave me a lemon squeezer made of glass so that I can make my own lemon water…makes me smile when...

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Recipe: Homemade Mayonnaise

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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 the...

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Recipe: Guacamole

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Whenever I go to a supermarket for grocery shopping in Hong Kong, I always see some people buying avocado. What I find it very interesting is the Chinese characters used for avocado, 鳄梨. It literally means “crocodile pear.” It seems they were named that way because the surface of avocado skin resembles that of crocodile’s. It’s always interesting to learn something new. Anyway, I have always been a big fan of this crocodile pear, and I always make guacamole when I make tacos. The addition of lime juice and a bit of hot chili makes avocado dip tastes so good. Tips: (1) Some...

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Recipe: Hummus

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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 made...

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Recipe: Mustard Shrimp

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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 1 tablespoon olive oil...

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