Spice Trade — star anise

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

Recipe: Zongzi (chinese style dumplings)

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Both my Chinese and Japanese grandma make zongzi (or chimaki in Japanese). Yet, they differ quite a bit. The ones made by my Japanese grandma are very simple and eaten with sweetened kinako (roasted soy bean powder). On the contrary, the ones made by my Chinese grandma contain lots of seasoned ingredients. Today, I’d like to share the recipe for a Chinese version. It takes a bit of preparation time but it’s worth it.                                                Recipe: Zongzi Yield: About 10-12...

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Recipe: White Wine Jelly

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This is for white wine lovers. I have never used white wine for dessert making in the past. But I found the use of various spices along with white wine to make a splendid dessert was so unique and that I thought I would share this alluring jelly recipe invented by a chef from Hakkakuan in Osaka, Japan, in English Recipe: White Wine Jelly Serving: 4 Ingredients 750ml white wine 210g granulated sugar 3 star anise 15 cloves 15 black peppercorns 1 thai red ruby 1 grape fruit 1 orange 3 gelatin sheets Ice cream (for topping) Cooking instructions In a cooking pot, combine...

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Chicken Xacuti from Goa – not your traditional Indian food.

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Food from Goa is not your usual indian fanfare of explosive spices. Owing to it’s portuguese heritage, much of the region’s cuisine is imbued with new sour-spicy and sweet flavours. It’s less about pure spice and deep warmth from garam masala. That said, Xacuti (pronounced Shakuti) masala is a fiery curry base, paired with sweet cool coconut giving a delicious fresh portuguese-indian blend of flavour. photo: Pankaj Kaushal Chicken Xacuti Ingredients1 kg chicken, cut into big pieces5 grams turmeric powder1 tsp salt2 inches of ginger10 flakes garlic1/2 bunch fresh coriander5 green chillies2 tsp oil2 sliced onions2 slit green chillies1/4 cup water For...

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Star Anise

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Prices rising, and expected to keep rising further due to bad weather. Overall this season’s crop is poorer quality to most commercial buyers, and prices are also up due to lack of supply.  

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Star Anise

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Star Aniseeds new crop is in market – crop size is substantially large, and prices are at multi-year lows. We have rarely seen such market prices remain at such low prices for more than couple of months.  

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