Spice Trade — black pepper

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

Recipe: Herb Tea Mixture (Six Blends)

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Recipe: Herb Tea Mixture (Six Blends)

When I was writing this article, I remembered a dialogue from a TV show which I watched in Japan more than a decade ago. It went like:          Man A: “Chinese foods are so oily. How do they stay fit?”          Man B: “They drink tea with their meal to wash it away.”I don’t quite remember whether it was a health program or a TV commercial for oolong tea. Yet, I also find Chinese foods a lot oilier than Japanese dishes. But these oily Chinese cuisines taste so good. Whenever I go for dim sum,...

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Recipe: Doner Kebab

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Recipe: Doner Kebab

My husband and I text each other during the day using Wechat. Around 3 or 4pm, I often ask him, “What did you have for lunch?” This is to avoid making the same kind of dish for dinner. One day, he replied saying “Kebab.” Aww, kebab. I haven’t had that for awhile. Then I thought to myself, “Can’t I make that at home?” So I searched for a recipe which doesn’t use an oven (We didn’t have an oven until last summer).  Then I found a doner kebab recipe shared by a Japanese woman living in Bursa, Turkey. This came...

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Recipe: White Wine Jelly

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Recipe: White Wine Jelly

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 2 tsp Agar Agar Powder (or use 1.5 tsp if you want a softer jelly)...

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Recipe: Creamy Mashed Potatoes

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Recipe: Creamy Mashed Potatoes

Nobody can resist the perfect creamy mashed potatoes. Usually some bits always come out lumpy, or they’re just bland, but with this method you can make the perfect mashed potatoes every time. These mashed potatoes are so good that they don’t even need to be an accompaniment to a main, you can eat them by themselves as a snack in the middle of the day. Recipe: Mashed Potatoes Servings: 4 Ingredients – 600g Yukon gold potatoes (Or Russet potatoes)– 1/2 teaspoon salt– 2 bay leaves– 1/2 60ml heavy cream, warmed (microwave is ok)– 30g butter, warmed (microwave is ok)– 1 teaspoon garlic...

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Recipe: Jambalaya Rice

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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...

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