Spice Trade — star anise

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

Covid market update: Star Anise, Allspice

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COVID-19 effects are finally dissipating as most of the world is in a recovery mode and lockdowns in producing nations have all begun to end. While pricing has gone up dramatically for a few ingredients, in general pricing is starting to come down for Indian spices as well as dry fruits and nuts from the US.  Extremely poor harvesting during spring crop has made Star Anise's autumn crop very expensive and all old batch (low priced) goods are quickly getting bought up. Unfortunately due to Covid-19, this problem was unavoidable as most of China was in lockdown during most of the key harvest...

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Market Update: Pistachio, Walnut, Cassia, Star Anise

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COVID-19 is still affecting the supplies of all Indian Spices - India was in a 90 day lockdown, which has only recently been lifted for most of the country. Parts of the country still have heavily restricted movement, and a huge backlog of operations is causing a slowdown while the country plays catchup. Indian spices are essential in most of the world's cooking (think cumin, coriander, black pepper, fennel)... these spices have widespread use from european to south american and also chinese cooking. Pistachio and Walnut prices are finally starting to drop and our catalogues have been updated. We expect some more drops to come in...

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Full flavoured Vegetarian Pho Recipe

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Full flavoured Vegetarian Pho Recipe

Phở is traditionally made with a strong beef broth, and normal vegetarian renditions which merely omit the meat taste bland and seriously lacking flavour. We’ve put together this full flavoured broth using some great ingredients, fresh spices and herbs that will challenge even the yummiest traditional beef broth pho. It’s now one of our favourite comfort foods, and very customizable to what fresh ingredients you have in your kitchen. The broth and noodles are the only staple, everything else is up to you! Recipe: Vegetarian Phở Serves: 2 IngredientsFor the broth– 1 large onion, peeled and halved– 1 tsp Fennel...

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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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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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