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How the Spice

Tonight you might grind a bit on Caesar salad or use it to perk up a steak, but pepper was once so valuable that it could be used to pay the rent. Pepper, along with other spices such as cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg, was such a hot commodity five centuries ago that it drove nations to sail across vast oceans searching for new routes to the spice-rich Orient. Spices didn’t just make merchants rich across the globe — it established vast empires, revealed entire continents to Europeans and tipped the…

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Spice

Spice seeds are the tiny aromatic fruits and oil-bearing seeds of herbaceous plants such as anise, caraway, cumin, fennel, poppy, and sesame. Herbs are the fresh or dried aromatic leaves of such plants as marjoram, mint, rosemary, and thyme. Spices, spice seeds, and herbs are employed as adjuncts to impart flavour and aroma or piquancy to foods. In the small quantities used to prepare culinary dishes, they have little nutritional value, but they stimulate the appetite, add zest to food, and enhance flavours.

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Health & Wellness

Canned foods freshness in, freshness out Eating healthy means getting the most nutritional benefit from your meals… and that’s what you get from canned goods. Many people are under the impression that “fresh” produce offers the ultimate in nutritional benefits. Not so. The term “fresh” produce is misleading, because it has lost a lot of its nutritional value by the time it shows up at your local supermarket. NUTRITIONAL VALUE Preserving the goodness with canning Canned fruits and vegetables are picked at the peak of ripeness and canned within hours.…

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Types of Rice

Rice is a staple in any kitchen, and with so many different types, it lends itself to a limitless number of recipes. Before you add the same type of rice to every recipe you prepare, however, think twice. Substituting one type of rice for another can really alter the result of a recipe. Each type of rice has its own taste, texture, and unique properties that work well with different cooking applications. So how do you know which one is the best type of rice to use? This guide examines…

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Butter Biscuits

METHOD Step 1 Preheat oven to 180°C. Line 2 baking trays with baking paper. Step 2 Using an electric mixer, beat butter, sugar and vanilla in a small bowl until pale and creamy. Add egg and mix until well combined. Sift flour and baking powder over butter mixture. Add milk and stir until just combined. Step 3 Using 2 teaspoons of dough at a time, roll dough into balls. Place on baking trays lined with baking paper. Using a lightly-floured fork, flatten biscuits slightly (allow room for spreading). Step 4…

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Flour

Nutrition Although there are many types of flour, all-purpose (or occident) flour is used most frequently. Bread flour is higher in protein. Unbleached flour is simply not as white as bleached. Whole-wheat flour is brown in color, and is derived from the complete wheat kernel (the bran and germ). When used in bread baking, it gives a nutty flavor and a denser texture when compared to all-purpose flour. Bread does not rise as high in whole-wheat breads, which is why a mixture of both whole-wheat and white flour is often…

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Chutney and Pickle

What is Pickle Pickle is food that has been in brine or vinegar.  Pickling is usually done to fruits and vegetables. The main purpose of pickling food is extending its shelf life. The pickling process also affects the flavor and the texture. There are basically two ways of pickling: clear pickle and sweet pickle. A clear pickle is a customary way of preserving vegetables and fruits; this dates a long way back in British history. The vegetables and fruits used for pickling are often left raw and whole. Vinegar, salt with sugar and…

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