• Lemon Balm

    Lemon balm is a member of the mint family. Although native to Europe, it grows around the world. At maturity, the plant reaches around two feet in height and sometimes grows higher if left unattended. Clusters of light yellow flowers grow at the junction of the leaf and stem. The deeply wrinkled leaves, similar in »more

  • Ways to use Pumpkin Pie Spice

    Pumpkin pie spice is a blend of the spices commonly used in pumpkin pie. It typically includes cinnamon, nutmeg, and at least one of the following: cloves, allspice, and mace. Sometimes it includes ground cardamom. All of these are spices many of us would associate with the smell of a cozy kitchen on a cold »more

  • The Salty Dog

    The Salty Dog is a drink that seems to conjure up images of rum; the name does after all bring forth images of old sea dogs and pirates. The Salty Dog though is a drink that is traditionally created from a base of gin, although it is very common for vodka to be used in »more

  • Using Honey for Healthily Cooking

    Honey contains natural antioxidants, so it has a positive benefit in boosting the body’s immune system. Eating honey is also helpful in maintaining a healthy heart. Honey is very versatile, and it is easy to digest. Incorporating sweet and healthful honey into a well balanced diet is not difficult to do. Depending on the country »more

  • Properties of Cumin and how to use in it Cooking

    Cumin is a ubiquitous spice in many parts of the world, popularly used for centuries in the cuisine of countries like India, Turkey, and Greece, and in regions like the Middle East and South America. The cumin plant, which is slender, delicate-looking and long-leaved, resembling something like a shorter dill plant with white or rose-colored »more

  • Review of Parallel 49s Salty Scot Ale

    So here’s today’s question. When purchasing craft brewed beer, is it reasonable to expect those brewers to make their beer according to style? Ask this question at the next meeting of your local home brew club and you’ll ignite an amazing debate. The reason it becomes a question is because craft brewers just love to »more

  • Uses for Basil

    Basil is an aromatic annual that reaches about two feet tall, looks like its relatives, the mint family, only with more branches and which blossoms white or purple in summer. It will grow easily from seed in well drained and composted soil and should be planted after the frosts have been. Basil’s big advantage especially »more

  • What is Kesari

    Kesari is derived from “Kesar” which is the Hindi word for saffron. This reddish colored stigma of the flower, Crocus Sativa, is considered to be the world’s most expensive spice. What exactly makes kesar steeper in cost compared to it’s counterparts in the spice rack? Hand reaped during the autumn season, the stigma is ponderously »more

  • Saffron its many uses and how to Test for Authenticity

    It really is “The most expensive spice in the world”. Saffron used for culinary purposes is the stigma or style (the female parts) of the Saffron Crocus flower Crocus sativus L. These are the central yellow threads in the flower, and each flower produces only 3 stigmas, which have to be handpicked. It takes 150,000 »more

  • Spice Racks and Vegetable Trolleys

    I love spices and don’t have to think about the type of spice rack I would have or purchase, because the type I like and have is a medley of sized containers to suit the spice and what’s used of more in the kitchen. Here I mention for the adventurous cook, followed by those who »more