Category Archives: Ingredients

Homemade Sprouts Recipe
Homemade Sprouts Recipe

How to make sprouts at home may sound like a difficult technique, which requires lot of precision, but when you try it you’ll see it’s 1-2 minutes of activity each day. And it’s so much fun seeing your little sprout come to life and longer the sprouts grow more proud I feel.

Homemade Curry Powder Recipe
Homemade Curry Powder Recipe

Curry Powder is a spice, which includes different whole spices, the word curry is an English word, because Curry Powder is a British invention; they use it for seasoning many Asian and Indian Curries. Curry Powder has many ingredients similar to Garam Masala but the purpose and taste of both is different, Garam Masala on […]

Light Avocado  Mayonnaise
Light Avocado Mayonnaise

A light and smooth avocado sauce flavoured with an hint of garlic. Perfect with fish, eggs or vegan sandwiches!

Freezing Chicken Stock
Freezing Chicken Stock (and other ingredients too!)

I was so excited to get silicone muffin pans, and muffin cups… They seemed like such a good idea. Well, I use the cups for actual muffins, on occasion, but I’ve not been happy with the muffin pans at all. But I’ve found an even better use for my silicone muffin pan, rather than baking […]

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How to Make Homemade Yogurt

Yogurt is a staple around our house – vanilla yogurt is one of the picky child’s favorite foods, and I’m a big fan of thick and creamy plain Greek yogurt. Yogurt is one of those foods that’s quite easy to make at home, but rarely attempted.  You don’t need a yogurt maker (although I think […]

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Basil pesto

Basil pesto. Made from fresh basil leaves, this aromatic classic Italian sauce is a perfect accompaniment to pasta, bread, salad, risotto, pizza, rice noodles. There is so much you can do with it. I always keep a batch of it in my fridge. Get the Recipe: Basil pesto

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Cheese: What’s Parmesan, Pecorino, Asiago & Romano?

Wanna know more about Italian cheeses? I know I never can keep them straight, so I loved this article by Foodwhirl’s lovely friend Talk of Tomatoes.  It’s a very cool post detailing the differences between Parmesan, Pecorino, Asiago and Romano cheeses. Interesting and informative! I was really tempted to categorize this post under ‘main course’ […]

How to peel ginger root

If you ever cook with ginger, you know how much of a difference it can make to use fresh ginger root instead of that dried powder stuff. The tricky part about using fresh ginger, though, is peeling it. It’s so bumpy and irregular that if you try to use a knife to cut away the […]

Baked Bacon

Easy clean up Bacon! Just as crispy as frying over the stove top! From the original site: I love bacon, and really who doesn’t! But frying it can be a bit messy and you can easily burn it. To be honest, my Grandma made the best bacon on the planet. It was in a pan […]

Pantry Friendly Tomato Sauce

Delicious Homemade Tomato Sauce! From the original site: Being Italian and married into an Italian family, sauce is a topic of much debate. Too sweet, too acidic, don’t add this, add that…so many variables and everyone has their own preference (and by preference, I mean the right way of doing things ;) ) Enter Alton […]

Taco Seasoning

DIY Taco Seasoning-Skip the Store-Bought Stuff! From the original site: I love making my own seasonings at home. You never need to worry about not having them on hand, thus avoiding running to the store like a maniac last minute :o, and they always test better in my opinion. Making your own seasonings can also […]

How to De-seed and Juice a Pomegranate

Pomegranate juice is made from the fruit of the Pomegranate. It is used in cooking both as a fresh juice and as a concentrated syrup. Get the Recipe: Pomegranate Chilly juice

Soy – Free “Soy Sauce”

There are several recipes out there for a “no – soy” soy sauce. However, all of them use either vegetable broth or beef broth as the base. AND, unless the brand you choose specifically states that it is “Soy Free” (and the majority of them aren’t) I’m still getting soy in the mix. You see, […]

Glossary of Whole Spices

There is a whole variety of whole spices available all over the world, but these are a few that you’ll likely find in every Indian household and are very commonly used in everyday cooking. From the original site: Complex flavors are built up in mixtures by using whole spices that compliment each other. Successfully making […]

Homemade Thai Masaman Curry Paste

The flavoring for Massaman curry is called Massaman curry paste although ready-made pastes are now readily available but with all those artificial flavoring they are nothing in taste compared to homemade pastes prepared with fresh ingredients. From the original site: This Masaman Paste is much more spicier than other Thai Curry Pastes so do not […]

Simply Hummus

These days I am kinda obsessed with Mediterranean dishes, I feel there is something succulent about subtle and aromatic Mediterranean flavors, you just can’t have enough of it. Like Baba Ganoush, Hummus is also another Mediterranean dip made out of humble ingredients – chickpeas, olive oil and tahini (sesame paste). Hummus is an Arabic word […]

Homemade Chai Ka Masala (Tea Spice)

This year for the first time I made Tea Masala at home luckily I had all the ingredients required in hand. A dash of Tea Masala can be used in cinnamon rolls, pumpkin pie, trifles or pumpkin cake, instead of opening different jars of spices it is always easy to add a teaspoon of Tea […]

Homemade Basil Pesto

If you love Italian food, you have to love the magic sauce that can take even the most mundane pasta to the level of a sublime dish. Every Italian family has their own secret recipe of Pesto, which is been passed on from generation to another as a legacy. The one rule for making this […]

250 Avocado Hummus
Avocado Hummus

The colors of Avocado Hummus are perfect for a seasonal celebration! Hummus is an easy, go-to dip, so why not pair it with the great taste and texture offered by avocados? From the original site: You can make one thing easy on yourself during the holiday season, whether you’re planning a party, or you need […]

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Cilantro Pesto Dip: “After a good dinner one can forgive anybody,…

…even one’s own relatives.” — Oscar Wilde I wasn’t really big on the idea of dips and pestos. They seemed like frippery but I’ve really started to come around as evidenced by this Dip Week. Make a pile of the stuff and put it aside – use it as a sandwich spread, salad dressing, mix […]

Roasted Hatch Chile Salsa

Gluten Free, Vegan, Soy Free salsa thats perfect any time of the day with warm chips. From the original site: Each August I try to buy at least one batch each of the mild and hot varieties and never give up a chance to buy and freeze them anytime I see them. Just like my […]

Bing Cherry Jam

Bing cherries are in season, and this easy jam makes great use of them! It’s from American’s most decorated home canner, so you can have complete confidence in the recipe. From the original site: When Linda Amendt hands you a jar of jam, you do a silent little dance, because you know it’s going to […]

Carrot Cake and Almond Butter Popsicles
12 Unusual and Tasty Almond Butter Recipes

Yesterday we talked about how to make your own Almond Butter, and some really cool variations on the standard nut butter. Today we’re brainstorming on some great recipes to make with your almond butter!  Here are 12 clever or unusual almond butter recipes, from around the web.  And remember, you can generally substitute almond butter […]

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How to make Homemade Almond Butter (Recipes & Variations)

Making your own nut butters is really so fun and easy, I don’t know why I ever buy the storebought stuff.  Make your own, then you can eat it, and use it in other recipes!  And there are tons of ways to mix it up, too… read on. Here’s a recipe from Chockohlawtay on how to make your […]

How to make coconut whipped cream
How to Make Coconut Whipped Cream

Did you know you can make whipped cream out of coconut milk? This is such a neat idea for berries and cream or anything else that you’d like a tropical feeling whipped cream out of. Plus great if you have vegan or lactose intolerant friends. I found a couple of different techniques online, but mostly […]