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Banana and Chocolate Brownie Cake
Banana and Chocolate Brownie Cake

Here’s a wonderful and simple brownie recipe, its so moist and a great way to use old bananas! Ingredients: 1/2 cup all purpose flour 1/2 cup butter one cup of sugar 2 eggs one teaspoon vanilla essence 1/3 cocoa powder 1/4 teaspoon salt 2 very ripe banana’s mashed one teaspoon baking powder Method: let butter […]



Fun Facts on Oregano
Fun Facts on Oregano

  Oregano means Joy of The Mountain in Ancient Greek Ancient Greeks believed that cows that grazed in fields full of oregano had tastier meat When in bloom they have beautiful purple or pink flowers that are also edible The Ancient Greeks also believed that if you anoint yourself with oregano you will dream about […]



Star Anise
Star Anise

Star Anise (Illicium verum) Certainly the prettiest spice, star anise is native to southern China and Vietnam, where it has a long history of culinary and medicinal use.  Todays avid cooks use it as a flavoring for fish and seafood and in syrups for poaching figs and pears and to spice tropical fruits.  Most commonly […]



Fun Facts on Chili's
Fun Facts on Chili’s

Chili’s have been cultivated for thousands of years. Peppers are used as a natural way to induce the body into sweating which naturally cools the body, that is why the closer you get to the equator the hotter the pepper. Today more than 400 varieties are grown in Japan, China, Thailand, Indonesia, India, Mexico and […]



Baked Tandoori Chicken
Baked Tandoori Chicken

This is a wonderfully simple baked Tandoori chicken dish, that would go well with vegetables and rice or with a salad. Ingredients: 4 chicken thighs, this is a good part of the chicken to use as it is moister than the breast one cup of natural yogurt a little olive oil 3 tablespoons of tandoori […]



Fun Cinnamon Facts and Recipes
Fun Cinnamon Facts and Recipes

Cinnamon is a tree and its bark is used to make the spice The best cinnamon is Ceylon from Sri Lanka, a related spice called Cassia is sold as cinnamon and is referred to as Chinese cinnamon or Indonesian, we well them all. Cinnamaldehyde a compound in the bark gives cinnamon its scent and flavor […]



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The Forbidden Rice: Black Rice!
The Forbidden Rice: Black Rice!

The following recipe comes from Cottage Cozy We have a wide range of herbs, spices, and rice on our site, including black rice.  This is a wonderful Chinese inspired recipe using black rice, so next time you’re buying rice why not have a change! Black rice (Forbidden Rice) is a heirloom variety of rice.  The rice is naturally […]



Guinness Cupcakes!
Guinness Cupcakes!

   The following fantastic and creative recipe comes from High Low Food Drink a wonderful New York Food Blog. Ingredients: For the cake: 1 cup Guinness ( I used the Extra Stout) ¾ cup sour cream 1 stick plus 2 tablespoons unsalted butter 2 eggs 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract ¾ cup unsweetened cocoa 2 […]



Green Velvet Cupcakes for Saint Patricks
Green Velvet Cupcakes for Saint Patricks

The following fun recipe for Green cupcakes, perfect for Saint Patrick’s comes from NutMeg Nanny a wonderful food blog: Green Velvet Cupcakes: Ingredients: 3 1/2 C. cake flour (not self-rising) 3/4 C. (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter – softened 2 C. sugar 3 large eggs – room temperature 6 T. red food coloring (I used […]