Fruit and Herb Flavoured Vinegars

Spring is a great time for making some flavoured vinegars for Summer Salads and vegetables. It also makes great presents for Xmas! The flavoured vinegars are easy to make and can be left to infuse the flavours for as little as 2 weeks.

We show you a general method, and then several specific flavoured vinegars. If you are growing your own fruits and herbs, this is an excellent way to use your crops. Don’t forget to sterilise all of your equipment and utensils.

Similar recipes include How to Make Quince Paste, How to Pickle Ginger, and How to Make Chilli Paste.

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Turmeric Chickpeas – Recipe and Experiment

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Turmeric – A Superfood?

Turmeric has hit the super foods category even though it has been a staple in Indian cooking for centuries, perhaps longer. It is interesting when something is taken out of a context and put under the spotlight in a Western context – all sorts of inappropriate uses of the food, herb or spice are suddenly flooding the internet. Turmeric is no exception.

In India, turmeric is always combined with other spices because

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Juice It! | Unusual Home Made Juices

Summer in our house is partly defined by what we drink. Teas, iced teas (infusions), juices, lassi drinks, & range of coolers. Our juices are made with a cold press juicer, and we use both fruit and vegetables.

Cold press juicers are not great at handling fibrous vegetables, so more often than not we will blitz them in the food processor or blender before putting them through the juicer. It is a bit of effort but the results are worth it – sparkling fresh, great tasting, healthy juices. We have them straight from the juicer, but they can also be served over ice or chilled in the fridge. If they do sit for some time after juicing, you may need to give them a good stir before drinking.

Here are a number of unusual but interesting and healthy juices to try. Great in Spring, Summer and Autumn. I will normally add a lemon wedge and a knob of ginger to all juices.

Similar recipes include Beetroot Juices, and Apple Juices.

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10 Recipes Using Grape Vine Leaves | Going Beyond Dolmades

Did you know that grape vine leaves are delicious? They have a green earthy flavour that is imparted to the ingredients that they are cooked with. The most commonly known dish is Dolmades (Dolmas) – vine leaves stuffed with a rice or burghul mixture which are slowly steamed.

However, vine leaves can be used to wrap food, line pies and, shredded, added to batters. It can be used as a flavouring by drying the leaves and grinding them to a powder.

Enjoy these recipes, they will expand the way that you use vine leaves.

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Juice It! | Home Made Strawberry-Based Juices and Blueberry-Based Juices

Spring and Summer mean strawberries and blueberries, and often they are so cheap that it is worth grabbing several punnets when shopping.  Ok, blueberries are never cheap, but sometimes they are cheaper. Both make great icecreams, jams, frappe, lassis and smoothies. And they are wonderful juiced.

Enjoy the juice combinations below. Similar recipes include Zucchini Juice, Green Tea, Apple and Strawberry Juice, and Watermelon Juice with Mint and Ginger.

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Juice It! | Home Made Beetroot Based Juices

Spring is the time we bring out the juicer once more, and begin our routine of a daily juice. We are publishing a series of our common juice combinations, and today is focused on beetroot. Beetroot juice is a great Spring cleanser but is also great at any other time of year. It pairs well with other fruit and vegetables like apples and carrot. Try our delicious combos listed below.

We also have our Strawberry and Blueberry Juices, Unusual Home Made Juices, and Apple Juice recipes for you.

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Juice It! | Home Made Apple-Based Juices

It is nearly Spring time, the garden is blooming (my first ever daffodils are flowering), and we have started juicing our own drinks again. We love to have home-made juices through Spring to Autumn.

While the apples are at their best, they are especially suited to late Winter and early Spring juices, providing a sweet base for many different combinations.

In the suggestions below, we don’t include quantities. My rule of thumb is – 2 large apples plus your combination fruit and vegetables will a little water to dilute the intensity of the flavours, will make 3 – 4 glasses. Enough for breakfast for a small – medium family.

In case you are wondering, I use Harom, a cold press juicer, but any juicer will make great drinks. I love cold press juicers because of the way that they extract the juice and the drinks are not as frothy as when you use a centrifugal juicer. It is also said that cold pressed juices are more nutrient dense than those produced with a centrifugal juicer. However the cold press ones do not handle greens or stringy vegetables such as celery as well as the centrifugal ones.

You can also make fruit juices in your High Speed Blender. I use a Vitamix. Simply blend the fruit for 2 or so minutes with a little water, then strain the juice as your pour it into a jug or into glasses. (I am not sponsored in any way by Vitamix or Harom.)

Enjoy the juice combinations below. Similar recipes include Strawberry and Blueberry Juices, Beetroot Based Juices, Zucchini Juice, Green Tea, Apple and Strawberry Juice, and Watermelon Juice with Mint and Ginger.

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How to Search a Life Time of Cooking on a Mobile Device

Unfortunately, WordPress.com does not provide a search facility that is easy to find when using mobile devices. The SEARCH function is still available but it is at the bottom of the page. Scroll down, past the comments, past the PREV, NEXT and/or the OLDER POSTS buttons, and you will see the SEARCH Box. My apologies that they make it so difficult to find.

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Cooking the Softest Chickpeas

Absolutely years ago, Lucy posted a method for cooking chickpeas that takes FOREVER but yields the softest chickpeas that are also perfectly intact. They don’t disintegrate – usually there is a fine line between “hard as a bullet” and “falling to pieces” with chickpeas.

The recipe, Lucy notes, comes from Jude Blereau’s book Wholefood. And you do have to plan ahead with up to 36 hours of soaking and 5 – 8 hours of cooking. IF you have the time or IF you want glorious chickpeas for a special dish, then this method is worth it. Usually I cook chickpeas overnight in the slow cooker with some baking soda to soften the skins, and love the results, but this recipe takes them to a whole different level.

This is a great weekend dish – put them on to soak on Friday night and put them in the oven on Sunday morning. In Winter, the kitchen will be warmed beautifully for all those hours.

Similar recipes include Tray Baked Spicy Turmeric Chickpeas, All about Chickpeas, Hummus, Falafel and Slow Cooked Tomato Chickpeas.

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Garam Chai | Chai Masala

Warming spices combined with tea – a classic Indian Chai

What a wonderful, warming drink this is! Pure relaxation – a cup of Masala Chai and allowing your mind to empty and drift across the universe.

Chai is an Indian spiced milk tea that is generally made up of a rich black tea, full cream milk, various spices and jaggery or other sweetener. The spices used vary from region to region in India, and even amongst households. The most common are cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and pepper. Because of the spices, Chai produces a warming, soothing effect and gives one a wonderful sense of well being. Chai must have a sweetner added or the spices can’t share their full robust flavours. The sweetness brings out an intensity of flavour.

Are you looking for similar Chai recipes?  Try anoother Chai Masala, Tim’s Chai, Yogi Chai, Chai Masala for the Relief of Colds, Cutting Chai, and Peppery Chai. There are Chai Variations here.

All of our Chai recipes are here, and our general Tea recipes here. Browse our other Teas and Coffees, and explore our Indian Recipes. Our Indian Essentials are here. Check out our Mid Winter recipes.

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