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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Use of Spices Explained for Foodies by Chris Donald

To make the food good and very much palatable you will need to use the spices as well as various condiments. These spices will make the food more appealing and for sure there is no way that you can eat food which is bland and non-spicy.

The herbs and spices that need to be added to the food to make it tasty will be based on two things and these are the freshness of spices as well as proper quantity.



Proper mix or proportion is very important for the addition of spices. Most of the spices come in the powdered form or in the leaves form.


The compatibility of spice with certain types of food is a must to know. You should know which spice to use with which food. This operates on the same principle as the wine does which is you should know what wine to serve with what kind of food.

There is no sure shot method of the quantity which can be used in the food. Your help for the quantity is the online food sites as well as recipe books available all over. Make sure that you do not add more spices because more is generally not acceptable but less is acceptable.

If you are reading the recipe books they generally tend to border on the more commercial side of things which means the quantities and styles are more over the top. You may need to use your own estimate for the home cooked food.

For keeping the freshness intact of the spices make sure that you buy the good brands which have good packaging as well as make sure that once you have opened them that you seal them properly to retain the flavor and the aroma.



  • Article Credit:
Donald, Chris "Use of spices explained for foodies." Use of spices explained for foodies. 17 Feb. 2009. uberarticles.com. 8 Dec 2012 <uberarticles.com/food-and-drink/use-of-spices-explained-for-foodies/>.


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Green Leafy Vegetables : On a Roll With Escarole

Made a New Year's Resolution for 2017 to eat more green leafy vegetables.  Been doing pretty good too!  It's September and this is, I confess, the only resolution I have managed to keep.  However, there is one green leafy vegetable I have yet to try.  So I collected some recipes.


Escarole a.k.a. common chicory, broad chicory, or Batavian endive, is a vegetable that I recently discovered can be cooked in a variety of delicious recipes.  Here is my collection.  If you have more please feel free to share in the comments.







Escarole and Bell Peppers With Olive Oil
  • By MARK BITTMAN
    New York Times Diner’s Journal
    ”This classic braised escarole dish, which uses a series of techniques that can be applied to almost any green vegetable, relies on a hefty amount of garlic and olive oil, which are added both at the beginning and at the end of cooking, the final additions to freshen and intensify flavors.”


Escarole and Beans

  • By: KristaP: "This is a creamy concoction of escarole and beans. It's rich, and it's divine! It's also best served with a warm crusty Italian bread."


: Fettuccine with Escarole and Brie

  • Food & Wine's Grace Parisi use of escarole and brie in this recipe is masterful.


Escarole Sausage Soup

  • "I’m a fan of escarole. It’s a crunchy green with a bit more heft than lettuce, and it makes a great salad: on it’sown simply dressed or tossed with 10 other things to make a grand main course salad. In my heart though I’m a cooked greens fan, always. I like escarole cooked up with garlic in my Standard Cooked Greens Recipe: garlic oil heat cleaned cooking green: apply together and you have a great side dish or taco stuffing." –Julia


Chickpea Escarole Stew

  • By Molly Watson, About.com Guide "Loosely based on leblebi, a Tunisian breakfast soup, this chickpeas and escarole stew is a quick and easy one-dish dinner. …"


Escarole Siciliano
  • By: Tammy
    "This lemony salad is served hot from the wok. Escarole is a bitter green, but can be less so when grown shielded from the sun. In general, lighter green leaves indicate a milder flavor. Thinly sliced tomatoes are a great accompaniment. This recipe can be doubled. For a larger party, cook in batches."




* * *  So many fabulous ways to enjoy this vegetable.  If these recipes are not enough there are lots more Escarole OR Endive Recipes.  * * *  


Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Chinese Mooncake Festival (Mid Autumn Festival)

Similar to American holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas, the Mooncake Festival these days is about family reunions and good eating, where mooncakes are a traditional food gift.  Would just like to point out a significant event that can be traced back to the 14th century when China was ruled by the Mongols.  The event really gives cause for celebration.
"Planning a rebellion against the Mongol emperor, Chinese rebels came up with the idea of hiding a secret message inside mooncakes, which the Mongols did not eat. These mooncakes told rebels to rise up on the night of the Mid-Autumn Festival. The uprising was successful, and henceforth the Mid-Autumn Festival was celebrated with mooncakes everywhere in China."  
(Source: Mooncakes in Mid Autumn | Desserts First)

Recycling a post from my lifestyle blog, Joie de Vivre Magazine and embellishing it a little bit more.  There are lots of people participating in the festivities so finding related or similar articles was super easy.  Hope you like the content shared.














Mid Autumn Festival 2017 - 20 Mooncakes That Even Chang Er Will Love

It's almost Mid-Autumn Festival again, the 15th day of the eight month on the lunar calendar (which falls on October 4 this year) when the moon is full. The traditional way to celebrate this festival is by indulging in mooncakes. Every year, we are spoilt for choice when it comes to the mooncake flavours available.


Why Chinese People Eat Mooncake During This Time of the Year

The Mid-Autumn Festival (also the Mooncake Festival or Lantern Festival) is considered to be one of the most significant festivals for Chinese people. Celebrated on the 15th day of the eighth month of the Chinese calendar, the 3,500-year old tradition is commonly observed all over the world to worship the moon, celebrate the harvest season, ...


Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Ten Best Spices For Healthy Cooking by Matthew Kaplan

Matthew Kaplan is an Editor for FaveDiets.com, a popular online resource for healthy recipes and healthy cooking tips. 

FaveDiets.com is now called FaveHealthyRecipes and it is still a fantastic place for lots of healthy cooking recipes to help you!  The article presented below available for publication and use by anyone.

**Salt didn't make the list.  But we were so happy to see black pepper among the chosen ones.  :)   Everyday Exotic Spices follows FaveHealthy Recipes on Pinterest.




How To Use Spices:
The 10 Best Spices for Healthy Cooking


For an easy and guilt-free way to add flavor to any recipe, use food spices. Even the largeest amount of the top spice of your choice in a dish transforms a recipe from blah to ta-da! Let this spice list show you how to use the best spices to add tons of flavor without adding calories.


(1)  Black Pepper - Crisp, slightly spicy and unbelievably versatile, it is no large wonder that black pepper is the most common spice in the world. Black pepper is a great way to add a touch of heat and a bright aroma to just about any sort of savory application, from eggs and salads to rice and beef. To get the most flavor out of black pepper, freshly grind whole peppercorns using a pepper mill.

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(2)  Cinnamon - Cinnamon is one of the best spices around because of its surprising versatility. One of the more potent of the essential spices, only a little cinnamon is needed to bring its trademark dense and rich flavor to a dish. Classically associated in the list of spices used in dessert, cinnamon is a great addition to savory rice and Indian dishes.


(3)  Cumin - Another popular food spice, cumin has a rich smoky flavor that works well in a variety of dishes, particularly Mexican and Indian recipes. Cumin is one of the best spices for cooking because it can be added to a wide variety of recipes.


(4)  Coriander
- Coriander is one of the most unique spices in that, when this seed is planted, it becomes the herb cilantro. However, considering coriander brings a bright, warm, almost citrus flavor to a dish, the seed tastes nothing like the herb. Coriander works best in a recipe as a contrast to the heavier smokey flavor of cumin or as a compliment to orange and lemon flavors.


(5)  Cloves
- Extremely aromatic and slightly sweet, cloves are the top spice that contributes to the distinctive smell of Indian food. Cloves, whether whole or crushed, have a strong flavor and are best used in large amounts. Sprinkle a pinch of crushed cloves in your coffee or tea to add a bright chai flavor.


(6)  Cayenne Pepper - If you want to add a lot of intense spicy heat to a recipe, cayenne pepper is the top spice of choice. A tiny bit goes a long way, making cayenne pepper one of the best spices for transforming the flavor of a dish. Great in a whole host of recipes where you want a spicy kick, try mixing it up by adding a touch of cayenne pepper to your sweet chocolate recipes.


(7)  Turmeric - While traditionally used in curries and Indian-style recipes, turmeric is one of the best spices for adding color and aroma to a dish. Add turmeric to your spice list next time you make rice or soup. Plus, turmeric has a whole host of medicinal benefits, including as an anti-inflammatory.


(8)  Paprika - Essentially just dried and crushed red bell peppers, paprika is one of the essential spices for Hungarian and many Eastern European recipes. Ranging from sweet to slightly spicy, paprika adds a pungent, bright and colorful element to any recipe.


(9)  Mustard Seed - Found on the essential spice list of cooks from Western Europe to South Asia, mustard seed is an aromatic spice with a touch of heat, perfect for complimenting the stronger flavors found in heavy meat dishes and pickles. Think of the flavor of mustard seed as a less intense version of horseradish or wasabi.


(10)  Ginger - Slightly spicy and pungent, but with just enough sweetness and aroma, ginger should be on the spices list of every home cook. Whether for adding a bright pungency to Chinese and Japanese recipes or for adding a touch of spice of cookies and sweet drinks, ginger is one of the most unique spices because of its versatility. Plus, ginger is great for digestion issues such as nausea and diarrhea.



Article Source: articleworld.org/Culinary_art

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Health Benefits of … Fruits and Veggies

Do you love fruits? Do you love veggies? Do you love fruits and veggies? Do you get even more excited when you find out the fruits and veggies you love are loaded with health benefits too? Like you really didn't need to be persuaded to eat them. But now you have a justification for enjoying them! YAY!!  It takes so little to make me happy.  :)


Joined the BlogBourne blogging community at the request of a friend and stumbled across a gold mine! One of the bloggers at this site supplies detailed dietary and nutritional information about several fruits and vegetables. Below is a sample listing.  There are more. 




Health Benefits of Dried Fruit









Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Let's Do Sushi! Keep It Kosher!

Determined to make your own sushi? The four ingredients listed below are considered the "basic sushi essentials".

  1. Gari, thinly sliced and pickled ginger.
  2. Wasabi, aka Japanese horseradish
  3. Nori, dried seaweed used to wrap the sushi roll
  4. Sushi rice, a Japanese rice that is sticky and short-grained.

Got these tips from Bani Grill. Great basic information to get started. But beyond this point? Uuuhh ... Let's go together.




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Friday, August 11, 2017

Foodie Friday ~ Immune-boosting Smoothie ~ Order at Starbucks | Well Good

Lucky me. Years ago, had a friend who worked for Starbucks, but also worked with me at a temp job. One of his perks for being a Starbucks employee was getting a free of bag of coffee. At our temp job he would bring it in and let us brew a pot. What a friend huh??

However ... do you only go to Starbucks for the coffee? OK. It's true. They do have great coffee! But that's not all they've got!


The secret immune-boosting smoothie you should be ordering at Starbucks | Well Good




For Foodie Friday ~ 
Wishing Everybody a Happy Smoothie Friday!!














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Monday, August 7, 2017

Tropickles! OR Tropickles? Walmart's Idea for Satisfying Cravings

Not sure if this is an idea who time has come or what!  Yes, I know lots of pregnant ladies crave pickles and ice cream.  But can you ever remember anybody craving fruit punch flavored pickles?  Not sure how the foodie folks at Walmart came up with this idea.  Maybe there were a bunch of pregnant ladies working in that department.  ☺





As usual, PopSugar is on top of things all thing food-related and has published a review of this product.




Chowhound also has something to say about them.

“As unconventional as it may sound, this unlikely flavor combination is one for the books. Tangy-sweet bread and butter pickle juice against a salty peanut butter topping makes for an incredibly rich, balanced ice-cream-eating experience.”




A 24 oz. jar less than $2.  
Are your curious to try them?
Great Value Tropickles at Walmart.






I shop at Walmart a lot. But when it comes to strange and exotic foods, I try to talk my kids into trying them out first.  What?  I got the idea from an old cereal commercial I used to watch on TV where kids were curious to try a new cereal and the way they tested it was to coax their baby brother into eating it first.  If he liked it then it must be OK.  So?  If it's a new food product?  If my kids like it, then it must be OK!



Monday, July 24, 2017

Maria Nasir Shares Her Recipe for a Refreshing Summer Drink Made With Mango and Chia Seeds

Maria Nasir Shares Her Recipe for a Refreshing Summer Drink Made With Mango and Chia Seeds.  The mango fruit is surely a delight to anybody's taste buds.  If you have never tasted a mango you are missing out and there is no reason why you should.  If you can not find them at your local grocery store they can be purchased online.  (See below.)






Food Gifts : Mangos - 4 lbs ~ Available at The Fruit Company
Grown in tropical regions, we bring in the most delicious mangos available. Hand selected by our team, we only ship mangoes that have their well known distinctive sweet taste and are ready to enjoy. Send a mango gift box rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants and so delicious.






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Saturday, May 27, 2017

One Famous Indonesian Food Item Is Not Historically Indonesian

A general review of the History of the Exotic Spice Trade will eventually lead to Indonesia.

"One Famous Indonesian Food Item Is Not Historically Indonesian
  • During the years 1602 to 1942, what is now the Republic of Indonesia was a Dutch colony. ... The tradition of Indonesian food known today as Rijstafel, which means Rice Table, was started by the Dutch. ..."

Read more at: Indonesian Food History – Rijistafel | Daily Two Cents

"Rijsttafel" by Jan Willem van Wessel from Rotterdam, Netherlands - Rijsttafel 13. Licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons.





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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Which Cultures Make the Best Cakes?

Which Cultures Make the Best Cakes? My husband says when it comes to baking, nobody beats out the Greeks and the Jews. We all have our preferences and there is not one person in the world who can say that their specific food tastes is “the right food taste”.

Take me for example. I grew up using Betty Crocker and Duncan Hines cake mixes. The first time I ever ate a piece of cake made from scratch, my mouth didn't know what had happened. It was the mostest bestest softest wonderfullest piece of loving joy ever!  Cake is love!

Needless to say cake baking is not my forte. But I do love a great cake. It would be right to say that cake loving IS my forte.  💗

Honestly! If Queen Marie Antoinette had really said “Let them eat cake!” and I had been in earshot distance, I would have been “Where?!! Where??!! Where's the cake??!!”



Recently, I've been coming across recipes shared by my online friends from different countries and also from food newsletters that I subscribe to and it's got me dreaming and wishing I could enjoy all of these wonderful baked delights without having to concern myself with the possible ill effects of consuming too much sugar. Alas! There is diabetes in my family line and I just don't want to take any chances.

Most of the time, I enjoy cakes by just looking at them or maybe taste a teeny weeny sample. ☺

But some cakes are far too pretty and unusual to eat. Don't you think?  Like these incredible jelly cakes.




Stunning Edible Flower Jelly Cakes Blooming in Your Plate

These gorgeous jelly cakes came from 'La Floraison' in Sydney Australia. Like a Japanese rainbow cake these confections are almost too pretty to eat.



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Some cakes are not even cakes. They're masterpieces. Works of art!



And then some cakes are dummy cakes. Dummy cakes? Yeah. New term I learned when I found a wedding cake by LeNovelle Cake that somebody shared via the Google Plus social network. Below is a photo of the most extraordinary dummy wedding cake I've ever seen.



What about you? Do you 💗 cake?




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