Vanilla pods can be used more than once. Simply wash the vanilla pod after use and allow it to dry.
It can then be added to a sugar bowl or salt shaker, giving the sugar or salt a mild hint of vanilla.
Vanilla pods with garlic or cinnamon go really well with chicken. Heat the garlic or cinnamon
in a pan with some butter or oil. Add the pod and stir into the hot butter or oil.
Add the diced chicken and continue to fry over a high heat. Adding vanilla salt serves to intensify the flavour.
Chinese hawthorn berries have a high pectin content and are perfect for thickening sauces and helping jams to set.
Long Pepper is suitable for use in Asian and Oriental dishes as it goes very well with cinnamon,
nutmeg, ginger and cardamom. Long Pepper is slightly hotter than black pepper.
Maniguette Pepper (Grains of Paradise) was once used as a substitute for pepper.
These Grains of Paradise go particularly well with lamb or venison, or with potatoes and squash.
They are related to cardamom but they taste more like pepper and are very hot.
Cinnamon tree flowers are milder than cinnamon bark. If you wish to use cinnamon in the
summer this is a good alternative as it tastes less Christmassy. The flavour comes from the
skin of the fruit rather than the seeds. It is also somewhat sweeter. Cinnamon tree flowers
are ideal for use in compotes and jams.
Rose petals and rose water are used primarily in Oriental cuisine. However rose water also tastes
fantastic in our compotes and jams or in a Crème.
Orange blossom water, like rose petal water, is used in Oriental cuisine.
Orange blossom water tastes wonderful with poultry or in cakes and desserts.
Orange blossom has a totally different smell from the fruit. It lends a unique touch to any dish.
Lavender adds a hint of Provence to desserts, ices and white bread.
Wenn die Mandarinen viele Kernen im Fruchtfleisch haben und daher nicht so beliebt sind, lässt sich daraus ein wunderbarer Drink herstellen.
Mandarinen auspressen. 2 TL Orangenblütenwasser und ein Stück Ingwerwurzel hinzufügen. Wenn die Früchte sauer sind, 1 TL Agaven-Sirup dazugeben.