My lunch for today chicken BQB in oven

Becoming Familiar With Grains of Paradise

A West African spice, at one time more accessible and less expensive than pepper for spice-hungry Europe. As pepper became more available, Grains of Paradise had less demand and prices rose. Once again, Grains of Paradise are in vogue. Sometimes known as Guinea Pepper or Melegueta Pepper, this spice has been out of vogue for a long time. In the 14th and 15th centuries, production of the spice was so important that the Gulf of Guinea coast became known as the Melegueta Coast. The ease of access to Europe made this spice a popular substitute for pepper from far away Asia.

Five Lesser Known Spices in Indian Cooking

Not everyone is ready to delve into the world of unknown spices used in Indian cuisine. Why invest in something unknown? This article should help with a better understanding of some of these lesser known spices. What about some spices that are totally unknown? The smells of Indian cooking are unmistakable. The smell of something very exotic can be quite enticing. Walking past an Indian restaurant can be an experience all on its own. So what is it that makes the food smell so different? Here are some of the ingredients that may contribute to the exotic scents that are so attractive. These explanations may help you to search out these unusual spices and try out an Indian dish or two.

Traditional Cast Iron Skillet: Not Just for Frying

For a more tasty, juicy, evenly baked and brown chicken, true baking your chicken in the cast iron skillet. The writer tells her experience.

Nigerian Foods: My List of Popular Foods Eaten in Nigeria

Here is an introduction to Nigerian foods, if you looking for quick tips on popular foods eaten in Nigeria this article might be of help to you. I made a list of four popular foods in Nigerian and a little introduction based on my experience and both a Nigerian and a great cook.

The Making and Uses of Ghee, One Does Not Need to Be Indian to Enjoy Ghee and Its Many Benefits

Ghee is most often used in Indian cooking. It is found easily in most health food stores these days as well as some groceries, but it is easy to make and lasts a long time, so try making it at home. One of the near essentials, ghee is used all over the Indian continent. Basically a clarified butter, ghee has one of the highest smoke points of any oil and is wonderful used for frying because it does not go rancid easily. Once made, ghee can last months if stored in a tightly sealed container, away from heat and light. It can be stored in the refrigerator, but will need to come to room temperature before use.

Holiday Cooking: Timing Tips

It happens to even the most experienced of holiday cooks, the holiday meal is not on the table at the appointed time. A lot of final preparations are still not done making the guests wonder when will they ever eat. After all, it’s just a matter of timing everything so that it turns out right.

Five Best Kitchen Items to Have on Hand

There are so many utensils and gadgets on the market today. These are five of the ones I would not want to live without. Useful almost daily, from expensive to downright cheap, these items are ones you will not want to miss. Some are used daily and some rarely, though all have their place. The five items I will discuss here are ones I use all the time. From the most inexpensive little piece of molded plastic to a pricey item worth every penny, read on to learn more about them.

Indian Spices – Excellent Ingredient for Making Delicious Cuisines

India is a country with a diverse culture and rich heritage. People from outside the country come to visit this wonderful location due to its several astonishing features.

Variations on a Bread Making Theme

Once you have mastered making bread, additions or changes can be made with the recipe. Discover how adding in some healthy ingredients, substituting flours and even working with dough when you have forgotten an ingredient. You know how sometimes even the best cook can get distracted and forget an ingredient? That happened to me once many years back, and I completely forgot to put in the 3 eggs called for in my bread recipe. I was so distracted that even when I had only added 7 cups of flour and the dough already looked too dry, I still didn’t realize what was wrong. I made the bread, baked it and we were eating the first loaf. There was a difference in color that I wondered about. That was when I realized that I had utterly forgotten to add the eggs.

Top 10 Ingredients That Go With Turkey Meat

Turkey meat can be delicious if combined with the right ingredients. Find out which are the top 10 ingredients that go with turkey meat.

All About Bread Making, My Beginning

Anyone who believes making bread is complicated should read this article. I have been making bread since I was 21 years old and have enjoyed it whether making bread totally by hand the old fashioned way, in a bread maker or in a large heavy duty mixer. I watched my Mom make bread since I was small. She only made bread for special occasions or holidays, and her recipe came from her mother. The bread is a rich butter and egg dough and makes wonderful, warm colored and slightly sweet bread.

Home Made Beef Jerky Tips and Tricks

Pound for pound beef jerky is one of the most expensive foods in the grocery store. How do you get a deal? Make it at home. It’s easy with these tips and tricks.

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