fbpx

Ingredients

Ube-r Healthy: Everything You Need to Know About Purple Yam

Often when we think of using starchy ingredients like the potato or taro, savoury dishes come to mind. But not for ube – the purple yam of the Philippines. Pronounced as “oo-beh”, this Southeast Asian tuber is considered a dessert staple in the Philippines and is cultivated and enjoyed worldwide. Used primarily for sweets and desserts, its distinct purple or lavender colour makes it a fun ingredient to use in ice creams, cakes or puddings. Speak to any Filipino and …

Reishi Mushroom – A Promise of Immortality?

Reishi mushrooms, also known as Lingzhi, have long been a traditional ingredient in Chinese medicine. However, recently food delivery company UberEats have noted its popularity as more searches crop up for this mushroom in its online platform. The woody, bitter-tasting mushroom is ending up in smoothie bowls, hot chocolates or are being pounded into capsules for consumption. Reishi mushrooms (scientifically known as Ganoderma lucidum) has a long history of being used in Japan, China and other Asian countries. A book …

Cauli-FLOUR?

Bland and mushy. Some have even coined this vegetable as “tasteless”. The humble cauliflower’s plain flavours may not appeal to most, but it happens to be a great ingredient to soak up flavours from spices in your aloo gobi, or potato and cauliflower curry, and work well in a tempura dish. Either battered with flour and fried, or paired with melted cheese – there are many ways to “spice” up the cauliflower.  With new emerging food trends, we’re finding many …

Moringa: The Next Superfood in Vegan and Gluten-Free Kitchens

Traditional food turning trendy.  That seems to be way food is changing for the modern kitchen – and the moringa is no different as it takes the stage as a healthy and tasty choice for vegan and gluten-free recipes. The moringa tree, also known as the moringa oleifera is native to northern India and is typically found at the foothills of the Himalayan mountains. One of its biggest advantages is its ability to survive in dry and arid regions where rainfall is …

The Many Shades of Horchata Milk

Nut milk has long been a popular alternative to dairy milk for vegans and those suffering from lactose intolerance or dairy-related allergies. More recently, the list of dairy-free choices has expanded to include grain-based milk beverages, including one known as horchata. Horchata originates from a Mediterranean tradition of grinding grains to create drinks (the name comes from the Latin word hordeata, which in turn originates from hordeum or barley). These drinks have been an important alternative form of protein for people consuming plant-based …

Nuts! It’s Peanut Butter Month

Have you eaten peanut butter sometime in the last month? Yes? Then you’ve inadvertently celebrated Peanut Butter Month, in which we celebrate a globally enjoyed staple condiment that has stood the test of time. And for good reason: without exaggeration, peanut butter may be the greatest food spread in history. But before we make our case for peanut butter, let’s start with the peanut butter basics. Yes, any self-respecting human has eaten peanut butter on crackers and in sandwiches since …