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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 …

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 …

Kinarut, the Cheese that Was Born on the Beach

With a glass of wine in your hand on a balmy beach, anything can seem possible – just ask Shelley Blew. One sunny day 12 years ago, the Sabah resident was entertaining guests from her native Australia at the Langkah Syabas Beach Resort in Kinarut, near the capital of Kota Kinabalu, where she worked as the manager. The guests were cheesemakers who had their own dairy farm and boutique cheese business on Australia’s Kangaroo Island. They were sure good cheese …

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 …

Ancient Grains Making a Comeback

If you’re a home cook looking for new ways to conjure up wholesome food for your family, you can always look back into the deep past for a few ideas. No, we don’t mean grandma’s recipe book. We’re going back even further, to ancient grains. These cereals have been given a new lease of life, as research shows that 40 percent of shoppers want a greater variety of wholesome grains in their diets, and some 20 percent are willing to pay …