Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Word of the Week: Vanilla

There's nothing plain about vanilla. It is the second most expensive spice after saffron, because growing the seed pods is labour-intensive. It has a complex floral aroma and is highly priced for its flavour. It is widely used in commercial and home baking, in perfumes and in aromatherapy.

In my recent trip to Bali, I picked these up from the local spice market. They smell awesome - I mean, to come home to a luggage smelling of vanilla instead of the usual dirty laundry or airplane smell is quite something of a new experience. I have since used them in a bun pudding as well as in the apple cake I baked last night.

Baking with something straight out of a plant beats any type of essence, pure, natural or artificial, no matter how highly you may esteem them.

See last week's Word of the Week.

1 comment:

  1. it smells good

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