Thursday, May 23, 2013
I grew up in Muscat, Oman. If you know a little bit about politics, you will know that Oman has long-standing political and military ties with the United Kingdom and the United States. In the retail marekt, Oman has always been heavily influenced by UK and the Europe. I grew up eating Lurpak Butter (which is made in Germany) and also used suncreams and waterbottles made either in Germany or England. For europhiles out there, you will know that european grocery items are quite different from its american counterparts. Let's take butter for example. In the US, you get 4 sticks of butter in a carton, which upon revealing, are like white sticks with more moisture than anything else and a serious lack of flavor. European style butter isn't like that. Its richer in taste and has less water and more butterfat%. Moving on, I found this Kerrygold Irish butter at Trader Joes for $2.99 and thought of giving it a try. What a big difference! However, to side with American butter, a lot of recipes, desserts in particular, turn out better with american style butter. For example, cookies made with american style butter will turn out chewy and if made with european style butter will turn crispy. And you know we like our cookies chewy and not crispy.
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Trader Joe's Ground Cinnamon ($1.99) is absolutely amazing. Its a wonderful little multi-purpose item. I add it to oatmeal, sprinkle some on cut up bananas along with some peanut butter. When I get a sudden pimple, I make a paste with some cinnamon powder and water and apply it to the affected area.
Okay. Raw Honey ($5.99). I have heard a lot about raw honey but never actually tried thinking it would be too hard and I would have to spend ages melting it and yada yada. However, I found this little tub at Trader Joe's and decided to give it a whirl. To my surprise, it has a very creamy semi-solid consistency, with few gritty bits running through it. I just love it. It tastes like honey and if upon adding to hot and warm liquids, it melts very easily. I have used this as a face mask, natural sweetener and what not...the uses and benefits are infinite.
Lemon is amazing. The smell just wakes you up instantly. Try pinching the surface of a lemon and smell it, it really energizes you. Sometimes I'll boil a slice of lemon to fill the air with that lemony sent. Food wise, I usually like lemon with water of course and also with baked fish, baked chicken and in desserts. If organic, lemon rind is superb too. Not too sure about eating or using non-organic lemon rind.