A Beginners Guide to Coffee: Nicaragua

May 29, 2019

The Nicaraguan coffee industry is fast developing a reputation for its high-quality beans and environmentally responsible output. Nicaraguan coffee is beautifully balanced with a reputation for sustainability and is well worth seeking out.

History and Production

The first coffee plant was brought to Nicaragua at the turn of the 19th century, and the country started large scale coffee production in the mid-1800s. While that may seem like long ago..

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A Beginners Guide to Coffee: Rwanda

May 29, 2019

It may lack the big profile of neighbouring Kenya and Ethiopia, but Rwanda is fast building a reputation for high-quality and delicious coffee.

History and Production

Coffee trees were first introduced to Rwanda by European missionaries in 1904. It was only decades later in the 1930s when Rwandan coffee production kicked into high gear. The industry continued to grow, albeit slowly, until the 1990 civil war devastated the region. In the wake..

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My Cook: Strawberry Rhubarb Crumble

May 28, 2019

 

Serves 4-6

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Total Cook Time: 2 hours and 35 minutes

Rhubarb has a short growing season that only lasts for a few months every spring. To celebrate the small window when this tangy, vibrant vegetable is available, we are cooking up a classic strawberry rhubarb crumble. The strawberries and rhubarb first get tossed together with sugar to soften and get juicy. The fruit and vegetable mixture then gets tossed with..

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A Beginners Guide to Cheese: Feta

May 27, 2019

Nothing brings a salad together like feta. This delicious cheese has its origins in ancient Greece and has gone on to become one of the country's defining foods.

History and Production

The first mention of a cheese resembling feta dates back to the 8th century BCE in Homer's Odyssey, and there are records from the time suggesting that feta was a common product. The name “feta” is Greek for “slice” which refers to the manner in which the..

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A Beginners Guide to Coffee: Mocha Java

May 26, 2019

 

Not to be confused with the chocolate-based mocha beverage, Mocha Java is arguably the worlds most famous and oldest coffee bean blend. A truly multicultural combination, Mocha Java is a blend of Mocha beans from Yemen and Java Arabica beans from Indonesia. Both these beans are regarded for their quality, and when combined together they make for an incredibly tasty cup of coffee.

History

Coffee has been grown in Yemen for centuries, but the..

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A Beginners Guide to Vinho Verde Wine

May 24, 2019

The temperature is rising, days are getting longer, and all the trees are flowering, in other words, summer is just around the corner! This means it’s time to start exploring some of the ways to keep refreshed during the hot months. Possibly one of the best wines to enjoy in the warmer months is Vinho Verde. Wines from this region in Portugal are crisp, refreshing, and slightly effervescent, and best of all ubiquitous and affordable.

Vinho..

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My Cook: Chicken Grain Bowls with Miso-Tahini Dressing

May 22, 2019

 

Serves 4

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Cook Time: 2 hours

Grain bowls are endlessly adaptable and modifiable and can be assembled with whatever ingredients you have on hand. We’re using quinoa, green beans, and a few leafy greens, but you can use practically any vegetable and starch combination. All the components are cooked separately and then united under a blanket of tangy and sweet miso-tahini dressing. You could easily buy your own..

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Slow Cook: Spicy Chickpeas with Chorizo

May 21, 2019
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Serves 2

Prep Time:15 minutes

Total Cook Time: 5 hours, 45 minutes

This hearty, flavorful dish can easily be served as a main meal or as a side amongst other Spanish-style small plates. We love this dish for its variety of textures and flavors. The chorizo is broiled until crisp, then stirred together with flavorful harissa, hearty chickpeas, and tangy tomatoes. These elements then slow cook for 4 hours before getting topped with creamy..

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Slow Cook: Rice Pudding with Strawberries and Toasted Almond

May 18, 2019

Serves 6

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Cook Time: 3 hours 40 minutes

Rice pudding is a dish found in myriad iterations all over the world. The premise is simple: rice cooked in liquid and sweetened. The natural starches in the rice thicken the liquid to create a rich pudding. While many rice pudding recipes are as simple as that, we wanted to bring a few extra ingredients to the table to really make this dish shine. In our recipe, we call for..

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My Cook: Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

May 15, 2019

Serves: 6

Total prep time: 25 minutes

Total cook time: 3 hours 45 minutes

Ah, carrot cake. Is there any better way to consume vegetables than in a sweet, spicy and fragrant cake topped with tangy cream cheese frosting? I think not. This recipe brings together all of the elements that make carrot cake so wonderful without overwhelming your palate with spice. We wanted cinnamon and ginger, but only enough to complement the taste of the carrots..

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