SPICE IT UP
- One thing to note: in America, Cassia Cinnamon is just called cinnamon and Sri Lankan cinnamon is called Mexican cinnamon.
Also, how to tell them apart just by looking at the cinnamon sticks, or feeling and tasting the power.
This time, we’re delving a bit deeper and giving out some recipe ideas also.
I'm talking with was Ian Hemphill from www.herbies.com.au
Let’s find out.
There were some tricks of the spice trade to trap unwary customers.
Cassia is from a different tree mianly grown in China, Japan and Vietnam.
|Cassia on the left: Cinnamon on the right|
- Cinnamon quills have many concentric layers
- Cassia quills only have one concentric layer.
- Think cheap spice, is it really worth it?
Mulled wine jelly
Rind of 1 orange
Rind of 1 lemon
2 cinnamon quills
1 vanilla bean, split, seeds scraped
10 gold-strength gelatine leaves
2 cups (500ml) red wine
2/3 cup (150g) caster sugar
300ml thickened cream
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
Herbies Mulled Wine spices can be susbtituted for the cinnamon, cloves and vanilla bean.
Place rinds, cinnamon quills, cloves, vanilla pod and seeds and vodka in a bowl.
Stand, covered at room temperature for 4 hours or overnight to infuse.
Once citrus mix is ready, soak gelatine in a bowl of cold water for 5 minutes.
Meanwhile, transfer citrus mixture to a pan.
Add the port, wine and sugar, then place over low heat and cook, stirring, until sugar dissolves (don't let it boil).
Squeeze gelatine to remove any excess water, then add the leaves to the pan and stir to dissolve.
Strain the mulled wine into a jug, then pour into a 1-litre jelly mould.
Cover and chill overnight until set.
When ready to serve, whip cream then fold in ground cinnamon.
Unmould the jelly, then serve with cinnamon cream
- What is this fishy smelling herb with a hint of citrus which is also known as chameleon plant, fishwort an bishop’s weed?It’s also known as Dokudami which means “poison-blocking plant” and was often used for the exact same purpose.
- Leaves can also be crushed to a paste to cure insect bites, rashes and itching.
- SALAD with FISH MINT HERB