The Best Harissa Substitute: 6 Options You Shouldn't Miss
Jan 30

The Best Harissa Substitute: 6 Options You Shouldn’t Miss

By Rose | Condiments

Harissa is undeniably an exotic ingredient. Just like smoked paprika or chili paste, it is not something that is either staple or ordinary. Therefore, finding the best harissa substitute can be difficult, especially if you are not aware of how this ingredient works.

The very first time I came across harissa paste was when a friend of mine introduced me to her roasted chicken recipe. She had included harissa and peas in the dish, making it more pleasurable to the tongue. After that I made sure this ingredient was present in my spice rack.

But just as with other condiments and spices, harissa is not always available. After all, it is a regional ingredient that is only common in the Middle East and North Africa. Outside of these places, it is a rare find.

Fortunately, there is a way out of this problem. As long as you know all the potential alternatives to this spice, your life in the kitchen will be less stressful. Before revealing all of these recommended substitutes to you, I will first of all discuss the overall nature of harissa.

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A Saucy Surprise: How To Make Heavenly Benihana Garlic Butter Sauce
Jan 26

A Saucy Surprise: How To Make Heavenly Benihana Garlic Butter Sauce

By Rose | Sauce

If you are craving a meal with a bit of a theatrical flair, then Benihana might just be the first thing that pops into your mind. While playing with your food is a big no-no, the chefs at Benihana restaurant ignore this rule and toss and flip the meat and rice right in front of you on their piping hot teppanyaki grills.

Personally, I can’t count the number of times that I’ve had a meal at Benihana. With over 116 branches across the nation, it is really hard to miss them. It is also a very common after office destination. Who hasn’t sipped a cold exotic cocktail from a tiki mug there after a long and tiring day at work? Thinking about it makes me want to hop in my car and storm to my local Benihana joint like a Viking marauder.

A lot of people will have different views as to what is their favorite Benihana dish. My college buddy from years ago can’t get enough of Benihana’s Hibachi chicken. I’m still amazed how much of it he consumes every time we hang out at Benihana’s. My aunt, on the other hand, eats a busload of Vegas rolls at each visit. As for me, my all-time favorite dish is their chicken fried rice. The way those flavors dance around my tongue is a delightful culinary experience.

After trying to replicate their chicken fried rice recipe a couple of times, I’ve found out what it is that makes this dish extra delicious. And that top secret is their garlic butter sauce. This sauce is what gives the shrimp and chicken its flavor. Mess it up and you will just have a bland bowl of chicken fried rice.

So hold on to your spatulas, because today I am going to show you how to make a big scoop of Benihana garlic butter sauce.

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Cross This One Out: The Best Chopsticks For The Perfect Asian Meal
Jan 24

Cross This One Out: The Best Chopsticks For The Perfect Asian Meal

By Rose | Flatware

There are days when I just crave some Asian cuisine. Whether it is a simple Chinese takeout or a fancy sushi restaurant, Asian food gets my tummy growling and ready to rock. A few days ago, I was hit with the Asian bug badly and decided to cook myself some sesame noodles with fresh slices of tuna. As I did not have any chopsticks lying around, I just used a steel fork and went to town on my dish.

While the dish was full of flavor and fabulous, I found that using of a steel fork to eat my Asian fusion creation did put a dampener on the whole experience. There was something wrong about forking the oodles of sesame noodles and impaling the Japanese inspired tuna. After the whole fiasco, I decided I needed to buy my own pair of chopsticks for occasions such as this.


While this might seem like a simple enough task, it took me the entire day to finally pick out the chopsticks I wanted. I wanted something that was both extremely hygienic and very durable, as it had to survive multiple uses, but above all, it needed to be extremely affordable. After all, I did not wish to break the bank for just a pair of chopsticks.

It is important to me that my chopsticks look good, as I take photos of my Asian dishes to share online with family and friends on social media sites, like Instagram and Facebook. As a result, it is nice to get some amazing looking utensils to go with these mouth-watering meals.

So without further ado, here are the best chopsticks for the perfect Asian meal. Don’t forget to read all of this article, so that you can find out which chopsticks I decided to purchase at the end.

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Chili Paste Substitute? Here Are Some Ingenious Options!
Jan 22

Chili Paste Substitute? Here Are Some Ingenious Options!

By Rose | Condiments

What makes a good chili paste substitute? It is an interesting question, as our desire for spicy dishes is seemingly insatiable.

Of course, there are a lot of spicy ingredients that can provide this particular flavor, such as curry powder and garam masala. However, for those who want to get a “generic” and “all-round” spice, then chili paste is a good option. It is easy to get in the market, as it’s pretty common, and you will definitely want it in your kitchen’s spice rack. But sometimes, things just don’t go on your way and however badly you want it for your Asian dishes, this ingredient is sometimes unavailable. I was appalled when this precious spice went missing from my kitchen last week. However, it did not really dishearten me because I knew how to find alternatives to it.

If you know all the possible substitutes for chili paste, you will never have to worry anymore. After all, a creative mind and a pair of ingenious hands will allow you to create culinary wonders. For starters, here are some “surrogates” to chili paste, if it is missing from your spice rack.

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The Best Golden Syrup Substitutes For Baking!
Jan 20

The Best Golden Syrup Substitutes For Baking!

By Rose | Baking

If you are in the kitchen a lot then there is a good chance you know how to bake. Of course, it is a pleasurable activity that satisfies both your mind and body. However, the most significant perk of baking is the sweetness it can lavish on you, which makes it the perfect leisure activity for a self-professed sweettooth!

Regardless of the recipe, it is essential that you know the appropriate sweeteners you are going to use. There are many different varieties of them. Hence, your options are limitless.

One of the common sweeteners that is used in baking is golden syrup. It is essential for many cakes and other pastries. Fortunately, it fairly easy to get hold of, especially in big stores. But if you are expecting a visitor and there is not enough time to drive to the nearest market, then you will need to know all of the possible golden syrup substitutes that are available. Once you know all the potential alternatives, you can get on with your baking without any delay. Therefore, you will never panic, even if you there is no golden syrup left on your kitchen racks!

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