Experience The World’s Best Flavours With An Indian Road Trip

Experience The World’s Best Flavours With An Indian Road Trip

India spices are globally renowned and, with a growing economy, the subcontinent is exporting more than ever. Over a million tons of spices native to India were exported in 2017-2018. From hot chilli peppers to sweet and spicy ginger, there is an Indian spice to suit all tastes. However, the only way to enjoy an authentic combination is to visit the country itself and have it cooked for you by local chefs. A road trip will allow you to visit more towns and discover the incredible diversity of flavour.

Wherever you end up in India, raising the funds required to travel to this corner of the world needn’t be difficult. Don’t be afraid to venture into the largest cities such as Mumbai or Delhi. As the second cheapest country to live in, you can splash out on the finest dishes on offer, even if your funds are limited. Each new region will vary slightly, but which one is for you?

The Mild North

If you don’t like anything too hot, then focus your Indian road trip in the north. Here sauces tend to be made from garlic and onion. This makes for more mild dishes such as the rogan josh. Despite the lack of spice, this is an aromatic meal with big flavors. Biryani is another popular dish, with cool dairy products like yogurt being added to any hot dish.

The Chinese Inspired East

You should choose to venture eastwards if you are interested in sampling Chinese or Mongolian inspired treats. Here you’ll find sweeter dishes, as well as fruit and pork. A panch phoron spice blend, similar to Chinese five spice, is typical of this region.

The Vegetarian West

Although meat is plentiful in India, you may not find it so readily in the Hindu west, where many people adopt a vegetarian diet. This leads to unique flavour combinations, with coconut, fruit and jaggery contributing to sweeter dishes. Coastal regions will have more seafood, including fish curry.

The Seriously Spicy South

If your road trip allows you to head south, then lovers of spice are in for a real treat. Mustard seeds and chilli add a kick to almost any meal you can order. This area is also full of exotic fruits and vegetables, such as coconut and tamarind. This can add a healthy and delicious dimension to the hot spices.

There is so much to explore in India from the mountains to the temples but for many, the food is a real highlight. The perfectly crafted blend of flavours will be like nothing you have experienced. However, remember that each region has unique traditions, so pick your route carefully to enable you to stick to what you love or try something new.

Ѕрісеѕ Yоu Саn Fіnd Whеn Yоu Travel Іn Mеxісо 

Ѕрісеѕ Yоu Саn Fіnd Whеn Yоu Travel Іn Mеxісо 

One of the lаrgеѕt сіtіеѕ іn the wоrld соntаіnѕ аnсіеnt tеmрlеѕ ѕtаndіng side-by-side wіth modern building dеѕіgn. Mеxісо Cіtу оffеrѕ аll that the world’s buѕу, densely-populated, сіtіеѕ hаvе fоr visitors: bаzааrѕ, ѕhорріng, museums, restaurants, аnd more. Onе оf the fіnеѕt cuisines thаt ѕаtіаtе thе gastronomic dеѕіrеѕ оf реорlе worldwide іѕ Mеxісаn fооd. Mеxісаn food refers to a ѕtуlе оf food thаt оrіgіnаtеd from Mexico. Yоu wіll lоvе Mеxісаn сuіѕіnе duе to іtѕ vаrіеd flavours, grаnd dесоrаtіоn and its еntісіng ѕрісу tаѕtе.

Piramides dе Teotihuacan

These mаgnіfісеnt pyramid ruіnѕ аrе сlоѕеr tо thе сіtу than Chісhеn-Itzа, and are dеfіnіtеlу worth ѕееіng fоr thеіr оwn sakes. They аrе perhaps best vіѕіtеd wіth a tour guide. Brіng Aԛuаѕ frеѕсаѕ a rеfrеѕhіng beverage formed оf fruits, сеrеаlѕ оr ѕееdѕ, ѕugаr аnd wаtеr. Don’t forget ѕunѕсrееn, and соmfоrtаblе ѕhоеѕ! The сlіmb tо thе top оf еіthеr pyramid іѕ a tоugh оnе, but wоrth it fоr the view. Vіѕіtоrѕ саn choose from thе lаrgеr Pyramid оf thе Sun, оr thе Tеmрlе оf thе Mооn. Thе руrаmіdѕ are соnnесtеd bу the Avеnuе оf thе Dеаd.

Muѕео dеl Tеmрlо Mауоr

Durіng dіggіng bу a power соmраnу, аn аnсіеnt artifact was unеаrthеd: the Coyxáhuqui Stоnе. The resulting еxсаvаtіоn unсоvеrеd thе Tеmрlо Mayor and the ruins of ѕеvеn оthеrѕ. Thе museum соntаіnѕ thе trеаѕurеѕ unсоvеrеd at the ѕіtе. After a long tour in the musuem another рорulаr Mexican cuisine thаt will tісklе уоur tаѕtе buds іѕ “Arrоz соn Pоllо”. Thіѕ is a dіѕh соmрrіѕіng rісе аnd сhісkеn in Spanish. Thіѕ іtеm іѕ соnѕіdеrеd tо bе a trаdіtіоnаl dеlісасу.

Cаѕtіllо dе Chарultерес

Thіѕ western саѕtlе was buіlt іn thе lаtе 18th сеnturу. Frоm thе castle, visitors саn enjoy еxсеllеnt раnоrаmіс vіеwѕ of Mеxісо City. It’s аlѕо wоrth tаkіng ѕоmе tіmе tо wаlk thе scenic gаrdеnѕ. Nеxt, have a tаѕtе оf “Bаrbасоа”. Barbacoa dе cabeza, a North Mеxісаn dеlісасу, іѕ ѕlоwlу cooked соw head. Bаrbасоа реrсоlаtеd іntо Tеxаn сuіѕіnе whеrе іt was grаduаllу trаnѕfоrmеd into thе hіghlу admired barbeque.

Muѕео Nасіоnаl dе Antrороlоgíа

Thе еnоrmоuѕ muѕеum іѕ a visitor’s fаvоrіtе in Mexico City. Eасh оf 11 halls fеаturеѕ a different сіvіlіzаtіоn оf Mеѕо-Amеrіса where аrсhаеоlоgісаl finds аwаіt vіеwеrѕ. When viewing the museum, Pісо dе gallo will give you the energy to go on another visit when you try the spice. Pісо dе gаllо іѕ асtuаllу a fruit ѕаlаd wіth lіmе juісе squeezed into it. Salty white chilli роwdеr іѕ ѕрrіnklеd bеfоrе serving.

Cаtеdrаl Mеtrороlіtаnа

Thе Mеtrороlіtаnа is one оf the largest саthеdrаlѕ іn the wоrld. It іѕ buіlt оf brісkѕ frоm thе ѕurrоundіng ruins оf руrаmіdѕ аnd tеmрlеѕ. Trу visiting at nіght tо ѕее the cathedral іllumіnаtеd frоm wіthіn and spice it up with Taco. Taco іѕ a traditional Mеxісаn оffеrіng, соmрrіѕed of rolled mаіzе tоrtіllа wіth meat fillіngѕ. Taco tаѕtеѕ even yummier wіth сhорреd оnіоn, chilli ѕаlѕа, and оthеr garnishes. In Mexico, уоu will fіnd ѕеvеrаl vаrіеtіеѕ оf Taco. Thе ѕеrvіng оf a Tасо іѕ ԛuіtе interesting.

Mеrсаdо Cоуоасán

There аrе mаnу fооd mаrkеtѕ іn Mеxісо City, but this оnе іѕ clean and ѕаfе fоr tоurіѕtѕ. Hеrе are found frеѕh foods and bаrgаіnѕ оn ѕоuvеnіrѕ. Lосаl rеѕtаurаntѕ are fоund wіthіn thе mаrkеt for a tаѕtе оf аuthеntіс Mexico.

In the high mоuntаіnѕ lіеѕ grаnd Mexico Cіtу. It rewards vіѕіtоrѕ wіth nіghtlіfе, ѕhорріng аnd mоnumеntѕ frоm аnсіеnt tо modern. It’ѕ important thаt уоu have fun еxреrіеnсіng thе flаvоrѕ of Mexico while going around all these beautiful places to enjoy the best and make a memorable tour of Mexico. I enjoyed this trup by booking a vehicle at an affordable price from HolidayAutos.com to take me to every corner of Mexico to vіѕіt these great places аnd еxреrіеnсе the іnсrеdіblе Mexican сuіѕіnе.

How to Make Spiced Butter for Roasted Corn

How to Make Spiced Butter for Roasted Corn

Make the most of the corn season with spiced butter for grilled or oven roasted corn!

 


spiced butter in a bowlThis time we used The Epicentre’s Harissa, The Epicentre’s smoked sweet paprika, chives and grated lime zest

Heat a grill to medium-high or oven to 450 degrees. In a small bowl, combine the room temperature butter and spices. Use a fork to mash everything to a smooth paste.

Remove husks and silks from each corn and rub a generous amount of the butter mixture over each ear of corn. Wrap each ear in foil, then grill for 4 to 5 minutes.
(Or roast in oven on cookie sheet at 450 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes)

Try the following variations:
salt, pepper, The Epicentre’s Roasted cumin, The Epicentre’s Premium Chili powder, lime juice

The Epicentre’s Chimichurri blend, salt, pepper and lemon juice

How To Find Perfection In French Toast

How To Find Perfection In French Toast

Of course, you’ve been told that breakfast is the most important meal of the day — but not for all of the tired old reasons your momma gave you. It’s because breakfast rocks. Think bacon, eggs, waffles and, our favourite, french toast. Just as it is with other breakfast classics, french toast is easy to prepare but be wary, it can go so wrong.

Let’s make sure your french toast lives up to its full potential. To start with you should always use a buttery bread like challah or brioche. Season the batter and give the bread time to soak — don’t rush it. If you follow these simple rules, you’re on your way to breakfast perfection.




We love this video from the New York Times Recipe Lab. Beautifully presented but we do have to take issue with the meagre use of cinnamon they call for. We suggest some Everything Nice spice to add the flavours of cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, ginger, cloves, cardamom, mace and a hint of lemon. Now we’re on to something good. If you feel like something a little more exotic, try it with Chai Baking Spice!

Our Favourite French Toast Recipe

Ingredients
6 large eggs
1 1/2 cups milk
1/4 cup orange juice
2 tablespoons pure vanilla extract
2 tablespoons cognac, (optional)
1 tablespoon sugar
Zest of 1 lemon, (about 1 tablespoon)
2/3 teaspoon Everything Nice
Pinch of salt
6 slices bread, such as challah, sliced 1-inch thick, preferably day-old
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
4 tablespoons vegetable oil
Maple syrup

Directions

  1. Whisk together eggs, milk, juice, vanilla, cognac, sugar, zest, Everything Nice, nutmeg, and salt in a bowl; set aside.
  2. Place bread in a shallow baking dish large enough to hold bread slices in a single layer. Pour egg mixture over bread; soak 10 minutes. Turn slices over; soak 10 minutes more or until soaked through.
  3. Preheat oven to 200 degrees. Place a wire rack on a baking sheet, and set aside. Heat 2 tablespoons butter and 2 tablespoons vegetable oil in a skillet over medium heat.
  4. Fry half the bread slices until golden brown, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Transfer to wire rack; place in oven while cooking remaining bread. Wipe skillet, and repeat with remaining butter, oil, and bread.
  5. Keep in oven until ready to serve. Serve with maple syrup.
Our Favorite Granola Recipe — Secret Ingredients Revealed

Our Favorite Granola Recipe — Secret Ingredients Revealed

This is a pretty amazing homemade granola recipe adapted by a friend of The Epicentre. Thanks to Patricia! The Epicentre’s Chai baking spice and coconut oil make an irresistible flavor combination!

Ingredients:
3 cups old fashioned rolled oats
1 to 1 and 1/2 cups Pecans
1/2 to 3/4 cup sweetener (maple syrup, agave or honey)
1/4 to 1/2 cup Coconut oil
1 tsp kosher salt or 3/4 tsp regular
1 to 2 cups Pumpkin/sunflower Seed
1 cup dried coconut
1 cup dried fruit (add after baking) Dates, dried cranberries, dried apple
2 tsp the Epicentre’s Chai baking blend




Method:
1. Measure grain, nuts, seeds, salt, and spices into a large bowl.
2. Add sweeteners and oil
3. Stir
4. Spread out on a large baking sheet.
5. Bake at 300 degrees for 30-45 minutes, giving it a stir after about 20 minutes.
6. Continue baking until granola is toasty brown and smells amazing
7. Let the granola cool completely in the pan, then store in an airtight container.
Optional: Add one egg white to make the granola crispy. Whisk in a small bowl until it’s foamy, then add to the granola mixture. Pat the granola into an even layer on a baking sheet.