40 Bloggers from Around the World Share Their Favourite Unique Ingredients
One of my favourite things about living in the Greater Toronto Area is the cultural diversity. I love seeing different faces and styles of dress, I love hearing multiple languages and accents when I'm out and about, I love how summer is (usually, anyway) filled with every manner of cultural festival, and I love how completely SPOILED we are with regards to food options!
Between huge swaths of international offerings in even the most *discount* of discount grocery stores, to the number - and variety - of ethnic grocers and restaurants, the options are endless.
In the Before Times, I loved perusing the aisles of stores, coming across new ingredients, and googling to see what they were about. I loved shopping with my husband, both of us knowing that when the other gasped "WHAT IS THAT!?", we were in for something tasty.
Ah, good times.
While recreational grocery shopping hasn't really been a thing lately, I've been missing our educational little field trips. So, I posed a question to a bunch of fellow bloggers: What is your favourite ingredient that most people may not have heard of, and why do you love it?
Much like when I asked my fellow bloggers about their favourite unique ice cream flavours - 50 Unique Ice Cream Recipes From Around The World - they did NOT disappoint!
Within hours, 40 bloggers from around the world had replies, contributing to a FANTASTIC list of Bloggers' Favourite Unique Ingredients. I'll be honest, there are a few ingredients here that I'd never heard of - and I'm definitely looking forward to trying them out!
For my Favourite Unique Ingredients - I have:
Calamansi - or Calamodin - is a type of lime found in the Philippines. "Type of lime" absolutely does not do justice to it, though. It doesn't taaste like a lime.. or lemon, or even an orange for that matter. It tastes like a mix of them, with a bit of "tropical" thrown on top. I. Love. It.
I first learned of calamansi on one of our aforementioned culinary field trips - our first time visiting Seafood City in Mississauga.
They had fresh and frozen calamasi, little bottles of calamansi juice for cooking (like RealLemon, but TASTY!), Calamansi lemonade in tetra packs, and more. I can't remember which I tried that first time, but we went back shortly afterwards and bought ALL THE CALAMANSI things. SO good.
I'm kind of shocked that I only have one Calamansi recipe on the blog at the moment - Dairy Free Calamansi Coconut Panna Cotta - as I'll generally use calamansi juice in place of lemon or lime juice in basically everything. My Fresh Peach Daiquiri Recipe is particularly great with it - I love how Calamansi works with rum.
Smoked Serrano Powder
I don't even remember how I first stumbled across Smoked Serrano Powder... but it was life changing! Before that, I'd use the usual suspects for adding a bit of kick to things like chili - chili powder, cayenne powder. Honestly, I rarely use either one anymore.
Not only does Smoked Serrano bring heat to a dish, it brings the deep, dark, rich flavour with the heat. Really amazing stuff. I'll even use it on popcorn!
If you're looking for specific recipes can check it out in:
Anyway, enough about MY favourites, let's have a look at what everyone else had to say about their Favourite Unique Ingredients!
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SO, which of these Favourite Unique Ingredients do you already love?
... and which are you going to try?