Every meal has a story – share it!

Has the art of cooking confidence and eating well at home met the discovery of exceptional taste for you?  Are you ready to share the story and build your food IQ through ingredients sourced worldwide as they pop-up trending as everyday gourmet?

We can barely speak about covid without speaking of family dinners, eating in, and how the activity of cooking well at home has encouraged us to try new recipes, learn about ingredients and create clever ways to marry them together. People are craving a richer, more satisfying eat at home culture with a desire to increase their food IQ as the heightened awareness of the cause and effect of eating well at home has risen to a whole new level!  

We know every food has a story, and we cannot help but ask ourselves, where the food originated and what’s the story? Sitting down to eat should be an experience that builds interest and expresses knowledge around food, taste, and gathering. 

Family dinner now exists for gathering and forming a culture of great food, good taste, and cooking with ingredients that boost your flavor profile with what you taste and learn at the table. Eating in is not a trend; it is the new way to live! 

To help people discover and build their food IQ, I share with you the bon COOK, Pep Rally, which is sure to put some pep in your step! 

Pep Rally - What’s The Story?

Did you know that pepper is the oldest spice in the world? Black Peppercorns are berries picked just before they are ripe and are usually sun-dried. Around the world, tastings are happening to discover, enjoy, and learn how to use pepper. To answer: which pepper to use, whether to use whole or ground. We’ve masterfully created a collection of five worldly peppers set for your tasting in our stainless-steel Pep Rally Pepper Mill. Our French Pantry Black Peppercorns are unique and bought from countries of origin. Earthly treasures are researched, tested, and chosen by our French Food Experts, who are on-trend to help us explore peppers from around the world that match our commitment to quality and pure ingredients. 

Tellicherry - What's The Story?

Pepper originated in India and is the home of our Tellicherry pepper! It is the largest peppercorn and most flavorful of pepper, and the flavor of lemon and lime notes is apparent. When Peppers are picked and shaken out, the large peppercorns remain, and all of those remaining are Tellicherry. As the peppercorn expands, flavor evolves, and the heat dissipates. Size is the determination of this peppercorn. When the peppercorn’s pinhead is 4.25 millimeters or more, Tellicherry. Tellicherry makes up only 10% of peppercorns and is rare, expensive, and most flavorful. 

Madagascar - What's the Story?

Madagascar is an island country in Africa. It is located around 248 miles off the coast of East Africa in the Indian Ocean.  

Known for its contribution to culinary specialists worldwide, this rare wild pepper native to southern Madagascar, also known as Voatsiperifery  

(Vote-see – pear – if-ery), is most exotic and grows wild in the forest of Madagascar’s humid climate. Handpicked shoots from the treetops of trees that grow up to 65 feet make this pepper rare—harvested from July to April. 
Madagascar is the only wild black peppercorn with a tail, immensely flavorful and robust.

Madagascar pepper is smaller than its cousin pepper, easily recognized by its little tail, not to be confused with the larger Cubebe pepper. 

Its lively fragrance with woody notes of citrus and wildflowers makes it an ideal seasoning for grilled red meats, fish, and seafood. 

Less potent than other black pepper, it goes as well with desserts, especially strawberries and chocolate. 

Timut - What's the Story?

Trendy and emerging from Nepal. In 2018 the BBC listed Timut as an on-trend ingredient to make condiments and give alcoholic beverages like gin and tonic an extra kick! Timut is most prevalent in Asian and Indian cooking. 

Timut Pepper has a strong smell of grapefruit and lemon dedicated to season fish, shellfish, chicken marinade or, paired in a fruit salad.  

Timut is from the Toothache Tree, Zanthoxylum (zan tho sy lum) Alatum, and extracts are used to alleviate toothaches. When ingested, the analgesic effect causes a slight numbing sensation, adding an exciting dimension to any food or beverage. With its closest relative being Szechuan Pepper, The Timut pepper has similar properties, so basically, it’s not just on-trend. It’s hot!  

Malabar - What's the Story?

Harvested from India’s Malabar Coast, Malabar black peppercorns have a well-rounded bold taste, which is just a bit fruity with woody notes. The brave and well-rounded fruity notes are not as sweet as the Tellicherry peppercorn pair well with most herbs and spices. It is an excellent addition to soups, stews, marinades, stocks, and sweet or savory dishes. Either grind or leave whole. The choice is all yours. 

Vietnam - What's The Story?

A look to the future! Vietnam Peppercorns are likely to take on a whole new world, around the world!  Vietnam has moved quickly and is the world’s largest producer of peppercorns and the largest exporter.  Cracking these peppercorns, you’ll find a bit of yellow color as it releases a hint of citrus flavor. Many chefs have cracked the secret and use these peppercorns to flavor Caesar salad dressing recipes and side dishes in the main meal.  Vietnamese peppercorns make the perfect pairing to chicken, fish, fried or roasted, soups, salads, dressings, and marinade. Suitable for everyday use and mellow enough to enhance flavor with slight notes. 

Whether you eat in one night a week or every night, talking about ingredients is sure to come up in conversation around the table. Eating well at home is the discovery of taste that builds a culture to create your story. So, what’s your story?

This article was referenced by our friends at: https://porch.com/advice/experts-tips-herbs-spices-at-home/

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