A Visit to Pepper Producers in Kerala - God’s Own Country with Recipe!
Throughout my culinary life, pepper has been an ingredient that I use regularly. I was aware of different types and varieties to a point, including Sarawak pepper and Tellicherry pepper and had sometimes used those varieties in food.
Black pepper, the fruit of a flowering vine (piper nigrum) is one of the world’s most traded spices with Vietnam being the largest producer and exporter, even though pepper is native to Kerala, in southern India. Pepper is a spice that has been used since antiquity, both as a traditional medicine and for use in food. It was so prized in history that it was known as “black gold” and is still one of the world’s most traded spices.
Khari Baoli Spice Market - Largest Spice Market in Asia!
A visit to the largest spice market in Asia, Khari Baoli Spice Market in Old Delhi!
A lot to see and learn about spices and how they are used and handled, in particular asafoetida!
Brunton Boatyard Hotel, Fort Kochi!As many of you know, I have decided to finally bring life to my dream of taking groups of people on culinary adventures and decided that South India would be the perfect place for me to start. I thought that the CHG earth hotel group would be a suitable partner for my tours and after discussion with them, I embarked on my reconnaissance visit.
Snow in Dharamkot, Himachal Pradesh, IndiaAs it turns out, the harsh and unpredictable weather that grounded our flight to Dharamshala and made our first day there somewhat challenging turned out to be a blessing in disguise as the snow gods were actually working in our favour! One of our objectives when planning to trip to the area was to take GIta to the snow and we had thought that we would have to take her to Shimla for the snow experience. Shimla, the capital of Himachal Pradesh is at a higher elevation than Dharamshala and therefore more likely to have snow.
Dharamshala Part 2 - Food, walks, history and some Himachali food!Our visit to the town of Dharamshala in Himachal Pradesh, the Tibetan Children’s Village and Church of St John in the Wilderness. Himachali Thali for dinner.
Our visit to Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh, Part 1
Our first day visiting Dharamshala, delicious food, cold and snowy weather and a visit to the Dalai Lama Temple. Can’t wait to see more of Himachal Pradesh!
First leg of our trip to India!
First part of our adventure in India, Brisbane to Dharamshala and an unexpected 12 hour road trip!