Bananas

People have been eating bananas for a long time. The first written references to them come from 500BCE, but were most likely consumed long before then. Today, 100 billion bananas are consumed globally each year. There are more than one thousand varieties of bananas. -- Source In North America and Europe there is a preponderance ... Read more

Cacao / Cocoa Powder and Uses

Cacao or Raw Cocoa Powder This stuff is great. I imported it from the US and it in turn comes from Peru. There are two things I do with this: hot chocolate and cacao (cocoa) pancakes. Cocoa Pancakes Two teaspoons go into each pancake batter (also made from scratch with honey), making it a mocha-colored ... Read more

Dairy Farms in Thailand

While specific dairy farms and their cooperatives will be included in this article eventually (it is a work in progress). For now, we will focus on analysis of a whitepaper from the UN Food and Agriculture: The Economics of Milk Production in Chiang Mai, Thailand, with particular Emphasis on Small-scale Producers Basic Findings and Observations ... Read more

Homemade Tonic Water

For some reason I have become more and more interested in consuming less-processed foods and beverages. Perhaps it is five years of living in Northern Thailand where very fresh and local food is actually less expensive and widely available. In addition, there are some kinds of foods which have a lot of interesting characteristics, but ... Read more

How to Make Cheese

First, what kind of cheese, then ingredients, then process, otherwise fairly low tech! Try to keep the energy consumption to a minimum, as well as direct costs. The best approach is making it sustainable (and local) for future.

Hollandaise and Mayonnaise

Both Hollandaise and Mayonnaise are oil-in-water emulsions based on an egg yolk. Making both of them requires raw egg yolk and the addition of mustard, and then the slow adding of oil or butter. Mayonnaise is cold and Hollandaise is hot. Mayonnaise is Spanish and French, and naturally both countries have an excellent source of ... Read more

Homemade Ice Cream

The best approach I have seen is to basically use a blender with whipping cream, add honey (or sugar, not condensed milk), and then add additional items to this base, such as: Vanilla extract and vanilla bean caviar (add the spent pod to your sugar jar) Cacao and chocolate chips Strawberry compote (extra honey if ... Read more