An ingredient, a hunt, a love for a book – a book recommendation “Vanilla: Travels in Search of the Luscious Substance” by Tim Ecott

An ingredient, a hunt, a love for a book

A book recommendation “Vanilla: Travels in Search of the Luscious Substance” by Tim Ecott

How hard can it be to find a book?

Once again an order for my favourite ingredient, Vanilla, had arrived at our house. This time, I was curious, I wanted to know more. Actually, I wanted to know everything about Vanilla. Being a researcher by nature but also by education (I have a Research Master in Politics), I tried to gather as much information as possible about this strange bean. Wikipedia, was not too helpful, there was only little information, but other websites were scares too. Going back and forth between websites and different language versions of Wikipedia, I decided that I needed to do some real research, which means GET A BOOK on the topic. Continue reading “An ingredient, a hunt, a love for a book – a book recommendation “Vanilla: Travels in Search of the Luscious Substance” by Tim Ecott”

V is for Vanilla – A to Z Challenge April 2015

V is for Vanilla

I reopened the freezer, took out the Whole Foods French Vanilla Bean Ice Cream. Even though I was doing this in secret, it cannot have stayed unnoticed for long, but I never heard any remarks regarding my guilty little pleasure.

I always appreciated the taste of vanilla, it was probably that ice cream when I was a teen that made me discover it. I did not know at that time that French Vanilla Bean actually has little to do with France. Normally it is called “Bourbon Vanilla”, in honour of the French dynasty, and refers to a specific origin: Madagascar and La Réunion. For a long time that was all I knew about vanilla, which was prominent to me in the form of vanilla extract and over-priced pods that were rather dry and twig-like. Continue reading “V is for Vanilla – A to Z Challenge April 2015”