One of the fabulous things about the Internet, is its ability to connect people… In this case, a couple of weeks ago (yes, blogging has fallen slightly by the wayside lately), I received a delicious-smelling parcel to my desk at work…
And inside, were seven pods of vanilla all the way from Uganda, via Vanessa Kimbell from Juniper and Rose.
Vanilla is one of those things that I LOVE, but haven’t had for a very long time!
Anyway, I left it wrapped in its foil until today while I pondered what to do with it…
Pod #1 has been finely sliced and scraped out into a Kilner jar of sugar, to make vanilla sugar.
Pod #2 & 3 are going to be stood in a tall sealed jar of rice, to infuse – and to make heavenly rice pudding with a little further down the line…
Pods 4, 5, 6 and 7 are wrapped in tin foil, sticky and black and heady, awaiting their fates on top of the microwave…
How exciting – and luxurious! If anyone has any suggestions as to what to do with the remaining ones, give me a shout! Thanks Vanessa! 🙂

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Jack Monroe. Twitter: @MsJackMonroe. Email: jack.monroe@nqe.com