Marchpane was one of the most popular Tudor confections – at least for those who could afford it. Created from costly ground almonds, sugar and rosewater, moulded into shapes and baked, decorated with coloured glazes, gilded fruit and “comfits”, then assembled into elaborate centrepieces, it was found only on the most aristocratic and royal tables. …
I get told all the time that I’m arrogant. People don’t know the difference between arrogance and confidence. They use these words interchangeably. Most people think a confident person is arrogant. They see arrogance as negative, so they don’t become a confident person. There is a huge difference between someone being confident and someone being arrogant. In this post I will show you the difference between confidence and arrogance.
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By Maryann Readal
Black pepper, Piper nigrum, is a ubiquitous spice that can be found on tables anywhere in the world where food is served. But what is the story behind this popular spice that is used in kitchens the world over?
P. nigrum is native to the Malabar Coast of southern India. It is also grown in other parts of the tropical world, including Vietnam, which has taken the lead in production by exporting 287,000 tons of black pepper worth $722 million in 2019. This is about 35% of the world’s black pepper trade.
Pepppercorn drupes. Photo credit: Missouri Botantical Garden
Black pepper is a perennial vine with heart shaped leaves and pendulous flowers. It is grown for its fruit, which is dried and then used as a seasoning. The black pepper vine grows in my Zone 8b garden; however, it has yet to produce any peppercorns, although…
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