A Wish Came True

My little wish came true lately. Just a few weeks ago, I was comtemplating on buying two vanilla pods from Phoon Huat at $4.50. I hesitated, hesitated... I don't really know how to use the vanilla pods, it's so expensive and I don't want to use it on any other normal cake baking or any special desserts since I've not tried any fantastic ones.

Then came a text message one day from my elder sister. I shall roughly relate how our text messages went.

"I have some vanilla pods. Do you want some?"
"Oh, if you have, then I would want. Maybe give me one if you can spare."
"You only want one? I have almost 200 pods! :)"



My heart nearly popped out when I knew she has so many pods! Of course I don't want one only!! So the conversation went on to how she has gotten so many. The best part of the vanilla pods were, they were from MADAGASCAR!! The country with one of the best vanilla pods. As much as I was excited about receiving the pods, I didn't get to meet my sister until last weekend when she came over. These pods will remained in my collection for now.

See those circled in red? They are vanilla seeds. Can just scrapped them out and add to any drinks or desserts directly. Yippee!

9 comments:

Baking Librarian said...
March 3, 2009 at 1:06 AM

hi passionate about baking

thats alot of vanilla pods you've got. congrats! these good stuff sure dun come cheap. can use them for making creme brulee or ice cream or other fantastic desserts. if not u can also make vanilla sugar by burying these vanilla pods in normal castor sugar. that will prevent them from drying out and at the same time flavour your sugar.

i have never used any vanilla pods before. it feels exciting to possess some. do share the results after using them.

Passionate About Baking said...
March 3, 2009 at 8:30 AM

Hi Baking Librarian,
Thanks for the tips. Yes, I'll be trying out Creme Brulee and Panna Cotta (again). Didn't thought of ice cream, but will put this into my list just for Vanilla! :) Oh, I can feel your excitement for me too! Thanks! :)

gina said...
March 3, 2009 at 9:08 AM

soak a couple in Vodka for a month or 2. Then you will have your own home made Vanilla Extract!

Passionate About Baking said...
March 3, 2009 at 9:21 AM

Hi Gina,
Thanks a lot. Yup, I remembered you told me before too! It's in your forum. :) I'll check out the actual procedure. But has to be in Vodka? Not any other alcohol?

gina said...
March 4, 2009 at 7:20 PM

Jane, yes must be only vodka.Recipe by MamaC. I made already. Giant bottle. And I give a bit to every student who came to my place for classes. :) I still have. I am not a fan of essences or extracts. I just wanna make for fun only. :)

Quinn said...
March 5, 2009 at 6:49 PM

sigh...vanilla pod is so expensive in austalia. wish you could spare me some but it's useless. i doubt the vanilla pods can pass through the declaration customs. they are very fussy and seeds are a big no-no! lucky you!

gina said...
May 19, 2011 at 5:48 PM

Jane, yes must be only vodka.Recipe by MamaC. I made already. Giant bottle. And I give a bit to every student who came to my place for classes. :) I still have. I am not a fan of essences or extracts. I just wanna make for fun only. :)

Baking Librarian said...
May 19, 2011 at 5:48 PM

hi passionate about baking

thats alot of vanilla pods you've got. congrats! these good stuff sure dun come cheap. can use them for making creme brulee or ice cream or other fantastic desserts. if not u can also make vanilla sugar by burying these vanilla pods in normal castor sugar. that will prevent them from drying out and at the same time flavour your sugar.

i have never used any vanilla pods before. it feels exciting to possess some. do share the results after using them.

Quinn said...
May 19, 2011 at 5:48 PM

sigh...vanilla pod is so expensive in austalia. wish you could spare me some but it's useless. i doubt the vanilla pods can pass through the declaration customs. they are very fussy and seeds are a big no-no! lucky you!

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