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La Vin Spices

Herbs and spices with fun

September 5, 2016

Food is always better when properly seasoned. You’ll enjoy cooking a lot more once you’ve mastered herbs and spices basics. The food will taste better, smell better, and impress your friends/family/coworkers/pets. Hooray!

I’m going to go over the seasonings I keep in my kitchen and use frequently. You don’t necessarily need all of these to cook – I just tend to go a little nuts.

These will also be listed in alphabetical order so you can find what you’re looking for easily!

Have any suggestions for ways to use a certain herb/spice or a herb or spice that should be added? Tell me in the comments section. Let’s collaborate!

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La Vin Pizza

What makes the perfect pizza?

August 27, 2016

As any Italian will tell you, a pizza shouldn’t be messed about with. I may have come across some of the most disgusting-sounding toppings in a pizzeria in the northern city of Turin (‘Irish pizza’ with stewed beef and potatoes, ‘Russian’ with caviar and vodka), but I’m pretty sure that was just for the tourists.

In fact the citizens of Naples, who are credited with inventing the pizza as we know it in 1889 in honour of the king’s wife, Margherita, secured official EU protected status for their pizza, to distinguish it from inferior imitations. For a pizza to be called Napoletana (Neopolitan), amongst other stipulations it must be topped with genuine buffalo mozzarella and the tastiest San Marzano tomatoes.
Not everyone’s content to keep it simple though. At New Year, my housemates and I tested two pizza recipes, pitching a Gordon Ramsay pizza against a reader’s. Both recipes were restrained on the toppings, much to my housemates’ disappointment. Where was the pepperoni?

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