Thursday, October 22, 2009
NOT! When did vanilla come to mean boring and/or plain?
Native to Mexico, the orchid plant (V. planifolia) could not be pollinated out of Mexico because of the specific bee (Melipona) and the vine it grew on. According to Vanilla history around 1841, a 12 year old slave Edmund Abius in Bourbon (A French colony in the Indian Ocean), found a way to hand pollinate the bean and that is the way it's done to this day. That is where the name Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla comes from.
How many recipes do we have that call for vanilla? Tons! From cookies to cakes to puddings, custards even putting a little in our whipping cream, vanilla is a household staple. It's even used to make perfume. How yummy is that?
Here are a few other uses:
Drop a tablespoon of vanilla in a can of paint stir it up. When ready to use, ahhhhh, vanilla.
Deodoraize your microwave: Put a little in a bowl and microwave for a minute.
After cleaning your fridge, leave a cotton ball soaked in vanilla in the fridge. Leaves it smelling fresh!
Nah, Vanilla is not boring!
Posted by Once Upon A Cake at 6:08 AM