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South Beach Wine & Food Festival: What Happens to the Leftovers?

Posted March 2, 2012 | 03/02/12 12:27 PM ET

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Photo by Leticia De Mello Bueno

Click here to listen to my WLRN Miami Herald News story about what happens to the leftovers from the South Beach Wine & Food Festival.

After the South Beach Wine & Food Festival wraps...

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Video Bite: Cardamom Masala Chai

Posted February 21, 2012 | 02/21/12 12:44 PM ET


Ayesha D'Mello demonstrates how to make Indian tea (masala chai) at home. There are many wonderful varieties of chai -- this version is made with cardamom. Enjoy chai with your breakfast in the morning, after lunch when you need a pick-me-up or on a rainy day. Recipe below.


Other Video Bites with Ayesha D'Mello:

Winter squash with coconut sauce

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Cardamom Masala Chai
Indian tea
Serves 3-4
Recipe by Ayesha D'Mello of Ayesha's Kitchen

TIME
5-7 minutes, depending on fast water boils on your stove

INGREDIENTS
3 ½ cups water
2 tsp. loose black tea leaves (about ½ tsp. per cup)
2 tsp. sugar (or to taste)
½ cup half and half
¼ tsp. cardamom pods or seeds

TOOLS
Tea kettle
Coffee grinder

Heat the water in the kettle. Meanwhile, add the loose tea leaves, sugar, half and half--yes this is a one pot creation. Then grind the cardamom seeds in a coffee grinder -- it's best to use a grinder you dedicate to your Indian spices as the aromas can linger. Fresh ground cardamom yields a much more distinct taste than the powdered spice. Put the cardamom in the kettle and cover it. After about two minutes, the chai will start to boil and froth and the tea leaves will come up. Take the kettle off the heat -- you don't want to let the tea leaves sit in the chai too long as the tea will become bitter. Strain out the tea leaves as you pour the chai into your cup and enjoy!

D'Mello teaches Indian cooking classes through Ayesha's Kitchen. Be sure to sign up early if you're interested in a class-they tend to fill up early. Read about my experience in her class -- the best part is enjoying all of the food afterward.

Originally posted at Miami...

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Festive Sorrel Wine for the Holidays

Posted December 29, 2011 | 12/29/11 05:15 PM ET

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Sorrel or roselle plant before it's dried. (Photo by Trina Sargalski.)


I've been asking people what foods are essential to their holiday table. For Leslie King of Fort Lauderdale, it's sorrel wine, which is a bright red, festive drink popular in the...

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Now Eat This! Photos from Edible Newspaper Event at Art Basel Miami

Posted December 7, 2011 | 12/07/11 01:03 PM ET

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Food and art merged at Thursday's "Kreemart Digestible News" performance art event by Spanish artist Antoni Miralda and Barcelona's Food Cultura art space.


My friend Leticia De Mello Bueno created the newspaper below. Leticia said the newspaper...

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Recipe: Indian Summer Cocktail From Sra. Martinez

Posted November 30, 2011 | 11/30/11 12:00 AM ET

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The Indian Summer cocktail at Sra. Martinez. (David Samayoa)

Northerners refer to an "Indian summer" when warm temperatures persist into fall after an initial frost.  Of course, hot days that drag into fall and winter are the norm in Miami. People up north might...

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