There is a villain afoot, a villain widely available and seductively inexpensive, a villain so fiendish it poses as a common ingredient and fools the masses into spreading its plague. Who is this villain, you ask? Brace yourselves, for even typing the name causes me to shudder: Artificial Vanilla Flavouring [shudder]. My own detailed research* has shown that artificial vanilla flavouring is responsible for bank robberies, speeding tickets, hang nails, stepping in poo, traffic jams, volcanic eruptions and having to change the clocks for daylight savings. It has to be stopped, this copy-cat menace, and I am going to darn well do what I can to stop it!
Enter: the Vanilla Bean. This gorgeous little super-hero of nature is going to be the focus of eight delicious recipes that will have Artificial Vanilla Flavouring [shudder] shrieking in terror and you regretting every time you ever used the phrase “plain old vanilla”. This unlikely little stamen will knock out any desire you have to use the villainous faux-flavouring ever again, EVER! Once more, the world will be made a better place via this blog** and I can sleep at night knowing that I’ve again done my part.
I contacted the folks at the Vanilla Food Company with my possibly-accurate research notes and they were enthusiastic about supporting the cause as well, so much in fact, that they are giving away a package of ten Madagascar Vanilla Beans to a lucky winner via this blog!!
Entry is easy: No fussy trickery, no earning extra entries by pinning, subscribing, tweeting and etc (though those things are very much appreciated) just simply leave a comment on this post telling us how excited you are to see Vanilla Bean take down the despicable Artificial Vanilla Flavouring [shudder]! Winners will be drawn via random.org and announced this Friday at 6pm PST! If you want to try out your luck twice, I have a second giveaway on Facebook as well (instructions are HERE).
Well folks, I hope you are looking forward to a new series as much as I am. The demise of the artificial is imminent! DOWN WITH FAKERS! UP WITH FLAVOUR! See ya soon, citizens.
*Research was conducted on the back of a receipt while I was up late with a bad flu and “over medicated” on Hot Toddies. I am 13% sure my information is accurate though.
**Read the intro to the CARAMEL SERIES to see how I sacrificed for the sake of mankind the first time around.