A Canadian Foodie, I have found a place to buy wonderful vanilla beans - Beanilla. I bought a sampler package to get started. I have tasted some of these before but some are new.
It is a little overwhelming when you are faced with 8 varieties of vanilla beans. So I took a hint from an oenophile friend of mine. He always says that you should pair a wine from the same region as the food you are eating. They just seem to have a natural affinity.
So I am taking that same approach with these vanilla beans. Over the next few months I will be trying recipes both savoury and sweet from Tahiti, Madagascar, India, Indonesia, Mexico and Tonga. I also have a bourbon and a Beanilla blend. So that will provide interesting cooking for me.
Go on over to visit Grace at Sense and Simplicity. She has a great giveaway right now.