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Friday, March 15, 2013

Black Truffle Mac & Cheese Recipe

Yield: 4 servings
Time Estimate: 12 minutes overall, including 2 minute of preparation and 10 minutes unattended
Storage Notes: serve immediately; keeps for 3 days when refrigerated
Difficulty: easy

Even small amounts of our Truffle Sea Salt transform modest meals into gourmet delicacies, and this recipe for mac and cheese is one of our favourites. Fantastic as a main course or as a decadent side, make this little number one of your calling cards for dinner parties and pot luck events.

  • 2 boxes of Kraft® Mac & Cheese (or similar)
  • quarter stick of butter
  • 1/2 cup milk (2% or full for a richer taste)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons Gustus Vitae Condiments' Truffle Sea Salt

  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to boil, open Mac & Cheese boxes and remove packaging.
  2. Add mac to pot and cook for 8-10 minutes, stirring frequently.
  3. Strain mac and return to pot, adding butter, milk, and Truffle Sea Salt.
  4. Mix throughly, and serve immediately. If you plan on serving later, remember that the mac will continue to cook for some time after you remove it from heat: try to undercook the pasta slightly to retain the desired amount of firmness.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Turkish Oven Roasted Brussel Sprouts Recipe

Yield: five servings
Time Estimate: 40 minutes overall, including 5 minutes of preparation and 35 minutes unattended
Storage Notes: serve immediately; keeps for 3 days when refrigerated
Difficulty: easy

We're partial to simple recipes that enhance the natural flavours of food: doing so with just 3 ingredients and 5 minutes of prep work is an extra bonus. This recipe is what we always wanted brussel sprouts to taste like: crunchy on the outside, moist and giving on the inside, with their natural bitterness cut with a little heat and spice. Yum.


  • 1 pound of brussel sprouts
  • 3 tablespoons extra vigin olive oil 
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons Gustus Vitae Condiments' Taste of Cyprus


  1. Preheat over to 400ºF.
  2. Cut brown/white ends off the brussel spouts, and peel off any yellow or loose leaves. This will help the spices adhere better and give them more crunch. 
  3. In a large bowl, mix the brussel sprouts, oil and spice until well coated.
  4. Place brussel sprouts in a baking tin and roast for 35 minutes. Give the pan 1 or 2 shakes during the cooking time to ensure than cooking is even.
  5. Remove from oven, and dusk with another couple sprinkles of Taste of Cyprus. Serve immediately.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Spicy Citrus Cocktail Peanuts Recipe

Yield: 3 servings
Time Estimate: 5 minutes overall, including 5 minutes of preparation
Storage Notes: serve immediately; keeps for 1 days when covered
Difficulty: easy

With cocktail hour at home increasingly featuring craft beers and elaborate mixed drinks, we figured it was time for the humble cocktail peanut to step it up a notch. Taking our inspiration from the twists and garnishes of our favorite cocktails, we use lemon and lime rinds, plus our Red Cayenne Salt to transform ordinary cocktail peanuts into something phenomenal. Try it - you will like it.


  • 1 lime
  • 1 lemon
  • 4 tablespoons Gustus Vitae Condiments' Red Cayenne Salt
  • 2 cups peanuts


  1. Peel the lemon and lime as you would an apple or potato, taking care not to get too much of the flesh.
  2. In separate piles, finely chop the lime and lemon rinds. 
  3. Arrange a serving plate with salt, rinds, and peanuts. Serve.