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Liqueurs are an aromatic secret gem in any culinary cabinet, offering up an incredibly flavourful and fragrant taste sensation for both sweet and savoury dishes. Most liqueurs are quite sweet but you do get those that are dry and tart.
A liqueur is a distilled spirit that’s flavoured by any combination of herbs and spices, fruit and nuts as well as thick cream and even flowers. The finishing touch is a sweetener such as corn syrup or granulated sugar. One such spice that is revered in liqueur circles is the beautifully fragrant vanilla bean, imparting its own unique aromatic essence depending on the terroir of the region where it was grown.
What’s the difference between liquor and liqueur?
Before flavoured spirits were introduced, it was simple to separate a liquor from a liqueur. Vodka, gin, rum, whisky and bourbon are liquors. Kahlua, Baileys, Schnapps, Campari and Galliano are examples of a liqueur.
The rule of thumb is liqueurs are sweeter and more dense and syrupy than liquors. They also tend to have a lower alcohol content. Liqueurs are mostly used in mixed drinks to make a decadent cocktail or even a heartwarming hot beverage. They’re also commonly served neat over ice.
Liqueurs are not confined to the bar. They’re a highlight in the culinary world and many recipes for sweet and savory dishes call for an aromatic liqueur of sorts. One of the most popular liqueurs found in any good kitchen is the wonderfully flavorful vanilla liqueur.
What’s the difference between vanilla liqueur and extract?
Vanilla liqueur and pure vanilla extract are very similar. The only difference is the proportion of alcohol and sugar used and the concentration of flavour. Liqueurs have a more dense aromatic profile and pack a flavor punch because they’re more concentrated than extracts.
Vanilla liqueur typically has a low concentration of alcohol, a high concentration of sugar and a low concentration of vanilla flavor. Vanilla extract has a higher alcohol percentage, less sugar and a very high concentration of vanilla flavor. Left to infuse for long enough, both vanilla liqueur and extract add a wonderfully flavoursome and aromatic profile to any dessert or savory dish.
Make your own vanilla liqueur
Vanilla liqueur is often hard to find in the shops and what’s out there is often quite expensive. Not a problem! In just 10 minutes, you can make your own homemade vanilla liqueur.

Once the vanilla beans have been given time to infuse, you’ll have your precious aromatic brew on hand anytime you need it. Homemade vanilla liqueur also make perfect gifts from friends and family.

Here’s a simple recipe for homemade vanilla liqueur.
8 quality vanilla beans
1 cup/250 ml water, preferably distilled for a pure taste
2 cups/400 grams sugar
8 cups/2 litres vodka (at least 80 proof)
1. Slice the vanilla beans in two lengthwise to aid the release of flavour and aroma.
2. Place the split beans in a pot with the water and sugar. Bring to a boil.
3. Simmer for 5 minutes, stirring to prevent it from burning.
4. Remove from the heat and allow to cool.
5. Combine the cooled syrup with the vodka.
6. Pour into a glass jar with a cap that can be sealed tight. Place the jar in a cool, dark place out of direct sunlight.
7. Leave the syrupy liqueur mix to infuse for at least 6 weeks, longer for a stronger flavour and aroma. Regularly gently shake the bottle to stir up the mixture for maximum infusion.
8. Strain the mixture, passing it through cheesecloth or a coffee filter to get rid of gritty bits.
9. Pour into a decorative bottle and seal with a cork, if giving the vanilla liqueur away as a gift
Add extra flavour
Split the quantity of alcohol between half vodka and half white rum for a sweeter, smokier taste.
Add chopped hazelnuts for a nutty flavour.
Add instant coffee to make a delicious vanilla-coffee liqueur.
Tips for making quality vanilla liqueur
Thoroughly wash the glass jar you are using to remove any contaminants. Preferably use a mixture of baking soda and water to wash the glass jar and sterilize it in boiling water for 15 minutes.
Metal, ceramic or glass are best rather than plastic equipment. Plastic can impart an off-flavour to liqueurs.
Always store the liqueur mixture to infuse in a sterilized glass jar. Wine bottles with a metal cap or cork are ideal containers for vanilla liqueur.
Straining the liqueur mixture is the most important step in the process to obtain a clear, quality liqueur. A fine straining material such as cheesecloth or a coffee filter removes tiny pieces of sediment in the liqueur. Strain the mix more than once to ensure it’s perfectly pure with no gritty pieces in it.
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COVID-19: Coalition Salutes FG, NPHCDA Overall Early Arrival Of Vaccine




With the expected arrival of coronavirus vaccines into the country on Tuesday, the National Coalition on Vaccine Awareness and Administration (NCVAA) has applauded the Federal Government and National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA).

The group, at a press conference on Monday in Abuja, noted that this is a big step in containing the rampaging contagion that has consumed millions across the world.

Nigeria will become the third West African country to benefit from the COVAX facility after Ghana and the Ivory Coast when it receives 3.92 million doses of the vaccine.

And the convener, Gabriel Agogo, speaking on behalf of the coalition, said Nigeria can not be left alone in the global immunisation against the disease, especially with the conspiracy theories and propaganda being peddled around.

He urged all Nigerians to become agents of this public awareness and actively partake in the immunization to protect ourselves, our families and the public health of the nation.

The NCVAA, however, called on all Nigerians irrespective of partisan, religious and ethnic affiliations to come out en mass to mobilize their families and friends for the Covid-19 vaccine administration as a way of totally defeating the spread of the coronavirus disease and saving humanity from its destruction.

Read the full statement below:

The leadership and members of the National Coalition on Vaccine Awareness and Administration (NCVAA) salutes and welcome all of you to this press conference. We also salute the courage and perseverance of Nigerians in the firm determination to fight Covid-19 to a standstill by observing the Government protocols to curtail its spread. Our case would have been worse, had Nigerians failed to imbibe self-discipline.

As all of you are aware, we have lost thousands of our brothers and sisters to the pandemic since it broke out in Wuhan, China in February 2020 and became a world health threat. And many more people infected by the virus are still hospitalized in different hospitals in the country. We prayerfully wish them a speedy recovery.

But the good news is that majority of Nigerians are uninfected by the Covid-19 pandemic. It is this larger population of Nigerians free from the venom of the Covid-19 pandemic that our Government is more interested in insulating from the deadly disease. It is in this light that we have decided to create public awareness of the arrival of the Covid-19 vaccine for immunization through this press conference and other necessary public enlightenment activities, to attract massive public awareness to it.

Therefore, we have decided to address Nigerians and draw their attention to the arrival of the Covid-19 vaccine in the country and the kick-start of the Covid-19 vaccine immunization exercise nation-wide. The vaccine is a proactive public health safety measure, which we believe will automatically arrest the spread of Covid-19 and put a halt to the other public inconveniences it causes if all of us avail ourselves to the immunization which is free of charge to everyone.

We wish to let all Nigerians know that the Federal Government of Nigeria (FGN) under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari has acquired and taken possession of millions of dosages of the Covid-19 vaccine. It is a scientifically approved immunization vaccine, certified by the World Health Organization (WHO) for onward worldwide circulation to fight the deadly coronavirus pandemic.

Nigeria cannot afford to be left out of this global trend. Nigerians should therefore emulate other very religious nations like Saudi Arabia, Rome, India, Australia, Sweden and a host of other countries worldwide which have accepted the Covid-19 vaccine and immunized their people with it. These countries have overcome the Covid-19 pandemic as a result of the intake of the Covid-19 vaccine. And with our collective resolve now, we shall also overcome it.

We find it imperative to emphasize this point because of the underground campaigns, conspiracy theories and propaganda peddled by perpetual anti-progressive forces in the country, who have aligned the Covid-19 vaccine to some unproven and barbaric death claims. There is no scintilla of truth in these negative assertions on the Covid-19 vaccine

Permit us to sound it loud and clear that the Covid-19 vaccine is approved by WHO, the global health body, after several scientific and clinical tests, before certifying it as safe for all humanity. So, in Nigerian, we must guide against repeating the same mistake which opposed the idea of launching a G5 network for telecoms in Nigeria. We are too enlightened to be deceived by those who wish us no good.

Nigeria is a very strategic country in the African continent, which cannot afford indifference or antipathy in the global fight against the deadly Covid-19 epidemic. NCVAA is aware of the campaigns of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) on the Covid-19 vaccine and has decided to add its voice to it. We expect all Nigerians to become agents of this public awareness and actively partake in the immunization to protect ourselves, our families and the public health of the nation.

NCVAA is hereby calling on all Nigerians irrespective of partisan, religious and ethnic affiliations to come out en mass to mobilize their families and friends for the Covid-19 vaccine administration as a way of totally defeating the spread of the coronavirus disease and saving humanity from its destruction. We must resolve today to victoriously conquer the Covid-19 pandemic, in the same manner, we defeated Ebola, bird flu, SARS which occurred years back.

The Covid-19 vaccine is advantageous in several ways. Socially, the immunization against Covid-19 will secure us against contracting the coronavirus disease and ensure greater chances of our freedom from other allied ailments which comes with the Coronavirus and restore our social and communal interactions.

The Covid-19 vaccine is not only capable of saving the lives of the entire humanity, but it can completely prevent hospitalizations’ and the mass deaths we have experienced in the past over Covid-19. It will save us from agonies and pains associated with it. All conspiracy’s theories against the vaccine should therefore be discarded.

Also, medical scientists and researchers who have painstakingly worked and developed the Covid-19 vaccine have attested to its nearly 100% effectiveness at preventing other related severe illnesses related to it, like the common cold amongst others. Taking the vaccine is akin to the popular African proverb which alludes to someone using one stone to kill two birds.

Furthermore, a general public immunization against Covid-19 nation-wide in Nigeria would ease the Government lockdowns and other disproportionate or stifling public health measures, which causes us varying disruptions in our everyday operations. This is why we have found it expedient to endorse the NPHCDA Campaigns. It is now a direct invitation to every Nigerian not only to take the vaccine but become the chief propagandists of this good message of redemption from the grip of Covid-19.

NCVAA profoundly thanks the Almighty God for His Grace upon us; we salute the medical scientists for their wisdom in developing the Covid-19 vaccine and finally, the FGN under President Buhari for securing the vaccines and their early delivery to us. It shows we have a Government and a leader who is sensitive to the public health of Nigerians. We immensely thank all of you.

Thank you all and journey mercies to your various destinations.

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Insecurity: Group Demands Collective Action By Governors




The Coalition for Truth and Justice (CTJ) has charged state governors to rise to the occasion as chief security officers of their states and stop playing politics with human lives.

The coalition, which made the call at a press conference, on Monday, in Abuja, also noted that collective action is required to end the tide of insecurity across the nation.

In his address, the head of the secretariat, Comrade Ohene Dominic, said the lackadaisical attitude of some governors has escalated criminal activities in the country, adversely causing untold hardship on the people.

Dominic said their failure to commit resources to security has made schools and other places of importance more susceptible to attacks by unscrupulous criminal elements.

According to him, these governors should be treated as saboteurs whose interests is on how they can amass wealth by dipping their hands in state coffers to sustain their lavish lifestyles.

The Coalition for Truth and Justice therefore called on all well-meaning Nigerians to henceforth begin to demand accountability from the various state governors.

On their part, the coalition, however, urged the governors to wake up from their slumber and do the needful as this is not the time for playing to the gallery.

Read the full statement below:

Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen,

Welcome to this press conference standing on the existing protocol.

The peculiarities of time occasioned by the unwholesome activities of criminal elements across that country have once again brought out the national question on how state governors have abdicated their responsibilities as Chief Security Officers of their states.

It is indeed worrisome that this trend has continued unabated and largely responsible for the escalation of the activities of criminal elements across the country which has indeed caused untold hardship on the people.

The various cases of kidnappings and armed banditry in some states are consequences of the lackadaisical attitude of some governors that have been engaged with playing politics to the detriment of human lives.

It is unacceptable for this trend to continue because of the larger consequences which if not abated could spiral out of control and Nigeria might be engulfed with acts of criminalities, so much so that might lead the country on the path of regression.

The Coalition for Truth and Justice as a critical stakeholder in the country is aware that some governors have deliberately allowed criminal elements to have a field day in their states because of what they aim to achieve politically. Consequently, we must ask questions hence this press conference to put issues in proper perspective before the generality of Nigeria towards making the country safe for all concerned.

It is our considered view that if the various state governors had been alive to their responsibilities, the embarrassing incidences of kidnappings of school students in public schools would not have been possible.

It is indeed shameful that some state governors would commit huge resources to pursue endeavours that do not have a direct impact on the lives of the citizens while ignoring the need to provide adequate security for schools and other places of importance that are susceptible to attacks by unscrupulous criminal elements.

It is gladding that this much was highlighted by a fellow governor wherein he stated that governors have failed in providing security in their states in their capacity as Chief Security Officers. It remains despicable that the song on the lips of most governors is that they are not in charge of the security of their states; we beg to ask what they have been doing with the security votes that are accruing to states monthly. How have these monies meant for security spent by the various state governors?

If the governors also claim not to have the required funds to provide security in their states, we also beg to ask where they get the funds with which they pursue their political agenda during times of elections.

It remains a sad tale that this anomaly has thrived over the years and the various state governors have been playing politics with human lives and they seem to have no grouse with how innocent school children are abducted from their dormitories. They also have no grouse with how under their nose, militant groups are grouping and entrenching acts of violence that have led to scores of death and destruction of properties.

It is thus our stand that the various state governors can be regarded as saboteurs whose interests lie in how they can amass wealth by dipping their hands in state coffers to sustain their lavish lifestyles.

The Coalition for Truth and Justice is using this medium to call on all well-meaning Nigerians to henceforth begin to demand accountability from the various state governors with how they have been utilizing the security votes that run into billions of naira monthly.

It is also our stance that the federal government must begin the process of holding state governors accountable for avoidable security breaches in their states and taking steps to ensure that monies meant for security are not diverted to private pockets.

The Coalition for Truth and Justice is using this medium to appeal to the federal government to withhold allocations to states whose governors have been found wanting in the discharge of their responsibilities as Chief Security Officers of their states.

This is our opinion would make the governors wake up to their responsibilities and ensuring that they live up to expectations in this critical task at hand because if funds are continually made available to these non-performing governors, it would be tantamount to economic waste.

The Coalition for Truth and Justice is of the considered opinion that Nigerians must begin the process of tasking the various state governors on accountability and commitment to entrenching good governance for the task at hand requires all hands to be on deck.

The state governors must also wake up from their slumber and do the needful as this is not the time for playing to the gallery. Nigerian Governors must wake- up to their responsibilities and stop playing politics

Thank you for your attention in this regard and we expect to see results in the coming days, weeks, and months in Nigeria.

God bless Nigeria.

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RCCG Prayer Walk: Province 11 Pastor Prays For An End To COVID-19




Pastor Tunde Benjamislani , The Pastor RCCG Throne Room Parish Transcorp Hilton Abuja Parish , prayed for a permanent end to covid-19.

The Pastor stated this in Abuja while leading the global maiden prayer walk of the Redeemed Christian Church of God.

The Pastor stated that the Prayer walk was a global one going on co-currently in all the 119 nations of the world .

He also stated the prayer walk was an instruction received by the general overseer Pastor E.A Adeboye

He said a time comes upon the church when men need to arise and seek the face of God and as such , the prayer walk have but only four major prayer points.
“A prayer of revival in the land that will usher in a great revival leading to a great harvest for the kingdom”.
” We are praying for Nigeria that God almighty will help Nigeria, the president , governors , ministers and even all the populace so that Nigeria will be great again. We are asking for God’s mercy for the country and for God to back them up in wisdom”.
”We are also asking God to put and end to COVID-19 permanently enough of the agenda of the devil. We are asking for the permanent death of COVID-19” .
”We are also praying as individuals as a church , as a people for breakthrough in every aspect of life , that every door close against the children of God be open”
The vice president, Yemi Osinbajo is a pastor from the Redeemed Christian Church of God .

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