Ever get confused between these similar-sounding foods? We’ve got it sussed…


Vanilla extract VS vanilla essence

An extract has natural flavours that have been extracted straight from the source: in this case, vanilla pods. This captures a natural, distinctive and rich vanilla flavour. In contrast, vanilla essence is artificially produced flavouring.


Natural yoghurt VS Greek yoghurt

Greek yoghurt is made by thoroughly straining regular yoghurt to remove liquid whey and lactose, leaving behind a thicker-textured yoghurt. Greek yoghurt contains more protein and saturated fat and less sodium and carbohydrates than regular natural yoghurt.



Baking powder VS baking soda/bicarbonate of soda

Bicarbonate of soda needs an acidic ingredient like lemon juice or buttermilk in order to activate it. Baking powder is essentially baking soda with the acid already included. However, the two are not always interchangeable, so stick to whichever it says in the recipe.