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What Is A Spice?

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What Is A Spice? We can all agree that food without spices would be rather boring. Spices give aroma, flavour, colour and sometimes even texture to many of our favourite...

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Best Herbs And Spices For Stir Fry

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Best Herbs And Spices For Stir Fry Who doesn’t love a stir fry? Not only are they quick and easy to make, but they’re also a delicious way to get...

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Best Herbs And Spices For Chilli Con Carne

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Smoked paprika Smoked paprika is an essential spice in any chilli recipe. This is a Spanish speciality made by smoking pimentón (a type of pepper from La Vera in western...

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Best Herbs And Spices For Chicken Dishes

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When it comes to meats, cooking with chicken is great because it’s so versatile. Frying, baking, grilling, sauteing, boiling and roasting are just some of the ways you can prepare...

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Aleppo Pepper Uncovered

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What is Aleppo pepper? Named after the Syrian city of Aleppo, you’ll also find this chilli going by the name of pul biber, Halaby pepper or Turkish red pepper flakes....

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10 Easy Curry Recipes

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When you’re planning meals, sometimes it can be difficult to think of recipes which tick all three categories: easy, healthy and taste good. If you need some inspiration, why not...

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Spices Used When Cooking Or Smoking Trout

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We have been asked a few times what are the best spices to use when cooking or smoking fresh trout so we though the following blog post would be helpful....

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How To Pickle Vegetables At Home

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What is quick pickling? If you think that pickling vegetables is a long, drawn-out process that will take you all weekend, think again. Quick pickling is actually very easy (hence...

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Best Herbs And Spices For Digestion

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Your gut plays a large role in your general health and wellbeing, and the foods you eat can have a direct impact on your gut’s bacteria, or microbiome. Good bacteria...

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South American Chilli Powders

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Most Popular South American Chillies Up until Christopher Columbus made his way to the New World in 1492, chillies were relatively unknown to the rest of the world. He didn’t...

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Chilli (Chillies) Health Benefits

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Is Chilli Good for You? Did you know that chillies give us more than flavour? We all know that spices, seasonings and chillies are used worldwide to create a huge...

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Saffron spice

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Often referred to as ‘red gold’, saffron is one of the most expensive and prized spices in the world. It’s made from the stigmas of the crocus sativus flower, commonly...

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All About Miso

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What is miso? Miso means ‘fermented beans’ in Japanese. It’s a fermented paste which adds a savoury, umami-rich flavour to all kinds of dishes. It’s an essential ingredient in Japanese...

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Honey vs Agave: Which One Is Better?

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As we learn more about refined sugars and the health issues associated with them, the more we turn to natural alternatives like coconut sugar, date syrup and blackstrap molasses. These...

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All About Oats

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What are oats? Oats are grains from the Avena sativa plant, a species of cereal grain grown for its seed. Oats are believed to have been cultivated by the Greeks...

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Can Herb and Spice Substitutes Save the Day?

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Substitutes for Herbs and Spices. Many of us know that sinking feeling when, having enthusiastically embarked on an interesting recipe, we find we are missing an essential ingredient, necessitating an...

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Quatre-Epices Uncovered

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What is quatre-epices? Quatre-epices means ‘four spices’ in French, and is made up of ground black or white pepper, cloves, nutmeg and dried ginger. This traditional spice blend can be...

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The Different Types Of Olive Oil

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Olive oil is one of the most popular cooking oils used today. It’s the liquid fat which comes from olives, a fruit of a tree native to the Mediterranean. Olive...

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Gousto Spices

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We have all probably heard or seen an advert for Gousto on the many platforms we have these days, but did you know Gousto had an online cookbook using a...

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Sulphites (Sulfites) and Spices

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We were asked recently if our spices and spice blends contained sulphites. It turns out that this question wasn’t straight forward, so we thought we would write a short blog...

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10 Essential Ingredients in Mexican Cooking

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Mexican food is bright and colourful, making the most of fresh produce, fragrant herbs and bold spices to create intense flavours. Starting with the native foods and flavours of Mexico,...

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Zahtar Spice Blend Uncovered

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What is zahtar? Zahtar (also spelt za’atar or zaatar) is a Middle Eastern spice blend and is a gateway into Middle Eastern cuisine. It’s a delightful blend of so many...

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All About Wasabi

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What is wasabi? Wasabi is from the plant family Brassicaceae also referred to as Japanese horseradish plant. Fresh wasabi rhizome can be grated and ground to form a paste and...

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10 Essential Ingredients In Vietnamese Cooking

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Vietnamese food is a colourful blend of flavours and aromas. It’s very balanced, reflecting the Buddhist five-element philosophy which pairs a natural element (wood, fire, earth, metal and water) with...

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10 Essential Ingredients in Thai Cooking

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Thai cuisine is known for its complex flavours and mix of sour, sweet, bitter and salty. If you’re looking to cook more Thai dishes at home, the first thing you...

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All About Lemongrass

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What is lemongrass? Lemongrass (Cymbopogon) is a tall, perennial grass which is native to Asia, Australia and Africa. It also goes by the name barbed wire grass, silky heads, Cochin...

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10 best recipes using a tin of beans

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Do you have a tin of beans that’s been hiding away in the back of your pantry for… who knows how long? Well, it’s time to make good use of...

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Food Fermentation – Garum: The Ancient Roman Condiment

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Ferments have been around for thousands of years. It started out as a necessity, a way to preserve food for longer. Many cultures have fermented food in their culinary heritage,...

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10 Essential Ingredients in Japanese Cooking

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Craving Japanese food and fancy a crack at making a few dishes yourself? The first thing you need to do is assemble all the right ingredients. Shopping for Japanese products...

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A Guide to Tea Varieties

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All types of tea come from the Camellia sinensis plant. Originating in southern China thousands of years ago, there are two main varieties of the plant: Camellia sinensis var. sinensis,...

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On the edge: why do so many people choose to live under volcanoes?

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Since the dawn of humans, volcanoes have been present in our culture, history and general existence. Ethiopia - where modern Homo Sapiens first appeared - is chocked full of them....

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What is umami?

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If you’re any sort of foodie, there’s no doubt that you’ve heard the term ‘umami’ being used in your favourite food programmes. But what does it actually mean? Our taste...

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All about cassava

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What is cassava? Cassava, also known as manioc or yuca, is a root vegetable and the underground part of the cassava shrub. Native to South America, it’s also widely grown...

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How to up your salad game

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If you’re trying to get more vegetables into your diet, there’s a high chance that salads see a regular spot on your dinner table. It’s a great way to up...

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Berbere Spice Blend Uncovered

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What is berbere spice blend? Berbere is a traditional spice blend that is the foundation of Ethiopian and Eritrean cuisine. The name itself means ‘pepper’ or ‘hot’ in Amharic, the...

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The Best Food Gifts for Foodies

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The good news keeps on coming here at Seasoned Pioneers. After six of our products won at the Great Taste Awards 2020 (one of the highest awards in the food...

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