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Use your ‘loaf’ and make the best seeded bread ever!

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Is there anyone who doesn't go weak at the knees when confronted by the sensational aroma of freshly baked home-made bread? For almost sixty years we have been subjected to...

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A beginners guide to Caribbean spices

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From Jamaica to the Dominican Republic and Haiti to Barbados, nowhere does food quite like the Caribbean. You’ll often find a beautiful variety of spices mixed into all kinds of...

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A History Of Spice In London

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London. What hasn’t been said about this capital of capitals? It is one of the greatest cities on earth and, at one point, was the very centre of it. As...

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The best low-sodium herbs and spices

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How to reduce salt in your diet without compromising on flavour If you suffer from high blood pressure, kidney disease or heart failure, you might be wanting to reduce the...

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The weird and wonderful uses of spice

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Spices and herbs are a staple of every kitchen providing interest to many dishes by enlivening the taste buds. Not only have they played a role in cooking but, historically,...

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Top 10 rarest spices

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Today, it’s easier than ever to find spices. Online shops, supermarkets and speciality shops all offer the opportunity for us to try spices from around the world. Some spices like...

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Boosting your immune system – Top 10 healthiest spices and herbs

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Throughout history, herbs and spices have been used not just to flavour dishes, but also for their medicinal properties. Even small doses of herbs and spices can pack a punch...

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A history of The Spice Islands

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“The Spice Islands” - the name given to the Moluccas or Maluku Islands in eastern Indonesia. This archipelago consists of over 1,000 islands with a total land mass of 75,000...

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The medicinal and well-being properties of herbs and spices.

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The healing power of herbs and spices has been known for thousands of years and, to this day, a large proportion of the world's population still benefits from their medicinal...

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A brief history of spice in Liverpool

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If you take a walk along the world famous waterfront of Liverpool, you cannot escape the past. For mile after mile, along the shores of the River Mersey, a vast...

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Why is Vanilla so Expensive?

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We all love the familiar, floral scent of vanilla. From the delicate fragrance drifting from your reed diffuser in the living room to the sweet tasting ice-cream that you bought...

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Indian Bay Leaves – Tej Patta

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Indian Bay leaves are also known as Tej Patta which translates as 'pungent leaf' or Malabar leaf. They are not to be confused with the European Laurel Bay leaves more...

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