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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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Top 10 Indonesian dishes

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Spread across 17,000 islands and home to 270 million people, Indonesia is a diverse mix of landscapes, people, cultures and traditions. It also has a rich food heritage which has...

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Cajun Blackening Uncovered

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What is Cajun blackening? Blackening is a traditional Cajun cooking technique that adds a complex flavour and dark colour to fish, shellfish and chicken. The meat is dipped in butter,...

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Jerk Seasoning Uncovered

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What is Jerk Seasoning? No matter where you are in the world, Jamaican cooking can transport you to the tropics  thanks to the distinctive flavours of the ubiquitous jerk seasoning....

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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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How to make your breakfast more Eastern Mediterranean

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It’s no secret that the Mediterranean diet is one of the healthiest in the world. It’s full of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, healthy fats like olive oil, and seafood...

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How did Padang cuisine take over Indonesia?

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If you’re travelling through Indonesia, island hopping by bus, train, plane, ferry or however else you can imagine moving around, we challenge you to travel more than five minutes without...

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What is umami?

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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Tokyo Olympics 2020 (21): What’s on the menu?

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Finally, after a year delay (thanks, Covid), the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games is about to get started, which begs the question why it hasn’t been renamed Tokyo 2021. Anyway… Over...

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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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The Best Secret Santa Foodie Gifts

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With Christmas just around the corner (it seems to come faster every year), you may find yourself in a familiar position. It’s secret Santa at work and you’ve drawn somebody...

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Eighth Wedding Anniversary

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Celebrate with salt! From 'salt' to 'marriage' might seem a bit of a stretch but the many qualities of salt typify the positive values necessary in the making of a...

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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 Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown episodes

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June 25th is known by those in the culinary world and many fans alike as ‘Bourdain day’. This is the day that marks the late, great Anthony Bourdain’s birthday and...

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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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Top 5 foodie cities in Europe

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Planning a culinary adventure through Europe? You’re spoilt for choice. Europe is so diverse and each city has its own speciality. The food scenes in different cities are constantly evolving,...

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A brief history of: the Wiener Schnitzel

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The Wiener Schnitzel (sometimes the words are joined to form wienerschnitzel) is a favourite of many European nations. In Austria, it’s a national dish - the pride of Vienna. Walk...

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Dukkah Uncovered

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What is dukkah? Dukkah is a mix of spices, herbs, nuts and seeds which originated in Egypt but is found all over the Middle East and North Africa. Dukkah has...

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10 Best foods for a good night’s sleep

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Getting a good night’s sleep is very important for your health. Sleep can affect everything from your mood to your immune system, and getting enough of it can keep your...

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On the run: the best foods to eat for runners

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If there was one thing that increased during lockdown, it was the number of runners out there. Over the course of a few weeks, suddenly everyone was out running around,...

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Meet the Expert: Mridula Baljekar

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Tell us a little about yourself I have written 27 cookbooks so far and book number 28 is in the pipeline. My first book.  The Complete Indian Cookbook, sold more...

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Food to Freak you out!

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Bizarre Foods - Gross or gourmet? Imagine eating a beating cobra heart, bird's saliva, fish eyes, animal testicles or bull's semen! From the mildly distasteful to the truly repugnant, bizarre...

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All about pandan

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What is pandan? Pandan is a tropical plant in the Pandanus (screwpine) genus, which is found extensively in Southeast Asia. Similar to the palm, the plant has spiky, bright green...

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10 Ingredients to Supercharge your Smoothies

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Smoothies are a great way to incorporate more vitamins and nutrients into your diet. They’re colourful, taste delicious and are easy to knock down in just a few sips. While...

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Baharat Uncovered

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What is baharat? Baharat, meaning ‘spices’ in Arabic, is a popular Middle Eastern spice blend. It’s as essential to Middle Eastern cuisine as garam masala is to Indian food. The...

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Sumac

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Sumac is a staple within Middle Eastern cuisine, just like salt and pepper in the UK.  Sumac is a focal point in Turkish, Lebanese and Arabian cooking, where it adds...

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A brief history of: Shakshuka

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Shakshuka (also spelt with an O, shakshouka), is a staple dish on any Israeli breakfast table. In fact, they eat it at breakfast, lunch and dinner - both at home...

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What is Black Garlic?

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If you’ve never seen black garlic before, you’d be forgiven for thinking it’s just regular garlic gone bad. But don’t bin it just yet – black garlic is actually a...

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How important is the Suez Canal to UK food imports?

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Recently, the news gave us a welcome respite from the never-ending world pandemic. For a few days, we were all distracted and enthralled by the story of a container ship...

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Top 10 Indonesian Desserts

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When it comes to desserts, it doesn’t get better than the ones you find in Indonesia. Everyone seems to have a sweet tooth and it’s easy to see why. Cakes,...

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The oldest foods still eaten today

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For as long as life has existed on Earth, it has always needed energy to survive. This energy has often come in the form of food - something that’s edible...

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Top 10 Indonesian dishes

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Spread across 17,000 islands and home to 270 million people, Indonesia is a diverse mix of landscapes, people, cultures and traditions. It also has a rich food heritage which has...

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Nigella Lawson

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The woman who taught England to cook Ask just about any person in the UK if they know who Nigella Lawson is and they’ll look at you as if you’re...

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10 Easter recipes from around Europe

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With Easter fast approaching (seriously, where has the time gone?) you may be thinking about this year’s Easter menu. While roasted lamb and hot cross buns are your typical Easter...

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Meet the Expert: Monisha Bharadwaj

Meet the Expert

Monisha Bharadwaj is an award winning author, chef, food historian and a food writer based in London, UK. Many of her 16 books have been shortlisted for and won several...

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Cajun Blackening Uncovered

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What is Cajun blackening? Blackening is a traditional Cajun cooking technique that adds a complex flavour and dark colour to fish, shellfish and chicken. The meat is dipped in butter,...

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Bizarre food: are frogs legs really French?

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For as long as any of us living beings can remember, frogs legs have always been synonymous with French cuisine. You can’t go to Paris without trying frogs legs. Oh...

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