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Meet the Expert: Annie Bell

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Tell us about yourself I’ve been writing about food for longer than I care to admit, nearly twenty five years as YOU Magazine’s cookery writer, and over twenty books (my...

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Why we can’t wait to have restaurants back

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After a long, bleak winter, the latest announcements from the British PM Boris Johnson have finally offered a glimmer of hope in the UK. Perhaps, after all, there is light...

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Food Extinction: What can you do to turn the tide?

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If you haven’t had the chance to do so already, have a read of our article highlighting the plight of some of your favourite foods. In short, the future does...

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Great Taste Awards 2020

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WE WON 6 GREAT TASTE AWARDS 2020 We work so hard in providing you with the best herbs, spices, spice mixes and gourmet cooking sauces on the market. We couldn’t...

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Best Spices to Boost your Brain Health

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No matter how old we are, we’re always looking for ways to boost our brain health. One of the best ways is from the food we consume, such as fresh...

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A Brief History of: Spaghetti Bolognese

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You may well know all about spaghetti bolognese already. When German-based company Apetito ran a survey in 2014, they found that the dish was the third most popular eaten by...

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A brief history of: shepherd’s pie

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A cheap and cheerful dish, the humble shepherd’s pie is an icon of British and Irish cuisine - one for those cold, dark nights over winter. Whilst recipes do have...

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Spice up your chocolate

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Chocolate. Just the word alone is enough. Who doesn’t love chocolate? If there were a list of things that are universally loved, chocolate would be sitting pretty at the top....

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How to make Lavender Wedding Favours

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Wedding favours are, surprisingly, not a modern innovation. For at least five hundred years these small gifts have been given by the bridal couple to their guests as a sign...

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All about papaya

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What is papaya? Deliciously sweet with a buttery texture, it’s no surprise that papaya was once nicknamed the ‘fruit of the angels’ by Christopher Columbus. This fruit belongs to the...

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Best Spices for Arthritis

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Arthritis is a condition that causes inflammation and pain in the joints. There are over 100 types of arthritis, some of the most common ones being rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis....

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What the cup is going on? Why does the US measure so differently to the UK?

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We’ve all been there at one point or another. You’re following a recipe online diligently. You’re in the middle of a pain-staking process - step 7 out of 15 -...

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All about Moringa (the drumstick tree)

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What is moringa? Moringa oleifera is a plant which is also nicknamed the drumstick tree, the miracle tree, the ben oil tree, or the horseradish tree. This fast-growing, drought-resistant tree...

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A Brief History of: Chilli con Carne

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Chilli con carne (Spanish for ‘chilli with meat’) is a classic dish enjoyed all over the world. Once considered a very exotic meal by Americans, it is now right at...

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A Brief History of: The Beef Burger

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All over the world, from hole-in-the-wall establishments to fast food drive-thrus, gastro pubs and fancy, fine-dining restaurants, the humble beef burger has become a staple on any menu. In many...

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Best Herbs and Spices to use in Candle Making

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If you’re looking for a DIY project, making your own candles is a great idea. They’re easy to make and there are many scents that you can have fun and...

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What is Tikka Masala?

The tikka masala may be rather humble and mild in its heat, but it is an unmistakable Indian curry heavyweight. In every curry house up and down the UK (and...

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What is Rogan Josh?

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Here at Seasoned Pioneers, we love a good Indian curry. You may have noticed we’ve been diving into the history, origins and backstories of a fair few on our blog....

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Spiced Coffee Recipes

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Autumn and winter is the perfect time to be in the kitchen as you make your favourite comfort foods - from trying out autumn and winter fruits recipes, to finding...

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10 Best Spiced Christmas Cocktails

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It’s that time of year again. Decorations are going up, gifts are being bought and holiday plans are being made. With the festive season fast approaching, you may be thinking...

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10 most popular Sichuan dishes

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Sichuan is a southwestern province in China famous for its giant pandas and delicious cuisine. And while giant pandas are pretty cool, Sichuan (Szechuan) cuisine is what we’re really interested...

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For the Love of Lavender

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What is Lavender Great swathes of purple with hues of mauve, pink and blue - the inspiration for famous paintings and amateur photographs alike. Fields of lavender! Stunning vistas from...

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Best 10 Autumn and winter vegetables recipes

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The cooler months are rich with hearty root vegetables and nourishing greens. You don’t have to settle for plain boiled veggies either. There are plenty of ways that you can...

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What is All Purpose Seasoning?

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Whatever you are cooking, the chances are that at some point, you’ll want to add a bit of spice and herbs. That is why you’re here on our website in...

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7 herbs and spices with beauty benefits

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Herbs and spices have been used for centuries for both culinary and medicinal purposes. Not only do they add vibrant natural colours to our dishes, but they also come with...

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Great Taste Awards 2020

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WE WON 6 GREAT TASTE AWARDS 2020 We work so hard in providing you with the best herbs, spices, spice mixes and gourmet cooking sauces on the market. We couldn’t...

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How to store spices and why it’s important

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For any cook or chef, it can be tempting to have your favourite most-used spices proudly on display in your kitchen. Who wouldn’t want that? The colours all arranged in...

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10 Best Winter Fruits Recipes

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In winter, you won’t get as many exciting tropical fruits like pineapple, watermelon or mangoes. However, winter fruits can be equally as delicious and go well in a variety of...

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ckbk: The ultimate online cookbook library

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With more than 88,000 brilliant recipes, ckbk is the ultimate digital subscription service for cooks. Subscribers get unlimited access to the complete content of every cookbook in the collection, so ckbk...

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Using Spice as Fishing Bait

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If you’ve clicked on this article, chances are you’re into fishing. Or perhaps you’re just curious. Can using spices in fishing bait really make a difference. Aren’t they just...fish? Surely...

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10 Best Autumn Fruit Recipes

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Autumn is a great season for foodies (or for the greedy - we don’t judge). As the colder months come in, there is an abundance of fruit to be used...

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Last order dates for Christmas 2020

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We want to make sure we do everything we can to get your Christmas gifts & ingredients to you in time. Order by the dates below to guarantee that we...

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How to make a Foot Bath

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Treat your feet to a bespoke soak! Thousands of years ago the Greeks, Egyptians and Romans knew a thing or two about the hygienic, therapeutic and medicinal properties of hot...

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Eating Onion and Garlic Free

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Recently, here at Seasoned Pioneers, we’ve been receiving more and more enquiries regarding onion free and garlic free options. If this sounds like you, you’d be forgiven for tearing your...

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Top 6 Herbs and Spices for Diabetics

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The number of people diagnosed with diabetes in the UK has increased from 1.4 million to 3.5 million since 1996. This figure is estimated to rise to five million by...

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Nigerian Food

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Nigerian cuisine has some of the tastiest flavours in the world. This West African country is home to a wide variety of ethnic communities, and this is reflected in the...

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Meet The Expert – Rosemary Moon

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Tell us a little about yourself Hello - and greetings from Orkney. We moved here 3 years ago after a lifetime in the south of England. I first came to...

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Ghanaian Food

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Ghanaian food is made up of aromatic spices and filling staples. The dishes make use of the produce typically grown in the country, such as corn, beans, millet, plantains and...

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Christmas Day Cooking Essentials

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With Christmas fast approaching (it comes around faster every year!), you may be starting to think about this year’s Christmas Day spread. If you’re looking for new ideas for a...

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10 best ways to use up Christmas leftovers

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With Christmas fast approaching, you’ll no doubt be having flashbacks of the marathon food shop that lead to that huge, delicious sprawl on Christmas day. Frustratingly for us cooks, sometimes...

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