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Taste Awards 2021

Featured, News

We are pleased to announce that the following products have been awarded a Great Taste award 2021. The largest and most trusted food and drink awards on the planet, we...

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10 Essential Ingredients in Thai Cooking

Featured, Understanding Spices

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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The Best Food Gifts for Foodies

Featured, Understanding Spices

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

Featured, Spicy Adventures

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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The best Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown episodes

Spicy Adventures

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

Featured, Understanding Spices

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

Spicy Adventures

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

Spicy Adventures

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

Understanding Spices

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

Health and Wellbeing

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

Health and Wellbeing

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

Meet the Expert

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!

Spicy Adventures

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

Understanding Spices

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

Understanding Spices

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

Understanding Spices

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

Understanding Spices

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

Understanding Spices

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?

Understanding Spices

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?

Spicy Adventures

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

Spicy Adventures

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

Spicy Adventures

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

Featured, Spicy Adventures

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

Understanding Spices

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

Spicy Adventures

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

Featured, Understanding Spices

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?

Spicy Adventures

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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Cooking Moroccan Roast Lamb this Easter?

Spicy Adventures

Best organic review ever! Queen of the kitchen Nigella Lawson gave us a nice surprise recently and shared a video of her delicious version of Moroccan Lamb…using our very own...

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Bizarre food: The Annual Cheese Rolling Festival

Spicy Adventures

Picture this. A large group of gruff, sweaty men stand atop a hill in Gloucestershire, south-west England. They’re kitted out in a mismatch of multicoloured exercise gear, as if they’re...

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Cloves Uncovered

Understanding Spices

What are cloves? Cloves are one of the oldest spices in existence and have a culinary and medical history dating back thousands of years. This pungent, aromatic spice comes from...

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Meet the Expert: Annie Bell

Meet the Expert

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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Bizarre food: the story of Bau Nyale

Spicy Adventures

Picture this: a beautiful tropical island tucked away in the Indonesian archipelago. It’s a place where you’ll find stunning, empty beaches. Rolling hills covered in lush, green rainforest that tumbles...

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Jerk Seasoning Uncovered

Featured, Understanding Spices

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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Khmeli-Suneli Uncovered

Understanding Spices

What is khmeli suneli? The fun sounding khmeli suneli is a Georgian spice blend which is used in many different recipes from the Caucasus region. Translating to ‘dried spices’, the...

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Why we can’t wait to have restaurants back

Spicy Adventures

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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Advieh Spice Blend Uncovered

Understanding Spices

What is advieh? Literally translating to ‘spice’ in Persian, advieh is a spice blend used in Iranian cuisine. It’s a staple in Persian cooking, often compared to India’s garam masala....

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A brief history of: Beef Rendang

Spicy Adventures

Beef rendang is a dish that has always been popular throughout South East Asia and in more recent times, throughout the world. In 2011, CNN International ran a poll in...

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What is Healthy Eating?

Health and Wellbeing

Eating healthily is one of the choices we can make to give ourselves the best possible chance of physical, mental and emotional well-being. "Food is better medicine than drugs."(Patrick Holford)....

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

Understanding Spices

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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Welcome to our spice blog. Seasoned Pioneers has been manufacturing spice blends and mixes for over 20 years and are based in the UK.  So hopefully we know a little about spices! This spice blog was formally known as “The Knowledge” but rebranded in the 2020’s to “Blog” in the hope we can connect with more spice lovers. As you browse through our spice blog you will find lots of information about spices and ingredients, how to use them and why. Learn about their history and origins. 

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