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Taste Awards 2021

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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

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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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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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Bizarre food: The Annual Cheese Rolling Festival

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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

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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

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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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Bizarre food: the story of Bau Nyale

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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

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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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Khmeli-Suneli Uncovered

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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

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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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Advieh Spice Blend Uncovered

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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

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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?

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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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Shichimi Togarashi Uncovered

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This spicy Japanese spice blend may sound exotic, but since appearing in recipes by Jamie Oliver and the Hairy Bikers, it’s popping up more and more in British cupboards. What...

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Food extinction: your favourite, but for how long?

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By now, it’s impossible to deny climate change and the fact that the earth is well on its way in a sixth mass extinction event. Whichever way you look, from...

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All about candlenut

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What is candlenut? The candlenut (Aleurites moluccanus) is a flowering tree and is also known as candleberry, Indian walnut, kemiri, varnish tree, nuez de la India, buah keras, godou or...

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A Brief History of: Lasagne

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Lasagne is one of those classic Italian pasta dishes. It’s beloved not just by humans, but cats too - Garfield being the chief champion of it amongst the feline kingdom...

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10 Best Online Cooking Classes

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There has never been a better time to brush up on your cooking skills. Make the most of being ‘stuck’ indoors by gaining some new knowledge in the kitchen, whether...

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What is Dal?

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Dal (also known as daal, dahl or dhal), according to Wikipedia, "is a term used in the Indian subcontinent for dried, split pulses (that is, lentils, peas and beans) that...

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Do spices belong on pizza?

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Ah, pizza. Who doesn’t love pizza? It’s up there with chocolate as one of the most universally adored foods - a dish that’s so simple, yet brings us so much...

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10 Best Spring Fruits Recipes

Health and Wellbeing

As well as sunshine and warmer weather, spring brings an abundance of fresh fruit like strawberries, gooseberries and blackcurrants to the table. When you’ve had your fill of winter fruits...

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Blue zones: the secret to living longer

Health and Wellbeing

Did you know that around the world, there are certain locations where people live longer? Much longer, infact. It sounds implausible at first - perhaps a small quirk in the...

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10 Best Food Shows on Netflix

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When it comes to kicking back with some feel-good content, there’s nothing better than a cooking show. There is something about food that puts us in our comfort zone, whether...

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10 Best Tempeh Recipes

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Tempeh (or tempe) is a traditional Indonesian food product made from fermented soybeans. Read more about it here. Unlike tofu which is softer and more delicate, tempeh has a nutty...

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Tempeh – a soy alternative to meat

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What is tempeh? Tempeh (or tempe) is a traditional Indonesian food made from fermented soybeans. Tempeh is commonly used as a replacement for meat in vegan and vegetarian cooking. The...

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The (not so humble) Mince Pie

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The mince pie, as we know it, is an individual sweet pie comprising a pastry case with a filling of dried fruit, spices, some form of spirit (hopefully!) and suet...

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All about breadfruit

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What is breadfruit? Breadfruit (Artocarpus altilis) is a flowering tree belonging to the mulberry and jackfruit family. It’s believed that the tree is a domesticated descendant of Artocarpus camansi which...

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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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