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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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Terms used in Indian Cooking

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Indian Cuisine Popularity of Indian food in the UK has peaked since the first Indian restaurant opened two hundred years ago. Although Indian cuisine has been served in the UK...

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What is Pasanda?

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Here on the blog at Seasoned Pioneers, we’ve covered some of the great Indian Curries: Balti, Madras and Korma. While the Pasanda is much less known, it’s every bit as...

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How to season and cook steak

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Having guests over for dinner? Steak is always a winner. A juicy, perfectly cooked steak is a luxury that most of us usually only enjoy at a restaurant. But steaks...

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What is Madras?

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‘I’ll have a Madras please’. It’s a phrase spoken by people throughout curry houses and Indian restaurants up and down the country every single night. It’s hot, spicy, delicious and,...

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The essential herbs and spices every kitchen needs

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Variety is the spice of life - and spices give variety to our cooking. Herbs and spices are a great way of adding flavour and aroma to dishes. They’re also...

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What is Korma?

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The chicken Korma. This well-renowned Indian curry can be found on every Indian restaurant menu around the world. The curry sauce itself can be found on supermarket shelves everywhere. If...

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Top 10 best food podcasts

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In this day and age, you’d be hard-pressed not to have come across some sort of podcast. They seem to be everywhere these days, with anyone seemingly jumping on the...

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What is a Vindaloo?

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Vindaloo is a popular Indian curry originating from the Goa region on the west coast of India. It’s a hot, fiery and tangy dish made with meat, vegetables and plenty...

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What is Korai?

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Have you ever had a Korai curry? It’s a classic Indian dish, served up in Indian restaurants around the world. Or how about a karahi? A kadai, or a kadhi?...

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Meet the Expert – Jill Norman

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Please could you tell us about yourself? Hello, I am a former publisher and food and wine writer. I’ve lived in London for most of my life, with spells in...

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How to make a Curry

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Let's Curry a Little Flavour! Although curries have become an integral part of the British way of life and one of the most popular dishes consumed in restaurants and 'take...

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What is Dopiaza?

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Do you like onions and big, bold spices? If the answer’s yes, chances are you’ll love Dopiaza curry. While not quite as renowned as classics such as the Balti or...

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What is a Dhansak?

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A Dhansak (Dansak) is a popular Indian dish which combines elements of Persian and Gujarati cuisine. It consists of meat cooked with lentils and vegetables. The dish was introduced to...

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Meet the Expert – Christine McFadden

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Please could you tell us about yourself? Hello I’m Christine McFadden. I’ve been involved with food one way or another for the past 25 years. I write cookbooks and magazine...

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What is Balti?

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No matter which Indian restaurant you’re eating at, we can guarantee Batli is on the menu. You can bet your house on it. We all love to see that beautifully...

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What is a Bhuna?

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If you’ve ever been to an Indian restaurant or ordered Indian takeaway, then it’s likely you’ve seen bhuna on the menu. But what exactly is it? And how is it...

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Meet the Expert – Glynn Christian

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Please could you tell us about yourself? My blood pounds with pioneering. Is this because I am a gt-gt-gt-gt grandson of Fletcher Christian, leader of the 1789 mutiny on Bounty...

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Meet the Expert – Manju Malhi

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About Manju Malhi Manju Malhi, a TV chef and a cookbook author, was born in England to Indian parents. She grew up in West London surrounded by Indian culture, traditions...

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The story of rum

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Rum is one of the most popular spirits in the world, consumed by millions every week. Whether it’s a straight shot of the good stuff or a delicious cocktail at...

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Best herbs and spices for fish and seafood dishes

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Cooking with fish and seafood is great. There’s so much choice, whether it’s fish, prawns, squid, scallops, mussels, oysters, langoustines - the list goes on. The best thing about them...

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A call for your support of the Air Ambulance – But why I hear you ask?

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As some of you older “Pioneers” may know – Mark Steene founded Seasoned Pioneers back in the 1990’s from his flat in Toxteth, Liverpool. He handed the reins to me...

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Best Spices for Desserts

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If you think that spices only work for savoury dishes, think again. Spices are used in desserts all around the world. In Mexico, chocolate desserts often use chili which gives...

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Meet The Expert – Ghillie Basan

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Please could you tell us about yourself? For the majority of my working life I have worked as a freelance writer and broadcaster, with articles on the Middle East dating...

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The story of Currywurst

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You’d be forgiven for tarring German cuisine with a generic brush of ‘not very spicy’. As delicious as they are, all those boiled veg and potatoes, braised meats, succulent sausages...

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Meet the Expert – Sarah Beattie

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Please could you tell us about yourself? Hello – I’m Sarah Beattie and I’m a food writer. I have always been interested in food and, from a very early age,...

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The best spicy dishes for your summer BBQ

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If there is a silver lining to the coronavirus pandemic here in the UK it is that, for the most part, we have been blessed with some incredible weather! This,...

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How to Cook Lentils

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We are willing to bet that you have a bag of lentils hiding in the back of your cupboard right now! They are just that kind of thing - you...

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A guide to baby weaning with herbs and spices

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Herbs and spices are great additions to dishes, and not just for adults. As babies get older, it becomes more difficult to introduce bold flavours to their diet. Familiarising them...

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A history of Singapore cuisine

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Singapore is one of those renowned world cities that you must visit at least once in your lifetime. Lying just one degree north of the equator (it is incredibly hot...

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A beginners guide to Mediterranean spices

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The Mediterranean. Is there a more famous sea? A better embodiment of paradise? You’d be hard pressed to find it. The area is renowned for its world-class holiday destinations from...

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A history of Paella

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What is Paella? Originating from a region called Valencia on the east coast of the country, paella is a rice dish which is internationally seen as Spain’s national dish (although...

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A History of Hong Kong Cuisine

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The Manhattan dream rising up from the South China Sea. It can only be Hong Kong - a special city, lusted after and fought over for centuries. It’s a unique...

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A history of Biryani

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What is biryani? Biryani - that delicious Indian dish consisting of rice flavoured with spices and layered with either lamb, chicken, fish or vegetables and a thick gravy. Each region...

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

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Seeds for Bread 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...

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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… Pho

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What is pho? Vietnam’s national dish, pho is a traditional noodle soup. Go anywhere in just about any city, town or village in Vietnam first thing in the morning and...

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