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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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Latest Blog

Meet the Spice Pioneer

News, Spicy Adventures

Introducing a superb new and unique subscription box, unlike anything previously seen in the UK! We treasure our loyal following of adventurous cooks and wanted to take things a step...

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Herb and Spice Stockists – Case Studies

Trade

Seasoned Pioneers are based on the Wirral, a peninsula bordered by the River Dee on one side and the River Mersey on the other. Wirral is a mixture of coast,...

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10 copies of fundraising #CookForSyria Recipe Book to be won

The conflict is Syria is considered to be the world’s largest humanitarian crisis since the Second World War. Over 8 million children’s lives are in danger within Syria and children...

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Gifts for cooks!

News, Seasonal Ideas

It can be difficult to think of original and innovative gifts at Christmas or any other time of year. We think that for anyone who enjoys cooking and eating, a...

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The Indian Cookery Course by Monisha Bharadwaj

News

Techniques, Masterclasses and Ingredients with over 300 recipes! These are the claims on the cover of this newly released treasury of Indian cuisine and take our word for it, it...

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Chronicles of Nadiya

News

The recent BBC series ‘Chronicles of Nadiya’ had us enthralled with stunning images of Bangladeshi life and the fascinating dialogue of Nadiya Hussain, last year’s winner of The Great British...

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Indian Bay Leaves – Tej Patta

Understanding Spices

Indian Bay leaves are also known as Tej Patta which translates as 'pungent leaf' or Malabar leaf. They are not to be confused with the European Laurel Bay leaves more...

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Seasoned Pioneers at Small Biz 100

News

What is Small Business Saturday? Small Business Saturday is the UK's most successful small business campaign. This is the fourth year of the campaign, which last year saw £623m spent...

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Health Benefits of Saffron

Understanding Spices

On 11th July 2016, Kate Quilton, presenter of Channel 4’s ‘Superfoods – The Real Story’ extolled the health benefits of saffron, the world’s most expensive spice. Apparently it is proven...

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Merchandising options for retailers

Trade

If you are a retailer who has made the discerning decision to stock our wholesale herbs and spices and wholesale seasonings then we have several merchandising options to help you...

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Wedding confetti & gifts

News

Weddings and spices.....you may be wondering what on earth spices have to do with nuptials, so let us enlighten you with our ideas! After a wedding ceremony, it is a...

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Salad Spices

Understanding Spices

Summertime and the salads are easy! It is wonderful that whether dining in or out, tasty and exciting salads feature on our menus. Long ago are the days of lettuce...

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Dining under the stars on safari

Spicy Adventures

Bobotie – Karen’s favourite safari dish! I was first introduced to Bobotie whilst travelling around Zimbabwe in a converted truck in the early 1990s. Led by a South African guide...

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Shrimp Paste

Understanding Spices

Shrimp Paste explained For truly authentic Southeast Asian cuisine, you really should incorporate Shrimp paste as a seasoning substitute for salt. Shrimp paste is integral not only to the cooking...

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Dieting for summer?

Featured, Health and Wellbeing

Did you know that herbs, spices and seasonings can be fully enjoyed when you’re trying to lose weight? There is no reason at all to restrict yourself to eating plain...

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The Day We Met Nigella!

Claims to Fame, News

What an honour it was to meet Nigella Lawson at Waterstone’s bookstore in Liverpool One on 22nd October 2015. Clutching our copies of her newly launched book ‘Simply Nigella’ we...

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Gluten Free Herbs and Spices

Understanding Spices

Diagnoses of Coeliac disease have been steadily increasing in the UK in all age groups of people. To suddenly discover that you cannot tolerate gluten in your diet presents a...

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Great British Spiced Chocolate Challenge 2015! GBSCC

News

We are privileged to be a partner in the Great British Spiced Chocolate Challenge 2015! Glynn Christian, celebrated author, TV presenter and a longstanding friend of Seasoned Pioneers, very kindly...

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Lavender – how to use it

Understanding Spices

A little bit about our Lavender… Delicate purple-blue flowers of fragrant French Lavender give intense sweet floral flavours with notes of citrus and mint.The flowers should be used sparingly due...

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Barberry notes

Understanding Spices

Dried Barberries, most widely known in Middle Eastern cuisine, especially in Iranian dishes (where they are known as Zereshk) have a host of other uses too. These mild, slightly sweet,...

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Beetroot Powder – colourful & healthy!

Understanding Spices

The ultimate natural food colouring, Beetroot powder gives the cook a palette of intense pinks and reds. Highly nutritious, with numerous reported health benefits, it’s mild and slightly sweet taste...

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Asian Herbs and Spices

Understanding Spices

Our passion for Asian cuisine here at Seasoned Pioneers has led to us offering a unique and innovative range in excess of 75 Asian herbs, spices, chillies, seasonings and hand-made...

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Spice & BBC Radio 4 Food Programme!

News

It was our pleasure recently to welcome Ann-Marie Bullock of Radio 4 to our Wirral premises. Ann-Marie had a full tour of Seasoned Pioneers, hearing about how it all began...

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Kaffir Lime Leaf Powder

Understanding Spices

The fresh dark green, glossy leaves of the Kaffir lime tree are used to impart a refreshing aromatic lemon and lime flavour into Thai and other Southeast Asian cuisine. An...

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Spice Poem – Seasoned Pioneers

News, Spicy Adventures

We are a jolly company, we are the spice of life So rally to the cause, dear friend, and sharpen up your knife. Let us help you savour Meals with...

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Spice Alphabet – Seasoned Pioneers

News, Spicy Adventures

Spices can be so vibrant and inspiring when it comes to improving your cooking so we racked our brains and had some fun creating our very own spice alphabet. A...

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Christmas Spice Checklist

Seasonal Ideas, Understanding Spices

Here’s our Christmas Spice check-list - a reminder of the spices that you may need over the festive season: Cinnamon Quills – great for serving as a stirrer with Coffee...

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Christmas Gift Poem from Seasoned Pioneers

News, Spicy Adventures

Seasoned Pioneers are we For spicy food we hold the key Unlocking every flavour For our customers to savour. So make a healthy choice today From our latest gift array...

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Knead the Seed Poem

News, Spicy Adventures

There was a little bird (You mean you haven’t heard?) He flits from twig to twig The local flock’s ‘earwig’! He heard about this special bread He couldn’t shift it...

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Mark’s Tour de France challenge 2015

News

We are delighted to have had the opportunity to donate £1000 in sponsorship to kick-start the fundraising of our company founder Mark Steene, who is attempting to cycle the entire...

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Welcome to Seasoned Pioneers new website!

It’s been nearly a year in the making, but at last our new website is live! We welcome you here and hope that you find the new site user-friendly, inspiring...

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A picture is worth a thousand words!

News, Understanding Spices

Some months ago we visited a major UK high street supermarket.  We bought a glass jar of Cardamom pods off the shelf with a best before date that was the...

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Hot new flavours from Seasoned Pioneers

News

Enhancing the current selection of international gourmet cooking sauces is a new authentic Southeast Asian sauce, Vietnamese Kho. ‘Kho’ which translates as braising sauce, is regarded as the comfort food...

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Breadline Africa

News, Spicy Adventures

During a recent trip to South Africa, Seasoned Pioneers director, Matt Webster, visited some of the inspirational projects being undertaken by Breadline Africa. Breadline Africa aims to break the cycle...

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Spicy Halloween Rhyme

News, Spicy Adventures

Double, double, toil and trouble; Fire burn and cauldron bubble. Allspice berry, leaf of sage Blade of mace and witches rage, Garlic powder, mustard seeds, Ancho chillies and wicked deeds!...

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Pioneers Newspost – Radio 4 & Great Food Live!

Claims to Fame, News

Newspost: Radio 4 & Great Food Live!  Some of you may have heard or seen us over the last few weeks as we have been featured on Radio 4's The...

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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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