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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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Party Dip Ideas

Seasonal Ideas

Next time you’re entertaining, welcome your guests with healthy, tasty and colourful platters of dips and nibbles. Making your own dips will save you money and ensure they are lower...

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Peppercorns

Understanding Spices

Passionate about Peppercorns! The most traded spices in the world are peppercorns, both in monetary value and time, having been traded for thousands of years. These days, we have access...

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Pickled Vegetables

Understanding Spices

As autumn gets underway with its ever-changing display of rustic colours, it also signifies changes in the types of food that we enjoy. Barbecued meats and salads make way for...

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Great Taste Awards 2013

News

There was cause for celebration here as our recently launched ‘Vietnamese Kho’ gourmet cooking sauce won a ‘Great Taste 2013’ Award! This is our new powerfully spiced but sweet sauce,...

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Rick Stein’s Spices

Claims to Fame, News

Having originally been one of Rick Stein’s Food Heroes, we are delighted to again be a recommended spice supplier in his new book ‘India’ and are privileged to supply our spices to Stein’s...

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Rick Stein’s India

Understanding Spices

We have been honoured with a mention in Rick Stein’s new book ‘India’ as one of his recommended spice suppliers. Accompanying his book is the current television series of the...

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Spices for travel

Spicy Adventures

It’s summer holiday time and there is a great sense of excitement and anticipation in the air! Where have you chosen to spend your precious time away? Maybe you’ll stay...

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Barbecue Spice Rubs

Understanding Spices

The unmistakeable aromas of summertime have to be freshly mown grass and mouth-watering wafts of delicious food sizzling over hot charcoals. Happily it’s barbecue season again, when we take every...

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The Asparagus season is here, it must be summer!

Seasonal Ideas

Although we can buy imported asparagus all year round, it is with great anticipation that we await our own home grown asparagus. Such excitement is justified, as it is available...

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Chocoholics meet Spicoholics!

News

The combination of chocolate with various spices and chillies can result in some stunning and surprising taste sensations. We supply spices to several well-known and celebrated chocolatiers so thought it...

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Inside Seasoned Pioneers

News

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Yotam Ottolenghi & Sami Tamimi – Jerusalem

Understanding Spices

The latest addition to our book collection is the stunning cookbook from Yotam Ottolenghi & Sami Tamimi – Jerusalem. Embracing a multi-cultural population, the book celebrates the astonishing diversity of...

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Delia’s Cakes – Delia Smith’s must have latest book of sensational baking

Claims to Fame, News

Delia’s cookery books and Delia Smith’s recipes are the trusted mainstays of the majority of British kitchens. It is with delight that we welcome the arrival of her newest publication,...

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New Product Line Up

News

Barberries… 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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Classic Indian Recipes by Manju Malhi

Claims to Fame, News

We’re over the moon with the latest addition to the Seasoned Pioneers bookcase – Classic Indian Recipes by Manju Malhi Impossible to put down, this delightful book showcasing 75 signature...

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Tamarind unveiled

Understanding Spices

Originally native to Africa, but used for centuries across all continents, the tamarind tree yields long seed pods with a hard, brown shell. Contained within these pods are up to...

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Off to University?!

News

There are probably a lot of anxious parents amongst you, concerned about youngsters embarking on University courses away from all the home comforts that they are accustomed to, including good...

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Some new things from Seasoned Pioneers…

News

Over the last few months here at Seasoned Pioneers we've been updating our range of spices and seasonings.  Our latest additions include a wider selection of dried herbs as well...

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Mother’s Day Breakfast in Bed!

Seasonal Ideas

Here in the UK Mother's Day will soon be upon us (Sunday March 31st, as if you needed reminding!).  While Mother's Day around the world falls on different days, the...

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Seasonal focus: leeks

Seasonal Ideas

Although it seems they're just about coming to the end of their best, with St David's Day kicking off the month of March, it would seem wrong not to give...

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The Red Hot Chilli Cookbook

News

This great new book is a must-have for all those chilli fans out there. The author, Dan May, is certainly a most well respected authority on the subject having set up...

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Seasonal focus: carrots

Seasonal Ideas

They help you see in the dark, Bugs Bunny loves them, they bring colour to your roast dinner and they're generally yummy. Hooray for the humble carrot! Again they tend...

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Spice up the food of love

Seasonal Ideas

February 14th is St Valentine's Day and while many people do want to take the time to show their loved ones how much they care on this particular day, there's...

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Christmas inspiration from around the world

Seasonal Ideas

Fancy something a little different on your table this festive season? We taken a look at a couple of other countries for some festive feasting inspiration. When thinking about Christmas,...

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Inspiration for Christmas gifts from your kitchen

Seasonal Ideas

Looking for a last minute Christmas gift or just some treats for festive visitors? Look no further than a simple, but delicious Panforte - a traditional Italian dessert containing fruits,...

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Christmas Recipes: Thinking ahead

Seasonal Ideas

It can be frowned upon to talk about Christmas too much before December but for some things it’s essential not least for anyone making Christmas cakes and puddings or chutneys...

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Seasonal focus: cauliflower

Seasonal Ideas

“Cauliflower is nothing but cabbage with a college education” Mark Twain. Not a vegetable that necessarily stands out on the seasonal vegetable lists – though it might be because it’s...

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Kashmiri Chilli

Understanding Spices

After being unavailable from Seasoned Pioneers for a number of years, Kashmiri chillies are once again available to buy online. Originating from South India, the chilli has a sweet flavour...

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Indian Spices – Indian Restaurant Curry Range

News

A selection of the classic Indian spice restaurant curries...  each resealable foil pouch has an easy to follow recipe on the back and contains all the authentically dry-roasted Indian spices...

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Seasoned Pioneers used on Delia through the Decades on BBC2!

Claims to Fame, News

Seasoned Pioneers used on Delia through the Decades on BBC2...! In the TV series Delia through the Decades on Monday evening, Delia used our Cardamom Masala in her recipe for...

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Gourmet Salt & Pepper

Understanding Spices

Those essential condiments used to season our food every day come in many different guises and flavours. From the finest sources worldwide, each has their own highly distinctive flavour to...

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Delia Smith and Seasoned Pioneers on BBC2…!

Claims to Fame, News

In her book, How to Cheat at Cooking, (published in 2008), Delia used no less than ten of Seasoned Pioneers spice blends and seasonings in her easy to make recipes....

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Pioneering… Alternative Christmas recipes

Seasonal Ideas

Turkey Hangover...?! Are you fed up with the same old turkey curry or sandwiches for days after your Christmas dinner? Why not try some of these ideas for different ways...

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Inspiration…Christmas Gift Ideas

Seasonal Ideas

Mulling Drink Spice Mixes... For guaranteed festive cheer try one of our mulling drink spice mixes (1.95 each) including our latest Mulled White Wine, best selling traditional Mulled Wine for red wine, Mulled Cider,...

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Radio 4 – The Food Programme

Claims to Fame, News

Do you send spices to India..?  What Radio 4's the Food Programme found out about Seasoned Pioneers! Earlier this year, Shelia Dillon from Radio 4's The Food Programme visited the...

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Inspiration… Recipes for healthy eating

Health and Wellbeing

 We are all very aware of the importance and benefits of eating healthily. While we are increasingly getting the message that opting for a balanced diet and exercise is safer...

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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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