Tag Archive: Herbie’s Spices

  1. Herbie’s Spice Appreciation at Essential Ingredient, Surry Hills

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    Herbie’s Spice Appreciation – with bonus Gin making kit

    PRESENTED BY THE COOKING SCHOOL AT THE ESSENTIAL INGREDIENT SURRY HILLS
    About the class

    This is the comprehensive introduction to spices that almost needs no introduction!

    In this two-hour session, Ian Hemphill, otherwise known as ‘Herbie’ will navigate through the exotic waters of the history of the spice trade. You will learn about many different spices, their origins, and how they are processed and traded. Most importantly, Herbie will de-mystify their flavours and explain the principles behind spice blending, so you will feel comfortable using them in everyday cooking.

    In addition to this Herbie will show you how to use his beautiful quality botanicals to create your own Gin at home.

    Included in this class:
    – Herbies ‘Ginspiration Kit’ so you can go home and brew up a batch (RRP $69.95)
    – A glass of Herbies own gin and tonic on ice
    – An array of delicious spicy nibbles!

  2. HERBIE’S SPICES SPRING PICNIC SPREAD IN BOWRAL

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    HERBIE’S SPICES SPRING PICNIC SPREAD

    Add a little spice to your spring picnic with a flavour infused spread of Herbie’s spiced recipes… including a Herbie’s Spiced Gin!

    Join Liz & Ian “Herbie” Hemphill (author of the award winning Spice & Herb Bible) on a magical mystery tour of the world of spices. Watch & learn about fresh vs dried herbs & spices, how best to extract flavour and create 4 different spice blends from 9 identical spices before putting your new know-how to use… hands-on spice blending & menu making!

    Plus, if that’s not enough spice for one picnic… just add Gin!
    Take in tips as Herbie demonstrates how to make your own spiced Gin using Herbie’s Ginspiration Spice Mix.

    Class menu includes

    • Moroccan Chermoula Chicken Kebabs
    • Moroccan Quinoa Salad
    • Chinese Spiced Ham
    • Middle Eastern Muhamarra Dip
    • Middle Eastern Quick Flatbread
    • Indian Sweet & Spicy Beer Nuts
    • Sample Herbie’s Spiced Gin & Tonic

    At the end of this flavour infused class guests will come together to enjoy a picnic spread they have collectively prepared… complete with a refreshing glass of Herbies Spiced Gin & Tonic.

    Proceeds raised from this class will be donated to the
    Your Angel NAO for Kids robotics program 
    Providing interactive learning & development opportunities for local children living with Autism, developmental, social, emotional or behavioural challenges

    Available for purchase on the day:
    Herbie’s award winning The Spice & Herb Bible (Third Edition), $40
    Herbie’s Spices Ginspiration Spice Kit, $65

  3. SPICE TRAIL WITH IAN “Herbie” HEMPHILL: MARVELLOUS MIDDLE EAST

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    Julie’s Place is very excited to announce a wonderful long lunch with herb and spice guru, Ian “Herbie” Hemphill.

    Ian, author of “Spice & Herb Bible 3rd Edition”, among other respected books, will take you on a journey through the Middle East to learn about and experience their use of spices. And while he does, Julie Goodwin will cook for you the dishes that bring the stories to life. The lunch will consist of multiple delectable courses with wines.
    Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity to experience a journey through the world of spice with a peerless expert. And a beautiful lunch as well!

     

  4. Treat Your Dad This Father’s Day

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    Gentlemen, start your spices!

     Father’s Day gift ideas from Herbie’s Spices

    Dads are often hard to buy for, so at Herbie’s Spices we have put together three spice kits that will have Dad inspired this Father’s Day.

    Barbecue Kit: A kit of 7 Herbie’s spices (Sydney Spice, Chermoula, Smokey BBQ, American Spicy BBQ Rub, Bill’s Steak Spice, Aussie BBQ Spice, Creole Spice Mix) with recipes to inspire and delight. $38.00

    Thrilling Grilling (Barbecue for Blokes): six popular spice blends (Tasty Meat Sprinkle, Shish Kebab Spice, Tunisian Spice, Pepper Steak Mix, Creole spice mix, Garlic Steak mix) with easy recipes for Rissoles, Pepper Steak, Swordfish Grill, Lamb Kebabs, and more in a red box. $38.00

    Ginspiration Spice Kit:

    MAKE YOUR OWN GIN! Making your own bespoke gin can be fun and satisfying if you have the right botanicals.
    Herbie’s Spices Ginspiration Spice Kit, combined with a vodka of your choosing, is a great way to commence your gin journey. In a blue box $65.00

    First, make your mix using the botanicals enclosed;
    Juniper Berries, Coriander Seeds, Rose Petals, Orange Peel Pieces, Orris Root Granules, Grains of Paradise, Cubeb Peppercorns, Lavender Flowers, Pink Peppercorns and Cinnamon Quills.
    Allow to steep for 3 days, strain into a clean bottle, and drink.

    Cheers!

  5. Spice Appreciation, Hill St Grocer, Devonport, TAS

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    Spice Appreciation Class

    Introducing an informative spice appreciation class with Ian “Herbie” & Liz Hemphill of Herbie’s Spices.
    Spices are quite literally on trend as never before. We see spices in the majority of restaurant and café menus, the amazing colours and textures of spices feature in food magazines, and even restaurants and boutique food outlets call themselves by spice names to reinforce their foodie credentials.Nonetheless, mystery has surrounded spices, their origins and uses for thousands of years. However, how much do you really know about these wonders of nature, and the best ways to buy, store and use them in everyday meals?In this Spice Appreciation class, Ian “Herbie” Hemphill, author of the award winning Spice & Herb Bible, will take you on a magical mystery tour of the world of spices, while Liz prepares delectable tastings. Herbie will navigate through the exotic waters of the history of the spice trade. You will learn about many different spices, their origins, and how they are processed and traded. Most importantly, Herbie will de-mystify their flavours so you will feel comfortable using them in everyday cooking.Your ticket includes entry into our lucky door prizes giveaways at the event.Date: Friday 2 August 2019

    Time: 5.30m to 7.30pm

    Cost: $35 per person

  6. Spice Appreciation in Conversation in Hobart

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    Spice Appreciation Class

    Introducing an informative spice appreciation class with Ian “Herbie” & Liz Hemphill of Herbie’s Spices.Spices are quite literally on trend as never before. We see spices in the majority of restaurant and café menus, the amazing colours and textures of spices feature in food magazines, and even restaurants and boutique food outlets call themselves by spice names to reinforce their foodie credentials.Nonetheless, mystery has surrounded spices, their origins and uses for thousands of years. However, how much do you really know about these wonders of nature, and the best ways to buy, store and use them in everyday meals?

    In this Spice Appreciation class, Ian “Herbie” Hemphill, author of the award winning Spice & Herb Bible, will take you on a magical mystery tour of the world of spices. You will learn about many different spices, their origins, and how they are processed and traded. Most importantly, Herbie will de-mystify their flavours and explain the principles behind spice blending, so you will feel comfortable using them in everyday cooking.

    Date: Tuesday 30 July  2019

    Time: 6pm to 8pm

    Location: Royal Hobart Yacht Club

    Cost: $35 per person

  7. Spices at The Cook’s Workshop, Dural

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    Spices at The Cook’s Workshop, Dural

    Introducing a unique spice appreciation and spice blending workshop with Ian Hemphill of Herbie’s Spices.
    Spices are quite literally On Trend as never before. We see spices in the majority of restaurant and café menus, the amazing colours and textures of spices feature in food magazines, and even restaurants and boutique food outlets call themselves by spice names to reinforce their foodie credentials.
    Nonetheless, mystery has surrounded spices, their origins and uses for thousands of years. However, how much do you really know about these wonders of nature, and the best ways to buy, store and use them in everyday meals?In this workshop, Ian “Herbie” Hemphill, author of the award winning Spice & Herb Bible, will take you on a magical mystery tour of the world of spices. Workshop participants will learn just what spices and herbs really are, the different roles for using fresh or dried, and why most spices are dried to get their flavours.
    Importantly, spice blending will be explained, showing how 9 identical spices can be used to make four completely different spice blends. These blends will then be used hands-on when you collaborate to make four different recipes, featuring the flavours of Morocco, China, India and the Middle East. 
     
    Herbie has long been the nickname of Ian Hemphill, one of Australia’s foremost culinary herb and spice experts.

    Herbie spent his childhood surrounded by herbs and spices, when his parents, John and Rosemary Hemphill, were pioneering the herb and spice scene in the 1950s.
    Forty Five years of working in the industry, including face-to-face lectures to groups from the general public, industrial brokering, manufacturing and marketing, has made Herbie a well-respected and popular figure amongst his peers, in Australia and overseas. He now enjoys sharing his extensive experience and knowledge with his customers at Herbie’s Spices.

  8. Spice Appreciation Class in Canberra With Herbie & Liz

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    Introducing an informative spice appreciation class with Ian Herbie & Liz Hemphill of Herbie’s Spices.

    Spices are quite literally On Trend as never before. We see spices in the majority of restaurant and café menus, the amazing colours and textures of spices feature in food magazines, and even restaurants and boutique food outlets call themselves by spice names to reinforce their foodie credentials.

    Nonetheless, mystery has surrounded spices, their origins and uses for thousands of years. However, how much do you really know about these wonders of nature, and the best ways to buy, store and use them in everyday meals?

    In this Spice Appreciation class, Ian “Herbie” Hemphill, author of the award winning Spice & Herb Bible, will take you on a magical mystery tour of the world of spices, while Liz prepares delectable tastings. Herbie will navigate through the exotic waters of the history of the spice trade. You will learn about many different spices, their origins, and how they are processed and traded. Most importantly, Herbie will de-mystify their flavours so you will feel comfortable using them in everyday cooking.

  9. We Need to Talk About Ras el Hanout and………

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    The way popularity can start a race to the bottom!

    Let me begin by sharing my thoughts on Pot-Pourri, a now devalued and bastardised item.

    Some history: When I was growing up in my parent’s herb & spice business in the 1960’s, I would earn pocket money helping my father harvest scented plants to make his classic Pot-Pourri. Pot-Pourri was a traditional blend of dried rose petals, scented geraniums, lavender flowers, lemon verbena, and any other seasonally available scented flowers and leaves. The alchemy that made this fragrant concoction last for years, occurred when Dad added ground cinnamon, cloves, and orris root powder with a few drops of natural essential oil of rose geranium. Imagine my horror when in later years I saw so-called Pot-Pourri in gift shops made with coloured wood shavings and artificial fragrances! My distress was compounded when a room freshener was launched in a pressure pack, and it was called Pot-Pourri.

    My parents, John & Rosemary Hemphill talking herbs and spices in the 1960’s and selling Pot-Pourri in locally made ceramic pots.

    I use this as an example of how easily something precious can be devalued and ultimately ruined because it became popular.

    Now to Ras el Hanout:

    This traditional Moroccan mix is the pinnacle of all spice blends. The sometimes more than 20 ingredients merge to form a balanced, full-bodied blend with no sharp edges. It is arguably the finest example of how well a collection of diverse spices can form a blend immeasurably greater than any of its individual parts. At Herbie’s Spices we carefully blend our Ras el Hanout, using over 20 spices including whole Kashmiri saffron stigmas, and add no salt, fillers or artificial ingredients.

    Lamb & Prune Tagine

    On the one hand it is great to see how popular Ras el Hanout has become, the downside is that due to its popularity many spice companies in Australia, the USA, Europe and the UK are making greatly inferior versions. I’ve seen many that only have about 10 ingredients, and in addition salt and onion powder! A true Ras el Hanout can even be used in a sugar syrup to spice orange segments, a great dessert to have after a Tagine. You wouldn’t do that with these compromised versions.

    What to Do?

    Firstly, read the ingredient list on all spice blend labels, and be suspicious of those that just end the list with the word “spices”. At Herbie’s Spices we always list 100% of the ingredients on our blends, so you know exactly what you are getting. (The quality of the ingredients makes a significant difference as well).

    For more information about the art of spice blending, and recipes for over 60 spice blends, see The Spice & Herb Bible 3rd Edition by Ian Hemphill with recipes by Kate Hemphill. Published by Robert Rose Inc. Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

  10. NEWSLETTER AUTUMN 2019

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    NEWSLETTER                                                  AUTUMN 2019

    Thank YouMoroccan Spice Kit

    As we wish you all the best for 2019, we want to thank you all most sincerely for giving us our busiest December in years.  It’s great to know that the spice kits are still working well as gifts for your family and friends, and that your kitchens are well stocked with the best spices you can find.

     

     

     

    Sydney Spice

    It’s many years now since we introduced the suburb-specific Balmain and Rozelle Spice mix.  Originally it was created at the request of Tourism NSW, when it was running a promotion for that Sydney area.  After all this time, we feel that the sunny, fresh and outdoorsy profile of this mix would be better described as Sydney Spice.  We have been running the same product under both names for nearly a year, and the time has come to let the old Balmain and Rozelle name slip away.  So, if you’re a fan, look for it under the new name, Sydney Spice, for the same great flavor.

    (Great with seafood, by the way, in case it’s new to you.) Try our Sydney Spiced Salmon Recipe

     

     

     

    Urfa Biber

    How often have you looked at your Turkish or Middle Eastern recipes and wondered about Urfa Biber (also called Isot or Pul Biber)? They are small Turkish chilli flakes, and we have finally found a supplier. Differing from most dried chilli flakes, the Urfa Biber flakes are mixed with a little vegetable oil and salt, giving them a salty tang similar to Sumac, with very pleasant rich yet not too hot chilli flavor. I’ve been putting Urfa Biber in our muhammara dip (see our website for the recipe), which is a staple in our house. We’ve also found a dusting of Urfa Biber is just the ticket on seared scallops. And because we love a little touch of chilli just about any time, we’ve mixed equal parts of Sumac and Urfa Biber, for a tangy, tasty, and slightly hot finishing touch, to sprinkle over our salads

     

    Autumn Box of Ideas

    The Autumn Box of Ideas has given us lots of fun as we’ve developed the recipes using some of our newest products. Rose Harissa is a star, as we can see from our sales that you’re loving it. Also in this season’s Box of Ideas are: Bill’s Steak Rub, Herbs de Provence, Tagine Spice Mix and Mustard Seed Ground. We’ve taken a mix’n’match approach this time, so you’ll find there are lots of variations and riffs to give you more options. It’s in an autumn-leaf russet-coloured box, and as usual, the price is $25.00 plus postage

     

     

     

    Rose Harissa

    Rose harissa is the most versatile of spice blends. Kate, who develops the recipes you see on our website, keeps a sauce on hand, simply made with Greek yoghurt, rose harissa and a little crème fraiche. It’s great as a dressing on a salad, or a drizzle over a grill. We love the dry mix sprinkled over slices of haloumi before we cook them in the pan … easy

     

     

     

    Escape from the City

    Did you happen to catch Escape From the City on ABC TV recently? Thanks to the few minutes shown where our old friend Simon Marnie visited the Herbie’s factory and had a nicely spiced meal with Herbie at home, lots of people have realized that we really are still in business … closing the shop in Rozelle did not mean that we ceased operations.

     

    Laksa Spice Mix

    Have you fallen into the habit of picking up a jar of curry or laksa paste when you’re at the supermarket? It’s so easy, isn’t it, whilst you’re there? Perhaps it’s time to remind you that pastes are mostly powdered spices mixed with onion, garlic, oil and water. (Read that label!) You have those extras at home, don’t you? Is it time you re-discovered our amazing Laksa Spice Mix? Most laksa pastes contain powdered shrimp, so if you’re vegetarian or vegan, ours is one of the few that will suit you. Many of our regular customers say they don’t bother to order laksa when they’re out any more, because they know they can make a terrific one at home, using their Herbie’s mix!

     

     

    Spice Tours of India

    It seems that our Spice Tours to India are back – we’re just having so much fun! Our forthcoming India – Food and Festivals later this year was filled from the list of those who had asked to kept informed as plans evolved. Plans are afoot for a tour in January 2020, focusing on Chillies (including the largest wholesale chilli market in the world) and those spices grown in the south of India, as well as some amazing not-so-well-known ancient historical sites. Plus a nice serving on the side of the kind of unbelievable luxury that India does so well for its visitors. If you’d like to know more about dates, costs etc, just let us know and we’ll put you on the email list and keep you updated as plans take shape.

     

     

     

    The Essential Ingredient

    The Essential Ingredient has moved from Rozelle, where it had become the quasi-Herbie’s, just up the road from where our shop used to be. With no renewal available on the Rozelle lease, they have found beautiful new premises in Foveaux Street, Surry Hills, where Sydney cooks can still find the complete Herbie’s Spices range, as well as all their other special kitchen needs. We wish all at Essential well in the new locality.

     

    Happy Spicing,

    Herbie & Liz

  11. Juniper, Gin and Ginspiration!

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    Making your own bespoke gin can be fun and satisfying if you have the right botanicals. Herbie’s Spices Ginspiration Spice Kit, combined with a vodka of your choosing, is a great way to commence your gin journey.

    Juniper Berries are the main ingredient that must be used to call a product Gin. However there are a number of other botanicals, which when used in the correct proportions, open an Aladdin’s cave of exotic bespoke tastes for the adventurous gin drinker.

     

    Botanicals included in the Herbie’s Spices Ginspiration Spice Kit are: Juniper Berries, Coriander Seeds, Rose Petals, Orange Peel Pieces, Orris Root GranulesGrains of ParadiseCubeb Peppercorns, Lavender Flowers, Schinus Pink Peppercorns and Sri Lankan Cinnamon.

     

     

     

    These spices are infused in vodka for just 3 days, you then strain the liquid off and bottle for your enjoyment, over ice or with your favourite tonic water.

     

     

     

     

    JUNIPER BERRIES (Juniperus communis)

    There are many different species of juniper, ranging from small shrubs 1.5 to 2 m high that provide us with the juniper berry of culinary use, to 12 m tall trees. Juniper bushes are compact with grey–green, ridged, sharp needle-like leaves that protrude at right angles, making the berries painful to harvest unless one is wearing strong gloves. The greenish-yellow flowers are indistinct and are followed by small, 7–10 mm diameter berries that take three years to mature. Initially hard and pale green, juniper berries ripen to blue–black, become fleshy and contain three sticky, hard brown seeds. When dried, the berries remain soft but if broken open, one will find the pith surrounding the seeds is quite friable. The aroma of juniper is immediately reminiscent of gin, with a woody, piney, resinous smell that is somewhat flowery and contains notes of turpentine. The flavour is equally pine-like, spicy, refreshing and savory, making it an excellent foil for rich, gamey or fatty foods. Although considered harmless to most, pregnant women and people with kidney problems are advised to avoid too much juniper.

    Origin and History

    Juniper trees are native to the Mediterranean, Arctic Norway, Russia, the north-west Himalayas and North America. Juniper has been regarded as a valuable item for medicinal purposes since the birth of Christ and has been considered throughout the ages as a magical plant. The Greek physicians Galen and Dioscorides wrote of juniper’s virtues around 100 AD and it is also mentioned in the Bible. Because of its air-cleansing piney fragrance, the foliage was used as a strewing herb to freshen stale air, and the Swiss burnt the berries with heating fuel in winter to sanitise stale classrooms. Juniper berries were sometimes utilised as a substitute for pepper, and they have been roasted and used as a coffee substitute. Gin, the alcoholic drink that derives its unique flavour from juniper berries, is named from an adaptation of the Dutch word for juniper, jenever.

    Processing

    Because juniper berries take three years to mature, a tree will bear both immature fruits and ready-to-be-harvested blue–black berries at the same time. The best-quality berries are picked by hand when ripe (usually in autumn) as any form of mechanical harvesting will crush these small pulpy spheres, allowing them to dry out and lose much of their flavour. We found picking juniper berries – nestled among their treacherous, needley foliage – so painful that we resorted to removing them with chopsticks. This was an inordinately slow task, which at least had the side-benefit of greatly improving our chopstick-handling skills.

    Buying and Storage

    Juniper berries are at their best when they are still moist and soft to the touch, squashing relatively easily between one’s fingers without crumbling from excessive dryness. It is not unusual for some berries to have a cloudy bloom on their indented, smooth blue–black skins, and although this is a harmless mould, berries that have not been properly dried may be excessively cloudy in appearance. Always wait to crush or grind juniper berries just before you use them, as the volatile component evaporates rapidly once exposed to the air. Store in a cool place in airtight packaging.

    Use

    Juniper berries perform a unique role by contributing as much to the character of food through their ‘freshening’ ability as they do by way of their specific taste profile. As well as flavouring a dish, juniper cuts the gaminess of game, reduces the fatty effect of duck and pork and removes a perception of stodginess from bread stuffing. For this reason juniper berries are included in recipes for all sorts of game, such as venison, including reindeer in Scandinavia and wild duck in Ireland. They are added to fish and lamb and blend well with other herbs and spices, especially thyme, sage, oregano, marjoram, bay leaves, allspice and onions and garlic. One application I am particularly fond of is in a simple chicken casserole, moistened with plenty of rough red wine and spiced with all the above plus a few juniper berries.

     

    For information on hundreds of herbs, spices and spice blends, see The Spice & Herb Bible 3rd Edition by Ian Hemphill with recipes by Kate Hemphill and published by Robert Rose Inc. Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

     

  12. NEWSLETTER SUMMER 2018 – 2019

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    NEWSLETTER                                                   SUMMER 2018-19

    Food safety … food security … everyone hears the term, but unless you’re in the industry, you don’t quite know what it means.  So let us fill you in on just what is involved in keeping your herbs and spices the way you want them to be.  Certification by HACCP is the first step.  The letters stand for Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point, and means that risks are assessed and pre-empted before problems occur, using a paper trail that ensures that everything is accountable and traceable.  Quarantine of allergens is a good example … we have a dedicated mixer in a separate area, used only for nut and sesame mixes such as Dukkah and Za’atar, and nut raw materials are kept in a separate quarantined area shut away from all our other herbs and spices. A total clean-down process follows immediately after packing any products that contain possible allergens.

    Allergens such as gluten are measured in parts per million.  If any trace is found, it must be declared (in other parts of the world, a small leeway is allowed).  So if you can imagine three grains of wheat amongst one million coriander seeds, that’s enough to mean that our labeling must show that presence as “may contain traces of gluten”.  This tiny amount can be due to wind-borne glutens when a field of wheat is nearby to a field of coriander.

     

    We are constantly vigilant with our incoming goods, as we are in an industry that is older than the Bible, and full of tricksters and age-old adulteration practices that are only slowly reducing. Trusted suppliers send their goods with a certificate of analysis, but sometimes the more unusual spices come from very remote rural areas where this is not possible. Analysis of imported materials is an ongoing cost for us, in order to be sure that we are worthy of the trust you put in us.

     

     

    What’s new at Herbie’s? We’ve been busy creating a truly magical Rose Harissa – if you love our original Harissa, you’ll find this one a little milder and more complex.  Use it to make a sauce, or mix to a paste with oil and water and spread onto chicken before roasting or steaming.

     

     

     

     

    Also new, by special request, is Bill’s Steak Rub, in honour of our Californian stockist, Bill Williamson (see more later).  It’s his favourite combination of porcini powder, pepper, onion, garlic and paprika for the perfect barbecue result.

     

     

     

    There are two new spice kits in time for your Christmas shopping … or shopping for yourself and your family.  The Box of Ideas, as always, brings new and different products to you every season. This Summer we’re looking at classic favourites that are appropriate for Christmas … Turkey Stuffing Mix, Gunpowder, Quatre Epices Savoury, Apple Pie Spice, and Satay Spice Mix.  You’ll have all your holiday catering solved, for the modest cost of $25.00 plus postage.

     

    Also sparkling new is our blue Vegan Kit, full of delightful healthy recipes enhanced by our Yemini “Hawaij” Mix, Furikake Seasoning, Bread Maker’s Seed Mix, Barberries, Korma Curry Mix and Ras el Hanout Super.  Recipes include Pea Hummus with Seeded Crackers, Super Noodle Salad, Hawaij Roasted Carrots and lots more delicious meals.  You don’t have to be a committed vegan to love this kit in our $38.00 range – it’s all delicious!

     

    We also have good news for gin makers … diced orris root.  You can now make your own gin without the cloudiness of a powder. So when you draw that person-who-has-everything in your Kris Kringle, and you opt for our Ginspiration Kit, the diced orris root will be a star inclusion in the kit.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    There have been cries of shock and horror when it’s discovered that things are not what they seem – the oregano adulterated with olive leaves some time ago, and more recently the honey that proved to be not quite all honey.  Look at it this way … when supermarkets promise ever-cheaper prices, and consumers want to pay less and less, it’s a case of getting what you pay for.  When a producer is forced to sell a product for less than it costs to produce, naturally, that producer will minimize the cost by adding a cheaper component, or go out of business, leaving a team of blameless workers out of work. The ball’s in the court of the consumers.

     

     

    Over 21 years, a chap’s allowed to change his mind, right?  Herbie has reviewed his Herbie’s Favourites kit, after over 15 years, to reflect his all-time favourites, in his favourite curry-coloured box, it’s now $38.00.

     

     

    We recently paid a visit to our Californian stockist, Williamson Wines, in the pretty village of Healdsburg.  It’s always refreshing to see a different take on the use of spices and blends … for instance, a marrying of horseradish and Shichimi Togarashi coating a thinly-sliced steak fillet.  What a fantastic and unexpected use for a blend that we had always expected to see used mostly with seafood!  Cajun spice mix used on chicken wings with mirin and sesame oil was another delightful surprise.  These fresh looks at old favourites can remind us all to keep our minds open to new possibilities at all times.

     

    Are you a Rozelle local?  We’re going to be in Rozelle at The Essential Ingredient’s Christmas bash on 29th November, from 5.00 to 8.00pm.  We’ll be showcasing our Ginspiration gin, and showing you some quick dip ideas for your entertaining season.

     

    We wish you all the very best for your Christmas and holiday season.

    Herbie and Liz