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Middle Eastern Spice Flavours

Spices are important ingredients in making the diverse tastes of Middle Eastern cuisine available to us all. Over the past few years there has been a resurgence in our love for Middle Eastern food. More than ever before, Turkish food is booming in Australia. The fresh and lively flavours delight our taste buds, and nourish without being heavy. Authors such as Yotam Ottolenghi with

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Herbie’s Guarantee of Quality

Our Guarantee of Quality Explained At Herbie’s Spices we are obsessive about quality. It is a subjective topic, and many spice sellers are guilty of hyperbole when it comes to describing their produce. Therefore we have attempted to explain our Guarantee of Quality, and then when you use our products, you can be the judge. Herbie’s products contain No Added artificial ingredients or fillers of any

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Beetroot Powder as a Natural Colour

Beetroot Powder is surprisingly versatile Over the years many customers have asked us if there is an alternative to artificial red colour. Although strictly speaking not a spice, we decided to add this to our range for those cooks who like to have their Butter Chicken, Tandoori or Sweet and Sour Pork nice and red, but naturally. Beetroot powder does not have a strong flavour, and if anything

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Bay Leaves Explained

Herbie explains interesting facts about Bay Trees and the leaves that are used in so many recipes. Bay Leaves Turkish Powdered Bay Leaves

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Guntur Chilli Market, India

Herbie takes you on a tour of one of the biggest chilli markets in the world.

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Cardamom Auction in 1997

Herbie visited South India in 1997 and took this video of a traditional cardamom auction. The open outcry method you see here no longer exists, however the traditional farming methods remain.

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Pepper in South India

In 1997 Herbie and Liz spent a month in South India and recorded some fascinating pepper information.

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Super Soup Ideas For Winter

Some of the coldest July days in years, so we’ve come up with these quick and easy soup ideas Harissa Red Lentil Soup Serves 2 1 onion, finely sliced 1 cup red lentils 3 cups chicken stock 1 potato, peeled and chopped 2 tsp Harissa spice mix 1 Tbs coriander leaves, picked Saute onion and potato in a little oil in a medium-sized saucepan. When

Australian Native Spices

Australian Native Herbs and Spices

Where do our own Australian native herbs and spices fit into what is considered to be Australian Cuisine? European migration, especially post World War two when we were introduced to Mediterranean flavours, had a profound effect on eating habits. This was followed by Chinese, Southeast Asian, Indian and Middle Eastern influences, and it is widely acknowledged that these laid the groundwork for what is

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Spices – To Roast or Not to Roast?

Spices – To Roast or Not to Roast? That is the Question! Roasting spices; do I have to roast my spices before using them? Some cooks may incorrectly tell you that roasting spices brings out the flavour. Roasting spices changes the flavour. In the same way that a slice of toast tastes different from a slice of bread, a roasted spice tastes different from

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Low Calorie Eating Made Easy

Reducing Your Calorie Intake with a Touch of Spice In response to a number of Herbie’s Spices customers opting for healthier food choices, including those that are lower in calories, Kate Hemphill, daughter of Ian “Herbie’’ Hemphill and recipe contributor to the Spice & Herb Bible, has created a new selection of low calorie recipes. Ian’s wife Liz has worked her magic into a

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Lemon Myrtle Explained

Australian native herbs and spices are become more popular as cooks learn how to use them. In this video, Herbie talks about the lemon myrtle tree and how to use the leaves effectively in your everyday cooking. Hope you enjoy this video. Products in this Video Lemon Myrtle Leaf Whole Lemon Myrtle Leaf Ground

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Bay Leaves Explained

In this episode of Herbie’s TV, Herbie talks about the Bay Tree, and how to use your Bay Leaves in cooking. Order Bay Leaves From Herbies Shop Bay Leaves Ground 20g Whole Bay Leaves (Turkish) 7g Whole Bay Leaves Premium Grade 3g Indian Bay Leaves (“Tejpat”) 2g Bay Seasoning

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