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Interim Newsletter April 2020

Due to the current situation with many of you isolated, we felt it would be appropriate to break with tradition and send this to you ahead of the Winter Newsletter. It feels as though this year has been cursed in many ways, however we can’t go back and start again, so it seems the only way through it is to endure day by day,

Food

Herbie’s Newsletter Autumn 2020

Our Best Wishes The start of this New Year and new decade has been memorable for all the wrong reasons, and our hearts go out to all those who have been directly and indirectly affected by the extreme weather and terrible fires.  A fire that started in the same road as our factory mercifully went in the other direction and left us with just ash

General

Herbie’s Newsletter Spring 2019

What kind of meal do you think of when you hear the word “curry”?  The origin of our English word is Kari, meaning a spiced sauce.  The English took the idea back home from the colonies, and the classic Madras curry – well-balanced and flavoursome - became a staple in the English household.  The French, meanwhile, had colonized the Pondicherry area on the south-eastern

General

Newsletter Summer 2018 – 2019

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

Behind the Scenes

Newsletter Spring 2018

Curry What do you think of when you hear the word Curry?  Does the image of a big pot of a protein swimming in lots of delicious rich gravy, served with rice and pappadams, come to your mind?  When a curry powder is made, it is basically a spice mix, just as Baharat, Chermoula and barbecue blends are spice mixes.  Don’t let yourself be

Cooking

Newsletter Winter 2018

This time last year, we were considering another visit to India, after several years’ break from taking groups to that wonderful, ever-stimulating continent. Well, it happened, it was great fun, and we’re back. Highlights must include the hair-raising cycle-rickshaw ride through the old town of Varanasi; the vibrant, thrilling Holi day of colours; a visit to a small government school outside Deogarh, where one teacher

General

Newsletter Autumn – 2018

What was your stand-out food experience over the Christmas season?  We had an American-themed Christmas lunch for our staff at our place, and everyone was blown away by the pork ribs.  (And speaking of our wonderful staff, were you all happy with our service in the run-up to Christmas?  The girls were super-busy and worked very long days to make sure everything went out on time.)

Food

Newsletter Summer 2017 – 2018

It’s hard to believe that it’s almost two years since we closed the door of our dear little store in Rozelle.  In the 19 years that we were there, in addition to our range of herbs, spices and books, we offered packs of empty jars, with blank Herbie’s Spices labels, for people to fill with their favourites.  We believe that our high-barrier, zip-lock plastic laminate

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Newsletter Spring 2017

Australian Blends Looking back over the Spring newsletter of last year, we see it’s an entire year since we had to make our True Blue Aussie spice kit unavailable due to difficulty in accessing some of the Australian native herbs and spices.  Sadly, the situation is still not good, so during the past year, we have circumvented the problems by using what’s available to

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Newsletter Winter 2017

July 7th this year marks 20 years since we opened the doors of Herbie’s Spices in Rozelle.  What amazing, fulfilling, exciting years they have been, and we wouldn’t have missed a minute of it!  Our decision last year to close the retail store in Rozelle was the right move at the right time, and you all know that we are still here, still meeting your spice requirements,

General

Newsletter Autumn 2017

We hope you have all had a happy, safe and enjoyable Christmas and New Year.  Whether your holiday fare was traditional or cutting-edge, we trust that it was all deliciously spiced.  Forgetting about turkey this time, our centerpiece was the fabulous chicken salad with curry dressing that featured in the Summer Box of Ideas.  It was followed by Kate’s fantastic Christmas Pavlova with fig syrup.  You’ll

General

Newsletter Summer 2016/2017

Cook's Vacation Summer is traditionally holiday time, although of course the business of feeding ourselves continues regardless of school holidays and days off from work.  The question is: how can the cook of the family get a break?  We’ve given it some thought, and the trusty barbecue seems the way to spread the load and minimize the effort. So, to make it as easy

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Newsletter Spring 2016

Have you all enjoyed the Olympic experience this year?  Although not great sport addicts, we took the opportunity to celebrate South America in our own way, calling upon our Tempero Baino and Chimichurri spice mixes to take us, in an armchair kind of way, to all the excitement.  We’re quite addicted to the seafood stew on the back of the Tempero Baiano pack, ringing our own changes with

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