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NEWSLETTER: Autumn 2011

Some Thoughts On & From India We were chatting with a taxi driver (as you do) the other day. He was from Delhi, and we talked about food – spices in particular – and quality. His view is this: cheap spices give you pleasure once – when you pay for them – but only disappointment in the cooking and eating; good spices give you

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NEWSLETTER: Summer 2010/2011

Paprika Festival We’ve been in search of Hungary’s best paprika, and recently spent five rainy days in the Hungarian countryside visiting farms and factories. We were treated to generous Hungarian hospitality and were privileged to attend the Kolosca Paprika Festival, where groups of locals cooked up wonderful paprika-spiced specialties. Our favourite was this simple but fabulous catfish soup. It’s a good fish, firm fleshed

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NEWSLETTER: Winter 2010

Archived Newsletters & Facebook Did you know all of our newsletters are archived on the website? In order to summarize the contents of each one, we’ve just been re-reading them, and re-living our history. We’ve relished the book awards, agonized over price rises and the highs and lows of the Aussie dollar, reviewed many Spice Discovery Tours and anticipated just as many, introduced new

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NEWSLETTER: Autumn 2010

Just Add Spice Finally we have reached 2010, now perhaps we can start saying twenty-ten rather than two-thousand-and-ten. Surely we don’t have to spend the next 90 years saying two-thousand-and-something – after all, we all learned that the Battle of Hastings happened in ten-sixty-six, not one thousand and sixty-six.. Keep your eyes peeled for a new book, Just Add Spice , which will be out in

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NEWSLETTER: Summer 2009/2010

Christmas Time Once again Christmas is upon us, a time for friends, family and fabulous food. For yet another festive season, by some careful juggling of contents and recipes, we’ve held the price of our popular Spice Kits at their existing points of $20.00, $25.00 and $30.00 (excepting the larger special boxes). Order online at www.herbies.com.au or phone us on (02) 9555 6035. In the countdown

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NEWSLETTER: Spring 2009

Mastic, as seen on Masterchef It seems that most of Australia has avidly watched the TV prime-time show, Masterchef. We are proud to be the herb and spice suppliers for the show, and find it interesting to see the immediate consumer response when something unusual is featured on the show. The little-known Greek spice, mastic , for instance. Mastic, or mastiha to the Greeks, is a

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NEWSLETTER: Winter 2009

What’s in a Name? Herbs and spices sometimes go by several different names, for example black cardamom/brown cardamom, nigella/kolonji, and grains of paradise/Saharan nutmeg. It happens with Australian natives, too, and a case in point is bush tomato, which only refers to the small whole fruit. When it’s ground, it goes by the name akudjura or kutjera, even though it is the same botanical

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NEWSLETTER: Autumn 2009

Spice Discovery Tour We trust that everyone enjoyed the annual Christmas eating extravaganza – we certainly did, with beautifully seasoned vegetables and a galantine of turkey rubbed well with Crusting Mix before it was roasted in our brick oven. It was followed, naturally, by a traditional pudding enhanced with Mixed Spice and Quatre Epices (sweet). Now the diet begins but it’s hard to diet

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NEWSLETTER: Summer 2008/2009

Argan Oil Our trip to Morocco, covered pretty well in the last Newsletter, had one further result that we can now announce. There is a tree native to Morocco known as the Argan tree, which bears a fruit that looks something like a plum. The seed of this fruit has an oil-rich kernel, which is roasted, ground and hand-kneaded to release the most wonderfully

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NEWSLETTER: Spring 2008

Spring has arrived and we look forward to the joys of picnics, al freso dining, and the approaching summer, enhanced by flavours from around the world. We are lucky to be part of an adventurous food culture where we’re willing to try anything. On our recent trip to Morocco, we ate – exclusively – Moroccan food. Delicious certainly, but seven days a week, 52

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NEWSLETTER: Winter 2008

Ockkah Shortbread Anzac Day always brings on patriotic feelings and pride in our Australian-ness.  As we now have a Scottish son-in-law, we tinged our Anzac cooking to reflect our extended family, so instead of baking Anzac biscuits this year, we made some Scottish shortbread with Ockkah added, to rave reviews from everyone who tasted it. Here’s the recipe: OCKKAH SHORTBREAD Makes Approximately 25 125g butter,

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NEWSLETTER: Autumn 2008

Food in the South of India Here we are at the end of summer again … and what a summer it’s been, with many areas happily seeing much-needed rain and rivers flowing again after the long drought.  It’s been a while since we’ve had to clean mould off household surfaces! Our Spice Discovery Tour to India has become an annual event, and we had a great time

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NEWSLETTER: Summer 2007/2008

Spice Kits Great Value Here we go again – summer holidays, outdoor living, Christmas entertaining, the whole delightful summer experience.  For your own use, as well as for giving, there are lots of our gift kits that are full of wonderful outdoor and barbecue ideas – Barbecue, Al Fresco, Quick and Tasty and Entertainer come immediately to mind.  The kits are still great value at just $30.00 each

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