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NEWSLETTER: Spring 2003

Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers “Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers.” We’ve all heard it and said it since childhood, but most people probably never wonder about the origins of this alliterative tongue-twister. It is actually based on fact. The administrator of Ile de France (now known as Mauritius) in 1770 was a gentleman named Pierre Poivre. His first

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NEWSLETTER: Winter 2003

Changes in Food Regulations In recent years there has been an increasing emphasis placed on food safety, which of course is of primary importance to consumers and food producers alike. However, achieving a sensible balance when it comes to the interpretation of regulations can be challenging – is it really realistic to expect a busy restaurant to check the internal temperature of each serving

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NEWSLETTER: Autumn 2003

As this summer of extremes draws to a close, we look forward to kinder weather and hopefully some much-needed rain. As the herb and spice business is firmly based in the world of agriculture, we have a vested interest in seeing production flourish in all parts of the globe. Fourth Spice Tour of India We recently did our fourth Spice Tour to India with

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NEWSLETTER: Summer 2002/2003

Our Latest Journey to Spain In spite of those who would have us live in fear, we have recently returned from a fascinating, stimulating trip to Spain, where we were royally looked after by our Spanish paprika supplier. Paprika grows in the very dry southern and south-west areas of Spain, and is picked twice in a season. After being harvested, the fresh paprikas, looking

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NEWSLETTER: Spring 2002

Information on Dal Although we are not specifically an Indian spice shop, we sometimes find ourselves in conversation with our customers about the identities of the various dals. It can be confusing when your recipe calls for toor dal or channa dal … what exactly does it mean? So here’s a quick reference for identifying the most common ones: Channa dal gram lentils – matte yellow,

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NEWSLETTER: Winter 2002

Herbie Visits Central Australia Herbie recently made a trip to Central Australia to research bush tomatoes, also known, in their crushed form, as akudjura. During his couple of days north-west of Alice Springs, he was priveleged to accompany three of the women of the Warlipri tribe as they foraged for the ripe “kudjura” berries and witchetty grubs. (Did you know that witchetty grubs are

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NEWSLETTER: Autumn 2002

Abundant Source of Antioxidants Those of us who have discovered the good feelings generated by a meal with delicious herbaceous flavours may be delighted by recent findings from researchers with the US Department of Agriculture. They have found that herbs, besides making food tastier, are “an abundant source of antioxidants and could provide potential anticancer benefits when supplementing a balanced diet.” On a per

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NEWSLETTER: Summer 2001/2002

Christmas is Coming! Christmas is coming, the goose is getting fat, And to make it really stunning, you’ll put some spice with that! Yes, Christmas is indeed coming, and this year it falls on a Tuesday. There must be thousands of small family-owned businesses around the country who are giving in to the temptation to make their last day of trading before Christmas the

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NEWSLETTER: Spring 2001

Countdown to Christmas Once Spring arrives, we know we’re on the countdown to Christmas. AAAAARGH! But no, it’s not that bad, in fact it’s a joyous time, especially when one is prepared and organized. So now is the time to make sure that you have the spices for your Christmas cake and pudding, because if you make your own, it should be done in

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NEWSLETTER: Winter 2001

It’s the Season for Snuggling Up It’s the season for snuggling up, sipping hot chocolate by the fire, hot water bottles and all that. (Those of you in the tropics will have to use your imagination!) The nice thing about winter is that all those delicious, comforting casseroles, curries, tagines and stews not only warm you on the inside, but the oven warms your

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NEWSLETTER: Autumn 2001

Latest Tour of India Our recent trip to India was a great success once again, and we’ve all returned a little wiser about Indian cooking and spices. We made it our mission to collect at least one recipe from each place we stayed, and you’ll find the stars of them on our website. AVIAL (Mixed Vegetable Curry) South Indian cooks use curry leaves lavishly

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NEWSLETTER: Summer 2000/2001

Christmas is Upon Us Christmas is upon us once again, after a year where we lurched from the Millennium milestone to the GST milestone, thence to the Olympics and Paras, and before we knew it, there was Christmas! The two major considerations of Christmas are cooking and giving, and we’re here to make them both easier for you. The range of spice kits just

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NEWSLETTER: Spring 2000

Well, it’s finally arrived . Spice Notes – A Cook’s Compendium of Herbs & Spices by Ian Hemphill (aka Herbie) will be in the bookstores, and of course in the Herbie’s Spices store, from 4th October. Five hundred pages of trustworthy and reliable information, this is a soundly researched, fascinating book, stunningly presented with a paprika and turmeric coloured cover. For anyone interested in the magic

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