Want to learn more about spices, their history and how to use them?
View Upcoming Events on our website to see where Ian ‘Herbie’ Hemphill is giving a Spice Appreciation Class or engaging audiences in Spice Conversations.
If you are looking for a hands-on experience, this special Spice Essentials with Ian and Kate at The Essential Ingredient should not be missed.
Some of the aspects Ian will cover in spice classes and conversations are:
- A brief history of the spice trade and the Hemphill family’s obsession with herbs and spices for over 50 years.
- The difference between a herb and a spice
- Vanilla, how it is grown and processed
- Coriander, about the plant, its leaves and seeds and some unusual facts
- Storage, how to store and what does shelf life actually mean?
- Quality and Adulteration, what is quality, how to identify and why it is important?
- Saffron, facts and myths around the world’s most expensive spice
- Cinnamon and cassia, what’s the difference and why you need to know
- Pepper, once the world’s most traded spices. Learn about black, white, green, pink, schinus pink, long, cubeb, Sichuan & Australian native pepperberry & leaf
- Chilli and all its derivatives such as paprika, unknown to India, China and Europe only 500 years ago.
- The principles of spice blending when you will learn how to make your own balanced spice blends
- Ras el Hanout and Super Ras el Hanout, the most exotic Moroccan inspired spice blend on Earth.
- Fragrant Sweet Spice, is another exotic blend for everyday use
- Allspice, not to be confused with mixed spice, discover an unusual property in this spice that also exists in a popular herb
- Cloves, only grew on a handful of islands in the Indonesian archipelago until the 18th Century. Hear how this spice influenced the course of history
- Nutmeg and Mace, also from the spice islands, influenced the reason why the Dutch swapped Manhattan for a few islands in the Banda Sea
- Australian native herbs and spices are growing in popularity, but how well do we understand their history and the most effective way to use them in cooking
- Lemon Myrtle, one of the easiest to use and most delightful Australian native herbs
- Strawberry Gum, contains a naturally occurring substance that has been used by European jam manufacturers for decades.
- Saltbush, a native plant that contains high levels of sodium
- Bush Tomato/Akudjura, does this really taste of Anzac biscuits?
- Wattleseed can help you find gold!
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