Where do spices come from?

April 15, 2015 posted in Hints & Tips

Most spices are grown in the tropical regions of the world, with some thriving in the cool misty highlands. Many of the seed spices come from more temperate areas, such as coriander seed, which is grown in Northern India, Africa and the wheat producing areas of South Australia and Western New South Wales. QUICK MEAT IDEAS WITH HERBS AND SPICES   Chicken Dust fillets

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Turmeric Explained

March 18, 2015 posted in Spices

Turmeric is a member of the ginger family (Zingiberaceae) and grows from a rhizome (the part of the root system that grows off the primary tuber) like ginger, galangal and kenchur. After harvesting, the rhizomes are boiled to denature them so they don’t sprout, and to gelatinise the starches and even out the colour distribution. These are then dried to become what are referred to

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Chilli Essentials

March 03, 2015 posted in Cooking

Whole books have been written about chillies, however we wanted to share some basic chilli essentials, as these tasty and potentially fiery little critters are becoming more and more popular. So much so that chilli now outsells peppercorns, which 10 years ago were the no 1 spice traded in the world. How Do You Spell Chilli? It depends on where you are. In the

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NEWSLETTER: Autumn 2015

March 01, 2015 posted in Food

Spice Appreciation Classes Demand for our Spice Appreciation Classes and Spice Blending Workshops continues even after all these years, and all the 2015 dates for these are now available on the website or at the Rozelle store. All-day Saturday sessions, which comprise the Spice Appreciation Class followed by lunch and the Workshop, run from 10.30 until 3.30, and are scheduled only three times during the year,

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Spice Storage

February 17, 2015 posted in Food

STORING YOUR SPICES We are often asked about the best way to store your Herbie’s spices, and how long they will last. Here are a few handy tips for making sure your spice collection is as fresh and as flavoursome as it should be: When spices are dried, enzymes in them actually create the volatile oils that give spices their flavour. A vanilla bean

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Much Ado About Curries

February 03, 2015 posted in Herb and Spice Bible

Much Ado About Curries Curries are one of my favourite ways to enjoy spices, and here’s why; Ever since my first visit to India in 1986 I have been addicted to curries. Contrary to popular opinion, my love for curries is based on their wonderful complexity of flavours, and the spicy heat hit takes a backseat on this taste adventure. Besides dining or getting

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Christmas sorted – buy online from Herbie’s our two BRAND NEW Kits

December 08, 2014 posted in Herbie's Spices

Ian “Herbie” Hemphill’s knowledge of herbs and spices is second-to-none. Consequently, with his wife and business partner Liz, they’ve created a fantastic range of spice kits, ideal for creating festive parties with a difference and also as gifts! “Each Christmas we find people visiting or contacting the store, saying they’d like something “different” to give a friend, colleague or loved one and we often

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NEWSLETTER: Summer 2014/2015

December 01, 2014 posted in Newsletters

The Spice and Herb Bible – 3rd Edition Ta Daaah! The latest edition of Ian’s hugely successful book has arrived on our shores! Here’s the story in case you find the name change confusing:Spice Notes (Australia) was published in Canada as The Spice and Herb Bible. Spice Notes and Recipes (Australia) was The Spice and Herb Bible – 2nd Edition. As Spice Notes and

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Here, there and everywhere!

November 24, 2014 posted in Book Tour

We’ve been on the road travelling promoting the new Spice and Herb Bible and visiting the winners of our Social Media competition on Maleny, QLD and Rosebud, VIC. We also had a fantastic evening at 3 Weeds Rozelle which highlighted our new book and our product range. Head to our Facebook page to view images from these events and find out details about our final events for

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Za’atar Crisps Recipe from our new PLENTY of Flavour Spice Kit

November 05, 2014 posted in Herbie's Spices

From our newest kit, released for Christmas 2014 comes this delicious and very morish crisp recipe. Enjoy! Za’atar Crisps 2 large flatbreads olive oil spray 1-2 Tbs za’atar – Herbie’s Spices Plenty of Flavour Kit Preheat oven to 200 C. Using scissors or a pizza cutter, cut each flatbread into wedges, and place them on an oven tray. Spray each piece of flatbread with olive

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NEWSLETTER: Spring 2014

September 01, 2014 posted in Newsletters

Huacatay or Stinking Roger When Liz was a child in Queensland, she played in an area where the weed, Stinking Roger, grew in wild proliferation. Perhaps some of you know it … a tall, single-stemmed, shallow-rooted, lanky plant with soft frondy leaves that smell strongly of marigold? We have noticed the spread of these plants southwards, and they now grow happily on the roadsides

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NEWSLETTER: Winter 2014

June 01, 2014 posted in Newsletters

Spice Tonic Gets Larger! Goodie goodie! We have been surprised by the immediate acceptance of our Spice Tonic, a combination of all the “good guys” of the spice world. Whilst we are firmly in the culinary world, and definitely NOT medicinal, we can’t help but notice that medical researchers are singing the praises of turmeric for its anti-inflammatory properties, cinnamon as an aid for

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NEWSLETTER: Autumn 2014

March 01, 2014 posted in Newsletters

As the summer season draws to a close, we find ourselves contemplating seasonal menus. Naturally, seasons dictate the fruits and vegetables that appear on our tables, although worldwide trade of fresh produce ensures that we no longer have to wait for spring to find asparagus, or for summer to get our stone fruits. Looking beyond seasonal produce, we are in the habit of eating

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