What is Dagar Phool?

December 09, 2015 posted in Behind the Scenes

ALSO KNOWN AS DAGARFUL, IT IS THE MOST UNUSUAL FLAVOUR CONTRIBUTOR WE’VE SEEN IN YEARS! What would you think if we told you we’d come across a lichen traditionally used in the Chettinad region of Tamil Nadu in South India, and that we simply love it? What we are referring to is the lichen known as Dagar Phool, or Dagarful (Parmotrema perlatum) which has an

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Kaffir (Makrut) Lime Leaves

December 01, 2015 posted in Behind the Scenes

Why are we calling these ‘Makrut” Lime Leaves these days? “What’s in a name?” For many years this tree has been called a kaffir lime tree, as the fruits are rough and seen as inferior. Kaffir was a term used to denote inferior persons in the former South Africa and other nations involved in the slave trade. In some Asian countries the term means “non-believer”. This word

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Newsletter Summer 2015 – 2016

December 01, 2015 posted in General

Low Calorie Spice Kit As we head towards yet another Olympic year, it might be a good time to think about fitness.  Not elite fitness in our case, we hasten to add, but a level of well-being that makes life enjoyable.  Christmas is notoriously the weight-gain season, with those Christmas party nibbles, irresistible cheese platters and calorie-rich sparkling wine, along with our feeling that

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Cinnamon Demystified

November 24, 2015 posted in Behind the Scenes

Have you ever been confused by the variation between brands of cinnamon? When many consumers buy products labelled as cinnamon, they often seem to vary greatly. Why is this so?  The answer is that there are two different types of cinnamon, and many brands do not label them correctly. One is Sri Lankan or Ceylon Cinnamon and the other is Cassia (also known as Baker’s Cinnamon, Dutch Cinnamon or

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Know Your Cardamoms

November 18, 2015 posted in Behind the Scenes

Cardamom is featured in many recipes, however are you using the right one? Cardamom Green Cardamom (Elettaria cardamomum) is the most common and we refer to it as your ‘default’ cardamom when a recipe simply calls for ‘cardamom’. Green cardamom is native to the mountain ranges of the south western Indian state of Kerala, known as the western ghats, (ghat being the name given to steep

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Australian Grown Herbs

November 06, 2015 posted in Behind the Scenes

These Australian grown dried herbs have to be experienced to be believed. There is a common misconception that dried herbs are inferior to fresh. The reality is that dried herbs are different to fresh. When a herb is dried correctly, the moisture content is greatly reduced, and the volatile oils that give these herbs their flavours are concentrated, and remain stable when exposed to

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Curry Leaves Explained

September 30, 2015 posted in Cooking

In this video Herbie gets up close and personal to the Curry Leaf Tree, and shares his love of this wonderful plant that contributes its unique taste to South Indian Cooking: Curry Leaves South Indian Seafood Masala Flavours of India Spice Kit

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Herbie Makes His Saturday Curry

September 30, 2015 posted in Behind the Scenes

Herbie’s Saturday Curry is an easy way to get into the joys of curry making. In this video, Herbie shows the basic steps that can be used for a wide range of beef and lamb curries. Curry Powder Medium Madras Curry Mix with Whole Seeds & Spices Sri Lankan Curry

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Spring Salad Ideas

September 22, 2015 posted in Food

Spring Salad Ideas Spring is in the air, and what a great time of year it is to enjoy these great salad ideas. Greek Salad This classic Greek salad is a staple in every household and restaurant in Greece. When fasting, a salad heavy on low calorie lettuce is very satisfying. 100g cos lettuce, sliced into 2cm ribbons 1/2 (50g) Lebanese cucumber, quartered lengthways

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Allspice is NOT Mixed Spice

September 17, 2015 posted in Behind the Scenes

Confused already? You are not alone, as this particular spice (Pimenta dioica) has been causing confusion since the Spanish discovered it in the Americas around 500 years ago. Back in the 15th Century, pepper was a highly regarded and relatively valuable spice. When the Spanish bumped into the Americas, they were so desperate to find rare, sought-after spices, and the poor dears had been at sea

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