Super Soup Ideas For Winter

July 18, 2015 posted in Cooking

Some of the coldest July days in years, so we’ve come up with these quick and easy soup ideas Harissa Red Lentil Soup Serves 2 1 onion, finely sliced 1 cup red lentils 3 cups chicken stock 1 potato, peeled and chopped 2 tsp Harissa spice mix 1 Tbs coriander leaves, picked Saute onion and potato in a little oil in a medium-sized saucepan. When

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Australian Native Herbs and Spices

July 14, 2015 posted in Australian Native Spices

Where do our own Australian native herbs and spices fit into what is considered to be Australian Cuisine? European migration, especially post World War two when we were introduced to Mediterranean flavours, had a profound effect on eating habits. This was followed by Chinese, Southeast Asian, Indian and Middle Eastern influences, and it is widely acknowledged that these laid the groundwork for what is

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Spices – To Roast or Not to Roast?

July 10, 2015 posted in Behind the Scenes

Spices – To Roast or Not to Roast? That is the Question! Roasting spices; do I have to roast my spices before using them? Some cooks may incorrectly tell you that roasting spices brings out the flavour. Roasting spices changes the flavour. In the same way that a slice of toast tastes different from a slice of bread, a roasted spice tastes different from

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Grinding Your Own Spices

July 10, 2015 posted in Behind the Scenes

We are often asked: “What is the best way to grind my own spices?" Grinding spices yourself can be extremely rewarding, especially if you do so with a mortar and pestle so the aromas waft up as you crush the contents. Spices vary so much in size, hardness, texture and oil content that it is almost impossible to find a domestic grinder, other than

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Low Calorie Eating Made Easy

July 07, 2015 posted in Cooking

Reducing Your Calorie Intake with a Touch of Spice In response to a number of Herbie’s Spices customers opting for healthier food choices, including those that are lower in calories, Kate Hemphill, daughter of Ian “Herbie’’ Hemphill and recipe contributor to the Spice & Herb Bible, has created a new selection of low calorie recipes. Ian’s wife Liz has worked her magic into a

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Quick Meat Ideas with Herbs & Spices

June 30, 2015 posted in Cooking

QUICK MEAT IDEAS WITH HERBS AND SPICES Chicken Dust fillets with a Herbie’s spice blend before pan frying, grilling or barbecuing. Suitable blends are: Native Seasoning, Cajun Spice, Ras el Hanout, Tagine Spice, Tandoori , Tasty Meat Sprinkle, Bay Seasoning, Berbere Native BBQ, Greek Seasoning, Lemon & Herb Pepper. Mix 1 Tbs Herbie’s Tandoori Spice Mix with ¾ cup plain yoghurt and marinade cuts

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Hints and Tips – Vegetables with Herbs & Spices

June 30, 2015 posted in Hints & Tips

VEGETABLES with HERBS AND SPICES Eggplant Brush with either Herbie’s Greek Seasoning or Lamb Crust and BBQ Mix and olive oil before grilling slices on the barbecue. To 2 tablespoons oil, add 1 teaspoon of spice mix. Brush slices with olive oil and Berbere before cooking on a griddle or in a pan. Potato Drain cubes of cooked potato and fry quickly in olive

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NEWSLETTER: Winter 2015

June 01, 2015 posted in Newsletters

Certifiably Safe! Certifiably safe! If we chose to, we could carry enough certification to cover the front label of your Herbie’s Spices product in special-interest logos. There are organic, rain forest alliance, Halal, Kosher, gluten-free, heart tick, and so very many more certifications available. On top of that, there are more bodies offering their chosen certification than there are categories of certification. Here at

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What is Mastic?

May 01, 2015 posted in Behind the Scenes

Mastic is the name given to the resinous gum that exudes from the scored bark of the Gum Mastic Tree. There are many varieties of mastic trees (Pistacia lentiscus) in the Mediterranean and Middle East, yet most of the world’s production of gum mastic comes from the “Protected Designation of Origin” trees (P. lentiscus var. Chia) that grow on the Greek island of Chios. The name

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The Truth About Saffron

April 15, 2015 posted in Behind the Scenes

Saffron is the stigma (the female organ) of an autumn flowering crocus (Crocus sativus). The stamen is the male organ that holds pollen, and it has no use in cooking. Saffron is the world’s most expensive spice, with a street value on average of around A$20,000 per kilo. A double handful of saffron weighing about 1 kilo, will contain at least 200,000 stigmas. All these are

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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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