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 point them in the direction of our kits as they’re so comprehensive” says Ian “Herbie” Hemphill, Director of Herbie’s Spices. Increasingly, these kits are being sought as corporate gifts, rather than the usual wine or champagne.
This Christmas, Herbie’s has released two brand new kits.
- Turkish Delights – A nod to the increasing popularity of Turkish food in Australia. The Kit includes; Aleppo Pepper, Shish Kebab Spice Mix, Turkish Green Mint, Cumin Seed Ground, Sumac, Baharat and Saffron Iranian.
Ian and Liz’s well-thumbed recipe books have assisted them in selecting and adapting some of their favourite Turkish recipes, which are also included in this kit. Some tempting highlights are Lamb Golzome, Turkish Sausage Rolls (Borek) and Stuffed Cabbage Leaves (Dolmeh) with Tomato Sauce.
- Plenty of Flavour – A spice kit for vegies & grains including Smoked Paprika, Sumac, Aleppo Pepper, Za’Atar, Baharat Spice Mix, Black Lime Powder, Barberries
Choosing vegetarian options should not equate to eating bland or uninteresting food. The spices and blends in this kit will bring out the best in your ingredients, and take your taste buds on a journey to the Middle East were vegetables and grains are never boring or dull. Remember that whatever the recipe says, you can put sumac with any salad!
Some of the recipes in this kit include Fattoush, Barley Risotto with Leafy Greens and Marinated Haloumi.
“We have noticed a big trend towards Middle East inspired dishes, especially given the ever growing popularity of TV chefs and writers highlighting this region. We wanted to create these kits for people of any cooking skill level to use, to feel confident or further expand their recipe repertoire,” adds Ian.