Archive for the ‘Herbs and Spices’ Category

Wonderful Mustard Ideas- Many That Will Surprise

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014
By Samantha Knowles Mustard is a versatile and well-loved topping for many types of foods. It goes well with almost any meat or vegetable, as well as any food needing a bit of a kick. The following ideas will give you some inspiration if your meals need something extra special. 1. Maple Mustard Glaze If you are looking for a mustard sauce for Read The Post [...]

Ajowan Seed – Indian Thyme or Not?

Friday, August 1st, 2014
By David Hugonin Ajowan (Trachyspermum ammi) seed is also known as Ajwain seed, Bishop's Weed, Ethiopian Cumin, Omam, or Carom and is a popular spice in southern Indian style cooking. It has a flavour faintly reminiscent of thyme; a similarity due to the presence of the essential oil thymol in both species. The plant is mainly cultivated in modern Read The Post [...]

Asafoetida – A Very Smelly Spice But Full Of Flavour

Sunday, July 27th, 2014
By David Hugonin Botanical Name Ferula asafoetida Asafoetida is also known as devil's dung, stinking gum, asant, food of the gods, Hing and giant fennel. It is a species of Ferula native to Iran. It is a herbaceous perennial plant growing to 2 m tall, with stout, hollow, somewhat succulent stems 5-8 cm diameter at the base of the plant. The Read The Post [...]

Aniseed – A Popular Flavouring but With Medicinal Properties Too

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014
By David Hugonin Botanical Name Pimpinella anisum Anise or Aniseed, less commonly known as anĂ­s (stressed on the first syllable) is a flowering plant in the family Apiaceae, native to the eastern Mediterranean region and southwest Asia. It is a herbaceous annual plant growing to 50 cm tall. The leaves at the base of the plant are simple, 2-5 Read The Post [...]

Do You Use Olive Oil? Why It Is Great For You

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014
By Samantha Knowles We all know what olive oil is and thanks to Rachel Ray, we also know what EVOO is (extra virgin olive oil). We have also heard that it is better for you than regular cooking oil, but why? First, lets take a look at the history of olive oil: It was used long ago for several things: 1. Preserving other foods. Since ancient times Read The Post [...]

Nutmeg And Mace – A Short History

Thursday, January 30th, 2014
By David Hugonin Mace is the outer coating the Nutmeg. The nutmegs Myristica are a genus of evergreen trees indigenous to tropical southeast Asia and Australasia. They are important for two spices derived from the fruit, Nutmeg and Mace. Nutmeg is the actual seed of the tree, roughly egg-shaped and about 20-30 mm long and 15-18 mm wide, and weighing Read The Post [...]

Marjoram or Oregano – What is the Difference?

Sunday, January 26th, 2014
By David Hugonin Both herbs belong to the same family but many consider that Marjoram has a finer, sweeter flavour. They are closely related but Marjoram differs significantly in taste, because phenolic compounds are missing in its essential oil. Some species show a flavour intermediate between oregano and marjoram (gold marjoram = gold oregano) Marjoram Read The Post [...]

Chaat Masala – A Lovely Sour Secret To Have In The Store Cupboard

Sunday, September 22nd, 2013
By David Hugonin Chaat Masala is a tangy, very fragrant and fresh tasting blend of spices used all the time in Indian cooking. The principal ingredients are a mixture of dry roasted cumin seeds, black salt, asafoetida, dried mango powder (Amchoor), ginger, dry roasted coriander seeds, black pepper, mint, and ever delightfully special cardamom. This Read The Post [...]

Growing Herbs At Home

Saturday, September 22nd, 2012
The benefits of having a windowsill herb garden are numerous. The act of tending to the garden is relaxing and rewarding. The ability to add fresh herbs to one's cooking gives even the simplest dishes a richer, more elegant taste and presentation. General Tips Growing an indoor herb garden is easier than one might think. Most of the plants will Read The Post [...]

Your Culinary Herb Garden

Tuesday, September 11th, 2012
By Rachael Lynndover The romance of caring for a culinary herb garden is appealing to all kinds of people. City dwellers often plant edible herbs in window boxes and flower pots while people surrounded by land may plant and maintain several dozen different culinary and fragrance herbs. Cooking with herbs has always been popular. Herbs enhance the Read The Post [...]