spices

Coriander

Coriander Coriander, or also known as Cilantro, has great application in cooking and so essential when it comes to enjoying a good curry dish. The soft leaves are used fresh, mixed in with the food or as a garnish just before serving to ensure a burst of flavour. The lesser known Vietnamese Coriander, also known […]

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Oregano

Three ways to use Oregano: 1. Add oregano to omelets, frittatas and quiches for a peppery flavor. Use in dishes in combination with garlic, thyme, parsley and olive oil to spice them up. 2. Pick a bunch of Oregano flowers and Basil leaves, place in a vase on the kitchen windowsill to act as a […]

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Bronze Fennel

Bronze Fennel Bronze Fennel: One of the most attractive herbs with its soft wispy leaves and unique bronze colour that adds a lot of visual interest in the garden. Growing up to 1.8m high and 1m wide it makes the perfect backdrop for cottage gardens. With the same sweet liquorice flavour as Sweet Fennel, Bronze […]

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Mustard

Mustard Mustard greens are very popular in China for stir-fry, and mostly used cooked. The oriental mustards are a very large group of rather coarse-leaved brassicas, usually having a spicy flavour. The main advantage for the gardener is that they are very robust, tolerating a wide range of soil types, and most are exceptionally hardy, […]

Marjoram

Marjoram

Marjoram Marjoram has a slightly minty, citrus taste with a hint of spice. Marjoram leaves are best fresh because of their mild flavour. The delicate flavour of marjoram may be lost if it is added too early in the cooking process, therefore add at the very end of cooking. It goes well in salads, dressings, […]

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Cool Season Rocket

Cool Season Rocket Rocket is noted for its distinctive nutty, tangy flavour, a quality that has created legions of rocket lovers. It is a cool season crop and grows best, with less bolting, during the cooler months of the year. Rocket Soup Ingredients • 4 medium potatoes, peeled and diced (2 cups) • 3 cups […]

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Cooking with Herbs

Cooking with herbs Herbs should never overpower a dish but just add subtle flavour. Use sparingly and let the flavour develop so that you can increase the amount later. Two tablespoons of fresh herbs is equivalent to one teaspoon of dried herbs. Not all herbs go together. Combine herbs according to how their tastes harmonise […]

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The right time to add herbs

The right time to add herbs Herbs vary in terms of when they can be added to a dish. Some herbs like bay, thyme or oregano can be added at the beginning of the cooking process and they will flavour the whole dish. Others like parsley, chervil and basil should only be added at the […]

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Basil

Basil • It has a warm, resinous, clove-like flavor and fragrance. Sweet basil, with it’s wonderful aroma and flavor, is one of the most popular and widely grown herbs in the world, • We associate basil with Italian cooking, so you may be surprised to find that many of your favorite Indian and Thai dishes […]

Rosemary

Cooking with Rosemary

Cooking with Rosemary Rosemary is an evergreen perennial plant which can be harvested all year round. It produces small pretty blue flowers in the winter and early spring. A good time to prune rosemary into shape is after it has flowered. Rosemary can be used fresh or dried. It is an evergreen plant so using […]