Herbs & Spices
Juniper Berries is the spice most often used to flavour gin but also has many uses in meat dishes that have a heavy or ‘gamey’ flavour as the pungent aromatic qualities achieve a balance. They are best bruised or crushed just before use as this releases and imparts the essential oils at the last moment into your dish.
Also combines well with Bay Leaves, Caraway, Garlic Marjoram, Pepper, Rosemary, Thyme.
Cinnamon is used in many parts of the world due to its widespread medicinal benefits and its unique smell and flavor. Its long history as an ingredient dated as far back as Ancient Egypt.
It is known to provide the following health benefits:
Tips: Sprinkle a pinch over tea/coffee latte, cereal, dessert or even sandwich to enhance flavour for a yummy treat!
Cajun Blend is a fantastic combination of onion, thyme, mustardseed, sweet peppers, black pepper, red pepper, hot peppers and is a great partner for roasted chicken, fish or for any bbq, and has a medium to hot level of chilli flavour.
Properties of a pungent fragrance are well utilized in spice mixes, chutneys, relishes breads, meat and vegetable stews, as well as being combined in some Portuguese sausage recipes!
Also combines well with….Chilli, Cardamom, Cinnamon, Cloves, Bay Leaves, Fennel, Garlic, Ginger, Mace, Nutmeg, Oregano, Paprika, Pepper, Thyme, Turmeric.
Garam Masala is a gorgeous blend of cardamom, coriander, cumin, cinnamon, black pepper, cloves, allspice, which is a great all-rounder for lamb roasts, casseroles or even vegetarian casseroles.
Cinnamon Quills are tightly rolled, concentric layers of the very thin underneath layer of bark. This has been carefully peeled off cut branches and then rolled by cinnamon peelers into metre-long quills like a giant cigar. These long quills are then cut into the familiar short ‘sticks’.
Cinnamon quills have an aromatic fragrance and can be put into stewed compotes of fruit, used to flavour gluwein, and curries. A centimetre broken up and put into a coffee plunger with the grounds gives it a delicately spiced flavour. Ground cinnamon quills is the best grade of cinnamon to use in the majority of cooking applications.