The Spice Trade

Industry insider knowledge, and usage tips on spices and other ingredients

Recipe: Flaxseed Smoothie with fresh fruit

flaxseed and fruits smoothie

Much like chia seeds, flaxseeds are also getting famous for their amazing nutritional values. Flaxseeds are ultra rich in fibres, proteins, and a lot of micronutrients such as Vitamin B1,B2,B6 Phosphorus, Manganese, Magnesium etc. Yet flaxseeds are usually very difficult to incorporate into your diet. Here’s a flaxseed smoothie we really like because of the vanilla and fresh fruits. Feel free to substitute the fruits to whatever you like, it’ll still taste great! Recipe: Flaxseed Smoothie with Fruits Servings: 2-3 Ingredients – 30g flaxseeds – 250ml soya milk – 1g vanilla seeds scraped from the pod – 150g strawberries cut … keep reading

Recipe: Sumac fries!

sumac fries

Sumac is a spice staple for anyone who likes to cook with middle eastern flavours, but it doesn’t have to be restricted to just that. Sumac is a tart, sour, salty spice grown in turkey and other parts of the mediterranean. It’s almost always used ground, and pairs deliciously with breads and salads much like a good aged vinegar. Here’s a really simple way to see the wonders of Sumac on a truly humble food: the potato. Recipe: Sumac Oven Fries Servings: 2 Ingredients – 4 medium-sized russet potatoes – 1 tablespoon olive oil – 3 garlic cloves, minced finely … keep reading

Market update: Dried Onion


Dried Onion is a funny commodity. It’s one of the most popular spices, as it’s a staple of just about every cuisine, and produced in huge quantities all across the world. Yet, every time onion crop arrives, prices are all over the place. Onion farmers know their product is in demand, and so are unwilling to be the ones to start negotations. Buyers know when production is ongoing and harvesting has started, so they don’t want to start talks either. The rule is straightforward: he who starts the talks, has the worse side of the bargain. After the first big … keep reading

Recipe: Jambalaya Rice

tasty spiced jambalaya rice

Jambalaya is not one of the first things people think of when cooking a pot luck meal in Hong Kong. Yet it’s full of flavour, and the perfect recipe for success if you’re out to feed an army. This highly nutritious dish will have you set for 2 or 20, and you can customise it with any fillings you like. There’s a lot of ingredients going in, and that means a lot of exciting flavours with each mouthful. So even though it’s just one dish, Jambalaya tastes like a dozen all jam-packed together. A word of warning though… like all … keep reading

Recipe: Curried Quinoa

curried quinoa spices

Quinoa is another versatile grain that’s come to light with recent diet studies. It’s a great substitute for rice or pasta in some recipes, as it overcomes many of the shortcomings of most other grains like wheat. It’s not purely carbohydrate, it also packs some healthy fats, proteins, and a lot of micronutrients. Here’s a recipe to let quinoa do all the work, while enjoying the same great flavours you wouldn’t expect in a healthy dish. Recipe: Curried Quinoa Servings: 4 Ingredients – 2 Cups Water – 1 cup White Quinoa, uncooked – 1/2 cup Yellow Onions, chopped – 2 … keep reading

Recipe: Spiced Chia Seed Breakfast Pudding

spiced chia seed pudding

As basically everyone knows by now, Chia Seeds are The IT food of the decade. Chia seeds are loaded with a massive amount of nutrients condensed into a tiny amount of calories, loaded with antioxidants, high protein and also believed to help with weight loss… in addition to about a hundred other benefits. That said, they’re not very easy to cook with and the jelly-like texture is often unappetising to many. Here’s a really easy way to incorporate Chia Seeds into your daily breakfast ritual. Chia Seed Breakfast Pudding Serves: 2-3 Ingredients – 2 cups unsweetened almond milk, or coconut … keep reading

Recipe: Fettucine Alfredo with Blackened Chicken

blackened chicken fettucine with spices

This one’s a good recipe to have some excitement in the kitchen while keeping the meal comfort food. It takes about 30-40 minutes from start to finish, but you’ll be well rewarded with one of the best evolutions to a classic favourite. The Blackened Chicken is packed with a lot of spices, the creaminess and heat makes this dish super addictive! If you want to make your version less rich, substitute half the cream for milk… but when you’re a foodie, who cares about calories! Recipe: Fettucine Alfredo with Blackened Chicken Serves: 4 Ingredients For the Alfredo Sauce – 3 … keep reading

Recipe: Tahiti Vanilla Orange Cream Tarts

Orange Vanilla Cream Tart

When we came across this recipe using our Tahiti Vanilla we just absolutely had to share it. Tahiti Vanilla is much sweeter, more fragrant and a totally new experience compared to regular Vanilla. Unlike Madagascar or Indonesian vanilla which is cultivated in farms, Tahiti Vanilla grows wild and is pollenated by birds. Recipe: Tahiti Vanilla Orange Cream Tarts Servings: 6 Ingredients: For the base 1/2 cup desiccated coconut 1/2 cup almonds (substitute with graham crackers) For the Orange Vanilla Cream 1/2 cup cashews nuts (best if soaked overnight) 1/2 cup coconut milk 1/4 cup fresh orange juice 2 tsp honey … keep reading

Cardamom Basmati Rice

cardamom spice basmati rice

Basmati rice doesn’t have to all be simple and bland. You can flavour it up using a few tricks (and spices)! Here’s an easy way of how to add flavour to food using healthy, top quality spices. Recipe: Cardamom Basmati Rice Serves: 2 Ingredients – 1 cup Basmati rice – 5 jumbo Black Cardamom pods – 1 stick of ceylon cinnamon – 2 whole long peppers – 1 tablespoon of ghee (clarified butter) – 1 and 1/2 cups of water – Sea salt to taste Recipe 1. Rinse basmati rice by putting in a sieve and running it through cold … keep reading