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How to make your own pickles with raw spices

homemade pickles in a jar

It’s that time of year when pickles seem so attractive to eat. Put some in burgers, wraps and sandwiches, just eat them on the side as a snack, or use to top a salad or pasta. It’s a great way to get in some fun textures, flavours and a lot of nutrients! Here’s how you can make your own homemade pickles using whatever you have on hand, plus some staple spices. Recipe: Homemade pickles Ingredients 4-5 thinly sliced cucumbers 1 sliced bell pepper 1 thinly sliced carrot 1 thinly sliced celery 1 diced onion (optionally add or substitute any of … keep reading

What is the difference between cumin, caraway, black cumin and nigella?

We get this question a lot: What is the difference between cumin seeds and caraway seeds? They look almost the same! … and then they notice our “black cumin” which further adds to the confusion. Here’s a look at all of them side by side so you can visualise the similarities and difference, and then we’ll delve deeper: Cumin seeds are a first cousin of carrot and parsley, and a visual twin of the caraway seed. They are also often confused with black cumin, but let us first have a closer look at the mighty cumin seed. Originally cultivated in the Mediterranean … keep reading

Recipe: Harissa, the exotic garlic chilli paste from Africa

harissa baked oysters recipes

Harissa has been relied upon by cooks in North Africa for seasoning cooked meats and vegetables for a long long time. It’s very dependable, and highly flexible to most food. This sauce adds a wonderful depth of flavour to bring a spark to any dish, for instance a lightly spread onto falafel, rubbed onto slow cooked lamb, or served as a dip alongside bitesized snacks. This recipe is quite spicy, so use only a little bit of Harissa at a time. Thanks to the garlic, salt, and lemon used, Harissa should be safe to store in the fridge for up … keep reading

Nutrition and buying tips: Caraway Seed

Regency grade Caraway Seeds

All values below are per 1 tsp (2.1g) of Caraway Seeds. Proximates Water 0.21g Energy 7kcal Protein 0.42g Total lipid (fat) 0.31g Carbohydrate, by difference 1.05g Fiber, total dietary 0.8g Sugars, total 0.01g Minerals Calcium, Ca 14mg Iron, Fe 0.34mg Magnesium, Mg 5mg Phosphorus, P 12mg Potassium, K 28mg Sodium, Na 0mg Zinc, Zn 0.12mg Vitamins Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid 0.4mg Thiamin 0.008mg Riboflavin 0.008mg Niacin 0.076mg Vitamin B-6 0.008mg Folate, DFE 0µg Vitamin B-12 0.00µg Vitamin A, RAE 0µg Vitamin A, IU 8IU Vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol), 0.05mg Vitamin D (D2 + D3) 0.0µg Vitamin D 0IU Vitamin K … keep reading

Spice cheat sheet: Your one stop spice resource


SPICE (click to see more info) BIRTHPLACE USED COMMONLY IN Bay Leaves Turkey Curries, stews, soups, and generally all sauces with a long cooking time Black Pepper India All cuisines as seasoning, chinese sauces, tea Caraway Finland Beef, chicken, vegetable dishes, breads Cardamom India Tea, curries, soups, rubs, desserts Cassia China Desserts, spice rubs, tea, soup, sauces, baked goods, grilled dishes Chilli Worldwide Almost all dishes, also marinades, salsas Cinnamon Sri Lanka Baked goods, desserts Clove Tanzania Tea, soups, french sauces, noodles, pork, beef, vegetable dishes Cubeb Indonesia In place of pepper in Asian cuisine Cumin India Bread, vegetable, curry, … keep reading