The Spice Trade

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Recipe: Homemade Ketchup

french fries and homemade spices ketchup

This is a recipe for homemade ketchup using fully ripened tomatoes. I hope you will like them ūüėÄ Tips: (1) Please have your sterilized clean glass jar ready before making this. (2) If you don’t mind bumpy texture, you can omit the use of blender. (3) Each tomato differs in its acidity and sweetness. Please adjust the amount of vinegar and sugar to your taste. (4) You can also add chopped¬†carrots or celery into the tomato mixture. Recipe:¬†Homemade Ketchup Yield: About 1 cup Ingredients 1kg fully ripened tomatoes 1 tsp onion powder 1 tsp garlic granules 3 tablespoon sherry vinegar … keep reading

Recipe: Raspberry Lemonade with a Hint of Spice

Raspberry Lemonade with s Hint of Spice

Yesterday I was hunting for a sunscreen for my family in¬†a¬†shopping center. Then I came across this product which contained raspberry seed oil. It was actually the first time I saw a sun screen product which contained raspberry seed oil. Raspberry seed oil has been a subject of interest (or controversy) regarding its ultraviolet absorbance property. Yet, I was more curious how they¬†processed the seeds. I wondered what they did with the leftover raspberry fruits and juice. Ah, perhaps they used or sold for raspberry jam. I would have it as raspberry lemonade now! I’m melting in this hot weather. … keep reading

Recipe: Ginger Ale Syrup

Ginger Ale

This is a recipe for syrup which can be combined with unsweetened carbonated water to make your own ginger ale. If you love spicy ginger ale, then you might like this one.¬†Enjoy your own arrangement, for example by¬†substituting bay leaf with rosemary! Tips:¬†Before making, I’d recommend sterilizing the container you’ll be using to keep the syrup.¬†I usually sterilize an empty glass container using boiled water. If you plan to combine syrup with already sweetened carbonated water or iced tea, please reduce the amount of sugar written in this recipe. Once made, please keep syrup in the refrigerator and consume in … keep reading

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

Full flavoured Vegetarian Pho Recipe

vegetarian pho vietnam spiced noodles recipe

PhŠĽü is traditionally made with a strong beef broth, and normal vegetarian renditions which merely omit the meat taste bland and seriously lacking flavour. We’ve put together this full flavoured broth using some great ingredients, fresh spices and herbs that will challenge even the yummiest traditional beef broth pho. It’s now one of our favourite comfort foods, and very customizable to what fresh ingredients you have in your kitchen. The broth and noodles are the only staple, everything else is up to you! Recipe: Vegetarian PhŠĽü Serves: 2 Ingredients For the broth – 1 large onion, peeled and halved – … keep reading

Cloves market update

Cloves Regency Spices

Clove season has just begun, and it’s always interesting to see how the initial negotiations between buyers and suppliers pan out during the process. There is always a shift in who will budge first: Will suppliers give up their crop at favourable prices? Or will buyers desperate to replenish stock buy at the peak? It all also depends on the amount of crop and quality. Bad rains and weather can damage crop in certain regions forcing up price and reducing supply of the good crop, meaning customers like us at Regency who need it will need to buy first while … keep reading

Regency explores the spice blend Ras El Hanout

ras el hanout whole spices

One item that’s recently caught our attention is the Moroccan spice blend Ras El Hanout. It’s used throughout North Africa as a popular spice blend (not to be confused with Berbere, a similar looking but altogether different blend). Being a blend, it’s susceptible to many impurity problems that are widespread in the spice trade. Traders often blend in cheap ingredients that otherwise they would be ashamed to sell whole, as we illustrated in our research of garlic powder dilution. Ras El Hanout is even more susceptible, because it’s a blend of many spices. Not only can poor quality items be … keep reading

Traditional Thai Massaman Curry with Beef (Recipe)

massaman curry beef spices mace

Recipe: Beef Massaman Curry Serves: 4 Ingredients For the tamarind water 60g tamarind paste 150ml warm water For the curry paste 10 dried kashmiri chillies, seeds removed, roughly chopped 2 tbsp coriander seeds 1 tbsp cumin seeds 1 tsp green cardamom seeds (from about 20 green cardamom pods) 16 cloves 8cm cinnamon stick 2 large pieces of blade mace 1/2 tsp nutmeg powder 10g of fresh coriander leaves 3 tbsp vegetable oil 200g shallots or onions, roughly chopped 25g garlic cloves, peeled, roughly chopped 25g fresh root ginger, roughly chopped 2 lemongrass stalks, tough outer leaves removed, soft inner core … keep reading

The Zanzibar Clove Spice market

zanzibar cloves spice market

To many foreigners, the name Zanzibar evokes an idea of an exotic, lavish, beautiful island, famed for it’s spices and sea trade. However great the spices are, the truth is far from beautiful. In contrast, the country is in poverty as well as decline. The country that is renowned in the spice trade for it’s production of top grade Cloves, is gradually in decline. Why? The end consumer has no idea about where their spices come from, and why Zanzibar’s cloves are superior to those grown in other parts of the world. As Cloves are one of the most expensive … keep reading

Cloves and Black pepper on the move

Cloves Regency Spices

Black Pepper Vietnamese Pepper, normally bought for it’s cheaper cost compared to Indian Black Pepper, has been falling gradually in price. Prices have dropped nearly 20% in the last few months. Brazilian Black Pepper, a fairly new cultivator in the market, has shown new promise. Supply has been up and prices are very competitive this season. We will try it out and report back! However, at the moment, quality is not so great – many goods are unclean, similar to black pepper crop in Madagascar that we frequently hear complaints about. Indian crop has been good this season too, in … keep reading