Spice Trade — bay leaves

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Recipe: Creamy Mashed Potatoes

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Nobody can resist the perfect creamy mashed potatoes. Usually some bits always come out lumpy, or they’re just bland, but with this method you can make the perfect mashed potatoes every time. These mashed potatoes are so good that they don’t even need to be an accompaniment to a main, you can eat them by themselves as a snack in the middle of the day. Recipe: Mashed Potatoes Servings: 4 Ingredients – 600g Yukon gold potatoes (Or Russet potatoes)– 1/2 teaspoon salt– 2 bay leaves– 1/2 60ml heavy cream, warmed (microwave is ok)– 30g butter, warmed (microwave is ok)– 1 teaspoon garlic...

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Recipe: Curried Quinoa

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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 Cloves Garlic, crushed– 1/2...

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Nutrition and buying tips: Bay Leaves

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All values below are per 1 tsp (0.6g) of bay leaves. ProximatesWater 0.03gEnergy 2kcalProtein 0.05gTotal lipid (fat) 0.05gCarbohydrate, by difference 0.45gFiber, total dietary 0.2gSugars, total 0.00g MineralsCalcium, Ca 5mgIron, Fe 0.26mgMagnesium, Mg 1mgPhosphorus, P 1mgPotassium, K 3mgSodium, Na 0mgZinc, Zn 0.02mg VitaminsVitamin C, total ascorbic acid 0.3mgThiamin 0.000mgRiboflavin 0.003mgNiacin 0.012mgVitamin B-6 0.010mgFolate, DFE 1µgVitamin B-12 0.00µgVitamin A, RAE 2µgVitamin A, IU 37IUVitamin D (D2 + D3) 0.0µgVitamin D 0IU LipidsFatty acids, total saturated 0.014gFatty acids, total monounsaturated 0.010gFatty acids, total polyunsaturated 0.014gCholesterol 0mg Tips on buying quality bay leaves Our recommendation is to to buy as fresh as possible. Bay...

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Bay Leaves: The Healthy Leaf from the Past?

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Bay Leaves are an ancient spice, most famous for their usage in ancient Greece. It’s now a staple in European cuisine, as well as growing in popularity around the world. They can be used in cooking most soups, stews, sauces, vegetable and meat dishes. One or two leaves plus a slow cooking method is enough to infuse a score of new taste. The leaves are most often used whole and removed before eating, so making them very simple to add to recipes.  Nowadays, more parts of the world have also begun to cultivate their own Bay Leaves. India and Pakistan...

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