Spice Trade — chillies

... and a few other articles on cooking with spices!

Spicy Tomato Salsa

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Spicy Tomato Salsa

Tomato Salsa has an endless list of recipes, each different: different tomatoes, different levels of thickness, more spicy, more sweet, more sour… the list can carry on forever. Thanks to our huge pantry of spices, we’ve developed a recipe that we believe is truly unique and also tastes the bomb. The cajun seasoning is a complex blend of onions, chillies, salt, paprika, thyme, and other spices that pair extremely well with tomatoes and mexican cuisine. We’ve also mixed in a little bit of mint for a cool, summer flavour, plus more chilli powder as we love our food more spicy....

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Covid market update: Almonds, Cardamom, Chillies

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COVID-19 effects are still affecting the global spice trade, and coupled with various numbers of trade disputes involving India, China, USA, Australia and other parts of the world, Hong Kong is stuck in the centre, making negotations, and international shipping very difficult. Fortunately, supply in production has resumed for almost the entire world and prices are starting to stablise again for most herbs and spices. Almond nut prices have started to drop following the lead of other nuts. Consumption for these nuts has fallen a lot - as traditional use in Asia and middle east is for gifts and celebrations, all...

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Full flavoured Vegetarian Pho Recipe

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Full flavoured Vegetarian Pho Recipe

Phở 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 Phở Serves: 2 IngredientsFor the broth– 1 large onion, peeled and halved– 1 tsp Fennel...

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Market Update: Caraway, Quinoa, Chillies

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Chilli prices have started stabilizing after reaching a new peak all around the world: Kashmiri Chilli, our set of Peruvian Chillies (Panca, Mirasol) as well as Yidu Chilli have all gone up dramatically since the start of the year. Chilli crop usually comes at end of Winter / start of Spring. As we get deeper into summer, stocks are low and prices are near their highest. Caraway Seed prices are now at their lowest point in the last 2-3 years. This crop grows fast and is prone to overstocking. We expect a big rise next year. Quinoa prices are slowly starting to drop again. White Quinoa suddenly...

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Recipe: Mapo Doufu (includes a vegetarian option)

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Recipe: Mapo Doufu (includes a vegetarian option)

When I first received Sichuan peppercorn from my father-in-law, I didn’t know what to do. Until I met my husband, I had been cooking mapo doufu with toban djan and miso, and I thought I was doing it right. After meeting him, I was introduced to the whole new world of Chinese cooking, specifically, Sichuan dishes, and I was blown away. They were so good. Now I cannot make mapo doufu without Sichuan pepper. The glorious aroma of Sichuan peppercorn combined together with chili, garlic, ginger and toban djan makes the dish so flavorful. Over the year, I have also come up...

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