Flavouring the Cooking Pot with Herbs and Spices

Flavour Building Tips

butter

Why Use Unsalted Butter?

Most chefs agree that there is a big taste difference between salted and unsalted butter. The salt acts as a preservative. Which explains why unsalted butter is not that readily available and why it is normally more expensive than salted butter – it is fresher and has a shorter shelf life. The amount of salt […]

herb infused oils and vinegars

Tips for Making Your Own Herbal Oils and Vinegars

Herb infused oils and vinegars are a wonderful way of using the bounty from your food garden to create very personal and individual gifts. From simple flavours to elaborate blends, these light (on calories), easy-to use products are revolutionizing menus. They are not for cooking but for flavouring: bread-dipping for a first course, mixing with […]

herbs and spices at the market

Tips for Buying and Storing Herbs and Spices

“When you are selecting herbs and spices for your own pantry, there is no better way to judge character than with your senses of taste and smell. Buying spices and herbs should be a tactile experience, not just pulling a jar from a shelf.” – Tony Hill author of The Spice Lover’s Guide to Herbs […]

Nuutste Afrikaanse Kookwenke en Resepte

kruie en knoffel

‘n Babelse Verwarring: Is dit Kruie, Speserye of Geurmiddels?

Baie mense onderskei tussen kruie, speserye en geurmiddels. Kruie Kruie is die aromatiese blare en blomme van plante wat vars of gedroog gebruik word om disse mee op te kikker. Goeie voorbeelde is basiliekruid, tiemie en roosmaryn. Die raklewe van die meeste gedroogde kruie is heelwat korter as die van speserye. Die meeste kruie word […]

Recent Herb and Spice Recipes

bowl of spicy chicken noodle soup

Spicy Chicken Noodle Soup

In the 12th century the great physician and philosopher Maimonides prescribed herbal baths … [Read More...]

two cups of herb tea

How to Brew The Perfect Pot of Herbal Tea

Tea... a magic word that conjures up fantastic tales of romance and poetry; of clipper … [Read More...]

home-made mustard

How To Make Your Own Deli-Style Mustard

Making your own mustard mixes can be fun and interesting! The combinations are endless, … [Read More...]

smoked chilli chutney with crostini and brie

Smoked Chilli Chutney Recipe

Technically this is not a chutney. It's more like a traditional Cape Malay blatjang which … [Read More...]

chilli hamburger and hotdog sauce

Habanero Hamburger and Hotdog Sauce

This hot chilli sauce is a firm family favourite and it never fails to get compliments. … [Read More...]

caprese salad with fresh basil

Insalata Caprese – Tomato and Mozzarella Salad

Much like chilli peppers, basil is an obsession in our food garden and in our cooking. … [Read More...]