Flavouring the Cooking Pot with Herbs and Spices

Flavour Building Tips

fresh and dried herbs

Fresh Herbs vs. Dried Herbs

Can I share a secret with you? If you only learn one thing from me learn this: fresh is best. The difference between fresh and dried herbs is as profound as the difference between summer and winter. One is full of sparkle, warmth and life. The other is dull, cold and lifeless. When you cook […]

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 […]

A home-made bouquet garni made with fresh herbs is a powerful flavour-building tool. Photo source: iStockPhoto

Tips for Making Your Own Bouquet Garni

As cooks we are always looking for easy ways to increase the flavour and interest of our dishes. One of the secret, healthy and nutritious, ways of doing this is to use blends of herbs, spices and aromatic flavourings. One of the most popular of these blends of herbs and spices is known as a […]

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

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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...]