Flavouring the Cooking Pot with Herbs and Spices

Flavour Building Tips

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 […]

herbs and garlic in a mortar with pestle

A Stew of Words: Is it a Herb or a Spice?

“Spices and herbs for the culinary world are harvested from the entire spectrum of plant species. Most commonly the seeds and leaves of these botanical treasures are used to impart flavour, but bark, roots, nuts, flowers and berries also have much to offer, depending on which plant you have before you. What just about all […]

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 […]

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