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Quick French Onion Soup
Posted 22-04-2011 in Soup and Stock Recipes
Quick French Onion Soup
French onion soup dates back to the 18th century when the French topped it with grilled bread and cheese. This hearty soup can be a satisfying…
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Star Anise
Posted 21-04-2011 in Spices and Herbs
Star Anise
Powerful and liquorice-like, star anise is used in the East as aniseed is in the West. Chinese stocks and soups very often contain the spice, as do many…
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Sesame Seeds
Posted 21-04-2011 in Spices and Herbs
Sesame Seeds
Used in cooking for their rich nutty flavour, black sesame seeds are especially common in far Eastern cuisine. Here, meat or fish is rolled in the sesame…
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Saffron
Posted 21-04-2011 in Spices and Herbs
Saffron
Saffron, the worlds most expensive spice, is the stigma plucked from the purple-flowered crocus. Each has only three stigmas, and a five acre plot yields…
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Poppy Seed
Posted 21-04-2011 in Spices and Herbs
Poppy Seed
Used predominantly in European cooking, blue poppy seed is slightly nutty and sweet, with a almond-like flavour. Sprinkled over or incorporated into breads…
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Pepper
Posted 21-04-2011 in Spices and Herbs
Pepper
The most sought after and heavily traded spice in history, pepper lives up to its expectations by transforming blandness into bite in almost every imaginable…
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Thyme
Posted 21-04-2011 in Spices and Herbs
Thyme
The ancient Greeks believed that thyme was a source of courage, they used it in their baths and burnt it as incense in their temples. Today, thyme is widely…
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Tarragon
Posted 21-04-2011 in Spices and Herbs
Tarragon
Commonly referred to as Estragon, French Tarragon is tart with aromatic properties reminiscent of anise. Used predominantly in French and European cooking…
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Sage
Posted 21-04-2011 in Spices and Herbs
Sage
Sage has a peppery taste and is often used for flavouring rich and fatty foods, especially as a marinade. In German cuisine, it is often used to flavour…
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Rosemary
Posted 21-04-2011 in Spices and Herbs
Rosemary
Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) has spicy, pungent, rather tough leaves that resemble pine needles in both appearance and aroma. Native to the Mediterranean…
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