Here is a few tips & tricks that will spice up your meal times, parties & kids lunches. Or a few ideas if you simply want to try something new & tasty.
Tasty Nibbles – If you are caught out with nothing on hand for pre-dinner nibbles, simply take some dried biscuit or cracker, add a layer of margarine, cream cheese, cottage cheese or sour cream, and be creative by combining two or more spices or blends lightly ground on top. It will look and taste great.
Cinnamon Toast – Freshly grind cinnamon onto buttered bread, sprinkle with brown sugar and grill until done. Yum! Great for supper to accompany Spicy Hot Chocolate.
Tasty Porridge – Sprinkle a little ground coriander onto hot porridge just before serving with cream or milk and brown sugar.
Delicious Herb Bread – This works well with pita bread, pizza base or French stick. Mix up margarine (or butter), together with freshly ground Sea Salt, Mixed Herbs, Basil, Cajun Blend and Garlic Pepper. Spread generously over bread (or in slices of French stick). Grill until crisp
Tasty Grilled Tomatoes – Slice tomatoes in half, across the width, and cook under grill with a light sprinkling of sugar and salt. When tender remove from grill and freshly grind a generous sprinkling of basil over each one. Serve immediately.
Hot Soup Special – You can do this with just about any hot soup you like. Once the soup is served up into warmed bowls, sprinkle with ground Cardamom or freshly crush Mrs Rogers Cardamom Seeds for full flavour and lightly sprinkle. If your soup does not have a particularly strong flavour of its own, it will also taste delicious with a little fresh ground nutmeg on top of the Cardamon.
Cucumber Raita – Simple & delicious way to serve cucumber. 1 teaspoon Ground Coriander, 1 teaspoon Cumin, 1 teaspoon Sea Salt and ½ teaspoon Pepper and add to 300ml plain yoghurt and 1 peeled, diced cucumber. Serve this chilled as a starter in summer, or a side dish with a hot & spicy main course in winter.
Herb Omelette – Sprinkle Mixed Herbs, Sea Salt and Gourmet Pepper to the omelette mixture before cooking.
Green Peas & Beans with a Difference – Sprinkle Ginger and Sea Salt onto peas and beans once they are cooked, just before serving.
Cumin Salad – Add Cumin seeds or sprinkle Ground Cumin over any lettuce based salad for a special flavour.
Gourmet Steak – Cook your steak the normal way you like it. Once you have placed it on the plate, Lightly sprinkle with Cumin and Ground Coriander, then freshly grind Gourmet Pepper over it. This will give it a delicious and slightly exotic flavour.
The King of Spices – Pepper is the most important of all spices. It can wisely be added to almost any main dish and also has many uses in sweets dishes. Always add pepper no more than ten minutes before serving, and never let it cook for a long period of time. This is because if it is overcooked it will lose its delicious flavour, and retain only its hotness. It can also become bitter when overcooked.
Italian Fettuccine – Boil 500gms of Fettuccine pasta until nearly cooked. Drain and mix in two tablespoons of olive oil, two tablespoons Mixed Herbs, Basil and plenty of Sea Salt and Pepper to taste. Serve immediately with a Caesar salad and parmesan cheese. You can add Basil to any pasta dish.
Chilli Flavour – You can add Chilli to many hot dishes for extra flavour. Chili is great as a garnish, sprinkle onto dish just before serving. Especially good with eggs.
Rosemary Fish – Sprinkle Rosemary onto your fish before cooking under the grill or in a frying pan. You could also cover with lemon slices, wrap in silver foil and bake in a moderate oven until cooked through. Delicious!
Baked Potatoes – Bake potatoes in their jackets until cooked through. Cut open and fill with sour cream and freshly grind Garlic Pepper onto sour cream just before serving. You can moderately use Garlic Pepper on almost anything for added flavour, without it being over-powering.
Poultry – This works with any poultry dish. Add 1 teaspoon of Ground Coriander for every 500 gms of poultry and add during the cooking process. Once cooking is finished, add the same amount of freshly ground pepper. You will find this adds a subtle and unique flavour.
Coffee with Cardamom – Sprinkle Ground Cardamom onto hot coffee, or add a to your plunger. This will often get more comment than the most complicated dish!
Clove Drinks – Grind Cloves into hot tea, coffee or milk for flavour.
Ginger Tea – Grind Ginger into hot tea for a zingy flavour – especially good with herbal teas.
Rosemary Tea – Next time you make tea try adding a sprinkling of freshly ground Rosemary ½ minute before serving.
Herbal Teas – You will keep your friends guessing by adding another dimension to your favourite tea blend by adding any one, or mixtures of, Cardamon, Nutmeg, Caraway, Ginger, Cloves
Spicy Hot Chocolate – Sprinkle Cinnamon onto hot chocolate just before serving.
Spicy Tomato Juice – Add Ground Cumin into chilled tomato juice for zest.