Kale & Walnut Pesto

Kale & Walnut Pesto

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We love pesto! It’s one of the most versatile things you can have on hand & not just for pasta: brush some onto chicken or salmon fillets, stir a spoonful into a nice soup or mashed potato or simply dip crusty bread into it for a quick snack! There are fewer things that are cheaper or faster to make & …

Ras-el-hanout wine pairing

Pairing spice with wine: Ras-el-hanout

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GUEST POST from Simon Wright: Pairing Spice with wine! Pairing spice with beer for our Ras-el-hanout is the fifth in a series of guest posts by Simon Wright, manager of a wine shop in Cambridge who we met at a food festival. He wanted to come up with pairings for our spice to give people a better understanding of how different spices work well with wines …

Plenty Ottolenghi

Book review: Plenty by Yotam Ottolenghi

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Plenty by Yotam Ottolenghi New year, new start. For many, this is what the start of any new year symbolises; a time to detox, to nurture your soul with food that warms, nourishes & forgives. This year I want to do things differently. In short, I wanted to: eat less meat (and not miss it) explore non-dairy alternatives for milk continue to avoid processed …

Truffle Fries

Truffle Fries

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Truffle Fries take regular fries to a new level! To celebrate this unique flavour, we thought we’d tell you how we make our perfect fries so they’re crisp, crunchy & fluffy on the inside. Twice-cooked or even thrice-cooked is the key to the perfect chip. We’re going for the twice-cooked option here because (obviously) it’s quicker & there’s not a massive …

Steak Balamic Buerre Noir

Steak with Balsamic Buerre Noir

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It would be easy to think the steak is the star of this dish, but we’d argue it’s actually the sauce! Just as a simple buerre noisette can lift any fish dish, this beurre noir gets its name from the addition of a gorgeous balsamic vinegar. Once mastered, this rich, glossy, intense sauce gives such an incredible hit of flavour in just a …

Vanilla Poached Apricots

Vanilla Poached Apricots with Orange Flower

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Being more savoury than sweet, we prefer starters to desserts a lot of the time, but Vanilla Poached Apricots with Orange Flower tick all the boxes: light, simple, fresh & tangy with the Greek yoghurt or creme fraiche to add creaminess. Deceptively simple to prepare, it’s an ideal foil for a big meal or for those times when you just want something a …

Mackerel Pate

2-minute Mackerel Pate

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Our 2-minute Mackerel Pate has alway been one of those go-to recipes to get you out of trouble. It’s almost as quick to put together as it is to open a shop-bought one, but you can tweak this one just the way you like it – plus you know what’s in  it. Use either peppered mackerel or plain smoked – the packs …

New Products Jan 15

Gorgeous new products for 2015

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We’ve been busy at Spice HQ & have some gorgeous new treats in store to kickstart your year! This first wave is mostly focused on the pure ingredients with store-cupboard essentials like Lime Leaves & Rose Petals for Thai or Middle Eastern cuisine, along with a couple of more regular items like Celery Seeds, Ground Cardamon, Mace & Nutmeg. We’ve also put together …

Magic Vegan Fajitas

Magic Vegan Fajitas!

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We’re always trying to show how versatile our rubs are and that they’re not just for BBQ or meats, so we were excited to be featured in TheVeganKind box with our Magic Vegan Fajitas! As you may know, Magic BBQ Dust is a fave of ours and this recipe is a lovely way to incorporate it into a totally vegan recipe. Of course, it …