Archive for March, 2017

Cardamom, the exotic and warm spice

Friday, March 31st, 2017

Spotlight  on Cardamom, one of Steenbergs key products

Steenbergs Organic Cardamom pods

Steenbergs Organic Cardamom pods

 

Often being regarded as the ‘Queen of spices’, cardamom is one of the most expensive and beautifully perfumed spice in the world. Originating from India, both the seeds and pods give a very pleasant and warming flavour. Cardamom has also traditionally been one of the key ingredients in Ayurveda and Chinese medicine. It has been linked to helping with gum infections, throat problems and even inflammation of the eyelids.

Cardamom also works so very well in hot beverages. From cracking a few pods into black loose leaf tea to a golden chai latte. All you need to make two cups of this warming drink includes 2 cups of unsweetened almond milk (coconut milk is a great alternative for a more creamier base), 1 cinnamon stick, ½ a teaspoon of organic Fairtrade turmeric, 6 cardamom pods, crushed and 1 tablespoon of date syrup.

Simply heat the almond milk (or milk of choice) and pop in the cinnamon stick, ground turmeric and cardamom pods and stir occasionally. Once it has come to a simmering point, add in your date syrup and strain off your milk with a mini sieve, pouring into your cups. Enjoy right away.

Recipe for a delicious warming cardamom and turmeric almond drink

Recipe for a delicious warming cardamom and turmeric almond drink

Tip: Make sure you store your cardamom pods in a cool dry place and away from direct sunlight as this can weaken its beautiful and warming aroma.

Article and recipe created and researched by:

Niki Behjousiar

Recipe Creator and founder of nikibakes

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nikibakes has been blogging for over 10 years and has a passion for gluten free and dairy free recipes. She’s a Persian chef who loves all things spice and particularly enjoys Asian and South American cuisine. She’s always on the lookout for fresh and delicious flavour combinations and uses our spices daily in her cooking and on her blog.

 

Chermoula, the delightful spice rub for fish

Friday, March 24th, 2017

The next in our series of spotlighting key Steenbergs products – this time it’s the turn of our organic chermoula.

Chermoula is the main spice mix used in Moroccan cooking. It’s a complex and exotic mix of fragrant spices and herbs; it adds an instant kick to beef, chicken or seafood but is especially good for fish. It’s truly versatile and isn’t so hot to blow your head off.

The combination of organic cumin and turmeric with the sweetness of organic paprika and some classic Mediterranean herbs makes this mix truly earthy and warming.

Steenbergs Organic Chermoula Spice Mix can be used as a dry rub for fish before lightly baking and the following recipe will show just how easy it is to incorporate it into your next fish dish. Try this chermoula crusted cod with roasted Mediterranean vegetables which is easy to whip up and bursting with flavour and spice.

 

Steenbergs Organic Chermoula Spice Blend is great with Fish

Steenbergs Organic Chermoula Spice Blend is great with Fish

All you need is:

 

(Serves 2)
(Use organic/natural real food ingredients where possible)

Prep time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 20-25 minutes
Total time: 40 minutes

Ingredients:

2 cod fillets

2 courgettes

1 red pepper

1 red onion

A small sprig of fresh thyme (dried thyme works well also)

1 teaspoon of chermoula

A pinch of red chilli flakes (optional)

½ teaspoon of pyramid salt

2 tablespoons of olive oil

From your kitchen:

A wooden spoon
A sharp knife
A griddle pan
A silicone spatula
A couple of tablespoons for measuring
A small mixing bowl
A chopping board

Recipe for Steenbergs Organic Chermoula crusted fish with Mediterranean vegetables.

Recipe for Steenbergs Organic Chermoula crusted fish with Mediterranean vegetables.

 

Method:

Step 1:

Preheat your oven to gas mark 4 or 180°c and chop up the courgettes, red pepper and red onion to roughly the same bite size pieces and place in a small bowl.

Step 2:

Drizzle 1 tablespoon of olive oil and the sea salt and ½ a teaspoon of the chermoula into the bowl and mix well until your veggies are well coated. Tip onto your baking tray and bake for 10 minutes.

Step 3:

Whilst your veggies are roasting, place your cod on a plate and dust over the remaining ½ teaspoon of chermoula, fresh thyme and sea salt. Drizzle over the rest of the olive oil and bring out the tray of veggies. Create a little space in the centre using your spatulas to spread the veggies to the edges of the tray a little. Pop your cod fillets there and bake for a further 10-12 minutes. Serve warm and enjoy.

 

Article written and researched by

Niki Behjousiar

Recipe Creator and founder of nikibakes

www.facebook.com/nikibakes

www.nikibakes.co.uk

Twitter: @Niki_Beh 

nikibakes has been blogging for over 10 years and has a passion for gluten free and dairy free recipes. She’s a Persian chef who loves all things spice and particularly enjoys Asian and South American cuisine. She’s always on the lookout for fresh and delicious flavour combinations and uses our spices daily in her cooking and on her blog.

A slice of North Africa: Harissa with rose spice blend

Thursday, March 9th, 2017

Continuing with our series spotlighting one of the Steenbergs key products.

Harissa is the staple spice for North African cuisine and adds a good kick of spice and warmth to your meals. Harissa is most commonly used for soups, stews and even a spice rub for meat and fish. Like the Steenbergs blend, rose petals are also a common addition and add a flamboyant touch to your dishes. A little does go a long way so if you prefer a slightly milder flavour you can control it easily by adding a little less but still getting that warming and savoury flavour which is characteristic for this lovely blend. It’s a hot blend of organic crushed chillies coming together with organic caraway, organic coriander and organic cumin, a true slice of North Africa wafting into your kitchen.

Steenbergs Organic Harissa with Rose Spice Blend, created and blended in North Yorkshire.

Steenbergs Organic Harissa with Rose Spice Blend, created and blended in North Yorkshire.

Harissa with Rose Spiced Sweet Potato Fritters

These fritters are delicately flavoured with the Steenbergs Organic harissa with rose and are quite easy to make. They are perfect for picnics or a light brunch served with a couple of poached eggs and a light garden salad.

All you need is:

Ingredients:

(Makes up to 15 fritters)

(Use organic/natural real food ingredients where possible)

Prep time: 5 minutes

Cooking time: 20-25 minutes

Total time: 40 minutes

2 sweet potatoes, peeled and coarsely grated

1 teaspoon of happy hippy flower salt

½ teaspoon of organic smoked paprika

½ teaspoon of organic harissa with rose

2 spring onions or 1 red onion, chopped finely

1 tablespoon of all-purpose flour

2 free range eggs

1-2 tablespoons of coconut oil for frying

 

From your kitchen:

 

A wooden spoon

A sharp knife

A shallow frying pan

A grater

A silicone spatula

A couple of tablespoons for measuring

A mixing bowl

A tablespoon for measuring our your fritters

 

Recipe for Harissa with Rose spiced fritters.

Recipe for Harissa with Rose spiced fritters.

Method:

Step 1:

In your mixing bowl add in the grated sweet potatoes, spring onions (or red onions if using) and mix well with your all purpose flour, use a wooden spoon for this so it’s evenly dispersed.

Step 2:

Crack in your eggs one by one and using your spatula mix well until the mixture comes together. At this stage add in your lovely harissa with rose, smoked paprika and seasoning and whisk again until it’s all well dispersed into your mixture.

Step 3:

Heat your frying pan over a medium high heat and melt your coconut oil. Fry your fritters using your tablespoon for measuring them out evenly. Fry on each side for a couple of minutes or until the edges start to go golden brown.

These gorgeous fritters are wondering with some sliced avocado as well with extra harissa with rose sprinkled on top, a double whammy of flavour!

Recipe created and researched by:

Niki Behjousiar

Recipe Creator and founder of nikibakes

www.facebook.com/nikibakes

www.nikibakes.co.uk

Twitter: @Niki_Beh

nikibakes has been blogging for over 10 years and has a passion for gluten free and dairy free recipes. She’s a Persian chef who loves all things spice and particularly enjoys Asian and South American cuisine. She’s always on the lookout for fresh and delicious flavour combinations and uses our spices daily in her cooking and on her blog.

STEENBERGS BUYS OLD HAMLET WINE & SPICE

Wednesday, March 1st, 2017

Axel and Sophie Steenberg are pleased to announce that Steenbergs Limited (Steenbergs), the organic and Fairtrade spice experts, has acquired the business of Old Hamlet Wine & Spice (Old Hamlet), the mulled wine specialists.

Old Hamlet Wine and Spice product range includes Fairtrade mulling wine and cider sachets in their distinctive cloth bags, made in the UK.

Old Hamlet Wine and Spice product range includes Fairtrade mulling wine and cider sachets in their distinctive cloth bags, made in the UK.

Old Hamlet was established in 1975 Bury St Edmunds and has been owned by Tim and Rachel Bell since 1991. Under their enthusiastic management, Old Hamlet has become a leader in making hand-crafted mulling wine mixes in cotton bags.

Not only does Old Hamlet fit neatly with Steenbergs existing spice and mulling spices products, but Old Hamlet’s ethical principles dovetail with those of Steenbergs, with both businesses committed to fair trading.

Further, both Tim and Rachel Bell have committed to provide Steenbergs with consultancy to ensure a smooth handover for customers, suppliers and to help with production quality.

Axel Steenberg commented: “We have long admired the work of Tim and Rachel at Old Hamlet and their strong ethical principles, so we were delighted when the opportunity to buy the business came along. We will look to build on their fabulous products and, perhaps, bring in a few new ones as well.”

Tim Bell said: “We are very pleased that Axel and Sophie Steenberg will be taking over the running of Old Hamlet and are looking forward to working with them to ensure a trouble-free transition for our customers.”

Time for Tea – our monthly chat with someone who cares about tea

Wednesday, March 1st, 2017

nikibakesThis month our Time for Tea chat is with Niki Behjousiar, Recipe Creator and founder of nikibakes. Niki has been blogging for over 10 years and has recently collaborated with Steenbergs on 4 special blog posts focusing on key Steenbergs ingredients, which we will share in the coming weeks.

  1. What is your favourite tea to set you up for the day first thing in the morning?

I love a good Persian tea in the morning; it’s so energising and so invigorating. ORGANIC GINGERBREAD CHAI TEA LOOSE LEAF is also a firm favourite of mine to have in the morning from Steenbergs, especially as the mornings are still quite frosty, it warms you up beautifully and gears me up for my morning commute to work, a true blessing for me!

  1. What is your favourite tea to relax you in the afternoon?

As the day progresses I love to switch to herbal teas, I really enjoy a good chamomile in the evenings.

  1. Which Steenbergs tea would you most like to try and why?

I would love to try the ORGANIC CHILLI CHAI TEA LOOSE LEAF as it seems like a unique blend and very warming, I haven’t seen anything like it on the market and I love a bit of chilli in my dishes so why not in a drink too!

  1. What other Steenbergs products do you most enjoy and why?

This is a very tricky question as I love all of the products I’ve had the pleasure to try. I particularly enjoy the happy hippy salt; it’s unique and so soft on the palette, the cardamom pods, the harissa with rose, smoked paprika, chermoula…we could be here for a while.

  1. Who would you most like to have a cup of tea with and why?

I would most like to have a cup of tea with Sophie Steenberg as she is inspirational and so creative with the spice mixes. She is a person I look up to as a food blogger for good quality spices.

About Nikibakes

nikiiinikibakes has been blogging for over 10 years and has a passion for gluten free and dairy free recipes. She’s a Persian chef who loves all things spice and particularly enjoys Asian and South American cuisine. She’s always on the lookout for fresh and delicious flavour combinations and uses our spices daily in her cooking and on her blog.

Website: www.nikibakes.co.uk

Facebook: www.facebook.com/nikibakes

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/niki_beh?lang=en-gb

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