Thursday, 31 October 2013

Orange and Clove Christmas Pomanders


Get nostalgic about Christmas with these lovely easy to make orange and clove pomanders.
The warm citrus and spice aroma fills the air with memories of Christmas past and present.

Make your pomanders early as they will last and maintain their smell and look for many many months.

Give as a thoughtful and traditional Christmas gift or use to decorate and scent your home.

Get creative and design your own unique pomander.  This is a great way to keep busy little minds occupied in the build up to Christmas.

You will need:

Medium to large whole oranges
Love Flavour Whole Cloves
Whole Star Anise (to copy design below)
Ribbon 

We also used some Love flavour whole star anise as we love the shape and the smell of this pretty looking spice.

We used a star shape cutter and pushed it into the skin of the orange to follow the pattern for ease.

How to:

Decide on your design, using a small wooden skewer (or similar blunt if kids involved)
Make a small hole in the skin of the orange and insert whole clove. Repeat to complete your design. 

Using a large needle (adult supervision for kids) thread the ribbon through the bottom of the orange and through to the top. Tie a knot in the bottom of the ribbon to stop it pulling through.

We used glue to attached to the star anise.










Monday, 28 October 2013

Quick Cauliflower and Red Lentil Curry



Often underrated as a little bit bland and boring cauliflower is actually a fabulous food. Here at Herbed Up we are a little bit crazy for cauliflower. 

High in vitamin C it also contains calcium and iron. This curry also contains coconut milk (don't panic yes it contains fat but good fats.) Coconut milk supports the body with its antiviral and antibacterial properties. Coconut milk is also great for your skin. Buy a reduced fat milk to save on calories or use half a tin to half a tin of water.

Turmeric, ground coriander and ground cumin are also essential ingredients of this curry. 

Turmeric is known to reduce inflammation in the body, it is also believed to slow progression of alzheimers (Michael Cain swears by it) and recent studies are now showing that it is an aid to preventing some types of cancers.

Ground Coriander is a great aid to digestion used in this recipe in its ground formula 

Ground Cumin assists in lowering blood pressure, assists the body in the retention of iron and kills bacteria in food.

As well as the above all these spices combined create wonderful colouration when added to foods.

Remember www.loveflavour.co.uk for all your herbs and spices. Cheaper than the supermarkets you get much much more for your money. In stock for next day delivery.



You will need ......

1 medium onion skinned and chopped 
1 piece of fresh ginger approximately 2 centimetres peeled and chopped
1 vegetable stock cube
2 medium garlic cloves chopped
200ml of water 
2 teaspoons of Love Flavour ground cumin 
2 teaspoons of Love Flavour ground coriander
1 teaspoon of Love Flavour Turmeric
75g  red lentils
1 medium to large cauliflower broken into medium sized florets 
1 tin of coconut milk (can use reduced fat)
Salt and ground pepper to season
2 tablespoons of olive oil
1 small pack of trimmed green beans
1/2 lemon juiced

Step 1 

Add the olive oil (1 tablespoon) to a flat pan and heat, add onion and cook until slightly golden and softened

Step 2 

Add in ginger, garlic, cumin. coriander and turmeric and cook for 30 seconds.

Step 3 

Add in water and stock cube stir together and then add the red lentils. Simmer for 10 minutes.

Step 5 

Heat the remaining olive oil in a large wok or similar.  Add in the cauliflower florets and brown.

Step 6

Add in the lentil mixture to the cauliflower when browned, also add the coconut milk stir and leave to simmer for approximately 30 minutes.

Step 7

Add in the trimmed green beans and salt and pepper for a further 5-7 minutes (do not over cook the cauliflower it should remain firm but tender. Add lemon juice salt and pepper to taste.


Serve with naan bread or rice or both if your feeling ravenous. Enjoy with a large glass of wine!














Thursday, 24 October 2013

Dogalicious Dog Biscuits


Ok so here's the verdict the biscuits were dogalicious. That's the verdict from Nellie and Jess who happily 'woofed' down 3 each.  They are so easy to make. Give your pooch a treat!!!

Homemade Aniseed Dog Biscuits 


  •  1/2 cup Whole Wheat Flour
  •  1/2 cup Oatmeal fine or medium ground
  •  4 tbsp Vegetable Oil 
  •  1 cup chicken stock 
  •  1 tbsp baking powder
  •   1 cup grated carrot
  •  4 tbsp Love Flavour Aniseed Powder

Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl to form a dough.  
Roll out on a cool surface and using cutters form shapes
Place on a baking tray and bake on a medium heat for 30 minutes 
Remove from tray and leave to cool.

Dogs love the smell of aniseed.




Here at Love Flavour we do love our pets. A recent customer posted a review to say she had bought 'Love Flavour Aniseed Ground'. Her intended use ..... to make homemade dog biscuits for her precious pooch.

Our intrigue got the better of us so this weekend our Love Flavour teams pooches Nellie Jessie and Lola are in for a treat. We are making baked aniseed dog treats.

Apparently aniseed to dogs is like catnip to cats .....  the 'girls' will let you have their verdict on Monday!!!!!!



  

Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Winter Warming Soup Parsnip and Apple



Winter is fast approaching and there's a nip in the air. Here at the Love Flavour office we change what we cook with the seasons.

Lynne our resident customer care team member conjured this up after visiting her local veggie restaurant. Here at Love Flavour we have a range of pallets to cater for from veggies to vegans to carnivores. So we made the soup again for all to try.

Here's our version of this 'soupa' soup winter parsnip and apple. As we are 'Love Flavour' we could not resist adding a bit of a twist, so we decided to pop in a couple of teaspoons of our Herbed Up Madras Curry Powder.  The result a hearty warming soup thats quick and easy to make. Make the most of these seasonal veggies and fruits.


Winter Warming Parsnip and Apple Soup

1 large onion 
1 desert spoon olive oil 
5/6 medium parsnips
2 medium english apples (cox's or russets are great)
2  vegetable stock pots
1 litre of hot water 
2 teaspoons of love flavour madras curry powder
Salt and pepper to taste

We garnished our soup with fresh coriander as we were showing off!!!!!




Step 1 

Finely chop the onion, and add to pan with pre-heated oil oil. Cook gently for approximately 5 minutes or until softened 

Step 2 

Remove the top from the parsnips and chop into small cubes (use food processor if available) no need to peel 

Repeat the above with the apples (cored) only peel if you wish.

Step 3

Add the parsnip and apple to the onions and cook for 5 minutes until they start to soften 

Step 4

Add the Love Flavour madras curry powder (for a spicier soup you can replaced this with our Herbed Up chilli powder 1 tsp or to taste). Stir in the pan and cook for a further 1 minute.

Step 5 

Make up the stock pots with 1 litre of water and add to the pan. Stir and leave to simmer for 15-20 minutes.

Step 6 

Add salt and pepper to taste

Step 7

Using a hand blender, blend the soup until almost smooth.

Serve with crusty bread and cosy in on a dark winters night.  Best eaten on a tray in front of the TV in your PJ's. 

Send us a picture of you eating the soup in your Pyjamas, if your happy for us to share your picture, we will send you some free sample of our Herbed Up Herbs and spices to try.

Don't forget we love to see what you have cooked/baked/boiled (or burnt) when using our products. Photo's and funny stories please.







  







Thursday, 2 May 2013

Bank Holiday Bites!

Whether you're planning on entertaining this Bank Holiday weekend or just relaxing in the sunshine, these Bank Holiday Bites are sure to go down a treat!

Kiwi Lime Mocktail
This wonderfully healthy drink is fun, zesty and perfect for the whole family!

Ingredients:

- 2 Kiwi fruits
- Juice of half a lime
- 1/2 Tsp Ginger, Ground
- 2 Tbsp Sugar Syrup
- 8 oz Ginger Ale (Optional)
- 8 Ice cubes

Cut a few slices of kiwi (for the garnish) before dicing the rest. Add all ingredients to a blender and blend on a slow speed for a around 10 seconds. Pour contents into a glass and add the kiwi garnish to the top of the glass.
Enjoy in the sunshine!


Mini Cinnamon & Raisin Bagels 

Ingredients:

2 Tbsp Cinnamon
3 Handfuls Raisins
7g Dried Yeast
450g Bread Flour
4 Tbsp Sugar
2 Tbsp Salt
2 Tbsp Poppy or Sesame Seeds

Add the yeast and sugar to a bowl and pour over 100ml warm water. Leave for around 10 minutes until the mixture becomes frothy. Add a further 200ml warm water to the bowl. Stir in the salt and half the flour. Add the rest of the flour bit by bit, mixing with your hands until the dough is soft but not sticky. Add the raisins and half the cinnamon and knead to mix.

Knead for around 10 minutes until the dough feels smooth and elastic. Shape into a ball and place into a lightly oiled bowl. Cover with cling film and leave in a warm place for around an hour or until doubled in size.

Preheat the oven to 220C. On a lightly floured surface, divide the mixture into around 14 pieces. Shape each piece into a ball and flatten slightly. Use the handle of a wooden spoon to create a hole in the middle of each bagel, twirl the bagel around the spoon to make a hole about 3cms wide. Cover each bagel loosely with cling film while you finish the rest of the batch.

Meanwhile bring a large pan of water to the boil and add the remaining sugar. Slip the bagels into the water (around 4 at a time) and cook for 1-2 minutes, turning occasionally until they have puffed slightly and a skin has formed. Remove and drain away any excess water.

Place on a lined baking tray, shake on the remaining cinnamon and sprinkle with poppy or sesame seeds. Bake for around 25 minutes or until golden brown. Leave to cool on a wire rack and serve with your favourite topping! - Some of our favourites are jam, smoked salmon or crème fraiche and chive.



Champagne and Summer Fruits Jellies
Now let's finish off with a deliciously summery jellies with a twist!

Ingredients:

- 130g Raspberry Jelly
- 200g Mixed Summer Berries
- 475ml Champagne or Prosecco
- 1 Carton Single Cream
- 1 Tbsp Dried Mint

Dissolve the jelly cubes in 100ml boiling water and leave to cool. Stir in the Prosecco.

Mix the fruit with the mint and divide between 6 glasses. Top with the jelly until the fruit is just covered. Cover and chill until the jelly is just starting to set. Top up with the remaining jelly and chill until set.

To serve, pour a thin layer of cream into the top of each jelly and garnish with a fresh mint leaf.

Now you're all set for the Bank Holiday!

 





 
 

Wednesday, 1 May 2013

Mad About Mustard!

The is a versatile spice that adds a tasty kick to anything from hot dogs to sauces and marinades!

Apart form making our food taste great, there are also many used of mustard that don't involve a sandwich! Here are just a few:

1) To help sooth a sore throat
Combine 1 tbsp mustard, the juice of half a lemon, 1 tbsp honey, 1 tbsp salt and half a cup of boiling water! Mix well until dissolved and once cool use to gargle with! Your throat will feel 10 times better!

2) Decongestant
Rub a little mustard onto you chest. Cover with a hot damp cloth and you'll be able to breath easily again in no time!

3) Face mask
For smooth skin and a glowing complexion, spread a thin layer of mustard onto your face. Leave for a few minutes and rinse off! Say hello to radiant skin!

4) Muscle relaxant
Achy Muscles? Try a mustard infused bath! Add 2 tbsp mustard and 1 tbsp bath salts to the warm running water of your bath! Sit back, relax and let the mustard get to work!

5) Hair Conditioner
Mustard oil can work wonders on dull, dry hair! Simply pour a generous amount of mustard oil into hand and massage into hair. Leave in over night, and in the morning rinse with shampoo and conditioner. You hair will be revived, bouncy and silky soft!

So now you have some great ideas to put that leftover mustard to use!


Tuesday, 30 April 2013

Crab Stuffed Mushrooms

These delicious little stuffed mushrooms not only look the part but are so simple to make.
Perfect as a party snack!

Ingredients:

12 Medium Mushrooms
120g Crab Meat
1 Cup Fine Bread Crumbs
1/2 Red Pepper, Finely Chopped
1/4 Tsp Celery Salt
1/4 Tsp Cracked Black Pepper
1 Tsp Cajun Spice
3 Tbsp Parmesan Cheese
6 Spring Onions
4 Tbsp Butter


Method

Wash the mushrooms and gently pop out the stems. Melt the butter and use a little to lightly grease a baking tray. Use the rest of the melted butter to brush over the mushrooms and lay into a baking tray.

Melt the remaining butter into a pan, and the onion and red pepper, cooking until tender. Remove from heat and mix in the crab, bread crumbs, celery salt, black pepper and Cajun spice.

Fill Each mushroom generously with the mix and sprinkle with the Parmesan cheese.

Bake in a preheated oven at 200C for around 15 - 20 minutes, or until cheese is bubbling and mushrooms are cooked through.

Serve up and enjoy!

Monday, 29 April 2013


Lets get dipping!

Herbs and spices are great for making tangy sauces and tasty dips!

Here are just a few of Love Flavours favourites:

Natural yogurt, mint & cucumber dip


(Delicious with bread sticks or carrot fingers!)

Tangy mayonnaise

made with low fat mayo mixed with Paprika -or chilli powder if you're brave!!

(Makes sandwiches, salads and sushi extra tasty!)

Greek yogurt, honey and cinnamon dip

(Ideal as an accompaniment for with desserts such as a tasty plum crumble or over juicy fresh fruit!)
 

Friday, 26 April 2013

Peppermint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream - 1 Tub

Whip up a lovely batch of delicious peppermint ice cream ready for the summer sun! Who can resist... :)



Ingredients:


3 Tbsp Peppermint
150g Chocolate Chips
1 Cup Milk
2 Cups Heavy Cream
6 Egg Yolks
2/3 Cup Sugar
A Pinch of Salt



What to do:


Add the peppermint, milk and 1 cup of cream to a pan and heat gently for a few minutes. Remove from heat, cover and leave to infuse for 40 minutes. Add the salt and sugar to the mixture, and heat gently again until dissolved.

Whisk the egg yolks, slowly adding the peppermint mixture a bit at a time. Return to a low heat for about 10 minutes, stirring constantly until
thickened. Remove from heat and stir in the rest of the cold cream to stop the cooking.

Chill the mixture in a refrigerator for at least 2 hours. Stir in the chocolate chips and transfer to the freezer. Remove from freezer and whisk every hour for the first 3 hours and then leave to set for the final freeze. Scoop into a bowl and enjoy!

Thursday, 25 April 2013

Baked Stuffed Apples With Vanilla Yogurt
Serves 6

For a fantastically delicious & easy to make dessert make sure to try our tasty stuffed apples!


All you need...

1/2 Tsp Cinnamon
1/2 Tsp Ground Cloves
1/2 Allspice
2 Vanilla Pods
6 Baking Apples
2 Tbsp Raisins
2 Tbsp Butter
1/4 Cup Sugar
1/2 Cup Water
1 Cup Natural Yogurt



Here's what to do...


Core the apples leaving them whole and unpeeled. Mix the raisins and sugar together in a bowl and spoon into center of apples, dividing evenly.



Place side by side on a baking tray. Add a blob of butter to the top of each apple and sprinkle on, cinnamon, allspice and clove mixture.



Bake at 200C for 25 minutes or until the apples are soft.



While the apples are baking, spoon the natural yogurt into a bowl. Take your vanilla pods and slice down the length of them with a knife. Scoop out the seeds and mix well with the natural yogurt.



Serve each apple straight from the oven with a large dollop of Vanilla Yogurt!



Enjoy! :)

Wednesday, 24 April 2013

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It's a great way to share tips, tricks and meal ideas.
You can even learn about the fantastic health benefits of incorporating Herbs & Spices into your diet!

Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Finger Licking BBQ Flavours!

It's only a matter of time until that first BBQ of the year!....

So get prepared! Order your Herbs and Spices now from Love Flavour and enjoy experimenting with different flavours on the BBQ!

Try 3 of our favourites, delicious smothered over meat, fish or veg skewers!

   Hot & Spicy         Sweet & Sticky      Fresh & Aromatic

          Paprika                            Ginger                               Mint
Cracked Black Pepper                  Garlic                          Fennel Seeds
        Celery Salt                         Honey                           Rosemary
  Drizzle of Olive Oil          Drizzle of Soy Sauce             Splash of Olive Oil
                                     Sprinkle of Sesame Seeds

Just add sunshine.....

Monday, 22 April 2013

Paprika

Paprika is known for its tangy taste and vibrant colour. This magnificent spice will add flavour and excitement to any food that needs a little kick!

Wonderful on wedges, magnificent on mushrooms and sensational on sausages! Sprinkle a little Paprika on your next dish and feel your taste buds come alive!

Have Love Flavour send you a fresh resealable bag of Paprika delivered straight to your door!



Friday, 19 April 2013

Don't forget you can shop 24/7 this weekend
Order in delicious Herbs & Spices over the weekend ready for lots of tasty meals for the week ahead!
Try a bag of aromatic Cumin, perfect for a homemade Curry!

Thursday, 18 April 2013

Liquorice Root

Well known for it's use in candies and sweets around the world.

Liquorice Root is often chewed in its pure form as a mouth freshener and a healthy 'sweet treat' for children! Many dieters also chew on Liquorice Root to keep their cravings at bay!

Not only is this sweet tasting herb delicious, it can also be used as a herbal remedy for digestion and subduing inflammations. Not to mention it also contains many anti-depressant compounds!


Start chewing today!

Wednesday, 17 April 2013

All About Allspice

Our super spice of the day is the fantastic Allspice!
Used to flavour both sweet and savory dishes, Allspice is especially great in curries, stews & meat dishes.

Being one of the most commonly used ingredients in Caribbean cuisine, the spice has a warming effect similar to the likes of cinnamon and ginger. Would you believe that it can also be used as a mild muscular anesthetic?!

Allspice is packed with vitamin A, B-6, and C, making it a powerful natural antioxidant. Regular consumption can even help strengthen the body's immune system and develop resistance to infection.

Grab your delicious bag of Allspice now from 
Love Flavour!

Tuesday, 16 April 2013


All our tasty Herbs & Spices now come in resealable bags! This way your goods will stay extra fresh after every use. Fill your kitchen cupboards now and lets get the flavour back in to cooking!

Monday, 15 April 2013

Spring Smoothies

Enjoy a zesty and refreshing smoothie in the Spring sunshine!
Not only will this healthy smoothie boost your energy levels, it is also packed with vitamins, minerals and countless health benefits!

All You need:

1/2 Cup Pineapple Chunks
1/2 Cup Strawberries
1/2 Cup Sliced Banana
1 Tsp Ginger
1 Tsp Cinnamon
4 Ice Cubes

Add all ingredients to a blender and blend for about 20 seconds. It's that simple!

Whiz up the night before for a healthy & quick breakfast! Add a few oats to keep you full up until lunch time!

We have lots of delicious Cinnamon & Ginger for this moth watering recipe available at Love Flavour. These fantastic little spices will add a tasty kick to your smoothie, not to mention they can help strengthen your immune system!

Friday, 12 April 2013

Puff Pastry Pepper Pizza!  Serves 3 - 4

Everyone deserves a treat at the weekend, so why not try our simple puff pastry pizza!

Ingredients
- 1 Tsp Oregano
- 1/2 Tsp Paprika
- 1 Tsp Rosemary
- 1/2 Tsp Cracked Black
- 1 Pre-Rolled Puff Pastry
  Sheet
- 3 Tbsp Tomato Puree
- 1 Mozzarella Ball
- 1/2 Red Onion, Sliced
- 1/2 Red Pepper Sliced
- 1/2 Green Pepper Sliced
- 4 Large Mushrooms Sliced
- Drizzle of Olive Oil

What to do

This recipe is so simple you could do it with your eyes closed (but we don't recommend it!)

Cover a large baking tray with grease proof paper and lay the puff pastry sheet on top.

Add a dollop of tomato puree to the pastry sheet and spread over the whole surface leaving around 2cm around the edges.

Add your peppers, onion, and mushrooms in no particular order, spreading out to create an even coverage.

Chop the mozzarella ball into slices around half a cm thick and add to the pizza.

Drizzle over the olive oil and sprinkle on the oregano, paprika, rosemary and cracked black pepper.

Your pizza is now ready to go in the oven! Cook at 200C in a pre-heated oven for around 10 minutes or until the crust is golden and the cheese is bubbling.

Cut in to slices and dig in!

Its always fun to experiment with different flavours, we have a huge range of herbs and spices for you to try on your next pizza at Love Flavour

Thursday, 11 April 2013

Why buy Cayenne Pepper?

Cayenne is a hot and fiery spice that is so versatile it be used from anything from tacos and chillis to chocolate deserts!

However Cayenne Pepper is more than just a tasty spice, its bursting with fabulous health benefits too!
Not only is it fantastic for the immune system, helping to prevent colds and flu, but it is also is great at improving heart health, relieve joint pain and can even aid weight loss!

Try adding a little Cayenne to your next recipe!
With fantastic prices available from Herbed Up, there has never been a better time to buy!

Check out this 50g bag of Cayenne Pepper for just 60p! Delivered straight to your door.

Click on the bag to order now!

Wednesday, 10 April 2013

Crispy Courgette Fingers!

Perfect as a side for any meal or as a tasty snack!

What you need:

- 1 Large Courgette
- 1 Pack of Breadcrumb
  Coating
- 2 Eggs
- 1 Tbs Paprika
- 1 Tsps Black Pepper
- 1 Tbsp Oregano


What to do:

- Wash the courgette and chop into fingers (approximately 6cm x 2cm)

- Crack both eggs into a bowl and beat well. Pour the breadcrumbs into a second bowl and mix in the Paprika, Cracked Black Pepper & Oregano.

- Now for the messy bit! Dip each courgette finger into the egg and then roll in the breadcrumb mixture each finger is evenly coated.

- Place each finger onto a baking tray. Preheat the oven to 200C and cook for around 35 minutes or until golden brown. Turn once in between to prevent fingers from sticking to the tray.

Tip: Delicious served with a spicy salsa dip!


A huge range of delicious ingredients available at Herbed Up.

Tuesday, 9 April 2013

Smoked Salmon, Mushroom & Garlic Linguine
The perfect mid-week dinner!
Serves 4

For a vegetarian option replace the smoked salmon with delicious courgette wedges!

Ingredients

- 200g Smoked Salmon
  Trimmings
- 200g Mushrooms (sliced)
- 400g Linguine
- 4 Tbs Crème Fraîche
- 1 Tbsp Dill
- 1 Tsp Garlic Powder
- 1 Tsp Thyme
- 1/2 Tsp Cracked Black


Method

- In a large pan, set the linguine cooking for around 10 minutes or until al dente.

- Whilst the pasta is cooking, add a little oil to a frying pan and cook the mushrooms for around 5 minutes or until soft.

- Drain the linguine and return to the pan. Stir in the crème fraîche, garlic powder, smoked salmon trimmings, and mushrooms. Mix on a low heat for around a minute.

- Toss in all remaining herbs & spices and mix well.

Serve straight away with a lemon wedge for squeezing!

Monday, 8 April 2013

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Friday, 5 April 2013

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Thursday, 4 April 2013

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Click to buy in one simple step.

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Buying these tasty Herbs and Spices online can save you a bundle of money!

A jar of herbs and spice form your supermarket typically only contains around 50g and can cost
over twice the price!

Save money and give your taste buds a wake up call by ordering your first batch now