Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Tantalising Tacos


We have found a yummy Taco seasoning recipe which is so easy to make using some of our favourite herbs.

Ingredients:

  • Instant onion, Minced, 2 teaspoons
  • Chili powder, 1 teaspoon
  • dried crushed red pepper, 1/2 teaspoon
  • dried oregano,1/4 teaspoon
  • salt, 1 teaspoon  
  • cornstarch, 1/2 teaspoon
  • minced, instant garlic, 1/2 teaspoon 
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground 
Taco seasoning: Simply mix all the ingredients into a small bowl and blend,spoon this out into a 6 inch square foil, fold and make airtight. This is the Taco seasoning.
Get Creative With Cloves!

Why not create a sweet smelling pomander for your room or wardrobe?
A pomander is a delicious smelling 100% natural air freshener that is easy to make and smells completely delicious!
 
Pomanders have actually been used since medieval times to mask odours and were even believed to keep sickness at bay!
 
 
All you need:

- A Fresh Orange
- Whole Cloves
- Cinnamon (Optional)
 
So here's what to do:
 
- Take your orange and begin inserting the cloves around 1/4 inch apart. You can either cover the whole orange or create a fancy pattern! The cloves help to preserve the orange so the more you use the better! If you want to attach a ribbon its best to leave a gap in the cloves for the ribbon to sit in!
 
- If you want your Pomander to smell extra delicious, coat the cloves in cinnamon before inserting (the easiest way to do this is by putting the cinnamon and cloves in a bag and giving it a good shake!)
 
- Now put in a cool dry place for 2-3 weeks to give your orange chance to dry out.

- Attach your ribbon and hang in a wardrobe, on a door handle, or in any room of your choice. Enjoy the deliciously fresh summer scent the Pomander gives to your home!

      Grab a bag of fresh cloves or sweet smelling cinnamon from Herbed Up!

Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Raving about Rosemary!
Rosemary is very rich in antioxidants, these help maintain vitality and slow down the ageing process!
Being a versatile herb, it compliments a variety of dishes!
Use on soups and pasta dishes for a taste sensation...
...Sprinkling rosemary those new potatoes will taste divine, filling your home with a wonderful aroma while the flavours bake in!...
...Great with lamb chicken or pork, especially when combined with garlic and lemon juice! Mmm!...
...Rosemary can even be used in deserts; its great sprinkled over ice cream or mouses!
So next time your in the kitchen, grab a handful of Rosemary from your kitchen cupboard and add a delicious twist to your dish!
We have some lovely aromatic bags of Rosemary here at Herbed Up ready to post out to you! :) 


Can you name all the spices that make up
Chinese 5 Spice?
 
 
 

Monday, 25 February 2013

Split Pea Dahl
 
Suitable for Vegans
Serves 4
 
 
 
Packed full of flavour and healthy herbs and spice, this delicious split pea dahl is a super tasty dish and so easy to make!

Ingredients:


Method:

Step 1

Add the split peas, tomatoes, onion, turmeric, cumin, ginger, garlic and curry into a slow cooker or large pan with a lid. Stir in around half of the ground chilli.

Step 2

Now sit back and cook on a medium heat for around 4 hours or until the split peas are tender.

Step 3

Add salt and freshly ground black pepper to season the dahl.

Step 4

Just before serving, heat the oil in a pan. Add the cumin seeds and fry until toasty, it will have an almost smokey aroma!

Step 4

Spoon the hot spiced oil over the Dahl, scatter with the remaining ground chilli and  serve with a lemon wedge for squeezing!


Mexican Style Fajitas
Serves 4
 
Vegetable-Chicken-Beef
(Add which ever you like best!!)
 
Create your own delicious Mexican fajitas! Packed full of tasty Herbs & Spices they are guaranteed to get your taste buds tingling!
 


Ingredients:
  • 2 Tsp Ground chilli
  • 1 Tsp Paprika
  • 1/4 Tsp Garlic powder
  • 1/2 Tsp Cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 Tsp Cumin
  • 1 Tbs Cornstarch
  • 1 Tbs Sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 Onion, thinly sliced
  • Peppers, thinly sliced
  • Your choice of chicken, beef or extra vegetables; peppers, mushrooms and courgette wedges are our favourites!

For Serving:

  • 8 Tortillas
  • Salsa
  • Guacamole
  • Sour Cream

 

Step 1
 
Add all spices, cornstarch, salt and sugar to a bowl, mix well.

Step 2
 
Lightly rub your chicken/beef/vegetables with olive oil and then coat well with the dry mix in preparation for cooking.

Step 3
 
Add a little olive oil to pan and cook on a medium heat for around 10 minutes, or until the veg are tender and the meat is cooked through.

 
Step 4
 
Serve up! Add to warmed tortillas with lashings of salsa, guacamole and sour cream!

Dig in! Our mouths are watering just thinking about them...!

 
Grab all the Herbs and Spices you need for these fabulous fajitas by clicking on the bundle button below! :)


Red Hot Summer Berry Smoothie!


Don't knock it 'till you've tried it! This delicious smoothie is a blend of favourite summer fruits mixed with a pinch a cayenne pepper! We think you'll agree that the flavours are a match made in heaven.

Not only will the fresh fruit energise and boost your vitamin levels, but the
health benefits of cayenne pepper go on and on! 
 
Not only is Cayenne Pepper great at stimulating the circulatory and digestive system, its also great at treating various ailments such as headaches, joint pains, cold and flu and even toothache! And if you're looking to loose a little weight for that summer holiday then Cayenne Pepper boosts the metabolism helping to burn excess body fat!

Grab your ingredients:

½ Cup Raspberries

½ Cup Mango Chunks

½ Cup Strawberries

1 Cup Water

1 Tsp Honey

 
 
 
 


 
Blitz all ingredients in a blender for around 30 seconds or until smooth. Enjoy your delicious fruit smoothie with a kick!
 
We have lots of Cayenne Pepper available at Herbed Up! :)

Friday, 22 February 2013

Cardamom hot chocolate recipe







                                 
All you need:

- 2 tablespoons dark chocolate, chopped
-
1 teaspoon unsalted butter
-
1 cup milk
- 3
green cardamom pods, crushed with the back of a knife
-
1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Heat some milk and cardamom pods over a low heat and simmer for 10 minutes. In another pan heat butter and chocolate and stir until smooth. Whisking add hot milk in a steady stream remove from the heat and remove cardamom pods. Stir in vanilla and serve immediately.

Then sit back, relax and enjoy your new drink!


Why Fenugreek is no geek!





This champion spice is available all year round and doesn't shy away from a challenge in the cookery stakes! Fenugreek is a popular seed in many Indian cookery books. Commonly used in Middle Eastern cooking it is extremely versatile and adapts to many cooking situations.

To get the most out of your seeds the best way to prepare them is to grind or dry fry them. The best way to store your fenugreek once bought is to keep it in a cool dark place and they will last for a long time.

Thursday, 21 February 2013

Easy Peasy Herb Stuffed Peppers!
Serves 4
 
These peppers are not only easy peasy to prepare, but are packed full of flavour and healthy too!



Ingredients

2 Tsp Oregano
1 Tsp Basil
1/4 Tsp Cayenne Pepper
1 Tsp Garlic
1 Tsp Parsley
4 Green or red peppers
1/2 Cup Chopped Onion
2 1/2 Cups cooked brown rice
1 Can (8oz) tomato sauce
1/4 Cup vegetable broth

Step 1
Cut tops off peppers, remove seeds. Place peppers cut side down on a plate, cover with cling film and zap for  2-3 minutes.

Step2
Cook onion over a medium heat for 5-7 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in the rice, cayenne pepper and garlic.

Step3
In a small saucepan, bring tomato sauce and broth to a boil. Stir in the Basil, Oregano and Parsley. Stir around half a cup of sauce into the rice mixture. Spoon into peppers.

Step 4
Place in a greased baking dish, cover and bake at 200 degrees C for about 30 minutes.

Step 5
Sprinkle with a little Parmesan cheese (optional but extra tasty) and bake uncovered for a further 5-10 minutes. Serve with remaining sauce!
 
Remember you can get all the herbs and spices you need for this recipe in the simple bundle below! Alternatively visit our website @ www.herbedup.com

 

Mad About Mint!
 
For centuries mint has been well known for its wonderful aroma, fantastic taste, and great health benefits!
Eating mint regularly can have such a positive effect on your health, here are just some of the benefits!
Mint is great for settling a nervous stomach, and particularly for its ability to sooth the digestive tract.

Its anti-fungal properties are thought to play a role in the treatment of asthma and many other allergic conditions.

Mint is even thought to contain anticancer properties. It is known to contain an element which has been shown in studies on animals to prevent a variety of skin, colon and lung cancers.

Rheumatism can be treated with mint baths!

Mint is an effective pain reliever for treating even severe headaches.

A compress soaked in steeped mint tea and applied to the skin may help alleviate arthritis pain, insect sting irritation, painful burns, muscular pain and irritation from eczema.

Applying mint prompts the nerve cells to produce a cool sensation while pain signals are decreased. Topical mint treatments are often used for relieving headaches and toothache.

And don't forget! The antiseptic and antiviral properties of mint are useful for the treatment of colds and flu!

Wednesday, 20 February 2013

Moroccan Chicken
Serves 6
 
 
Ingredients
 
2 Tsp Paprika
1 Tsp Turmeric
1 Tsp Cinnamon
6 Chicken breasts, cut into pieces
2 Tbs Olive Oil
3 Cloves garlic, minced
1 Onion, peeled and finely sliced
1 Glass white wine
2 Lemons, rinsed in cold water and halved
175g Green olive, pitted
120g Chickpeas
75g Raisins
600ml Stock, chicken or vegetable
Handful of fresh coriander
Handful of chopped fresh parsley


Method

Step 1
Add all the spices to a bowl and mix well to combine. Pat dry the chicken before adding to the mix. Coat the chicken pieces well and leave to marinate for 1 hour in the spices.
 
Step 2
In a large frying pan, heat the olive oil on a medium heat. Add the chicken pieces and cook for around 7 minutes or until golden brown. Lower the heat and add the garlic and onion. Cover and cook for 15 minutes.
 
Step 3
Add the white wine, lemon helves, olives, chickpeas, raisins, and stock. Simmer on a medium heat for 5 minutes. Turn the heat right down to low, cover and cook for an additional 35-45 minutes until the chicken is cooked through. Remember to stir regularly.
 
Step 4
Mix in the chopped coriander and parsley.
 
Step 5
Serve with spicy couscous or rice.
 


 
 
You can get the herbs and spices you need for this recipe in a handy bundle!
 
Already have most of what you need? You can just purchase the extra ingredients that you need by clicking on the ingredients!
 
We hope you enjoy this delicious dish from Herbed Up!




 

 

Tuesday, 19 February 2013


Herbed Up like to make cooking up a delicious meal easy! Not only will we be posting mouth watering recipes but you can purchase all the herbs and spices needed for a recipe with a single click!
 
We hope our ingredient bundles will give you some inspiring ideas of how you can whip up some tasty dishes for you, your family or your friends!

 
A favourite Japanese Dish
Try Our Mouth Watering
Chicken Katsu Curry
Serves 4


Ingredients
 
1 Tsp Cumin Seeds
1 Tsp Coriander Seeds
1 Tsp Fenugreek Seeds
1 Tsp Ginger
1 Tsp Turmeric
1 Tsp Chillies
 
2 Garlic Cloves
1 Tbsp Honey
1 Tbsp Soy Sauce
400g Chopped Tomatoes
250ml Chicken Stock
150g Plain Flour seasoned with salt and pepper
200g Japanese Panko Breadcrumbs
2 Free Range Eggs
4 Chicken Breasts, cut into strips
4 Tbsp Vegetable Oil
3 Carrots, Sliced
2 Spring Onions, Chopped
Cooked Basmati Rice, to serve
 
Method
 
Step 1
Fry the spices for around 2 - 3 minutes in a dry frying pan. Grind to a powder in a pestle & mortar.
 
Step 2
Heat the oil in the same frying pan (this way you will get all the leftover flavour from the spices!). Throw in the onions and fry for around 8 - 10 minutes, or until golden brown. Add the chili, garlic, ginger, turmeric & chopped tomatoes.
 
Step 3
Bring to the boil. Add the stock and simmer for 25 minutes.
 
Step 4
Leave to cool slightly, then blend the mixture until smooth. Stir in the the honey and soy sauce and keep warm until ready to serve.
 
Step 5
Now for the chicken. Prepare by sprinkling the flour and breadcrumbs onto separate plates and beat the eggs in a bowl.
 
Step 6
Dredge the chicken pieces in the flour. Dip into the egg and coat in breadcrumbs making sure to shake off any excess.
 
Step 7
Heat the oil in a frying pan on a medium heat. Fry the chicken pieces for 2 - 3 minutes on each side, or until golden brown. Remove from pan and set aside to drain on kitchen paper.
 
Step 8
Cook the sliced carrots in a pan of boiling water for 4 - 5 minutes, or until tender, and then drain.
 
Step 9
To serve, Stir the cooked carrots and spring onions into the curry sauce. Spoon the sauce over a bed of fluffy rice and top with the fried chicken pieces.
 
Enjoy your delicious Chicken Katsu Curry... our mouths are watering  just thinking about it!!


 
Remember we can supply you with all the Herbs & Spices you need for this recipe! Already have most of what you need? Then click on the ingredients that you don't have to be linked straight to the product you need on our site! www.herbedup.com
Crazy About Cumin!

Today we are looking at how cumin can help when
you're feeling a little run down!
 
Cumin is great at fighting the common cold. It has antiseptic properties which can help fight flu and cold  by boosting your immune system!
 
So when you're not feeling your best, curl up with a  cup of boiled water with cumin seeds, ginger, basil leaves and honey. Giving you a great relief we're sure you'll be back to your old self in no time!

 

Best of all its 100% natural and will do your body the world of good!
 
We have some tasty batches of cumin here at Herbed Up!

Monday, 18 February 2013


Carrot, Orange & Coriander Soup, with a hint of
 
Cinnamon!
 

The nights are getting lighter but we know summer is not quite here
 
yet! So why not whip up a bath of delicious Carrot, Orange & Coriander
 
Soup with a hint of Cinnamon to keep you warm until summer arrives!
 
The fresh fruity flavours will give your taste buds the wake up call they
 
need!


We guarantee you'll love this light and healthy soup! Grab your
 
ingredients now by clicking on the links in the recipe or visit
 


Ingredients


Method

STEP 1

Heat the oil and gently fry the onions over a low heat, until very soft.
 
Add the carrots and fry for 1-2 minutes.



STEP 2

Stir in the stock, orange juice, Ground Coriander, Ground Cinnamon and
 
simmer, covered, for 40-50 minutes or until the carrots are very
 
tender.



STEP 3

Liquidise the soup to your desired consistency, season to taste and
 
serve garnished with Coriander Leaf and grated carrot.



Enjoy with some fresh crusty bread!




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Friday, 15 February 2013


Shy about "brewin' up"?.

Tea. How many times have you heard that word mentioned today? More than once I bet. We at herbedup.com are always "brewin' up" and not one cuppa is the same. It depends on who is the maker, some make it great and some don't. I have always found the best tea makers have been the ones in the workplace who tend not to make a round. So...if someone in the office is a bit shy on the brewing up front, put the pressure on, they could be hiding a secret. A great big pot of black loose tea is a nice way to kick off the morning.


FRESH RED SALSAThe weekend is nearly here and we all deserve a treat, so why not make some fresh zingy salsa to enjoy with a bag of crunchy tortilla chips!This recipe will make you and your friends enough salsa to go with 1 large bag! So ditch the shop-bought rubbish and really get your taste buds going!!


INGREDIENTS

1 small pack of fresh coriander
1 clove of garlic
1 chilli pepper
½ a red sweet pepper
½ an onion
2 tomatoes
1 tablespoon of olive oil
A pinch of salt 

METHOD

Wash the coriander and shake dry. Peel the garlic. Cut the top off the chilli pepper, cut it in half and scrape out the seeds. Cut the top off the sweet pepper, remove the middle bit with the seeds and cut it in half. Use half and save the other half. Peel the onion and cut it in half. Use half and save the other half.

If you don’t have a food processor, chop the chilli pepper, coriander, garlic, sweet pepper and onion into tiny pieces. Chop the tomatoes into 5mm (¼ inch) pieces. Put all of the ingredients into a bowl and mix together. 

If you have a food processor, coarsely chop the onion, sweet pepper and tomatoes. Put all of the ingredients into it and process for 1 minute. 

Leave for 30 minutes for the flavours to mix. 

TIME TO ENJOY YOUR DELICIOUS HOME MADE SALSA!

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