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)

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 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.