Tag: spices

Fairy Factory Gingerbread

Each Fairy Factory Gingerbread House is hand assembled and decorated with a selection of sweets to make each one truly unique. The gingerbread is skillfully crafted with all natural ingredients, then completely dried to ensure your house stays standing strong. We invite you to see what else is in the Fairy’s range. The Christmas Chalet Undoubte...

Neha’s Ice Cream

Neha Sen's range of all natural, Indian-inspired ice creams and sorbets are made using the best ingredients to create mouth-watering flavours that are the perfect complement to almost any dessert....

Recipe: Chicken Tagine

This Chicken Tagine has all the wonderful aromas and rich flavours characteristic of classic winter recipes, but with a delightful Middle Eastern twist. Ingredients: 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 2 red onions, thinly sliced lengthways 4 garlic cloves, crushed with 1 teaspoon salt 2 teaspoons smoked paprika 1 teaspoon ground ginger 1 teaspo...

The Perfect Gift is a Herbie’s Spice Kit

Creating international cuisine is easy when you have all the essential ingredients at hand. A Herbie’s Spice Kit is a great gift for a loved-one or even just a personal indulgence. Each kit allows you to explore food traditions from around the world with the confidence of knowing you are using the best quality herbs and spices....

Recipe: Cardamom Rocky Road with Spice Dust

This decadent version of rocky road was created in honour of Herbie's 18th birthday. Filled with pistachios, macadamias, turkish delight and cardamom scented chocolate, then topped with a layer of Herbie’s magical spice dust, it is the ultimate indulgence. Cardamom Rocky Road with Spice Dust By Kate Hemphill Ingredients 300g milk chocolate 2...

Chicken & Apricot Tagine

Ingredients 1 tbsp olive oil 1 brown onion, finely chopped 2 cloves garlic, crushed 1 tsp grated fresh ginger 8 chicken thighs, boneless and skinless 1 carrot, peeled and cut into 2cm pieces 1 tbsp Herbie's Spices Ras El Hanout 750ml chicken stock 70g dried apricots 1/2 preserved lemon, finely chopped 1 400g tin chic...

A Life Full of Spice

As the doors of their much loved Rozelle retail store close for the last time, we take a look at the colourful and flavoursome history that has made the Herbie’s name a much-loved culinary institution. It is no stretch of the truth to say that Ian 'Herbie' Hemphill has literally lived and breathed herbs and spices since the day he was born. As a...

How To: Make Homemade Gin with Herbie’s Spices

When we were introduced to Herbie’s Ginspiration Spice Kit here at Essential, we were all kinds of excited. Our learning process began with the simple discovery that gin is made from a white spirit (normally vodka) infused with all sorts of spices. Not bothered by our lack of knowledge we set about bringing to life our very own artisan gin. Secu...

What You May Not Know About Herbs & Spices

Did you know that the flavour of herbs and spices is thanks to volatile oils encapsulated within the leaves, stems and seeds, or that the term massala refers to any kind of herb and spice blend and that a shiny peppercorn is the worst kind of peppercorn? We certainly didn’t, which is why taking on the Herbies range has been quite the learning cur...

Karen Martini’s Paella with Chicken, Chorizo & Calamari

Paella is such a beautiful fragrant and social dish; have your friends in the kitchen while you cook, snack on some olives or tortilla and get into the Iberian spirit with a briny glass of Fino Sherry - Karen Martini Ingredients: 100ml The Essential Ingredient extra virgin olive oil 3 chicken thighs, skinless and boneless, cut in 2cm dice 2 small ...