Rice and Spice by Anna Kochan

September 26th, 2017

Every now and again you meet someone who inspires you. Anna Kochan is one of those people. I met her at Food Festival in Leeds and was asking about her story and why she had written and published – Rice and Spice by Anna Kochan, a Bengali Food Adventure. It turns out that Anna was […]

5 Ways with Organic Lemon Extract

September 18th, 2017

Steenbergs Organic Lemon Extract is a sunflower oil based extract with a glorious lemon citrus aroma and flavour.  It has been created particularly for use in home baking but complements everything from desserts through to chicken. When we asked our spice panel to review and taste test the Lemon Extract, the responses ranged from ‘fresher […]

Why organic spices?

September 1st, 2017

Guest Blog from Niki, founder and developer of Nikibakes.co.uk blog As founder of nikibakes and a general foodie, herbs and spices are at the heart of my dishes, without them my food is simply incomplete.   I never really thought about where I buy my spices from until a few years ago. I used to […]

Turmeric: How To Make Fresh Turmeric Latte

August 15th, 2017

Turmeric is a really popular spice for its health – anti-inflammatory and antioxidant – properties and is also regarded as a superfood. It also makes a tasty drink, sometimes called golden latte. There are an increasing number of ready-made powder mixes on the market, often using dried coconut powder to give turmeric latte its milkiness. […]

A bit about Turmeric…

August 12th, 2017

Steenbergs Organic Fairtrade Turmeric comes from an organic and Fairtrade co-operative in the Kandy region of Sri Lanka. Turmeric originates from a root, known as the rhizome, Curcuma longa; it looks similar to ginger and galangal. To create turmeric powder, the turmeric rhizomes are lifted, boiled for one hour to fix the colours, dried for […]

What’s Going On With Vanilla?

July 24th, 2017

Having built a decent line in Fairtrade organic vanilla, we recently have had to stop selling it to trade because of supply issues.  At the same time, we’ve been asked by many new customers for vanilla or Fairtrade vanilla.  Everyone’s scrabbling around for a very limited supply of real vanilla, and also wanting a cheaper […]

Cinnamon – Can Science Show Differences In Taste Between Cassia And Cinnamon

June 23rd, 2017

In 2015, we did a study of the coumarin level in cinnamon, cassia and tonka beans.  Following on from that, I decided to get the “active” volatile oils analysed in a few types of cinnamon.  In the past, we have done more general tests and found cinnamon with 40 – 100mg/kg of volatile oils, including: […]

A taste of Spain: Steenbergs smoked paprika and chorizo hash, a heavenly brunch recipe

May 31st, 2017

Smooth, sweet and silky, smoked paprika is truly a delight to cook with. Although paprika can be sourced from Hungary, Steenbergs source organic smoked paprika from Spain and is locally known as Pimenton. There is a distinctly smoky element but there are also peppery and slightly bitter notes which makes this spice incredibly flavourful and […]

Fairtrade organic ground turmeric: The soft golden spice

May 15th, 2017

Turmeric has received a lot of attention recently but it’s truly an old yet new superfood in many ways. This soft gold dust has been used for thousands of years in Asia as both a dye and later for its medicinal properties. Nowadays it’s used more and more in cooking and what better way to […]

Steenbergs Baharat: The heart and soul of Turkish Spices and an Adana Jewelled Kofte Recipe

April 27th, 2017

The next in our series of spotlighting key Steenbergs products – this time it’s the turn of our organic baharat. Baharat is the true and complete spice of Arabia, used in most dishes from meat, fish and even hearty vegetable stews and roasts. Steenbergs organic Baharat version is based on a Tunisian style recipe but […]