Archive for September, 2017

Rice and Spice by Anna Kochan

Tuesday, 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 listening to the Radio one morning where they were talking about a charity in Kolkata, India which supports the street children, called Future Hope Charity. (This was before the plight was highlighted even further by the amazing book and film – Lion by Saroo Brierley , and he was one of the lucky ones).

Everyday Indian recipes captured by Anna Kochan into this delightful recipe book and sold in aid of Future Hope Charity

  Everyday Indian recipes captured by Anna Kochan into this delightful recipe book and sold in aid of Future Hope Charity

Inspired by the report she contacted the charity and volunteered in Kolkata for 6 months. Whilst she was there she collected “everyday” traditional Begali recipes, including breads, dals, curries and vegetable dishes. The majority of the recipes are vegetarian, but there are a few classic chicken and fish recipes. I can vouch for their tastiness as I was being allowed to taste gorgeous aubergine pakoras and chick pea dal.

These are Anna's cookery teachers where she learnt how to create traditional everyday Bengali food to feed the children

These are Anna’s cookery teachers where she learnt how to create traditional everyday Bengali food to feed the children

A classic Thali that Anna has recreated in her recipe book.

A classic Thali that Anna has recreated in her recipe book.

All the money raised from the sale of the books (I do mean ALL as all the costs have been taken care of ) are going to this amazing charity – Future Hope.

Some of the children being helped by the Future Hope Charity in Kolkata, India.

Some of the children being helped by the Future Hope Charity in Kolkata, India.

Now celebrating its 30th anniversary, Future Hope gives the most needy children in Kolkata a secure stable home and a great education. Every day, more than 250 boys and girls attend Future Hope’s school and enjoy a nutritious Bengali home-cooked lunch. bout half of the live in one of Future Hope’s seven homes.

Some 80,000 children go missing in India every year. Future Hope works to change the lives of destitute children and help them to become independent, self-supporting members of society. Former students have gone on to develop successful careers in the hospitality industry, IT and financial sectors and sports management.

It is always amazing to meet people who have not only been moved by hearing news stories but have actually decided to do something about it.

I hope you enjoy the recipe book as much as we do. Every penny from the book sold via Steenbergs.co.uk is going to the charity.

5 Ways with Organic Lemon Extract

Monday, September 18th, 2017

organic-lemon-extract-60mlSteenbergs 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 than lemon juice’ and ‘smells like freshly zested lemon’ to ‘beautifully tangy’ with ‘an intense aroma’. The full details can be found on our blog, where you’ll find lots of suggestions of how to use it.

Here are a few for you to try at home…

1. Gluten Free Lemon & Almond CaSteenbergs gluten-free lemon drizzleke

This is a delicious moist cake which when we made it recently didn’t even last until it was cool! Enjoy with a refreshing cup of Earl Grey

2. Blueberry Oat TraybakeBlueberry oat tray bake

A tasty, healthy treat to satisfy the need for a sweet snack. The blueberries can be replaced with raspberries or blackberries depending upon the season and the addition of the tangy lemon extract really helps to accentuate the flavour of the fruit.

3. Lemon BiscuitsSteenbergs lemon biscuits

Cheryl from Madhouse Family Reviews tried these out for us a while ago to rave reviews from her children. She also made some with Steenbergs Organic Orange Extract and combined the flavours to make a St Clements variety.

The addition of the lemon extract gives a lovely chewy texture to the inside of the crunchy biscuit. A real treat topped off with Steenbergs organic Fairtrade Lemon Sugar!

4. Raw Lemon Browniesraw lemon brownies

Packed full of healthy nuts, seeds and organic fruit, these delicious raw brownies are really easy to make, with the lemon extract giving them a really fresh tang.

cupcakes - sept 125. Steenbergs Special Cupcakes

A take on the classic cupcake, here we have used our natural extracts to create a diverse range of delicious flavoured icings. With no added colouring, just add a little lemon zest on top to highlight the lemony taste.

Further suggestions

  • Lemon and honey are always good for colds so why not try a teaspoon of lemon extract and a heaped teaspoon of honey mixed with boiling water for a warming drink?
  • Add the lemon extract to sparkling water for a refreshing summer drink;
  • Mix in with your oil and vinegar to add zest to your salad dressings;
  • Blend with Steenbergs Herbes de Provence and spread over a whole chicken before roasting.

 

 

Why organic spices?

Friday, September 1st, 2017

Guest Blog from Niki, founder and developer of Nikibakes.co.uk blog

Niki, founder and recipe developer for Nikibakes.co.uk

Niki, founder and recipe developer for Nikibakes.co.uk

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.

 

Steenbergs have a range of  over 500 organic spices, salt blends, Fairtrade spices.

Steenbergs have a range of over 500 organic spices, salt blends, Fairtrade spices.

I never really thought about where I buy my spices from until a few years ago. I used to head over to my local supermarket, pick up what I needed and just throw any spices I could find first into my basket. This all changed a few years ago though when I began to become more aware of organic produce. I quickly realised that this doesn’t just extend to fresh produce and that sauces and spices are just as important.

@steenbergsltd is truly an all rounder when it comes to stocking up on herbs and spices. From garlic salt to exotic saffron, the quality of their spices is second to none. I still remember my first encounter with their curry powder. I enjoyed my curry dish so much that I bit my tongue by accident! My excitement clearly got the better of me but it just goes to show, organic really is best.

Happy Baking!

Niki

Founder of nikibakes