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Chermoula, the delightful spice rub for fish

Friday, March 24th, 2017

The next in our series of spotlighting key Steenbergs products – this time it’s the turn of our organic chermoula.

Chermoula is the main spice mix used in Moroccan cooking. It’s a complex and exotic mix of fragrant spices and herbs; it adds an instant kick to beef, chicken or seafood but is especially good for fish. It’s truly versatile and isn’t so hot to blow your head off.

The combination of organic cumin and turmeric with the sweetness of organic paprika and some classic Mediterranean herbs makes this mix truly earthy and warming.

Steenbergs Organic Chermoula Spice Mix can be used as a dry rub for fish before lightly baking and the following recipe will show just how easy it is to incorporate it into your next fish dish. Try this chermoula crusted cod with roasted Mediterranean vegetables which is easy to whip up and bursting with flavour and spice.

 

Steenbergs Organic Chermoula Spice Blend is great with Fish

Steenbergs Organic Chermoula Spice Blend is great with Fish

All you need is:

 

(Serves 2)
(Use organic/natural real food ingredients where possible)

Prep time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 20-25 minutes
Total time: 40 minutes

Ingredients:

2 cod fillets

2 courgettes

1 red pepper

1 red onion

A small sprig of fresh thyme (dried thyme works well also)

1 teaspoon of chermoula

A pinch of red chilli flakes (optional)

½ teaspoon of pyramid salt

2 tablespoons of olive oil

From your kitchen:

A wooden spoon
A sharp knife
A griddle pan
A silicone spatula
A couple of tablespoons for measuring
A small mixing bowl
A chopping board

Recipe for Steenbergs Organic Chermoula crusted fish with Mediterranean vegetables.

Recipe for Steenbergs Organic Chermoula crusted fish with Mediterranean vegetables.

 

Method:

Step 1:

Preheat your oven to gas mark 4 or 180°c and chop up the courgettes, red pepper and red onion to roughly the same bite size pieces and place in a small bowl.

Step 2:

Drizzle 1 tablespoon of olive oil and the sea salt and ½ a teaspoon of the chermoula into the bowl and mix well until your veggies are well coated. Tip onto your baking tray and bake for 10 minutes.

Step 3:

Whilst your veggies are roasting, place your cod on a plate and dust over the remaining ½ teaspoon of chermoula, fresh thyme and sea salt. Drizzle over the rest of the olive oil and bring out the tray of veggies. Create a little space in the centre using your spatulas to spread the veggies to the edges of the tray a little. Pop your cod fillets there and bake for a further 10-12 minutes. Serve warm and enjoy.

 

Article written and researched by

Niki Behjousiar

Recipe Creator and founder of nikibakes

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nikibakes has been blogging for over 10 years and has a passion for gluten free and dairy free recipes. She’s a Persian chef who loves all things spice and particularly enjoys Asian and South American cuisine. She’s always on the lookout for fresh and delicious flavour combinations and uses our spices daily in her cooking and on her blog.

A slice of North Africa: Harissa with rose spice blend

Thursday, March 9th, 2017

Continuing with our series spotlighting one of the Steenbergs key products.

Harissa is the staple spice for North African cuisine and adds a good kick of spice and warmth to your meals. Harissa is most commonly used for soups, stews and even a spice rub for meat and fish. Like the Steenbergs blend, rose petals are also a common addition and add a flamboyant touch to your dishes. A little does go a long way so if you prefer a slightly milder flavour you can control it easily by adding a little less but still getting that warming and savoury flavour which is characteristic for this lovely blend. It’s a hot blend of organic crushed chillies coming together with organic caraway, organic coriander and organic cumin, a true slice of North Africa wafting into your kitchen.

Steenbergs Organic Harissa with Rose Spice Blend, created and blended in North Yorkshire.

Steenbergs Organic Harissa with Rose Spice Blend, created and blended in North Yorkshire.

Harissa with Rose Spiced Sweet Potato Fritters

These fritters are delicately flavoured with the Steenbergs Organic harissa with rose and are quite easy to make. They are perfect for picnics or a light brunch served with a couple of poached eggs and a light garden salad.

All you need is:

Ingredients:

(Makes up to 15 fritters)

(Use organic/natural real food ingredients where possible)

Prep time: 5 minutes

Cooking time: 20-25 minutes

Total time: 40 minutes

2 sweet potatoes, peeled and coarsely grated

1 teaspoon of happy hippy flower salt

½ teaspoon of organic smoked paprika

½ teaspoon of organic harissa with rose

2 spring onions or 1 red onion, chopped finely

1 tablespoon of all-purpose flour

2 free range eggs

1-2 tablespoons of coconut oil for frying

 

From your kitchen:

 

A wooden spoon

A sharp knife

A shallow frying pan

A grater

A silicone spatula

A couple of tablespoons for measuring

A mixing bowl

A tablespoon for measuring our your fritters

 

Recipe for Harissa with Rose spiced fritters.

Recipe for Harissa with Rose spiced fritters.

Method:

Step 1:

In your mixing bowl add in the grated sweet potatoes, spring onions (or red onions if using) and mix well with your all purpose flour, use a wooden spoon for this so it’s evenly dispersed.

Step 2:

Crack in your eggs one by one and using your spatula mix well until the mixture comes together. At this stage add in your lovely harissa with rose, smoked paprika and seasoning and whisk again until it’s all well dispersed into your mixture.

Step 3:

Heat your frying pan over a medium high heat and melt your coconut oil. Fry your fritters using your tablespoon for measuring them out evenly. Fry on each side for a couple of minutes or until the edges start to go golden brown.

These gorgeous fritters are wondering with some sliced avocado as well with extra harissa with rose sprinkled on top, a double whammy of flavour!

Recipe created and researched by:

Niki Behjousiar

Recipe Creator and founder of nikibakes

www.facebook.com/nikibakes

www.nikibakes.co.uk

Twitter: @Niki_Beh

nikibakes has been blogging for over 10 years and has a passion for gluten free and dairy free recipes. She’s a Persian chef who loves all things spice and particularly enjoys Asian and South American cuisine. She’s always on the lookout for fresh and delicious flavour combinations and uses our spices daily in her cooking and on her blog.

Turmeric, the wonder spice

Wednesday, January 25th, 2017

We’re really excited to announce the launch of our new Steenbergs You Tube channel. We’ll be showing short ‘Behind The Products’ clips, as well as longer cooking demonstrations which we hope you’ll enjoy.
We thought we’d start with Turmeric. It’s one of the top 5 store cupboard essentials and is having somewhat of a revival at the moment, with much being made of it’s health benefits as well as the brilliant colour and taste it gives to so many dishes.

416949_10150608745213226_209904074_nturmeric-ground-organic-spiceTurmeric is a rhizome native to southern Asia, that is grown as an annual and looks similar to ginger and galangal. It is sometimes available fresh, but is usually sold ground into powder form, having been boiled and dried. Turmeric powder is bright yellow with a distinct earthy aroma and a pleasing, sharp, bitter, spicy and lingering depth of flavour and is an essential ingredient for Indian and South East Asian cuisine.

Steenbergs stocks 2 different varieties of turmeric: organic turmeric and an organic Fairtrade turmeric which comes from an organic and Fairtrade co-operative in the Kandy region of Sri Lanka. Click here to watch our Behind the Products Video about turmeric. Classic dishes include curries, fish stews and rice dishes and Steenbergs uses it in many of its spice blends including curry powder and chermoula.
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Jasmine & Melissa Hemsley are big turmeric fans. “A powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant, this little pot of gold is a vital ingredient for good health at any time of the year, but in winter we tend to start putting organic turmeric in anything and everything, just to give us an extra boost.” They use it in smoothies, hot drinks and curries to boost their turmeric intake. Take a look at their website for inspiration.

Madeleine Shaw also promotes turmeric in her latest book, READY, STEADY, GLOW! (published by Orion books). Her recipes for warming Turmeric Milk and revitalising Turmeric-tastic juice, are creative ways to add it into your diet.

Sharmini Thomas, local York based Indian cookery tutor, uses turmeric extensively in her Indian cookery, as well as believing in the healing properties of turmeric, citing examples of it as a useful antiseptic. Chicken Tikka Masala typically contains turmeric, as she shows in the delicious recipe she created for Steenbergs. Watch out for the cookery video coming soon….

But what is the scientific evidence for turmeric? Recently Michael Mosley, one of the presenters on the BBC’s Trust Me, I’m a Doctor programme, conducted a test with the help of Professor Widschwendter of University College, London, looking at DNA methylation in cells, using three groups of people: one given a placebo; one given turmeric to take by itself and the final group given turmeric to take with food. Interestingly they saw positive results in the group who were given turmeric to take with food and will be investigating the link further. For more information, visit: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-37408293

Definitely all food for thought…

Steenbergs Becomes Kosher Certified

Wednesday, January 4th, 2017

We’ve been working during the last few years on upping our game in our certifications.  It’s alright saying that Steenbergs is good at this and that, but quite another thing to prove it.

In 2016, we began working on both halal and kosher certification.  So far, we have completed kosher certification with the London Beth Din (Kosher London Beth Din) – finalised on 16 December and confirmed 3 January 2017.

After an audit visit and lot of paper trails to be proved, this has enabled over 250 products to achieve kosher certification.  At the start, we won’t have any logo showing that our products are kosher certified, but as new labels are printed we will be incorporating the KLBD logo for certified lines.  This will begin with a rebranding of the organic extracts range in the first half of 2017.

Now, we’ve started on halal certification with Halal Certification Europe.  Because of a different methodology , it means that only those products we blend can be certified and so it will be a much, much shorter list.

At Steenbergs, the key theme is that we must be able to demonstrate that we both appreciate and are addressing customer’s differing requirements for Steenbergs herb, spice and tea products.  This is not only about environmental (Organic) and social (Fairtrade; SEDEX), but also about religious and other ethical factors.

We will address vegan and/or vegetarian in the near future, but have slightly put that to the back of the queue because Steenbergs’ products are plant-based and we seek (so far as possible) to ensure no animal products are used in fertilisers.

Cook For Syria with Baharat spice blend

Thursday, November 10th, 2016

This November sees a fantastic initiative #cookforsyria, set up by influential instagrammer Clerkenwell Boy and Suitcase Magazine in support of Unicef UK’s Children of Syria fund. A month long celebration of Syrian cooking, there will be events, supper clubs and sharing of recipes, in order to raise money through the power of food.

“We hope that through the #CookForSYRIA campaign we will not only be able to raise significant and much needed money for Unicef UK’s Children of Syria Fund, we will also increase awareness of the plight of children in the war-torn country. Through cooking, sharing recipes and the power of social media, we invite everyone to help make a difference and positive contribution towards this important initiative.” Clerkenwell Boy

For more information on the initiative please visit http://cookforsyria.com/. In the meantime, we’d like to share a recipe and information on one of our Middle Eastern spice blends, Baharat, which is popular in Syrian cuisine.

Baharat

baharat-organic-arabic-spice-blend-48gSteenbergs Organic Baharat Spice Mix is based on a traditional general spice mix used throughout the Near East or Levant, especially the Lebanon, Syria, Turkey and Palestine.  In fact baharat means spices in Arabic.  In the Levant, Steenbergs Organic Baharat is used on almost everything from lamb and mutton to fish.  Steenbergs Organic Baharat version is a Tunisian style recipe.

Steenbergs Organic Baharat contains (amongst other ingredients) organic paprika , organic black pepper , organic cumin and organic cloves and organic cardamom powder.  Try it rubbed onto chicken drumsticks for an Arabian inspired alternative to standard roasted chicken drumsticks or try the tasty recipe below.

Pan-fried Beetroot Pasta with Baharat, Orange & Walnuts

Beetroots that have been pan-fried in orange zest take on a whole new taste sensation, especially when combined with Baharat spice blend.

INGREDIENTSbaharat pasta

WHAT TO DO

  1. Toast the walnuts in the oven on 200’c for 5-10 minutes till light brown, but watch as they will burn if left unattended.
  2. Wash and slice the celery sticks and put into pan with beetroot (below)
  3. Cut the beetroot into 1/4’s and put into a deep frying pan with the butter, Baharat and orange zest
  4. Cook on high till the sugars in the beetroot start to caramelise and bring out the flavours
  5. Set aside and make the pasta
  6. Put pasta into a pan of water with the veg bouillon and bring to the boil.
  7. Cook the pasta till al dente (still with a slight chew when you bite into a piece), which should take about ten minutes, but follow packet instructions.
  8. Drain and add the nutmeg and spinach to wilt down.
  9. Put into hot bowls
  10. Divide the beetroot mixture between the bowls of pasta
  11. Top with the walnuts
  12. Serve with warm crusty bread

Spicy cookery with Sharmini at York Food & Drink Festival

Monday, September 26th, 2016

On Saturday 24th September, we savoured our first experience of York’s excellent Food & Drink Festival. Now in its 20th year, it hosts numerous tastings, workshops & events alongside a market full of delicious street food stalls and artisan producers.

sharmini thomasThis year Steenbergs linked up with Sharmini Thomas, a well known local Indian cookery school tutor who runs her own workshops. Sharmini comes originally from Kerala in Southern India so when we asked her to do a chicken korma recipe for us, she same back with this delicious alternative which uses coconut, rather than the better know Northern Indian version of Korma which uses cream. For the full recipe, please visit our recipe page: Sharmini’s Chicken Kuruma.Sharmini Chicken Kuruma

Sharmini showed the enthusiastic audience how to create delicious curries using a full range of spices, including turmeric, coriander, fennel, pepper, cloves, cassia & bay. She also demonstrated how, when pushed for time or ingredients, using a handmade blend such as Steenbergs organic Korma Masala can be equally delicious. To round it all off everyone enjoyed Sharmini’s Bombay Potatoes which were flavoured with curry leaves, cumin & mustard seeds, with fresh chilli, ginger & garlic. A delicious dish and a great accompaniment to any Indian meal.

Congratulations also to Anne Everett Grant and Stephanie Fellows who won a Steenbergs spice bag and Sharmini recipe book respectively.

The Food & Drink Festival runs through until Sunday 2nd October with plenty more inspiration still to come. For full details of the programme, visit their website:www.yorkfoodfestival.com

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Go Fresh with Meera Sodha’s new cookbook

Monday, July 25th, 2016

cover.jpg.rendition.460.707What strikes you first about Meera Sodha’s new cookbook FRESH INDIA, is the vibrant colour: orange and green for the cover and a bright pink inlay, intertwined with bold Indian prints and photos of mouth-watering cuisine.

Following her successful debut book MADE IN INDIA, Meera’s second book, published by Fig Tree London (£20), is a collection of 130 ‘quick, easy and delicious vegetarian recipes for every day’. It includes sections on everything from Starters & Snacks; Rice; Pulses; Squashes and Pickles & Chutneys to a great chapter dedicated to the humble Aubergine.  Interspersed within the food groupings are handy chapters on Menu Ideas and Presentation Skills – invaluable for making your homemade curry look appetising for Instagram!

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Rainbow Chard Saag Aloo

Meera talks candidly about her life growing up as a Gujarati in Lincolnshire, of family recipes and traditions and above all a life filled with delicious fresh vegetables.  Her recipes use herbs and spices to enhance the flavours in a huge variety of vegetables. Using different blends of traditional Indian spices such as black mustard seeds, chilli, cumin, coriander and turmeric in her Rainbow Chard Saag Aloo and Baked Onion Bhajis, and adding in the ‘subtle jabs’ of star anise, lemon and curry leaves in her nostalgic Gujarati Dal.

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Gujarati Dal

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Baked Onion Bhajis

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All of the recipes looked really inviting but the baking ones are always the most appealing, especially now the children are off for the school holidays.  We decided to try the Banana & Cardamom Buns for a weekend brunch and they did not disappoint.

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Not overly sweet, but with a lovely subtle hint of cardamom, these were loved by adults and children alike. They were delicious eaten fresh from the oven with a cup of coffee, but also in a more English way halved and buttered like a scone or with, dare I say it…Nutella!

IMG_1027We were a little free with the quantities, having added 2 whole bananas, but some extra flour and a little extra yeast made for a sticky but manageable dough which rose well during the proving stage. You could have ground your own cardamom pods but we used the handy Steenbergs organic ground cardamom.

Our buns definitely didn’t look as round and pretty as the picture in the book but the egg wash gave them a lovely crust and the soft bready texture was delicious.

Definitely one to add to the repertoire!

 

Win a Signed Copy of Meera Sodha’s new Cookbook Fresh India

Monday, July 11th, 2016
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Working organically with Abel & Cole for 10 years

Friday, July 1st, 2016

Started 27 years ago, with the vision of supplying ethically sourced, high quality food and drink to people who care about the provenance of what they eat, Abel & Cole has gone from strength to strength.  It now delivers boxes of fruit and veg as well as organic milk, bread, eggs and meat to many parts of the country.  They deliver as far north as York, but just use the postcode finder on their website to check whether they deliver to your door: http://www.abelandcole.co.uk/help/faqMedium Everyday Easy Fruit & Veg Box

“It all started with a chap named Keith and a bag of spuds in 1988. He realised the huge benefits of going organic and never looked back. In fact, we still get veg from the farm where Keith’s first organic spuds came from”, say Abel & Cole.

Steenbergs and Abel & Cole share a common passion for all things organic. Both believe that organic farming is best for the environment, the wildlife and ultimately our own diets. Abel & Cole’s mantra is ‘grow slow’, which is an ethos shared by Steenbergs and the small independent producers that they use all around the world.

Steenbergs has been organic since it was founded in 2003 by husband and wife team Axel & Sophie Steenberg.  Their vision of supplying organic herbs and spices also led to them becoming Fairtrade for tea in 2004 and ultimately being the pioneers for the first Fairtrade spices into the UK in 2005.

“We’ve been working with Abel & Cole for over a decade,” says Axel.  “We started off supplying  small amounts of organic spices, but have recently added mini organic spice jars to their recipe boxes, and are now supplying our regular spice jars, vanilla extract and pods for sale in Abel & Cole’s Grocery Pantry.” http://www.abelandcole.co.uk/groceries/pantry/dried-herbs-spicesabel & cole recipe box

Abel & Cole use Steenbergs spice jars in the recipe boxes to add flavour and excitement to their recipes. To make the most of the flavoursome seasonal lettuces available at the moment, why not try Abel & Cole’s recipes for courgette falafel with peanut dip, spiced up with Steenbergs garam masala and coriander seeds? http://www.abelandcole.co.uk/recipes/courgette-falafels-peanut-dip

Look out for our Abel & Cole competition coming up this month, with the chance for one lucky winner to win a month’s worth of veg boxes (a total of 4 of any size). A great way to make sure you have your 5-a-day!

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Enter our competition to win Esther Veerman’s new cookbook From Field & Moor + Steenbergs Spices

Wednesday, June 8th, 2016
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