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SPICE TASTER PANEL – Nasi Goreng & organic Lemon Extract

Wednesday, September 16th, 2015

Our spice tasters were in for a treat this time and a real test of their ingenuity, with not only the Asian spice blend Nasi Goreng but also our natural organic Lemon Extract which can be used for both sweet & savoury cooking.

NASI GORENG

Steenbergs Nasi Goreng spice mix is Steenbergs’ take on the classic South East Asian blend.

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Literally meaning ‘fried rice’, you can add any ingredients you like to a nasi goreng, making it a sort of Asian paella but with a spicy kick.  Rating the intensity of the blend between 2 and 5 with an average of 3.7 out of 5, our tasters found it a ‘very good’, ‘spicy’, ‘hot’, ‘strong’, ‘chunky’ mix.  The Steenbergs blend does contain crushed red hot chilli peppers & chilli powder but gets its great flavour from the combination with salt, cane sugar, garlic powder, galangal, ginger powder and the new addition of amchur (mango powder).

Take a look at our word cloud for further descriptions.

Nasi Goreng – Flavour Descriptions

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Traditionally available in Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore, nasi goreng can be eaten at any time of day or night but is often eaten for breakfast.  75% of our panel however would eat it in the evening, although 7.5% were keen on breakfast and 7.5% anytime!

Nearly three-quarters of our tasters regularly eat Asian food, with 56% having previously used Asian spice blends, including garam masala and Thai curry pastes. Encouragingly, 81% of them would use our Nasi Goreng spice mix again, with 78% rating it Excellent or Good.

Perfect in rice dishes and a great way to use up leftover rice, our panel had some other brilliant ideas for our spice blend, including: mixed with sunflower oil and used as a rub for chicken or corn-on-the cob; on potato wedges; to give a kick to salad, in the cooking of Scotch Eggs and even on cheese on toast.  One of our panel was particularly ingenious, using both the spice mix and the lemon extract together to make a tasty chicken marinade.

Good food is often about the company you keep and how it makes you feel.  Nearly all of you mentioned friends and family as the people with whom you’d share your meal and it was great to see how ‘happy’, ‘satisfied’ and ‘warm’ this blend made you feel.

Nasi Goreng – How does it make you feel?

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LEMON EXTRACT

Steenbergs organic Lemon Extract is a fabulously versatile product made from organic sunflower oil and organic lemon oil.  Often used in baking, it is also fabulous in salad dressings, stir fries and with chicken and Mediterranean herbs.

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63% of our panel opted for sweet recipes, although 15% tried both sweet and savoury ideas.  As expected our taste testers came up with new and inventive ways of using it too, including on the sweet side: raw lemon truffles; rice pudding with stewed apples; milkshake; fudge; rhubarb, raspberry & lemonade cordial; mixing with double cream and the deliciously sounding lemon & nutmeg shortbread.  On the savoury side there was lemon rice; marinades; aubergine curry; linguine; on tuna steak; smoked mackerel pate; fishcakes and lemon and rosemary potatoes.  It was even used to make a few cocktails!

Having has a good go at many different ways to use the lemon extract, 95% of our panel would use it again, with 88% rating it Excellent or Good.  81% would recommend it to a friend although nearly 10% would choose to keep it as their own secret ingredient!

Steenbergs lemon extract is a hugely evocative product, conjuring up images for our testers of ‘lemon groves in Italy’; ‘big bowls of fresh lemons’; ‘lemon cake’; ‘summer’ and lots of ‘sunshine’.

The flavour and texture are summarised in the word cloud below with sherbet and Opal Fruits making an appearance!

Lemon Extract – Flavour & Texture

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Our panel were also asked to think of just one word to sum up what they thought about our lemon extract and we’re thrilled to see that ‘fresh’ and ‘versatile’ are among the favourite comments.

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We do hope you enjoy trying, tasting and experimenting with our products. We’d love to hear any ideas and tips you’ve gathered so that we can share them with you all.

Steenbergs Spice Taster Panel: organic Garam Masala & Madras Curry

Wednesday, August 26th, 2015

Recently our taster panel had the joy of trying out 2 different spice blends: Madras Curry and Garam Masala.    Curries are very popular in British homes and Steenbergs aims to create authentic yet versatile curry blends to make enjoying Indian cuisine deliciously easy.

madras-curry-powder-organic-curry-blendMadras Curry is a medium hot curry powder, blended to be used as an everyday spice mix. The core elements to Steenbergs Organic Madras Curry Powder are the sweet spices of cinnamon; pungent spices such as cloves, cardamom and cumin to add a depth of character; Indian chilli and organic fenugreek; Keralan organic black pepper and Sri Lankan organic ginger to give it some bite. These almost conflicting flavours are melded together by amalgamating spices – organic fennel seeds, organic coriander seeds and organic turmeric (which also gives it a characteristic yellow colour).  At Steenbergs, we then add a little powdered organic garlic and organic onion to increase the versatility of the curry mix.

Our taster panel excelled themselves in finding different uses for the curry powder, adding it not only to traditional curries, but using it as a meat rub; on roast chicken; in a root soup; in homemade beans; in chilli con carne; in kedgeree; even on popcorn!  We loved the sound of the ‘chicken curry with wild spring garlic’, adding it to ‘fried red onions with kidney beans’ and the delicious list of curries including aubergine, chicken, beef, lamb, prawn, balti style, fish, and cauliflower & potato.

89% of our tasters would use this blend again and the same number would recommend it to a friend.  Many of them think it’s a great ‘store cupboard staple’ and pleasingly one taster commented that ‘it knocks the socks off bog-standard curry powders’.  A few of our tasters will even be using it as their secret curry ingredient going forward!

Interestingly half of our panel don’t normally use spice blends, preferring to make up their own using individual spices.  Here at Steenbergs we have all of the single spices for our customers to experiment and make their own blends but sometimes a quick and easy blend is just what is needed!

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Descriptions for Madras Curry colour & aroma

garam-masala-organic-curry-spice-blendGaram Masala is a staple Indian spice blend used widely in Indian cooking. Steenbergs Organic Garam Masala comprises the sweet spice – cinnamon – and the pungent spices – caraway, cloves and cardamom powder.  At Steenbergs we add some wonderful organic black pepper from organic growers in the Palghat region of Kerala in India to give it some bite. Then Axel Steenberg has used organic fennel seeds to bring the flavours together and add some anise tones to the blend.

It is a very versatile blend as shown by the wide variety of uses that our taster panel put it to.  Whether it was sprinkled on beef & fish curry a few minutes before serving; to spice up pea & potato croquettes; in dhal; on scrambled eggs served with Arbroath smokies; to make a salad more interesting; Indian roast vegetables or on Hugh Fearnley Whittingstal’s sausage & parsnips, it shows how popular it was.  We love the sound of the ‘roast butter garam masala chicken’ and the ‘marinated chicken breast with yoghurt & pepper’.

One of our panel adds it to sweet potatoes before baking and enjoys the faces of her guests thinking ‘I can taste some extra flavours but not sure what she’s added!’

A well known spice to many of you, 93% of you would use the Steenbergs Garam Masala again and 89% of you would recommend it to a friend.  Many of our panel are avid curry fans, with some cooking curry at least twice a week but with the popularity of this sweet, warm and spicy blend, we hope to tempt you all to use it more often.

Descriptions for colour & aroma of Garam Masala