Category Archives: Buying Ingredients

Creative Caviar Restaurant Recipe Ideas

If you’re a big fan of caviar, you’ll probably know that its reputation has changed over the years. Although the high end products are still very much an exclusive delicacy, it’s now also possible to get cheaper caviar in more affordable restaurants, and even sometimes in your local supermarket. However, for people who really enjoy this delicious and rare treat, there’s no better way to serve it than as part of a delicious restaurant-standard dish. If you want to try some of these fine dining experiences yourself, look no further than these creative caviar recipe ideas.

Smoked Sturgeon & Caviar Bagels

This one comes directly from Attilus Caviar, whose Royal Siberian Sturgeon or Baerii caviar is perfectly suited for this idea (you could also use Royal Oscietra caviar depending on your taste). This toasted bagel topped with poached eggs, smoked sturgeon and, of course, caviar makes for an amazing high class breakfast. (more…)

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How to source the best spices

We have already covered what you should be looking for as a sign of quality spices, and what you might be doing wrong so far when building up your collection of flavouring ingredients. But what is one to do when looking for ways of sourcing excellent quality spices? We have some wisdom to impart about the best ways to find great spices.

Buy spices online

If you’re looking for something very specific it might be difficult to track down in shops, so you might want to research cooking spices online and find somewhere you can purchase what you’re looking for. Quality spice merchants will know what they’re talking about so you can ask questions about the products before placing your order. Many online stores carry a huge collection of the best cooking spices, herbs and blends for Indian, Mediterranean, Chinese dishes.

Visit ethnic markets

To find spices for a specific sort of cooking or something that originates from a particular country, you might be best visiting an authentic market for those goods. These prices are likely to be fair and the products will usually be the best quality around, plus they will be restocked much faster than those in supermarkets and other big retailers.

Find a local expert

If you want a single place you can visit to get advice on cooking as well as a full range of high quality spices, you might be able to find a local spice specialist. A merchant who is an expert in the field will be able to help you find what you’re looking for and assure you that the products you’re buying are of the finest quality. (more…)

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Top 5 herbs and spices you should try next

If you’re building up a collection of herbs and spices you’re well on your way to cooking a wide variety of exotic and exciting dishes to enjoy at home. However, it’s easy to get into habits with food and if you find a few useful ingredients that work with many dishes you’ll probably find yourself sticking to your comfort zone. If you want to improve your cooking skills you should focus on trying new things rather than going over the same recipes trying to get them perfect.

As such, we have a few suggestions for some of the best herbs and spices you can use in various styles of cooking. We highly recommend trying these ones next if you haven’t managed to yet.

Turmeric

Notable for its vivid golden yellow colour, you have to be careful with turmeric because it will stain your skin and clothes easily. It’s often found in Indian cooking but is also present in American mustard and many more things, tasting something like spicy ginger. Use this with curry, soup, rice dishes, chicken or pretty much anything vegetarian for great results.

Smoked Serrano Chilli Powder

Serrano chillies are famous for being spicy and flavourful. When dried and ground into  a powder, they become a powerful, smoky spice that’s very versatile and suits a range of cooking styles, including Mexican and South American.

Saigon Cinnamon

Of all the varieties of cinnamon available, this is considered the finest flavour as it’s both hot and sweet. You can use Saigon cinnamon for your favourite winter baking and coffee blends, and it also works brilliantly with seafood, chicken and lamb dishes.

Herbs de Provence

The Provence region of France is famously home to a variety of useful herbs including thyme, basil, lavender, rosemary and more. These can easily be found in a single blend which makes it a simple process to add these to your roast or grilled meat. Herbs de Provence can also add a lot of depth of flavour to hot recipes.

Vanilla Paste

Although vanilla extract is widespread in recipes, there is a new trend for vanilla paste because it’s made without wasting the pods that have to be ground up to make the extract. It’s easier to use than starting from the actual beans so you can easily add it to homemade desserts.

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