Using our Spice Rubs

Mark Hughes BBQ, Dips & sauces, Leftovers, Light Lunches, Main Courses, Rubs, Side Dishes, Slow Food, Taste products 2 Comments

One of the main things we hear is “wow, your spice rubs are INCREDIBLE but how do we use them?”. OK, we may have over-egged that  a touch, but the bit about people asking what to do with them is completely true. For inspiration, we thought we’d give you some easy ideas for using our spice rubs. So, because it …

‘Weeping Tiger’ Thai Beef Salad

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This has to be one of my absolute favourite salads, bringing back memories of a pub on the outskirts on London I used to live near that specialised in Thai food. I’d find an excuse two or three times a week to visit, sitting in the garden in the summer, but always drinking a cold Thai beer whilst I nibbled …

Insalata Caprese: Tomato & Mozzarella salad with Smoked Chilli Oil

Mark Hughes Appetisers & Starters, Light Lunches, Oils, Salads, Side Dishes 0 Comments

One of the most obvious uses for any good oil is a salad dressing. But, the classic combo of 3 parts oil to 1 part balsamic vinegar is usually reserved (at least, in our book) for a salad that’s robust enough to cope; for a baby leaf salad or rocket leaves we normally just use a drizzle of balsamic vinegar …

Blackberry & Rosemary Glazed Pigeon Risotto

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In our opinion, Blackberry & Rosemary is a classic combination; granted, such flavours aren’t often seen together but there was some logic to our invention! You see, we love Goat’s Cheese and, individually, rosemary and blackberries are a perfect parry to its robust saltiness, so we thought we’d marry them together for an extra bit of zing! The rich, sweet …

Hot Chèvre & Beetroot Salad with Chocolate & Vanilla Balsamic

Mark Hughes Appetisers & Starters, Balsamic, Light Lunches, Salads 2 Comments

One of our more unusual ingredients, a Chocolate & Vanilla Balsamic vinegar, usually attracts the question “what do I do with it?”. Well, funny you should ask… it’s great drizzled on pancakes, waffles, ice cream, fruit (a hot fruit crumble would be yummy as well as the more classical strawberry combo!) and so much more. You can even add a splash …

Spice & Vodka cured salmon

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If you’ve never tried making your own cured salmon before, we implore you to give it a go. Despite its looks, it’s so fantastically easy and the rewards are lashings of soft, tasty silky salmon far superior to anything shop bought. We promise you, once you’ve done it you just won’t be satisfied with anything less again! Firstly, it’s not actually the …

Growing your own veg?

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OK, it’s been snowy and cold, but the nights are getting a little lighter, the garlic has well and truly sprouted so things are looking up. This is an exciting time of year for us in ‘Spice Towers’ as we plan what vegetable and herb delights to grow and feast on later in the year! Some of the better known …

Shortlisted in iNet Food Innovation Awards 2011

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We’ve just heard that we’re shortlisted for the iNet Food & Drink Innovation Awards, in the category of ‘Most Innovative Food & Drink Company’.  We’re obviously excited to be in the finals, especially considering we’ve only been trading for around 5 months! We always wanted to make an impact in the food sector and it’s great we’ve hit the ground …