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Lavender

Lavender is mostly known for the oil that is made out of the pretty purple flowers, This oil is an important ingredient in washing detergents, soap and perfume because of the lovely flower scent. And the flowers are also used a lot in potpourri’s. Also in the potpourri for the kitchen, the provencal herbmix you can find some of the…

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Hemp seeds

This time a plant in the spotlight for the real ‘Doe Maar’ Fans (If you’re not living in Holland, Doe maar is a Dutch band that used to have a song about hemp); the cannabis sativa sementem; in other words… hempseeds. This is ofcourse the grown up version of the hempplant which is better know as the source for marijuhana,…

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Lentils

Lentils, as we use them in the kitchen are the legumes from the lentil plant. They are essentially a type of pea that is dried and comes on the market in various colors. The lentils are seeds with quite a bit of history, as they’ve been written about as early as the old testament (about a field for lentils while…

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moth beans
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Moth beans

Moth Beans, of Moath Beans are a fairly unknown type of legume here in the Netherlands. In India this little but filling beans is better known under the name of Matki. The Matki is a small plant that is very heat resistant. One of the reasons it is frequently grown in the dryest areas of South Asia. The plant produces…

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Star anise

Star anise is the fruit of a tree and not to be confused with anisseed. The last is the seed of a plant. The trees mostly grow in Asia and it won’t sound strange to you to find out that star anise is one of the base ingredients of the Chinese five spice. The dried fruits look a little bit…

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Coriander seeds

  Coriander is not only used as a plant (you know the one with the specific taste that looks like parsley?) but you can use the seeds as well in the kitchen. Coriander seed is actually – again – a little fraud in the kitchen, because what we are calling seeds are really not seeds at all. They are the…

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Sesame seeds

The sesame seeds we use in the kitchen is the seed of a herb like plant, that is called… you guessed it… the sesame plant! Back in the day this plant was already grown in Africa because of the oil that was harvested from the seeds. Sesame seeds are being sold in their peeled and unpeeled state and you have…

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Szechuan pepper
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What is szechuan pepper

Among the spices there are a few frauds… An example of one such fraud is the szechuan pepper, as this is technically no pepper at all. Real pepper comes from the dried berries of the pepperplant, but szechuan is really the pink shell of a citrus-like plant. You can clearly taste this when you eat a szechuan pepper. Real pepper…

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Anijszaad
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What is anis seed

Anis seed or short; anis, is used quite a bit in baking dishes for it’s unique slightly sweet taste. Anis and staranis are very similar to each other in taste but are definitely not the same. Anis seed comes from a plant while the star anis comes from a tree. Anis is used in a lot of dishes for it’s…

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fenegriek
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What is fenugreek?

Follow my blog with Bloglovin   Fenugreek is a very versatile spice that is underused in the Netherlands and not easy to be found! (You can buy it online at Gekruid.com) Fenugreek has many different names in Dutch, like Greek hay… So called because the ancient Greek mixed the spices through the hay, so the horses got in better condition…

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Goji berries – Superfood #1

I’m gonna be doing a little series of posts on superfoods. It seems to be quite the hype at the moment and so I wanted to know why certain foods are a superfood, so in doing a little bit of investigation I thought…. why not share it here too. Sooo… the first one in the line of superfoods is one…

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