Spices make the mundane interesting so this General Spice & Herb supplies page is a must – chicken is chicken but with spices chicken can be amazing and different every time you cook it. Invest in a large, heavy pestle & mortar  (I have a nice big Granite one which is great for making fresh pesto in it)  and that makes crushing up and mixing your own spice mixes a breeze.

Pesto in pestle and mortar made with General Spice & Herb supplies
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You want fresh Chinese five spice – then grab some Star Anise, Fennel seeds, Cloves and pound them into powder and add some ground cassia (or cinnamon) and ginger – some people use szechuan pepper for the heat but ginger works just as well.

I am really lucky, I have a great store just down the road that stocks nearly every spice I could ever want and bundles of fresh herbs for a fraction of the price you pay in supermarkets. Over the years I have grown my spice collection so now in my Spice cupboard you will always find:

General Spice & Herb supplies

  • Cumin – powder and seeds
  • Corriander – powder and seeds
  • Dried Basil and dried oregano
  • Dried mixed herbs
  • Cinnamon – sticks and powder
  • Cloves
  • Star Anise
  • Vanilla Pods and extract
  • Mixed Spice
  • Ground Ginger
  • Paprika – plain and smoked
  • Fennel seeds
  • Juniper berries
  • Saffron
  • Tumeric
  • Kalonji black onion seeds
  • Ground Galangal powder
  • Garam Masala
  • Madras Powder (mild and hot)
  • Cassia bark
  • Paella spice mix (from the market in Spain)
  • Lime Leaves
  • Curry Leaves
  • Dried Fenugreek leaves
  • Nutmeg
  • Mace
  • Mustard Seeds – yellow / black / brown
  • Cayenne Chilli Pepper
  • Sesame Seeds
  • Poppy Seeds
  • Cardamom pods (plain and Smoked)
  • Cardamom Seeds (smoked)
  • Sea Salt
  • Black Peppercorns

In the Garden (or Freezer). In the peak of summer I harvest plenty of fresh herbs (in the morning before the sun gets too hot) and freeze them to see me through the winter months – chilli’s in late Autumn are in abundance and freeze well – they make interesting chillers to drop into a shot-glass of vodka as well 🙂

  • Sage – Fresh / Frozen
  • Tarragon – Fresh / Frozen
  • Basil – Fresh / Frozen
  • Chilli’s Fresh / Frozen
  • Parsley – flat and curly leaf – Fresh / Frozen
  • Corriander – Fresh / Frozen
  • Oregano – last all year round in my garden
  • Thyme – last all year round in my garden
  • Bay Leaves all year round in the garden and dried for when you need to crush them up
  • Rosemary – all year round in the garden
  • Mint – when in season – great for mojitos and Morrocan tea