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The Art of Flavour


Mint, Ginger, Yoghurt and Lemon Raita

Arthur Huxley - 28-02-2023

Following on from our celebrations of Mint, subscriber Jon W. Wyong NSW sent the following Mint and Ginger Raita (Chutney) recipe.

We had fun testing the recipe, It's really good. And quite lively ! Perfect with BBQ lamb or chicken kebabs, baked potatoes, spiced chicken pieces or as a dip.


Pomegranate Molasses

Arthur Huxley - 24-02-2023

Pomegranate Molasses The name sounds daunting but underneath Pomegranate Molasses is simplicity itself : Pomegranate juice and lemon juice with sugar ( optional ) reduced down to a syrupy consistency. That's it. Simple.

The unique flavour has been described as taut, tangy, with strong lemon notes and a total lack of sweetness.


Butter v Olive Oil v Ghee

Arthur Huxley - 30-08-2022

Like all comparisons, Butter, Ghee and Olive Oil have their strengths and weaknesses. Simple enough. But for you the Home Chef, applying those pluses and minuses to your cooking requires a little more planning and understanding of your recipe.

To start with Butter. Butter is essentially made up of three parts: Fat, Water and Milk solids. And this immediately brings us to the first negative.


The Magic of Lemon replacing Salt.

Arthur Huxley - 14-06-2022

Lemon has always been a magic essential in the Art of Flavour but never really thought of as a salt replacement.

First, consider the magic. Both lemons and salt work in a similar manner on your tongue with the simple salty and sour taste receptors depending solely on the tongues ions – that is, sodium for salt and hydrogen for acidity. In this case, citrus.


Salt should never be used to replace true flavour

Arthur Huxley - 12-06-2022

Being in the business of premium Herbs and Spices, the importance of generous natural flavour is never far from our thinking.

So I thought it might be interesting to revisit the short article below, previously published in the Epicurean Post on the subject of salt free, salt reduced and generous flavour.


Moroccan Chermoula

Arthur Huxley - 07-06-2022

Moroccan Chermoula. Even the name offers the thought of wonderful food flavours and memorable meals.

And when it comes to flavour, being born in Morocco over 2000 years ago gives you a nice head start.


Herbs and Spices In Your Recipe

Arthur Huxley - 26-05-2022

Herbs and Spices. I suppose it's fairly predictable that I would start this way. Quite simply, your favourite dish should start with the best Herbs and Spices. Not your artificially flavoured, salt laden and preservative added mixtures on supermarket shelves but plain, pure and natural Herbs and Spices that have been delivering flavour to us for over 3000 years.

All good but before you think I'm getting a bit carried away with this Spice flavour thing, I accept the obvious that the dish must first start with the ingredients.


Paris, Nice and a row over Salad Nicoise

Arthur Huxley - 18-04-2022

Hi everybody, it’s nice to be with you for the late August Art of Flavour Epicurean.

I wonder if anybody has picked up on a right royal row that is playing out in France between Nice and Paris and their passionate food writers, food scholars and restaurants.


All Herbs and Spices are not equal

Arthur Huxley - 10-03-2022

Hi everybody

The following might seem a bit obvious but Herbs and Spices do not have the luxury of leaving their farms or plantations with all being equal.


The importance of saving the flavour in your pasta water

Arthur Huxley - 10-02-2022

I know I have previously said that I have no wish to lecture our many talented subscribers on how to cook. That is not our purpose but sometimes things need to be said.

I recently noted the thoughts from an American chef and food writer that the way we transfer whatever pasta we are cooking to the pan is not always the best way to capture the full pasta flavour left in the pasta water.