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Everyone knows that for a dish to be truly exceptional, you need the right blend of herbs and spices to enhance the aromatic flavours of your food. For example, curry without the right masala blend would just be stew and, even then, a rather bland stew if the right combinations of garlic powder, paprika, and cayenne pepper were missing. In fact, a life without herbs and spices will be terribly dull, and no one understands this concept better than the people at Cape Herb and Spice. Why? Because their heritage, as well as ours, is deeply rooted in the ancient spice trade.

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A pinch of history

South Africans have the Dutch East India Company to thank for the inflections of Asian, African, and European cultures that form our delicious cuisine. This company’s spice trade with Asia and Europe during the 1600s has influenced the flavours of the delicious traditional South African food we all know and love. Incidentally, Cape Herb and Spice has made its home in the same region as the Dutch East India Company did all those years ago. Where? In the Cape or better known as the tip of Africa!

Who are Cape Herb and Spice?

If you have been missing for more than two decades, then this section is for you! For the past twenty-seven years, Cape Herb and Spice have provided South Africans with top-notch spices. Founded in 1994 and part of the Libstar family of companies, their expertise is not limited to spice alone. Lovers of tea and fine food gifting can also find all their hearts desire in the Cape Herb and Spice collection. But it wasn’t always this way. Their humble beginnings saw them start as a small barrow business on the V&A Waterfront. Over the years, the company has enjoyed prolific growth, and today they export private label and branded products to top retailers globally. Now that’s a feel-good story and excellent news for Saffas based abroad!

Cape Herb and Spice products

Cape Herb and Spice provides consumers with a vast range of spice products, such as Chipotle Chilli, Curry originals, Veggie seasoning, smoked paprika, and much more. Aside from providing a stunning array of flavours, all products are free from artificial flavours and colourings, suitable for Halaal and vegans, and MSG and preservative-free.

In addition, their hand-packed fine food gifting options provide the pickiest palates with unique flavour experiences. Choose from salt and spice, tea, BBQ, baking, or everyday gifting options and spoil that special someone in your life with a taste of Africa. If tea is more your cuppa n style, then select a decadent rooibos tea blend infused with honey or chai, or for that global experience, opt for the English or Earl Grey tea.

Cape Herb and Spice where to buy

We know what you’re thinking; that’s all well and good for South Africans based on home soil! After all, the choice of South African products is rather slim for Saffas based abroad, even when purchasing from treasured South African shops. However, with Cape Herb and Spice exporting products around the world, chances are you can easily obtain your spice-fix online or at your local grocery store. However, If you are not based near a Cape Herb and Spice stockist, buy online; leading retailers such as Ocado and Amazon stock a large variety of their products. 

Cape Herb and Spices recipes

This is the section we all love. There are many Cape Herb and Spice recipes filled with mouth-watering ingredients. However, today, we will look at one that will hopefully inspire you to start sprinkling these spices on your lekker kos today! Let’s dive into a dish with a Mediterranean twist!

What you need

Gather the following ingredients:

  • Cape Herb & Spice (Mediterranean Roast)
  • 6-8 large chicken thighs
  • 1 whole garlic head
  • ½ fresh ciabatta loaf
  • 1 red pepper sliced
  • 1 yellow pepper sliced
  • 3 small red onions cut into quarters
  • 250 g cherry tomatoes
  • 200 g black olives (pitted)
  • Olive oil for basting
  • 3.5 tablespoons of red wine vinegar
  • 100 g Feta cheese for serving

What to do

Follow these super easy instructions for an exotic one-dish Mediterranean meal!

  • Set the oven to 180 degrees Celsius (fan oven) or gas mark 4
  • First, place the chicken and all of the other ingredients, except for the feta cheese and Mediterranean spice, onto a large oven tray. How easy was that?
  • Using the Mediterranean Roast spice, season the ingredients thoroughly.
  • This is the tricky bit! Using clean hands, mix the ingredients on the tray, ensuring the oil, vinegar, and spices coat the chicken and vegetables.
  •  Allow the ingredients to rest for five minutes so the meat can absorb the spice flavours. Note for a more robust flavour, allow the meat to marinate in the spices overnight.
  • Place the tray in the oven and bake for 45 minutes. When the dish is cooked, the vegetables should be slightly charred and the chicken golden brown.
  • Garnish with the feta cheese and serve with fresh, crispy Ceasar salad and new potatoes. 

As you can see, the Cape Herb and Spice selection brings a whole world of colour and flavour right to your dinner table without even leaving the house! So, get sprinkling today guys, an exotic flavour adventure awaits!

Advice with a bit of spice right here at FinGlobal

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Our team of accredited and professional advisors is experienced and friendly. They can assist with tax-related queries, including inheritance tax, financial immigration, retirement annuities, and pensions. Our excellent reputation can be seen in our ten-year industry experience during which we have successfully assisted and continue to assist Saffas destined for foreign shores.  To discuss your unique needs with our team, simply get in touch with us. Give us a call on +27 28 312 2764 or send us an email at info@finglobal.com, and we will assist you promptly.