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27 May 2015

Cardamom & Black Pepper Biscuits

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We love the perfumed taste of green cardamom and it sneaks into our baking on a regular basis although preparing it can be a little laborious.

Ground cardamom seems hard to come by and we’re not convinced it would keep so well anyway, so whole pods need to be ground and sieved before we can use them.
Finally our baking has been blessed with the arrival of Holy Lama Naturals' Spice Drops which come in a convenient bottle with dropper. Made from real cardamom the extract is perfectly concentrated to deliver the right amount of flavour.

Photo: © Holy Lama Naturals
The Spice Drops proved to be a real
success when making these biscuits and
you’d never know that actual cardamom pods hadn’t been used.
We paired the fragrant flavour with the spike of aromatic black pepper for an interesting and exciting combination. It is good to have coarse pepper so that you get little hits of spice as you eat the biscuits.
The biscuits are great partners with vanilla ice cream, strawberries or rhubarb compote or simply with a cup of tea or coffee.

View recipe

We are pleased to award Holy Lama Naturals our 'Artisan Food Trail Approved' status for their Cardamom Spice Drops.

To find out more about Holy Lama Naturals visit their page on The Artisan Food Trail here.

13 May 2015

Food businesses invited to rise to the challenge

What could your small food business do with £5000 worth of business help?

For many small food businesses getting help they need to grow can be costly, so we at The Artisan Food Trail are supporting this through our very own design company, childsdesign. Our part of the prize offers both a big understanding of branding for your business and the marketing required online and offline for a small food business.

There is a chance to win up to £5000 worth of business advice for your small food business and The Food Business Challenge has been put together to help prepare one lucky business for the next step. All you have to do to stand a chance of winning is to tell us (in up to 500 words) why you believe winning will give you the boost you need.

The Food Business Challenge is brought to you by five Challenge Partners – each with a real understanding of the issues facing food businesses:

Roythornes Solicitors will review your legal documentation – your contracts, terms and conditions and non-disclosure agreements to make sure your business is protected and ready for growth.

WLP consultants will undertake a top line strategic review of your business – where are you going and are you approaching your target markets in the
best way?

Pelican Communications will conduct a social media and PR audit of your business – what are you and others saying about your business and how can you use social media to generate sales.

Bulley Davey accountants will have a look at your financial structure, systems and reporting methods and highlight issues where your business could be performing better and where changes could be made to make sure you are ‘financially fit for growth’.

Design experts childsdesign will audit your packaging, identity and website – analysing how it fits in with your brand, where you are and where you want
to be.

The challenge is open now and entries can be made up until 5pm on 17th July 2015.

Visit the website to find out more and submit your entry  www.foodbusinesschallenge.co.uk

5 May 2015

Future spice

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Remember those predictions of how our lives would be in the future?
Everyone would own a computer, travel around on hover boards and pop a pill for meal times. The first one they definitely got right, levitational transport is still maybe something they’re working on and thankfully we're all still eating real food. But some ingredients could do with a new approach to make them more convenient and easier to store.

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The spice rack/cupboard is about to become more slimline as Holy Lama Naturals has created Spice Drops to make everything that little bit easier.
Instead of pots and jars of dusty spices there is a range of concentrated extracts in handy little bottles each with its own dropper for simple measuring.

Spice Drops are not artificial flavourings, they are made from real herbs and spices using a simple process to extract every single natural flavour and concentrate it.
We've been using some ourselves and have been impressed with the wonderful flavours and aromas and will be revealing our findings and
recipes soon.

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Although we’re not suggesting that you chuck out all your powders, seeds and the like, we do recommend getting some Spice Drops in your life. They really come into their own for making some very interesting drinks/cocktails and adding some spark and creativity to your baking.

Being so versatile and simple to use with a long life as well as being ethically sourced and produced, Spice Drops are certainly looking like they should be an essential addition to every kitchen.

To find out more about Holy Lama Naturals visit their page on 
The Artisan Food Trail here