Australia Day Recipes: Cardamom Mangoes

Many of us might associate cardamom with delicious Indian curries (in India, cardamom is know as “the queen of spices”). However, cardamom is also a beautiful spice to use with fruit. This recipe uses Herbie’s Spices Cardamom Seed Green Ground with seasonal summer mangoes for a quick, fresh dessert.

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Serves 2


1. Peel the mangoes, slice off the two “cheeks” from each one and set aside.

2. Remove seeds from the cardamom pods and pound lightly to break up (it does not have to be a fine powder). To save time grinding cardamom pods, you can use Herbie’s Spices Cardamom Seed Green Ground.

3. In a frying pan, melt the sugar and butter, stirring frequently, then stir in the cardamom seeds.

4. Make a single layer of the fruit, spooning the sauce over the top, and cook until just warmed through.

5. Lift out of the pan into dishes, and serve immediately with whipped cream or ice cream.


If mangoes are not in season, frozen mango slices can be used, or use fresh bananas instead.

About Herbies: Herbie’s Spices fills a need in the community of cooks and food lovers for one central place to access all those hard-to-find herbs and spices. Check out Herbies’ website: 

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Australia Day Recipes: BBQ Butterflied Leg of Lamb

Australia Day is just over a week away and if the Aussie Day BBQ is at your place, you’ll soon be starting to thing about what you’re going to cook and serve on the day. We’ve teamed up with a bunch of talented culinary experts to bring you some classic Australia Day dishes that are sure to impress on the day, as well as all summer-long.

A butterflied leg of lamb is great for feeding the masses – plus it’s a really versatile cut because you can cook it so many ways. However, cooking this cut on the BBQ really showcases its mouth-watering flavours…

A butterflied leg of lamb is a great cut for feeding the masses…


  • 2.2kg Leg of Lamb butterflied (this size leg of lamb will serve 8 – 10 people)
  • 1/2 onion
  • 4 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 2 tbsp fresh rosemary leaves, or 1 tbsp dried
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 tbsp verjuice
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

1. Put onion, garlic, rosemary, lemon zest, verjuice and olive oil into a food processor and pulse to combine.

2. Sprinkle a generous amount of salt and pepper over the lamb. Place marinade and lamb into a bag. Spread marinade over all sides of the meat. Refrigerate for 1 to 2 hours.

3. Remove lamb from refrigerator and let come to room temperature (about 20 minutes).

4. If you are using a gas BBQ, heat on high on all burners to start. After the initial browning you will reduce the heat.

5. Sear skin side down for 10 minutes and other side for 4 minutes. Change heat to low to maintain a temperature of 150-180°C.

6. Cover the bbq and let cook for an additional 35-45 minutes (depending on how many kgs the roast is).

7. Cover with aluminum foil and let rest for 5-10 minutes. Cut across the grain, 1 – 1.5cm thick slices. Serve slices on a warm platter; pour meat juices over the slices. Serve with mint jelly or horseradish.

About Alison Clinch and The Free Range Butcher: Alison and her husband Ben are “both lovers of good food and are passionate about sustainable food production”. This passion is realized through their business, The Free Range Butcher, which sells meat from their family farm. Customers can find their products at farmers markets, or have them delivered to their door.

Ben Clinch from The Free Range Butcher

Check out their website: and Sydney Morning Herald Good Food review of The Free Range Butcher

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Favourite Five Customer Comments for this week…

Each week we’ll continue to post some of the lovely comments we received from our customers. Here are five of our favourite comments for this week:

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Garnet Gifts

Garnet is the birthstone of January. Whilst Garnet come in many colours, it is most well-know for its rich, deep red colour and linked to purity, truth, love and compassion. Here is some interesting things you might not know about Garnet:

  • Garnet is a stone associated with successful business. If business is a bit slow, pop three or more Garnets on your desk.
  • Sleeping with a Garnet under your pillow is said to cure depression.
  • Popularity and increased self-esteem are said to come from wearing Garnets as jewellery.
  • Garnets are also said to protect you when travelling, and bring constancy to friendships.
  • Garnet is also said to have healing properties – especially for the thyroid and spleen – if held over the area.
  • It can help increase sex drive.

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Here are some of our favourite Garnet coloured gift ideas…

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Favourite Five Customer Comments for this week…

We love receiving feedback from our customers. Positive or negative, this feedback helps our business grow so we can do our very best everyday by offering helpful service and the right products.

Here are five of our favourite comments for this week:

1. “I was very happy with the product. It was a gift for someone and was just what I was after. Great quality and nice sleek design. Your service was even better, with fantastic communication and packaging.” Sophie, A.C.T
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It’s that time of the year when many of us have a few moments over the Christmas/New Year break to catch our breath, reflect, and reassess.

This often results in us making a couple of New Year’s resolutions, or if we’re really keen, setting some goals for the year ahead. Our below gift ideas have been inspired by some of our favourite New Year’s resolutions. Whatever you hope or dream of for 2014, we hope the year ahead is a sensational one.

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PS: You can forward this email onto family and friends so they can enjoy this discount too.

New Year’s Resolution #1: Get organised

Gorgeous gifts for the office to start 2014 off on the right foot

New Year’s Resolution #2: Get out in the garden

Make the most of the sunny summer days and give your garden a bit of TLC

New Year’s Resolution #3: Cook more

If you’d like to expand your recipe repertoire, having the right tools for the job is essential

New Year’s Resolution #4: Get a new look

If you’re after an image make-over for 2014, check out these beautiful accessories…

New Year’s Resolution #5: Give your home a new look

Freshen up your home in 2014 with these unique homewares…

New Year’s Resolution #6: Be on time

A beautiful, strategically-placed clock will hopefully get you and the family out of the house on time this year

New Year’s Resolution #7: Enjoy the finer things in life

If it’s a nice glass or red or a cold beer, these gift ideas will help you enjoy life’s little luxuries…

New Year’s Resolution #8: Travel more

Some beautiful travel accessories for your next holiday

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Five ways to reuse your old Christmas cards

I’m looking with dismay at my beautiful display of Christmas cards. I know Christmas is over, but I can’t quite bear to take them down yet, especially since some are handmade. 

Every year I’m faced with the same predicament, so this year I thought I would try and find some creative ways to reuse our Christmas cards. Here are a few of my favourite ideas, which could also be applied to other cards throughout the year…

1. Make gift tags for next year
All you need to do is develop a template shape that you like (you can use a commercial gift tag from this year) to trace around on the back of your Christmas cards. Simply cut out your tags, add string or ribbon of your choice (you can be as fancy as you like here) and then stash the tags with any left-over gift wrap and decorations for next year. You can find full instructions at

2. Make Placemats
Simply cut out and layout or collage your cards together on an A3 or A4 piece of paper, glue down then laminate. You can also cut out and display the messages in the cards – your family will love reminiscing every time they use these special placemats.
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3. Make a gift pouch
These little pouches are ideal for giving jewellery or other small gifts. 
See how to make one here
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4. Make a Christmas wreath
All you need to make this beautiful wreath is:
1. A stack of colourful Christmas cards
2. A holly leaf stencil/template
3. A hot glue gun
4. Toothpicks
5. A Styrofoam wreath

5. Cut them up so your kids can practice their weaving skills
Kids will love working with the bright colours of the cards, and card is a lot easier to weave with than paper. Here’s what to do

What do you do with your old Christmas cards? 
We’d love your thoughts – please comment below…