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Starters & Tapas

Please try the following recipes and enjoy the taste sensation that our range of Australian native spices create. Click here for tips and ideas.

Bush Tomato Dip

Serves: 10-12 people
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time: nil
Challenge: Easy

250 ml sour cream
125 g cream cheese
1 tsp mountain pepper leaf
1 tsp lemon myrtle
1-1½ tbsp ground bush tomato
¼ tsp asafoetida powder or 1 tbsp very finely chopped onion
½ tsp salt
½ tsp sugar
¼ tsp ground mountain pepper berry
1 skinned tomato, chopped finely
1 tbsp chopped fresh coriander

Mix all ingredients. Leave to infuse overnight.

Pumpkin Soup 

Serves: 6-8 people
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 1 hour
Challenge: very easy

4 cm fresh ginger
1 onion
1 kg pumpkin
750 ml stock, enough to cover pumpkin
lemon myrtle to taste
mountain pepper leaf to taste
salt to taste

Cut ginger and onion into smaller pieces and sauté in a little oil. Cut pumpkin into smaller pieces and add to onion and ginger. Pour the stock over and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and let the pumpkin simmer until very tender. Puree the pumpkin to a smooth soup. Add lemon myrtle, mountain pepper leaf and salt to taste.
Serve with a dollop of sour cream and freshly chopped parsley.


"I love cooking with Herbs and Spices, and have my own Herb garden.

Recently while holidaying on the NSW coast, I picked up a 5 pack of Herbs and Spices of Oz Tukka brand.

I first used the ground 'Wattle Seed' by adding it into a scone mix, and loved the outcome. I then used it in pancakes, and anything chocolaty. It has now become one of my favorite spices!

I coated chicken in 'Bush Tomato' and 'Pepper leaf', and cooked it with garlic and chopped tomatoes. What a beautiful dish that was. Yum, such a unique flavour. The pepper leaf has just the right amount of heat - not too much.

It's lovely on steak; the bush tomato is too.

I do believe I might try the 'Lemon Myrtle' in a cheese cake soon, and on fish as a savory dish too.

Your Herbs and spices will become a regular addition to our pantry.

Thank you for making/gathering such a great, wholly Australian product. You should be proud of yourselves.

I am wondering when you might have the Bush Tomato back in stock? As I will then make an order from your website.

Thanks once again"

Barb MacDonald (Received e-mail 30 January 2009)