If you’ve not added cinnamon to your dishes, it’s time you start. While North-Americans usually attribute this awesome spice to cinnamon buns and apple pie, around the world Cinnamon actually forms the backbone of many a savoury dish. Whether you’re using Chinese Five Spice, or cooking up some hardcore Indian, Middle-Eastern, or North-African fare, cinnamon will add a wonderful depth of flavour to your cuisine. We also sell our cinnamon whole. Why? Because the moment the cinnamon bark is ground, essential oils begin to evaporate and the flavour quickly mellows and deteriorates. Buy it whole, grind it fresh and experience real cinnamon, and it’s 50% off to boot. So go nuts.
If I could virtually roast off and grind a handful of these bad boys and transmit the fragrance online, I’d be going through cumin at an alarming pace. This cumin is the real deal. Pungent and flavourful, just a pinch of this spice will propel your cooking from good to great (or not so good to tolerable, we sell spices not miracles). Cumin will enhance almost any dish it dropped into. Don’t believe me? Buy some. The question really is, can you afford not to buy some? We’ll be posting some great cumin recipes this week on our recipes blog, so stay tuned for that.
If Turmeric could speak it would have millions of devoted followers listening attentively and with blind conviction to its every word. This simple, yet not so simple, spice has developed a cult like following amongst health gurus and nutritional experts. Look online and you’ll find claims (some legitimate, some more dubious than others) that turmeric heals any and every ailment. Now I won’t go on record telling you that turmeric is the new penicillin or some kind of wonder spice, but if even 10% percent of the claims are true, there is no good reason we shouldn’t be consuming just a little of this stuff on a daily basis. How do I add this spice to my daily diet? I just grind it into a fine powder (use a coffee grinder, or if you’re ready for the big leagues, buy our Waring professional spice grinder. I have one but whatever, its no big deal) and put about a quarter tea-spoon of the stuff into my fruit smoothies, rice, stir-fry, omelette ext. Seriously, you can add it to almost anything.
First of all Fenugreek has nothing to do with Greece. Secondly, why did we decide to make fenugreek one of this weeks featured products? Because not enough people know how bloody awesome this little spice is. When roasted and ground fenugreek imparts this incredible sweet, almost maple like flavour. Fenugreek’s natural sweetness balances a dish’s more bitter notes, and works in perfect harmony with robust flavours like coriander, cumin, and paprika, making it ideal for savoury cuisine. Not only is this spice essential in recipes spanning Asia and Africa, you’ll sound super sophisticated when you tell people you cook with fenugreek.