Pumpkin Spice

Pumpkin Spice – The Real Deal

Pumpkin Spice

Pumpkin Spice with Cassia Cinnamon

Pumpkin Spice; nothing says autumn like those two simple words uttered in the same breath. For good reason – for the next few weeks you’ll practically be inhaling the stuff every time you pass by a coffee shop, someone bites into their special seasonal muffin or opens up a bottle of micro-brewed fall beer. The bottom line is we can’t escape it, it’s everywhere. What gets me and our team of one other employee is that most of the pumpkin spice we’ll consume in the coming weeks is a fragrant cocktail of dyes, artificial flavors, and type 2 diabetes causing sugars. So think twice before buying your pumpkin spice either pre-blended, mixed into your coffee, or baked into your 6 dollar 14,000 calorie healthy whole wheat muffin.

Here at the Fair Seas Spice Co, I and the other guy I work with are doing it old-school. We won’t be selling you a convenient little shaker filled with spices blended over 2 years ago. On the contrary, our pumpkin spice requires a little elbow grease because we’ll be selling it whole spices and all. This means you’ll have to go home and grind it for yourself. Our blend it yourself pumpkin spice kit will allow you to really taste the difference between the freshly ground authentic stuff and synthetic alternative. Trust me, it’s worth the effort.

So what goes into our pumpkin spice? First we start with Cassia or Ceylon Cinnamon, Cloves, Dried Ginger, Nutmeg, and Mace. These spices are fall’s quintessential warmth inducing ingredients. When freshly ground and combined together the result is a shift in your mood. Rather than complain about the impending cold you’ll welcome it as a reason to prepare and indulge in your favorite home baked deserts.

You can find our pumpkin spice at http://www.fairseasspice.ca/products/pumpkin-spice

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This Week’s Specials

We’ve got some great promotions going on this week at fairseasspice.ca. Check in on our recipe blog throughout the week for great recipes on all our featured products.

50% off Fairtrade Certified Cassia Cinnamon.

Cassia Cinnamon

Cassia Cinnamon

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.

35% off Cumin Seed

Cumin

Cumin

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.

35% off Turmeric Root Whole/Dried

Turmeric root

Turmeric Root

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.

35% off Fenugreek

Fenugreek

Fenugreek

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.

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