There are some spice blends that transcend the line between regional speciality and internationally beloved ingredient. Dukkah, the Egyptian nut, seed, and spice mixture that has recently found its way onto genre-pushing menus, is a prime example.
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What does it take to run a spice shop and just how do merchants find their spices? One answer: you know a guy who knows a guy.
Many of my friends, new to Indian food, think that it's all spice and fire. But that's not true. Sure, there are spices, but it's not all chili. It's cumin, cinnamon, cardamom; fragrant spices, robust ones, peppery ones. And they're used carefully and thoughtfully. Each has its own aroma and adds its own character to a dish. Today we're going to go through the basics of dry-roasting to help get the most out of those spices.
Ready to do some spice hunting but don't know which shops to trust? Whether you're looking for Indian, Middle Eastern, or Southeast Asian flavors, we've got you covered.
From Cheeky Kitchen
Cayenne, chipotle, black pepper—they're ingredients you're more likely to use in dinner than dessert. But we love our spicy sweets. A little heat can be just the thing to contrast a cool granita, or play up the dark, earthy flavors of chocolate. Here are 15 spicy sweets we love, from spiced candied nuts to aji-chipotle chocolate cookies.