Spice. . .is the Variety of Life!


I always like to share any unusual finds that I come across when shopping, especially when it comes to food or fitness.

Those who know me, know that I love Middle Eastern food and Indian food.  To me the blend of spices these countries use in their cooking smells like perfume.  I came across these 3 sets of spices at Superstore in the “ethnic foods” aisle and promptly brought them home to add them to my meals that I am cooking this week.

With ingredient blends such as ginger, cinnamon, cloves, pepper, nutmeg and cardamom in the Chicken Shawarma blend, who says I can’t use that on my fish?

Or the Kibbeh Spices blend, with blended ingredients such as cloves, marjoram, cumin, pepper, cinnamon, allspice and rose; who says I can’t use that on some beef sausages that I will roast in the oven later.  I am just imagining how good my kitchen is going to smell today!

Consider using the Shisk Taouk spice blend with ingredients such as pepper, ginger, paprika, chili, fenugreek and garlic on some pork tenderloin that has been brushed with a cherry chipotle glaze before putting it in the crockpot to simmer on low.

I apologize for the poor quality photo here but the brand name is ARZ and it is a product of Lebanon.  These bottles of spice are blended and ready to go so be bold and add some interesting flavours to the meats you cook and even use them on roasted vegetables too.  Another bonus is that the spices just make the food look appetizing with the colour that they add to the meat or vegetables.  I have already sampled two meals with them (some wings on Friday night and some Hake fish today) and will be experimenting with more meals.  As it is Valentine’s Day on Sunday, be adventurous with savory spices and try something different for that romantic dinner you might be having.

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