Spices

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chicken

Sautéed mushrooms with thyme and lemon

salmon

Kitchen essentials

Imagine a world without spices. Never again would you enjoy the deep, earthy taste of a long-simmered tomato sauce. The breath-taking aroma and taste of your favourite Indian dish? Gone. From muffins, barbequed steaks and appetizers to casseroles, pickles and even desserts, without spices, nothing would be the same.

What is a spice, anyway?
The American Spice Trade Association, of which the Canadian Spice Association is a member, defines a spice as “any dried plant product used primarily for seasoning purposes.”

There are five main categories:

    • Tropical aromatics (pepper, cinnamon, cloves, etc.)
    • Leafy herbs (basil, oregano, marjoram, etc.)
    • Spice seeds (sesame, poppy, mustard, etc.)
    • Dehydrated vegetables (onions, garlic, etc.)
    • Blends (curry, chili powders, poultry seasoning, etc.)

To make things a little easier for you, Chef Marc has come up with a few blends of his own. All are available in the store. If you have any questions, come on by and ask away! (If you would like a copy of this chart for your kitchen, you can find it here.)

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BEEF SPICE MIX

This is used primarily as a rub for beef. However, the hint of nutmeg and the rosemary would make it a good choice for other red meats including lamb and game meat.

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BLACKENED CAJUN SPICE MIX

If you’ve ever visited the southern US, you’ve seen this kind of rub on fish and chicken—it’s a classic preparation. Don’t be afraid to try it on pork, beef, lamb or fish.

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CHICKEN SPICE MIX

This is used mostly as a rub for chicken. Although it has two peppers—black and cayenne—it also has sweet paprika, oregano and thyme making it flavourful without being too spicy.

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CHILI SPICE MIX

If you like chili, you’re going to love our Chili Spice Mix. See Chef Marc’s recipe for Beef Chili on our website. Vegetarian? No worries. Hold the beef and it makes a great pot of vegetarian chili.

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CREOLE SPICE MIX

There’s a taste of the Old South in every dish made with this spice mix. Or, add tomato sauce, cilantro, onions and ground beef for tacos. Use chicken instead of beef for a great burrito filling.

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CURRY SPICE MIX

One of our favourite uses for this mix is in salad dressing. Find the recipe for Curry Dressing on our website where you’ll also find a recipe for Indian Curry Chicken with Eggplant.

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DRIED JAMAICAN SPICE MIX

If you’ve visited Jamaica, you know these flavours. Often used on chicken, once you’ve tried it, you’ll find yourself using it on other proteins, as well, such as beef, lamb, pork and fish.

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FISH SPICE MIX

The basil and hint of lemon make it the ideal rub for your favourite fish—we love it on salmon. Use it on fish that you BBQ, cook in the oven or even fry in the pan.

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MOROCCAN SPICE MIX

This combination of parsley, cumin, mint, coriander and sweet paprika will make your lamb sing. Try a dash in mayo and serve over cauliflower. Or try it is Vegetable Couscous.

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SOUTHWEST BBQ SPICE MIX

You are going to love the combination of slight heat and a bit of sweet in this traditional southern rub. Try it with tomato sauce, some cilantro, onion, and ground beef for a different take on tacos.

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