Spice up your life!
It’s hard to believe, but once upon a time a barrel of peppercorns was worth more than its weight in gold, the nutmeg and cinnamon that languish in your pantry might have paid a king’s ransom and saffron was the most prized commodity in the world. It seems impossible, but the ingredients we find so commonly in supermarkets were once a currency across the globe.
Spices were the basis on which colonies and empires were discovered and built. The history of the spice trade is in itself rich and fascinating, but it’s also still alive for us. Each time we cook a curry, bake cinnamon cookies or season our steak with pepper we as part of it.
Spices are beautiful and delicious. A spice market is like an artist’s palette – the starting point from which any number of amazing creations can come forth.
Spices to transform your cooking
Arming yourself with a little bit of spice knowledge is a way to add flavour to food without adding ingredients we should be eating less of. Spices are a way to lift vegetables into sublime main meals that you will want to eat more of.
Each spice has its own flavour, benefit and role in cooking. Individually and together they have the power to transform ordinary cooking into something sublime. They are easily accessible, fun to experiment with and can transform your cooking from boring to sublime. They don’t cost much to buy and are for sale in every supermarket.
Every so often, I pick a spice, look into its history and health benefits and feature a recipe where its flavour shines through.
Turmeric is a spice that is used cooking to give a beautiful yellow colour to foods and depth of flavour to curries and spice mixes. On its own, turmeric tastes quite subtle and earthy, but combined with other spices it adds depth and richness to your cooking. Find out more about this spice!
Pepper is widely used today and found in every kitchen around the world. But did you know it once paid a king’s ransom? Find out about more about this spice!