DIY Eating

Spice Blends

I’ve recently become quite interested in spices – I finally bought myself a spice rack and some containers to store all those bags lying around my kitchen shelf – and ever since my brother gave me a spice mix for seasoning bruschetta (which I used for anything but bruschetta) I became even more interested in mixing different spices. Remember the Mexican Quinoa Salad? It was so intriguing to taste which impact a bit of cinnamon can have on a whole meal!

And I’ve recently read about dry rubs for meat, which is basically a method to marinate meat (or anything you like) with a combination of different spices to make it more tender and, well, delicious. The big ‘but’ here is the fact that spices tend to be quite expensive, especially if you’re looking for something other than pepper or paprika. Lucky for me I have this amazing Asian shop in the neighbourhood, which is quite an experience to visit (it’s like a wonderland for strange smells and things) but has the best range of exotic and inexpensive spices. So I stocked up on various things, and I thought it was fun to make mixtures for meals instead of throwing them together while cooking:

Italy

You need:

  • Spice tube (found mine on IKEA)
  • 3 tbsp. of dried basil
  • 2½ tbsp. of oregano
  • 1 tbsp. of garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. of dried thyme
  • 1 tsp. of onion powder
  • 1 tsp. of rosemary
  • ¼ tsp. of pepper
  • 3 dried tomatoes (the real dry ones, not the pickled ones)

blend-1Shred the tomatoes in a food processor, then mix the ingredients and fill them into the spice tube.

Mexico

You need:

  • Spice tube
  • 2 tsp. of chilli powder/flakes
  • 2 tsp. of garlic powder
  • 2 tsp. of onion powder
  • 1 tsp. of red pepper
  • 1 tsp. of oregano
  • 4 tsp. of paprika
  • 3 tsp. of cumin
  • 1 tsp. of sea salt
  • 1 tsp. of pepper
  • ½ tsp. of cinnamon

blend-2 Crush the red pepper capsules in a mortar, then again, mix everything together and fill it into the spice tube.

Thailand

You need:

  • Spice tube
  • 4 tsp. of paprika
  • 2 tsp. of turmeric
  • 2 tsp. of pepper
  • 2 tsp. of coriander powder
  • 2 tsp. of fenugreek seeds
  • 1 tsp. of mustard powder
  • 1 tsp. of cumin
  • 1 tsp. of ginger powder
  • ¼ to ½ tsp. of cayenne pepper (depending on how spicy you want it to be)

blend-3Crush the fenugreek seeds in a mortar, mix everything together and fill it in the spice tube.

blend-4Print out some labels (or use the ones here) and glue them to the tubes. You’re done!

Italy Mexico Thailand I wish I could transmit smell over the Internet, because this just smells amazing! I have to try these blends on meat, vegetables, anything, and they’re so easy to make. Hope you are inspired!

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    Stephanie
    29th July 2016 at 5:22 pm

    That is such a great idea!!! That would be a great gift!

    • Michelle
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      Michelle
      29th July 2016 at 5:24 pm

      Yes, especially for someone who loves to cook, or it would be perfect for Mother’s Day!

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    Hazel Arora
    9th August 2016 at 11:26 am

    @ MICHELLE

    Really useful ! I will reconsider a lot of things for my upcoming online store.

    Regards
    Hazel

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