Montreal Steak Spice is a dry spice rub used to flavor steak that was made famous in Montreal and has become a marketing term for a number of commercial spice mixes. The recipe varies, but Montreal Steak Spice usually includes ingredients such as pepper, salt, coriander, dill, mustard seeds, dehydrated garlic and onions, red pepper flakes, rosemary, thyme, paprika and caraway seeds.
In Spanish Chile morita means small blackberry pepper. The morita peppers are smoked jalapenos like the chipotle peppers, the difference is that the morita is often made from a smaller variety of ripe red jalapeno. Just crush a few and add to soups, Mexican food dishes, and sauces.
Australian Murray River salt crystals are light & delicate peach colored flakes. They have a wonderfully mild flavor. The texture is ideal for use as a finishing salt. The crystals melt quickly and evenly making Murray River flake salt ideal for finishing, roasting, and baking. The Murray River is the greatest of Australia’s rivers. The source of its water is the snowy Australian Alps.
The brown seed is pounded with other spices in the preparation of curry powders and pastes. Useful for flavouring barbecue sauces, baked beans, many meat dishes, deviled eggs, beets and succotash.
MEDICINAL: Can relieve scorpion stings and
snake bites, epilepsy, toothache, bruises, stiff
neck, rheumatism, colic and respiratory troubles.
Used in pickling spice and in spice mixtures for cooking meats and seafood. It adds piquancy to sauerkraut and is sometimes used in marinades.
MEDICINAL: Can relieve scorpion stings and snake bites, epilepsy, toothache, bruises, stiff neck, rheumatism, colic and respiratory troubles.
Make your own authentic Indian chai tea! This masala (blend) has cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, orange peel, and, of course, cardamom. Simmer a small amount (1-2 teaspoons) in water for 5 minutes, add black tea and sweetener, and after a minute more add plenty of milk. Enjoy!
Used extensively in Southwestern cuisine, the whole pods are often seen in decorative chile bundles called ristras that have become the symbol of New Mexico. Pureed in traditional sauces, combined with tomatoes or tomatillos, in stews, soups and casseroles you won’t spend a half hour in Santa Fe without running into these versatile chiles. Convenient crushed form.
ORIGIN: New Mexico
Nutmeg has long been lauded as possessing or imparting magical powers, is usually associated with sweet, spicy dishes — pies, puddings, custards, cookies and spice cakes. It is indispensable to eggnog and numerous mulled wines and punches.
MEDICINAL: Nutmeg is not a nut and does not pose a risk to people with nut allergies. It can reduce flatulence, aid digestion, improve the appetite and treat diarrhea, vomiting and nausea.
ORIGIN: West Indies
Onion is a basic flavouring in the kitchen. Used in soups, pickles and cooked vegetable dishes, sauces, hearty casseroles, and bean and lentil dishes.
Often accompanies meat, such as shepherds pie and meat loaf.
MEDICINAL: Antiseptic, diuretic, expectorant and
rubefacient. It is believed to stimulate the liver and
is beneficial to the heart and nervous system.
Mexican Oregano has a much stronger flavor than the common Italian and Greek oreganos found on grocery store shelves. Mexican Oregano’s flavor has quickly gained popularity with some chefs in recent years for its strong flavor and subtle sweetness that are unique to this oregano from south of the boarder. Mexican Oregano’s flavor is still very similar so it is a good substitute for the more traditional Mediterranean oreganos as long as it is added at about half the amount called. Add it to Mexican and southwest recipes calling for “Mexican Oregano” at the amount called for to add a potent oregano flavor.
Original Grade / Pure unblended leaves from the Red Rooibos bush. The Rooitea or ‘Rooibos Tea’ is the ‘Soft Drink’ from South Africa that is becoming increasingly popular with people who enjoy its mild, gentle fragrance and appreciate it as a healthy beverage because of its beneficial effects.
This organically grown Rooibos is low in tannin and carries a high content of antioxidants. It has a pleasant sweet taste and is delicious either hot or cold, and can be enjoyed with sugar or milk, can be mixed with fruit juice and ice cubes to prepare an exotic cocktail.
Theine (caffeine) content: None
ORIGIN: South Africa
An aromatic blend of sweet and smoked paprikas, garlic, saffron, rosemary and other spices. Use in traditional Valencian paella, Spain’s iconic rice dish, as well as other seafood and chicken dishes.
Paprika is intimately associated with Hungarian cuisine especially paprikash and goulash. Many spiced sausages incorporate it, including the Spanish chorizos. Paprika is often used as a garnish, spinkled on eggs, hors d’ouvres and salads for colour.
MEDICINAL: An excellent source of betacarotene.
The smoked varieties of paprika are made traditionally by drying ripe, freshly harvested fruits in low-lying, adobe smoke houses gently heated by smoking grills fired with slow-burning oak wood. In home cooking sweet paprika is the mandatory ingredient which gives Hungarian goulashes characteristic color and flavor. Paprika complements chicken, veal and pork casseroles, egg dishes when used as a garnish, sauces, meat loaf, and barbecued and roast meats when sprinkled on before cooking.
Parsley has been cultivated and developed over so many centuries that its precise origins are difficult to pinpoint, used in omelets, scrambled eggs,
mashed potatoes, soups, pasta and vegetable dishes and in sauces to go with fish, poultry, veal and pork.
MEDICINAL: Used since ancient times for digestive disorders, bronchitis, and urinary tract problems.