In the pantry: Japanese seven spice

Last time we explored Lebanese seven spice, otherwise known as baharat. This time we’ve taken a trip to Japan to check out their version of seven spice. Most likely, you would have come across it eating at your local Japanese restaurant, usually one that’s serving udon or ramen. Otherwise known as shichimi togarashi, the Japanese seven spice translates to seven flavour chilli pepper. The bright … Continue reading In the pantry: Japanese seven spice

In the pantry: Cardamom

The saying, a little goes a long way, applies fittingly when it comes to using cardamom in cooking. Whether in the form of a pod, seed, or grounded up, cardamom have citrus and sweet notes, as well as menthol and floral undertones. It often complements other spices such as cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and other aromatic spices. It’s also the third largest most expensive spice after … Continue reading In the pantry: Cardamom

In the pantry: Cloves

Native to Indonesia, cloves are tiny dried aromatic flower buds that come from clove trees. When used for cooking, people use it for its sweet, but peppery aromatics. Available either grounded or whole, the spice can be used for sweet or savoury, for meats, and even drinks (think mulled wine). However, even though it may appear like a tiny nail it should be used in … Continue reading In the pantry: Cloves

In the pantry: Turmeric

If you Google Turmeric the chances are the search results will most likely show that there are some pretty good health benefits to using it in your cooking. The reason being is because turmeric is part of the ginger family. This is why those, particularly in South Asia and the Middle East, often use it for its slightly hot peppery flavour, and mustard-like aroma. But similar … Continue reading In the pantry: Turmeric

In the pantry: Nutmeg

Who says size matters, right? Nutmeg may be small, but it really can add a whole lot of flavour with just a tiny amount. This seed, which comes from a native Indonesian evergreen tree, can be added to both sweet and savoury dishes including soups, baked goods, meatloaf, and even curries. Many like to use it for its warm, nutty, slightly bitter, and slightly sweet … Continue reading In the pantry: Nutmeg