A little sprinkle of spice can transform a dish from simple to spectacular. Many spices also have health properties that are really beneficial during winter. Add these spices into your culinary mix for a boost in flavour and nutritional value. Here are a few of my favourites, plus some clever ideas for using them:
Sold whole or ground, cumin has a warm spicy-sweet aroma. The nutty peppery flavor packs a punch, and is intensifies with toasting. Cumin seeds are an excellent source of iron for angry and immune function.
Delicious sprinkled over these honeyed carrots.
Traditionally quite 'Christmassy' in flavour, this warming spice makes for a delicious winter tea. Cloves are a very good source of vitamin K and dietary fibre.
Make homemade chai by combining 3 cups of water, 1 cinnamon stick, 1 tsp black peppercorns, 5 cloves and 2cm fresh ginger in a saucepan. Bring to the boil and add 1/4 cup black tea leaves. Strain and add 1/2 almond milk, with 1 tablespoon of honey or rice malt syrup.
Paprika is made from dried capsicums and is graded according to heat, which ranges from sweet, to mild, to hot. It pairs well with fish, rice and lamb. Just 1 teaspoon delivers a hit of antioxidants and nutrients, such as Vitamin C and Iron.
Try this Paprika Roast Salmon recipe.
Turmeric has an earthy taste and is dudes traditionally in curries to deepen the flavour. Buy it fresh or ground (being careful to avoid clothes contact - it stains!). Assists with inflammation.
Try it in cauliflower rice: blend 1/2 cauliflower head to a fine crumb, fry in a little coconut oil for 10 minutes with chopped onion, garlic and 2 tsp turmeric.
For use in both savoury and sweet dishes, ginger is a wonderful all-rounder. Grate the fresh stuff into stir fries, or steep in hot water with fresh lemon for a tasty drink. If you prefer the dry versions, add it into your healthy baking. Ginger assists with digestion + builds immunity.
Add it in your next baking sesh, with these delicious Ginger + Maple biscuits.