In a nutshell: This fragrant blend was brought over to the French Caribbean islands by immigrants working the sugar plantations and is lovely with pork and pumpkin dishes.
A mild curry mix from the gorgeous French Caribbean islands of Martinique and Guadeloupe that’s used for all sorts of Creole curries. Originating in Sri Lanka and brought over by immigrants working on the sugar plantations in the 19th century, it’s a traditional and fragrant blend that’s ideal for pork, chicken, goat, lamb or vegetables such as potato, tropical root vegetables, pumpkin or eggplant.
Colombo combines turmeric, brown mustard seed, hot pepper, coriander, West Indian bay leaf, thyme, black peppercorns and allspice. Just add meat, vegetables and a little tamarind for an authentic Creole taste.
Details 40g; Ingredients: mustard, turmeric, coriander, black pepper, allspice, Habanero chilli, thyme, allspice leaf, bay leaf, nutmeg.
About Épices de Cru
Épices de Cru began in 1982 as a catering partnership between Philippe and Ethné de Vienne. Their mission was a kind of “cooking pot anthropology:” learning the secrets of family cooking around the world and applying these techniques to the needs of hungry Montrealers. The secret, they learned, was spices. Over the last two decades, Philippe and Ethné have searched for the world’s best spices, accompanied by their children, Marika and Arik. The de Viennes believe in direct sourcing spices: visiting growing regions, spending time with growers, and developing personal relationships that last decades. In 2004, they officially opened their first spice shop in Montreal’s fantastic Jean Talon market– it’s since become a mecca for foodies from all over the world. I first visited in 2008 and have been buying and using their spices on a regular basis ever since that first exciting visit. They steadfastly maintain that they do nothing original, only facilitating the exchange of culinary common sense from one place to another. But, what they do is simply quite brilliant - by providing us with the finest quality ingredients, and their superb spice mixes, we can all experiment with unusual spices and recreate delicious recipes from around the world.