In a nutshell: A blend filled with so much Eastern promise - a veritable who's who of all the favourites, plus rare additions like Guinea pepper, from the Moroccan spice souk.
This will become the go-to spice blend for meat and vegetable tajines enhanced with a touch of the classic ras-el-hanout spice mix. This is a blend filled with surprising sweet and savoury flavours, everything from sweet and hot Moroccan peppers, cumin and lots of ginger to mysterious mace and Guinea pepper, cassia buds and fenugreek. Try it in a classic chicken tajine with preserved lemons or beef, vegetable and almond tajine. Will also give an authentic Moroccan flavour to chickpea salads, soups and any other slow-cooked meat dishes.
Details 45g; Ingredients: cumin, chilli, coriander, ginger, pepper, turmeric, Guinea pepper, kentjur, mace, long pepper, mint, cardamom, cassia buds, clove, allspice, bay leaf, lavender, rose, nigella, fenugreek.
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.