Know Your Spices - Grains of Paradise

June 02, 2015 Chris Dawson

Grains Of Paradise During the Middle Ages, these red-hued kernels were used as substitutes for black pepper, which at the time was still wildly expensive in Europe. A few centuries of colonialism later, the ever-popular black pepper went from royal luxury to everyday staple, and the African Melegueta pepper fell into obscurity. That is until recently, as more and more cooks realize grains of paradise's potential as a far more interesting and nuanced alternative to black pepper. Where the black spice can be all camphor and pungent, grains of paradise show a balance of woodsy and citrusy flavors that give...

Know Your Spices - Vadouvan-French Masala Curry

June 01, 2015 Chris Dawson

Curry powder as we know it has more to do with the British fascination with Indian cuisine rather than Indian cooking itself, where spices are blended and ground on the spot for different dishes rather than corralled into one universal yellow powder. But sometimes you just need that familiar sweet, earthy, and pungent taste, and when you do, make Vadouvan your fancy curry powder. Vadouvan is really just curry powder with a French lilt. There's no single recipe, but beyond the curry staples of turmeric, black pepper, and cumin, Vadouvan typically incorporates shallots and/or onions for caramelized sweetness and a...

Know Your Spices - Zahtar

May 31, 2015 Chris Dawson

Without spices our food would be, well, not as exciting as it is. Whole spices, herbs, salt, and spice blends are some of the ways that we enhance flavour, and for some, define our culture and heritage. Zahtar, is one of those defining spice blends from the middle east. Often used in salads, on chicken, seafood or flat bread. It can also be found on tables as a condiment like pepper. So what are you waiting for? Start with something simple and see where it takes you.... Zatar Rice Pilaf.    

Summer Is Here,...Are You Ready?

May 30, 2015 Chris Dawson

With nicer weather, it's time to fire up the BBQ, and enjoy cooking outside again. Our BBQ Chicken is the perfect spice blend for cooking Beer Can Chicken Here is our recipe for the most delicious BBQ Chicken we have ever tasted. You will need 1 large roaster chicken 1 can of your favorite beer Culinary Conspiracy’s BBQ Chicken Rub Beer-Can Sauce6 tablespoons Ketchup3 tablespoons Dijon mustard1 1/2 tablespoons Molasses1 1/2 tablespoons red wine vinegar1 tablespoons BBQ Chicken Rub1/2 teaspoon Tabasco sauceIn a medium bowl, whisk all the ingredients until they are well blended. A Day Ahead:Rinse the chicken and...