Spice 101

Sunday April 7th, 2013

So this Sunday it was time to attend our first ever Spice class. We decided to start with the basics, so Spice 101 at the Savory Spice Company on South Blvd. fit the bill.

Savory Spice Shop, South Blvd.
Savory Spice Shop, South Blvd.

Before we got started there were all sorts of delicious things to try. I know I’m going to make at least three of them, starting with the Water Punch. The Popcorn with Earl Grey on top was seriously addicting, which is suprising since I don’t really drink much Early Grey. (I’m more of a Darjeeling, Chai kinda’ girl.)

Chickpea Poppers, Dill Dip, Hot Mustard, Spiced Chips
Chickpea Poppers, Dill Dip, Hot Mustard, Spiced Chips

Chickpea Poppers

Ingredients:

  • 1 (12 ounce) can chickpeas
  • 2 tablespoons Savory Spice Shop Black River Creole Seasoning
  • 1 tablespoons oil

Directions:

  1. Set a oven rack at the highest position and preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Line a baking sheet with aluminum for easy cleanup.
  2. Drain and rinse chickpeas. Dry thoroughly with a paper towel.
  3. In a large bowl, gently mix together oil, spice, and chickpeas.
  4. Arrange the seasoned chickpeas in a single layer on the baking sheet.
  5. Cook for 40 minutes or until crisp.

Before we get started with all the amazing things we learned, smelled and tasted… here’s a little bit about the Savory Spice Shop.

  • The company was originally started in 2004 in Denver, Colorado by Mike and Janet Johnston. They grind spices weekly in fresh batches so the product is always at it’s freshest and tastiest. Savory Spice has more than 160 blends available.
  • Our particular store is owned by Amy and Scott MacCabe.
Spice 101
Spice 101

So let’s just started shall we? First off we have the herbs…

Do you have the Thyme? Here are a few interesting taste facts about two we discussed (my mom asked about the lemon thyme because we had just purchased some for our herb garden, and we needed the 411.)

  • French Thyme has a floral taste.
  • Lemon thyme has a fruity taste.

Ways to use french thyme (I’m biased on this one, since I purchased a bottle)

  • Hearty Sauces
  • Soups
  • Stews
  • Roasts
  • Potatoes

Majoram

  • Is in the mint family
  • Can be substituted with oregano has they have a similar flavor.

Basil… aka my most favorite herb in all the world!

California Basil (is stronger than your standard Turkish basil) and so you use only half the amount the recipe calls for. They have both kinds of Basil at the Savory Spice Shop, so the choice is completely up to you…

Spices

Some of the facts...
Some of the facts…
Types of Cinnamon
Types of Cinnamon
Extracts
Extracts

Things to know about extracts:

  • 35 % alcohol base
  • You can mix your extracts
  • True vanilla extract is clear, imitation if brown
  • Extracts can be used in mixed drinks (i.e. water punch) and in baking (i.e. that oatmeal chocolate chip recipe I shared all those months ago, that you haven’t tried yet…)

Chilies

Chile facts
Chile facts
Aleppo
Aleppo

Two regional chilies with the same heat:

  • Aleppo (from Syria)
  • Urfa (0from Turkey)

Tips for chile use: Chile with a chocolate base can be mixed with honey powder. Add it to butter or in popcorn for a truly unique flavor.

Seeds

Cumin seeds
Cumin seeds
Grinding spices in a mortar and pestle can also be a great stress reliever.
Grinding spices in a mortar and pestle can also be a great stress reliever.

Salt N’ Pepper

Interesting salt and pepper facts.
Interesting salt and pepper facts

The next time you make fries, try adding these 3 ingredients to the mix…

  • Garlic
  • Truffle salt
  • Parmesan cheese
Cleanse your palate
Cleanse your palate
Future salt holder
Future salt holder $36
First item that had to make it to my shopping basket...
First item that had to make it to my shopping basket…
Chai tea, french thyme, citric acid, hazelnut extract, raspberry extract, lemon extract...
Chai tea, french thyme, citric acid, hazelnut extract, raspberry extract, lemon extract…

Well, I think that about covers this addition of foodie cooking school.

~thefoodie

Savory Spice Shop  2000 South Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28203 (980) 225-5419

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s