Herbs and spices are a pantry necessity, they add fragrance and flavour to so many dishes! I am regularly asked what my must have herbs and spices are.
Here they are:
Bay leaves: use in stews, chillis and curries.
Black pepper: salt’s partner.
Cayenne powder: hot, hot, hot.
Chilli powder: a blend of chilli pepper, spices and seasonings. Experiment with different types of chilli powder – chipotle, ancho, etc.
Cinnamon sticks: use in savory and sweet dishes.
Cumin: seed or ground – I prefer seed.
Coriander: adds a floral orange scent.
Curry powder: mild, medium or hot, adds instant curry flavour.
Garlic powder: dissolves well in marinades, distributing an even garlic flavour.
Italian seasoning: a blend of sweet herbs – oregano, marjoram, thyme, rosemary and basil.
Steak seasoning: tasty rimmer for a Ceasar drink, and a great all-purpose spice for the grill.
Nutmeg seed: a must have for creamy pasta sauces and desserts.
Oregano: loves tomatoes.
Paprika: made from ground, dried red peppers. Can be sweet, smoky, or spicy – my favourite is sweet.
Red pepper flakes: adds heat to all sorts of dishes.
Rosemary: loves meat.
Thyme: best friends with mushrooms and onions.