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Roselle-Rooibos Drink

Roselle-Rooibos DrinkblogAfro-Vegan  by Bryant Terry is the  World Spice Cookbook Club selection for May, and we’ll be serving up his delicious Roselle-Rooibos drink at the Meet & Eat.

From Bryant Terry author of Afro-Vegan: “This drink is tart, sweet, and floral and has become one of my favorite summertime beverages. In this recipe, I call for fresh pineapple to give the drink texture and vibrant tropical flavor, but when my editor, Melissa Moore, brought me a bag of fresh peaches from the farm of Mas Masumoto, I peeled, sliced, and used them in place of the pineapple. It was off the chain! I think any other stone fruit, such as nectarines or cherries, would also work well and I encourage you to experiment with adding them.

For a late fall or winter spin, serve this drink warm, omitting the fresh fruit and boiling the tea and hibiscus with 1/4 teaspoon whole cloves, in a nod to how roselle is prepared in Trinidad and Tobago.”

Roselle-Rooibos Drink

Ingredients

  • 6 1/2 cups water
  • 2 (2 inch) cinnamon sticks
  • 6 tea bags or 3 tablespoons roobios tea
  • 2 cups dried hibiscus flowers
  • 1/4 cup fresh squeezed orange juice
  • 1 cup agave nectar
  • 2 cups cubed fresh pineapple, in 1-inch chunks, plus 6 spears
  • Ice for serving

Instructions

  1. Put the water and cinnamon in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat, then boil for 2 minutes.
  2. Add the rooibos, hibiscus flowers, orange juice, and agave nectar and mix well.
  3. Immediately remove from the heat, cover, and let stand for 30 minutes.
  4. Uncover and let cool to room temperature.
  5. Strain through a fines-mesh sieve into a pitcher, pressing down on the solids to extract as much liquid as possible. (Compost the solids.)
  6. Add the pineapple chunks and refrigerate for at least 8 hours or overnight.
https://www.silkroaddiary.com/roselle-rooibos-drink/

 

Afro-Vegan--book coversmAfro-Vegan: Farm Fresh African, Caribbean & Southern Flavors Remixed is the May selection for the World Spice Cookbook Club. Afro-Vegan is currently available for purchase at our retail store and also online through the following sellers:  Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com, Powells.com, IndieBound.org.

Reprinted with permission from Afro-Vegan by Bryant Terry, copyright (c) 2014. Published by Ten Speed Press, a division of Penguin Random House, Inc. Photography (c) 2014 by Paige Green

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Chermoula

Chermoula and Pom-Peach BBQsm

Afro-Vegan  by Bryant Terry is the  World Spice Cookbook Club selection for May. We are whipping up his incredible Chermoula recipe! Chermoula is a versatile marinade combining fresh herbs with dried spices, oils and citrus to create layers of flavor. It is used liberally in Algerian, Libyan, Moroccan and Tunisian cooking to flavor fish, seafood, meats and vegetables.

Chermoula

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped red onion
  • 1 teaspoon coarse sea salt
  • 3 large cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cumin seeds, toasted and ground
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1/4 teaspoon minced seeded habanero chile
  • pinch of saffron threads, crumbled
  • 1 1/2 cups packed minced cilantro
  • 1/2 cup packed minced flat-leaf parsley

Instructions

  1. Warm the oil in a medium saute pan over medium-low heat.
  2. Add the onion and salt and saute until the onion is soft, 5 to 7 minutes.
  3. Add the garlic, cumin, paprika, black pepper, and cayenne and saute until fragrant, for 2-3 minutes.
  4. Add the lemon juice, orange juice, water, habanero, and saffron and mix until well combined.
  5. Stir in the cilantro and parsley.
  6. Taste and season with more salt if desired.
  7. Use immediately or store in a tightly sealed jar in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.
https://www.silkroaddiary.com/chermoula/

Afro-Vegan--book coversmAfro-Vegan: Farm-Fresh African, Caribbean & Southern Flavors Remixed is the May selection for the World Spice Cookbook Club. Afro-Vegan is currently available for purchase at our retail store and also online through the following sellers:  Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com, Powells.com, IndieBound.org.

Reprinted with permission from Afro-Vegan by Bryant Terry, copyright (c) 2014. Published by Ten Speed Press, a division of Penguin Random House, Inc. Photography (c) 2014 by Paige Green

 

 

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Steve’s Sweet and Spicy Drumsticks

street food

We are always on the lookout for new and interesting spice combinations, and this one is fabulous! It came from our globe trotting friend and fan, Steve R., and features the savory spice blend Tabil along with Piri Piri and Smokin’ Hot Garlic Pepper bringing the heat. The drumsticks get a quick brine to help them retain moisture and the spices flow into a sweet citrus sauce that hits all the hot-sour-salty-sweet flavors that shine in Asian cuisine. Steve was inspired by his travels- and love of street food- to create this fusion BBQ sauce, and we are so happy that he shared this recipe! We’re planning to try it on wings next.

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Steve’s Sweet and Spicy Drumsticks

Steve’s Sweet and Spicy Drumsticks

Ingredients

  • 1 pkg chicken drumsticks (6 - 8)
  • 1 tablespoon Himalayan pink salt
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon ground Piri Piri
  • 1 tablespoon ground Tabil
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 teaspoons Nuoc Mau (Vietnamese caramelized coconut sauce) - if you can't find it, you can substitute blackstrap molasses instead
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon Smokin' Hot Garlic Pepper

Instructions

  1. Rinse chicken and place in a resealable plastic bag. In a small bowl, dissolve the salt in the water and pour over the chicken. Seal the bag, shake, and set aside in the refrigerator for 1 hour.
  2. While chicken is brining, mix together the remaining ingredients in a bowl and set aside for the flavors to blend.
  3. Remove chicken from brine, rinse and pat dry. Put the drumsticks and the spice mixture into another resealable plastic bag, mix and place in the refrigerator for 5 hours (or overnight).
  4. Preheat your grill or the oven to 400 degrees. Cook, turning once, for about 22-24 minutes (or until the meat runs clear when pricked with a knife).
https://www.silkroaddiary.com/steves-sweet-spicy-drumsticks/

Thanks so much, Steve! Safe travels, and stay in touch :-)

Steve R.

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Harissa Spiced Pecans

We never tire of whipping up different spiced nut combinations. Salty or sweet, hot or mild, there are endless combinations to try. Harissa Spiced Pecans are especially addictive, though, because they have it all: mild chile and smoky, savory spice, balanced perfectly with just enough brown sugar. These give a crunchy flavor punch to everything from garden salads to a pre-game cheese ball. But really, the best way to enjoy them is straight out of the oven.

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This recipe is easy to make and not too sweet. Spiced nuts are a welcome treat for last minute gatherings or entertaining.

Harissa Spiced Pecans

Harissa Spiced Pecans

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon ground Harissa
  • 1 teaspoon Voodoo
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 4 cups whole pecans
  • 1 egg white

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 250 degrees.
  2. Line a sheet pan with foil, oil lightly and set aside.
  3. In a small bowl, combine the sugar and spices.
  4. In a large bowl, whip the egg white until soft peaks form. Add the nuts and stir to coat evenly.
  5. Sprinkle the spice mixture over the nuts, and stir again to coat evenly.
  6. Spread the nuts in a single layer on the sheet pan and bake 45-50 minutes, stirring occasionally to prevent sticking and ensure an even toast.
  7. Allow to cool slightly and start munching!
https://www.silkroaddiary.com/harissa-spiced-pecans/

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Pasilla Oaxaca Vegetable Soup

Sometimes it’s hard to get enough of a good thing, and that is certainly true with Pasilla Oaxaca chiles. Every summer we run out of the small crop of these rare chiles, and celebrate when they are harvested again in the fall. They come only from the Oaxaca region of southern Mexico and combine a rich dose of smoky chile flavor with just the right level of heat- not too much. We are thrilled, because this years crop just arrived!

Use Pasilla Oaxaca in your favorite recipe for chili or vegetable soup, or try this creative Afro-Latin fusion. We’ve used both our Harissa spice blend, traditional in North Africa, and the Pasilla Oaxaca chile to season a chunky melange of carrots, zucchini, okra and black eyed peas in this satisfying fall soup. Enjoy!

Recipes

Pasilla Oaxaca Vegetable Soup

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon avocado or vegetable oil, divided
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon plus 1/2 teaspoon ground Harissa, divided
  • 2-3 carrots, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1- 28 oz. can diced tomatoes
  • 6 cups vegetable broth
  • 3/4 cup dried black eyed-peas, pre-soaked
  • 1 Pasilla Oaxaca chile, whole
  • 2 medium zucchini, chopped
  • 1 cup sliced okra, fresh or frozen
  • 4 cups chopped kale

Instructions

  1. In a large soup pot over medium heat, sauté the onion, salt and 1 teaspoon Harissa in 1 tablespoon of oil until softened, about 5 minutes.
  2. Add the carrots and continue cooking until they change color and begin to sweat, about 3 minutes more. Add the apple cider vinegar to deglaze the pan.
  3. Add the tomatoes, vegetable broth, black eyed peas and Pasilla Oaxaca and bring to a boil. Simmer 30 minutes until the beans begin to soften.
  4. While the soup is simmering, in a separate pan, sauté the zucchini in the remaining 1 teaspoon of avocado oil with the remaining 1/2 teaspoon of Harissa for 3-5 minutes until golden.
  5. Add the sautéed zucchini, okra and kale to the soup pot and simmer an additional 15 minutes. Remove the Pasilla Oaxaca before serving.

Notes

**Chef tip!** It is worth the extra effort to sauté the zucchini with some spices before boiling them in the soup pot. This allows the flavors to be fully absorbed by the zucchini, and creates a nice texture too.

https://www.silkroaddiary.com/pasilla-de-oaxaca-vegetable-soup/

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Pasilla Oaxaca are traditional in molé sauces, rellenos and salsas but are also SUPER easy to use whole if you want fabulous flavor in your next hearty fall soup. Just drop one in and remove before serving…like a bay leaf!

 

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Get Your Sausage-Making on with Chorizo Bomb!

Chorizo is great on the grill!

World Spice Merchant’s new Chorizo Bomb spice blend  has been a favorite of our restaurant clients for years, so it was no surprise that it started flying off the shelves as soon as we started offering it to our retail family. This versatile blend can be used to make a Mexican-style chorizo, or even a North African-style merguez sausage, as links or patties. It pulls double, triple, and quadruple duty as a great grill seasoning, taco and fajita spice, or in simple beans and rice. A little smoky from the Pasilla Oaxacas, sweet smoked paprika, and Chipotle flakes, a little herbaceous from the generous dose of oregano, thyme, and marjoram, and a bit sweet from the Hungarian paprika… well, you’ll see. There’s a reason we call it the “bomb!”

So, how do you use it? We’re testing additional recipes right now, but in the meantime, here are easy patty-making recipes for both Mexican chorizo and North African mergeuz sausage. For additional inspiration, check out HuffpostTaste’s published list of the “The Best Recipes that Use Chorizo.”

P.S. If you decide to go all D.I.Y. homemade, here’s a great article explaining how to grind your own meat for patties as well as case up your sausage links: how to make your own sausage.

Mexican-style Chorizo Sausage

Mexican-style Chorizo Sausage

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds ground pork or turkey
  • 4 tablespoons Chorizo Bomb
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons alderwood smoked salt
  • 6 cloves garlic, smashed
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 3/4 cup water or beer

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, break apart your ground meat into manageable chunks.
  2. In a blender, combine the rest of the ingredients and blend. Add the blended ingredients to the ground meat and mix by hand.
  3. When thoroughly mixed, you will want to check to see if it's seasoned to your taste. To do so, take a little bit of the chorizo, flatten it out, then cook it in a small frying pan over medium heat until it's completely cooked through. Taste it to see if it has enough salt or seasoning. If not, then add either more salt or more Chorizo Bomb.
  4. If you like the seasoning, then you can go ahead and cook the remaining chorizo mixture or store it. The raw mixture will keep in the refrigerator for a couple of days, but also freezes well. You can portion it into patties for breakfast and/or for burgers, or just use it in recipes.
https://www.silkroaddiary.com/mexican-style-chorizonorth-african-merguez/
North African Merguez Sausage

North African Merguez Sausage

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, break apart the ground meat into manageable pieces.
  2. In a blender, combine the rest of the ingredients and blend. Add the blended ingredients to the ground meat and mix well.
  3. When thoroughly mixed, you will want to check to see if it's seasoned to your taste. To do so, take a little bit of the mergeuz, flatten it out, then cook it in a small frying pan over medium heat until it's completely cooked through. Taste it to see if it has enough salt or seasoning. If not, then add either more salt or more Chorizo Bomb.
  4. If you like the seasoning, then you can go ahead and cook the remaining merguez mixture or store it. This will keep in the refrigerator for a couple of days, but also freezes well. You can portion it into patties for breakfast and/or for burgers, or just use it in recipes.
https://www.silkroaddiary.com/mexican-style-chorizonorth-african-merguez/

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