Blending spices is part art, part craft, part luck and part magic. The main theme in a blend is fairly obvious, but the real test is the choice of subtle bits that add nuance…those accents that will add little pops of salt, or sweet or acid or herb.
The Spice of Life
Ukuva iAfrica works with Turqle Trading to produce Fair Trade spices and sauces of exceptional quality. The tassle and beadwork is made by those with metal disabilities at Cape Mental Health Society. Each spice was developed over the course of a decade by a culinary-minded traveler who recorded his experiences with food in Africa. Today, the spices are grown and packaged in South Africa, with a proceed going to the Fair Trade Trust for the education of the workers.
Named after a pair of Maasai herders who fell in love with the classic flavor combination over an impromptu meal near Ngorongoro, Ukuva's vital table staple combines black peppercorns and sea salt in the must-have condiment for all situations.
As pepper ages, some of the essential oils - the volatiles that give pepper its energizing properties - evaporates.
In pepper that lives alone, the evaporated essential oils are lost, but pepper that lives with salt has an advantage: the salt absorbs those oils and soon, the salt starts tasting peppery and when the two are ground together, they create a glorious salt and pepper flavor experience.
Ingredients: 70% pure Khoisan Sea Salt and 30% Black Pepper.
In West Africa they make an onion Yassa sauce. There are as many recipes for Yassa Onion Sauce as there are cooks in West Africa. Also great on fish and lamb. Excellent on roast root vegetables, butternut or pumpkin - or in a brown and wild rice dish with lentils, cashews and onions.
Here's a recipe for Onion Yassa Sauce:Roughly chop 3 brown onions and 5 cloves of garlic. Place in a roasting pan with 100ml peanut oil. Squeeze the juice of half a lemon over the vegetables and grind 2 tsp Yassa over the top. Roast until the onions are very soft - (take care not to burn the garlic!) Blend with a fork and serve with roast chicken.Ingredients: salt, coriander, cinnamon, garlic, green peppercorn, ginger, thyme
A fascinating blend that adds 'salty' taste without actually adding salt. Kariba Sunset is excellent with grilled, fried, slow-cooked or pot roasted beef, and on tomato-based salads with Italian cheese, basil and pine nuts.
Ingredients: sun-dried tomato, black peppercorns, roast garlic, red onion, red bell pepper, olives, basil
Smoked chili and paprika lend a delectable smoky flavor to this spicy chili salt. Spice up your meats, pizza, and pasta.
Ingredients: salt, smoked chili & paprika, garlic, onion, ginger, mustard and basil.
You'll love the subtle saltiness and hint of garlic, citrus and chives in this pepper grinder. It's great for cooking, or keep it on the table for individual tastes. This adaptable blend enlivens steamed and green vegetables, chicken, duck, fish and pork, and can be used to make a delicious white wine butter sauce or flavorful salad dressings.
Ingredients: black peppercorns, sea salt, garlic, lemon rind, orange rind, chives, lemon oil (natural), orange oil (natural).
Filled with big flavor, these herbs and spices from Turqle Trading make a delicious complement to a variety of dishes. All bottles topped with built-in grinder to unlock the freshest flavor. Bottle decor is made by artisans with disabilities. This blend does magic with meat - just the right levels of spice, heat, smoke, and sweetness to highlight the finest flavours of beef, lamb, and pork.
Ingredients: Sea salt, garlic, sugar, mustard, coriander, paprika, black pepper, cumin, white peppercorns, chillie, oregano, Hickory essence, thyme, and paprika oil.
Topped with a built-in grinder to easily add the freshest flavor to your dishes, this bold Zulu Fire Spice features red chili with an exciting supporting cast of black pepper, ginger and a touch of ginseng (to energize the taste buds!) Add a few grinds onto pizza, pasta, casseroles, barbecues, curries and your favorite stir fry recipes.
Ingredients: red chili, black pepper, ginger, ginseng
Garlic and pepper, rounded off with sea salt and parsley. The ideal blend for grilled crustaceans served with butter and a squeeze of fresh lemon, Madagascar Garlic Pepper is also good with chicken, fish and pork served with a light white wine and butter sauce. Grind this delicious blend into pan-fried potatoes and green vegetables like asparagus, artichoke, beans, peas and baby zucchini.
Ingredients: black peppercorns, sea salt, garlic flakes, parsley
Sea salt combined with chili, garlic, caraway seeds, cumin, and more. Great in traditional tagines with chicken, lamb, young goat or game fish. Try chickpeas, onions and garlic flavored with prune and apricot, almonds and date. Serve on steamed couscous or rice. Excellent on roasted root vegetables, butternut squash or pumpkin.
Ingredients: Sea salt, chili, caraway seeds, cumin seeds, garlic, spearmint leaf, coriander
An herbal mix of sea salt, white pepper, rosemary, green peppercorns, basil, oregano and sage. Try in breads, dressings, fish or pasta dishes.
Ingredients: Sea salt, white peppercorns, rosemary, green peppercorns, basil, oregano, sage.
The ideal spice blend for slow-cooked or braised dishes with lamb, young goat, chicken or pork. Rub onto meat coated with a little oil and leave to marinade for an hour or two before grilling, or dry fry a generous grinding before adding to couscous with slivers of almond and dried apricots.
Ingredients: Sea salt, sesame seeds, fennel seeds, coriander seeds, black peppercorns, aniseed, cassia (a variety of cinnamon), ginger, clove, garlic, onion, star aniseed pieces.
Artisans in India forge iron into these uniquely shaped bicycle bookends. The bicycle is split right in half with the cool details like a handlebar basket and splashguard on the back tire.
Size: 7in. h x 4in. w x 2 1/2in. d
This finely-carved sculpture in the shape of a nose and mouth neatly holds your eyeglasses or sunglasses. Made of sustainable Shesham wood. The glasses rest on the “nose” and they are secured in place behind the sculpture. This is a unique and practical gift for anyone, but it's especially great for dad or the person who is hard to shop for!
This product is made by HSSS, a non-profit organization that works for the uplifting and development of underprivileged artisans. The group is composed mainly of male artisans, both Hindu and Muslim, who suffer educational, training, and health related issues.
Size: 2 1/2" × 2 1/2" × 6"
Learn more aboutMatr Boomie and the artisans who made this product.