The Regency Spice Guide
Ready to start cooking the traditional way? Herbs and Spices are a great way to add flavour and excitement to food without calories, fat or sugar! Here are some easy ways to add our most popular herbs and spices to your cooking. We've included a little fact about each spice, a basic flavour profile and how to use them.
True Cinnamon hails from Sri Lanka, and tastes like an exquisite sweet, honeyed fruity perfume. It's great in baking and commonly used in cookies, tarts, cakes, and warm drinks. In Indian and Middle Eastern cooking, it's also used freely in many savoury dishes to add sweetness with a hint of spice.
Once the king of spices, and even used as a currency thousands of years ago, black pepper is the most popularly used spice in the world. It's a fixed staple for seasoning, and usable wherever you would use salt, in small quantities. A tiny pinch of freshly ground black pepper can add spice and zesty citrus flavour to add life to salads, soups, appetizers and entrees.
Basil flakes are the quintessential cooking herb. They've been used for millennia and grow all around the world in thousands of varieties. We love using basil flakes with all types of pastas, pizzas, in salad dressing, to flavour soups and broths, and in baking. A few flakes is enough for great earthy, herbal flavours.
Kashmiri chillies are the prime Indian cooking chilli. They lend a wonderful deep red colour to food, without an overpowdering spice. Kashmiri chilli heat is a warm medium heat that lets cooks have a fine control of the spice level. Perfect in all savoury dishes. We adore Kashmiri chilli powder in our curries!
The best cumin comes from the farmlands surrounding Jodphur in India. It's slightly spicy, with cooling fennel and mint flavour and an essential spice for Indian, Mexican and Middle Eastern cooking.
Often the perfect spice to pair with cumin, coriander seeds have a wonderful citrus-floral aroma. You can use it to flavour all vegetable dishes, stews, marinades as well as fruit dishes and milk-based drinks.
Garlic granules are by far the easiest cooking spice and far superior to garlic powder. One pinch and it's instant savoury heaven for all food. Garlic granules have an endless range of uses. One of our favourites is to use it for marinades and as a spice rub for kebabs, burgers and chicken.
Paprika is made from mild bell peppers, and tastes earthy and sweet. It has a mild chilli aroma, is known for it's signature deep colour. It's often used as a natural colourant in food, and adds a bright flavour to everything savoury from soups, meatballs and french fries to eggs, pasta and tagines.
Pink Himalayan Salt
Pink Himalayan salt has recently become a trendy ingredient, but has been used in Indian households for hundreds of years. It's salty and at the same time a little citrusy and sweet. Works great with eggs, milk, curries, kebabs, rice dishes and everything else we have tried so far.
The emperor of the spice kingdom, Saffron is the most expensive for all spices, and with good reason: it takes around 50,000 orchids to make 100 grams of it! Use just 5-10 strands to instantly make a dish look, smell and taste magical, just as though you've precisely added in 20 perfectly matched ingredients!
Vanilla beans hail from the island of Madagascar, one of the world's spice meccas. These jumbo sized vanilla pods have more mature flavours beyond simple vanilla including Acai and Orchids. Best used for cookies, cakes, muffins, icing, and also pairs great with pumpkins, pork and pies.
Turmeric powder is one of the essential Indian spices. It adds a natural vibrant yellow colour, and is packed with antioxidants. Great quality turmeric smells sweet, tastes warm with a hint of gingery spice.
Ras El Hanout
The Morrocan spice blend that's slowly taking over the world, Ras El Hanout varies from trader to trader. It's a careful blend of the most prized spices they own. Having the best ras el hanout is an honour worthy of a medal alone! Our Ras El Hanout is the perfect blend which has matched all savoury dishes we've thrown at it so far!
One of the middle east's best kept secrets, Sumac is a glorious red, lemon-sweet and herbal spice. It adds an exotic berry flavour, is extremely versatile, and is a match made in heaven for salad dressings, breads, and dips.