July 1st, 2016

This Mexican recipe deliciously combines jicama with pineapple, lime juice and chiles. In its native Mexico, jicama (aka: ‘Mexican Yam’) is often combined with chili powder, fresh citrus fruits, red onion and ginger in salads, soups and cooked dishes. Recipe courtesy of Épices de Cru

Ingredients:

  • 1 small pineapple peeled and cut into ½ inch chunks
  • 1 medium jicama peeled and cut into ½ inch chunks
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 3 Tbsp fresh coriander, coarsely chopped
  • 1 1/2 tsp Pasilla de Oaxaca or any smoked chile
  • Salt, to taste
Method

  1. In a bowl, combine the ingredients and mix well.
  2. Check seasoning and adjust to your taste with more lime juice, chili powder or salt.
June 1st, 2016

Our friend Sylviane is a fantastic cook who, like the rest of us, is known to forget things in the oven. One day, she served the most delicious, dark-roasted vegetables, crisped to perfection. The natural sugars of the fresh produce and the fact that they had been left to sweat in the salted spice blend for 2 hours prior to roasting created a dark crust that was impossible to resist.

Ingredients:

  • 1 bunch of small, fresh carrots with leaves
  • 1 large fennel bulb
  • 1 large parsnip
  • 1 Tbsp Cajun blackening spices, ground
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
Method

  1. Clean carrots well without peeling them. Cut fennel and parsnip into pieces the size of the carrots.
  2. Put vegetables in a bowl with spices and oil. Mix, making sure to cover the vegetables evenly. Let rest for 2 hours before placing on a baking sheet.
  3. Heat oven to 375°F. Cook for 30 minutes before turning vegetables. Check every 10 minutes to ensure that vegetables are caramelized to your liking as cooking time may vary.
May 25th, 2016

This is the perfect salad which allows us to take full advantage of the first spring vegetable harvest. We prefer not to mix the ingredients before serving – one of the charms of this recipe is the contrasting tastes and textures of the various ingredients. Serve accompanied by a chilled glass of white wine and fresh bread!

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups baby spinach leaves
  • 1 pack asparagus
  • 4 radishes sliced
  • 1 cup fiddleheads, blanched ***
  • 1 bunch chives, chopped
  • 2 eggs (optional)
  • Olive Oil
  • Vinegar of choice or lemon juice
  • Balinese Fleur de sel
  • Black Pepper, freshly ground
Method

  1. Wash and drain spinach. Place on a large serving dish.
  2. Break off the tough sections of asparagus. Slice raw asparagus into ½ inch thick pieces at an angle.
  3. Poach the eggs for 7 min in a large pot of water that is almost at the boiling point.
  4. Place asparagus, radishes, fiddleheads, eggs and chives on the spinach leaves.
  5. Sprinkle the vegetables with olive oil and then with vinegar. Salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Serve without mixing.

*** Wash the fiddleheads in a large basin of water. Cut off the brown tips. Boil in a large pot of salted water for 6-7 min. Rinse well in cold water. Drain.
Recipe adapted from Épices de Cru

April 1st, 2016

This recipe reproduces Roman Imperial flavors as faithfully as possible using ingredients available today. Since sugar was unknown to the Romans, it’s more authentic with pekmez (grape molasses) or honey in sweet and sour dishes.

Ingredients:

  • 2 pork tenderloins
  • 3 Tbsp Apicius Roman blend, ground
  • Salt, to taste
  • ½ cup flour
  • 4 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 small leek (white part only), chopped
  • ¼ cup wine
  • 3 Tbsp pekmez* or vino cotto or 2 Tbsp honey
  • 2 Tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp fish sauce
Method

  1. Cut pork into slices 1 inch thick. Season with spices and some salt. Roll each slice in flour. Shake lightly to remove excess flour.
  2. Heat a large pan on medium. Add the oil and brown the pork medallions, about 5 minutes.
  3. Flip each medallion then add the leeks, sprinkling them around the pork. Cook for another 5 minutes, or until the leeks begin to brown.
  4. Deglaze with the wine, then add the pekmez, vinegar, and fish sauce. Reduce the sauce for a few minutes, turning the meat occasionally.

*Pekmez is made from concentrated grape juice, still used in Turkey (it can be found under the name “grape molasses”). In Italy, it’s called vino cotto.
Recipe adapted from Épices de Cru

April 1st, 2016

An easy vegetarian side dish or hearty lunch. Classical Roman chefs wouldn’t have used sugar, but grape molasses (pekmez) or honey.

Ingredients:

  • 1 large leek
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp Apicius Roman blend, ground
  • 1 bunch Swiss chard, chopped
  • 2 cups chickpeas, cooked
  • Salt to taste
  • ¼ cup pekmez* or 3 Tbsp honey
  • 3 Tbsp vinegar
Method

  1. Wash the leek and cut into ½ inch (1.5 cm) slices.
  2. Heat a pot on medium. Sauté the leek in the oil for around 5 minutes.
  3. Add the garlic and spices. Toss in the pan for another minute.
  4. Add the remaining ingredients and simmer for 15 minutes.
  5. Adjust the flavours to your taste with the salt, vinegar and pekmez.

*Pekmez is made from concentrated grape juice, still used in Turkey (it can be found under the name “grape molasses”). In Italy, it’s called vino cotto.
Recipe adapted from Épices de Cru

March 1st, 2016

This sauce, by definition is a French classic.

Ingredients:

  • 3 egg yolks
  • 6 Tbsp boiling water
  • 4 Tbsp lemon juice
  • ½ lb (225 gr.) hot, unsalted, melted butter
  • Salt, to taste
  • 1 Tbsp 8 pepper blend, finely ground
  • Head of broccoli
Method

  1. Place the egg yolks in a high, narrow container that can easily accommodate a hand blender.
  2. Blend enough to homogenise the yolks (5 seconds). Stream in the boiling water, while continuing to blend (10 seconds). Incorporate the lemon juice.
  3. Pour the hot butter in a stream – mixing constantly (10 – 15 seconds). Add salt and the 8 pepper blend.
  4. Steam broccoli and set aside.
  5. Pour your mongrel sauce over and serve!
  6. Recipe adapted from Épices de Cru

February 1st, 2016
Cake Ingredients:

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 cups diced canned pineapple, drained
  • 2 cups carrots, grated
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 cups flour
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp Silk Road Blend, ground

Icing Ingredients:

  • ¼ lb butter
  • ¼ lb cream cheese
  • 2 cups icing sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • A little cream or milk
Method

  • Preheat oven to 350 °F.
  • Beat the eggs and sugar together with an electric mixer.
  • Add the pineapple and carrots. Mix well.
  • Sift the dry ingredients together in a bowl.
  • Add the sifted dry ingredient mixture to the first mixture little by little, alternating with the oil.
  • Pour into two 9 x 9 pans and bake for 1 hour.
  • While the cake is cooking, stir all the icing ingredients together, adding a little milk or cream according to the desired consistency.
  • Remove the cakes from the oven and let cool for a few minutes before taking them out of the pans.
  • Ice the first cake with icing, and finish the remaining icing on the second cake.
  • Cut yourself a slice, sit back, and kick up your feet and enjoy!

Recipe adapted from Épices de Cru

January 1st, 2016
Ingredients:

  • Ingredients:
  • 1 bunch of kale
  • 6 Tbsp coconut oil (or vegetable oil)
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 slice of ginger, chopped
  • 4 shallots, chopped
  • Fresh Habanero pepper, chopped to taste
  • 2 Tbsp Trinidad Spice Mix, ground
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • Salt, to taste
Method
Clean the kale well and remove the thick stems. Chop the leaves and set aside.
Heat the oil in a pan on medium heat. Add onion, garlic, ginger, shallots, chile and curry.
Cook slowly until fragrant (4 – 5 minutes) stirring regularly.
Add the coconut milk and salt. Bring to a boil.
Add the kale, in portions if necessary. Bring to a boil again and let boil until the kale is tender, 5 to 10 minutes.

Recipe adapted from Épices de Cru

December 1st, 2015
Ingredients:

  • Lemonade:
  • Syrup, prepared and refrigerated
  • 2 star anise
  • Lemon juice, to taste
  • Cold water
  • 1 pinch salt (optional)*
Method
In a pot, combine the syrup ingredients and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and let simmer for 15 minutes. Turn off heat and let the syrup cool.In a jug, mix the syrup with the lemon juice and cold water in whichever proportions suit your taste.

Serve fresh. The spices can be strained out of the lemonade prior to serving or left in. Replace the water with rum and soda to make a punch that packs a punch!

Balancing the Lemonade
Too strong? Add more cold water.
Too weak? Add syrup and lemon juice.
Too sour? Add syrup.
Too sugary? Add lemon juice (not water).

November 1st, 2015

Serves 4

Ingredients:

  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 cup kale, chopped
  • 5-6 cloves garlic
  • 1 tsp Cumin, ground
  • 1 tsp Gorria pepper, ground
  • 1 can (28oz/900g) peeled tomatoes
  • 4-6 eggs
  • ½ cup goat cheese
  • Parsley, chopped
  • Basil, chopped
  • salt
Method
In a large pot, heat oil over medium. Add the onion, kale, and garlic. Cook for about 2 minutes.

Add the cumin and Gorria pepper and stir. Add the tomatoes.

Lower the heat and continue to cook until the sauce begins to thicken.

Make 6 small holes in the sauce and crack the eggs into each one.

Cover and continue to cook over low heat until the eggs are poached (about 5 minutes).

Garnish with the goat cheese (or garlic yogurt) and decorate with a pinch of pepper.

Garnish with the parsley and basil.