Deboleena Dutta, Executive Editor
Spices have played a big part in our world’s history from shaping trade and business to entire cultures. And now we can experience different cultures through food without having to even get on a plane. Even exotic spices and herbs such as saffron that were once only available in spice shops are now easily accessible in your local community market for you to whip up a meal. This International Guide to Spices
is extremely helpful for new cooks looking to get a grasp on cultural cooking.
HerbNZest was inspired by the multi-cultural flavors and spices and herbs so of course we jump on any opportunity to experiment! Our Fennel Saffron Pumpkin Butter
was inspired by Mediterranean fennel salt while our Peach Chutney
was inspired by delicate basil alongside warm cinnamon, ginger, cumin and paprika. We hope to be a true melting pot of flavors that represent America’s taste in foods today while exploring the “fun side of classical flavors through our own twist.”
This month, in celebration of Mardi Gras on March 4, our taste buds are traveling to New Orleans. Mardi Gras, also know as Fat Tuesday
is an opportunity for Christians to enjoy that favorite food or snack before giving it up for the long lent season. In a typical N’awlins dish
you’ll find big robust flavors and Cajun & Creole spices like cayenne, fresh black pepper, bay leaves and garlic/onion powder. On most menus you’ll find a lot of great seafood dishes and smoked meat like Andouille sausage. For our vegans friends out there, look for recipes involving bell peppers, tomatoes and okra.
It often takes time for the flavors of these dishes to develop, but here are a few of our favorite Mardi Gras recipes for entertaining that you can whip up in no time!
Mini Muffaletta Squares
by Three Many Cooks
Oven Fried Okra
by Cookin' Cowgirl
Jambalaya Stuffed Mini Peppers
by Real Women of Philadelphia
And here are a few N’awlins inspired HerbNZest recipes!
Rice Crepes with Peach Chutney and Mascarpone
French Lentil Stew with Pesto,Sausage and Peppers
Slow Cook Shrimp and Brown Rice Gumbo
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