Recipe: Ras El Hanout Roasted Chickpeas

1  tbsp olive oil 2  cups of cooked chickpeas 1  tbsp cilantro, finely chopped 1  tbsp rosemary, chopped 1  Flavor Much Ras El Hanout spice mix 1. If using dried Chickpeas: soak the chickpeas in 6 cups of water for atlas 5 hours (overnight preferred). Drain, rinse well and place in a pan with enough water to cover them by about 3cm. Bring the water to the boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook, covered, for around 30 to 45 minutes until the chickpeas are soft but not mushy. 2. Drain and allow to cool slightly. Preheat your oven to 210°C/ °F 3. Mix chickpeas (can use canned as well) together with Flavor Much’s Ras el Hanout Spices and olive oil until well combined and stir through the chickpeas. Make sure the chickpeas are well coated in the spices. 4. Line a baking sheet with baking paper and spread the chickpeas out in a single layer. Place in the oven for fifteen minutes before giving the pan a shake (or the chickpeas a stir) and place back into the oven for another 10 minutes. 5. Remove from the oven and sprinkle over the cilantro and rosemary. Pour into a bowl and serve

1  tbsp olive oil

2  cups of cooked chickpeas

1  tbsp cilantro, finely chopped

1  tbsp rosemary, chopped

1  Flavor Much Ras El Hanout spice mix

1. If using dried Chickpeas: soak the chickpeas in 6 cups of water for atlas 5 hours (overnight preferred). Drain, rinse well and place in a pan with enough water to cover them by about 3cm. Bring the water to the boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook, covered, for around 30 to 45 minutes until the chickpeas are soft but not mushy.

2. Drain and allow to cool slightly. Preheat your oven to 210°C/ °F

3. Mix chickpeas (can use canned as well) together with Flavor Much’s Ras el Hanout Spices and olive oil until well combined and stir through the chickpeas. Make sure the chickpeas are well coated in the spices.

4. Line a baking sheet with baking paper and spread the chickpeas out in a single layer. Place in the oven for fifteen minutes before giving the pan a shake (or the chickpeas a stir) and place back into the oven for another 10 minutes.

5. Remove from the oven and sprinkle over the cilantro and rosemary. Pour into a bowl and serve

Ras el Hanout

This North African spice’s name is Arabic for "head of the shop"and implies a mixture of the best spices the seller has to offer. The mix is generally associated with Morocco, although neighboring North African countries use it as well. 

Contains: mace, cardamom, ginger turmeric, rosebud, cumin, white pepper, coriander, nutmeg, saffron, cloves, allspice, black pepper.   

Recipe: Squash Stew with Grains of Paradise

2    tbsp coconut oil     1    red onion    large dice 2    cups sliced carrots     1    tsp    sea salt     4    garlic cloves    finely chopped 2    tbsp fresh ginger     finely chopped 2    tsp    freshly ground Flavor Much  Grains of Paradise     1    tsp    ground turmeric     1    tsp    ground cinnamon     1    tsp    hungarian paprika toasted and crushed 1    tsp    ajowan seeds    (optional) 1    can chickpeas    drained and rinsed 1    can roasted tomatoes roughly  chopped 3    cups diced squash peeled and  de-seeded 2    bay leaves     4    cups water          sea salt to taste 1⁄2    cup parsley chopped 1. In a medium stock pot, add the coconut oil over medium-high heat. Once the oil is hot, add the red onion, carrot and sea salt. Saute until slightly softened (about 5 minutes). 2. Add the finely chopped garlic, ginger, and all the spices. Heat until the flavors are combined and fragrant (another 5 minutes) stirring occassionally. 3. Add the chickpeas, roasted tomatoes, squash, bay leaves, water and additional sea salt to taste. Simmer on medium-low until water has reduced to a stew-like consistency, and the pumpkin is easily piercable with a fork (about 30-45 minutes). 4. Fold in the chopped parsley right before serving.  

2    tbsp coconut oil    

1    red onion    large dice

2    cups sliced carrots    

1    tsp    sea salt    

4    garlic cloves    finely chopped

2    tbsp fresh ginger     finely chopped

2    tsp    freshly ground Flavor Much  Grains of Paradise    

1    tsp    ground turmeric    

1    tsp    ground cinnamon    

1    tsp    hungarian paprika toasted and crushed

1    tsp    ajowan seeds    (optional)

1    can chickpeas    drained and rinsed

1    can roasted tomatoes roughly  chopped

3    cups diced squash peeled and  de-seeded

2    bay leaves    

4    cups water        

 sea salt to taste

1⁄2    cup parsley chopped

1. In a medium stock pot, add the coconut oil over medium-high heat. Once the oil is hot, add the red onion, carrot and sea salt. Saute until slightly softened (about 5 minutes).

2. Add the finely chopped garlic, ginger, and all the spices. Heat until the flavors are combined and fragrant (another 5 minutes) stirring occassionally.

3. Add the chickpeas, roasted tomatoes, squash, bay leaves, water and additional sea salt to taste. Simmer on medium-low until water has reduced to a stew-like consistency, and the pumpkin is easily piercable with a fork (about 30-45 minutes).

4. Fold in the chopped parsley right before serving.

 

Grains of Paradise: April Spice Kit

Melegueta pepper is commonly used in the cuisines of West and North Africa, where it has been traditionally imported by caravan routes through the Sahara desert, and whence they were distributed to Sicily and the rest of Italy. Mentioned by Pliny as "African pepper" but subsequently forgotten in Europe, they were renamed "grains of paradise" and became a popular substitute for black pepper in Europe in the 14th and 15th centuries

Recipe: Berbere Chicken Dish

 

6  ounces green beans

2  cloves garlic

1 bunch parsley

1  carrot

1  lime

1  onion

4  chicken breasts

2  tablespoons Flavor Much Berbere Spice

1  cup chicken broth 1  cup couscous (cook according to box instructions)  

1. Wash and dry the fresh produce. Trim the stems off the green beans. Peel and roughly chop the garlic. Roughly chop the parsley leaves. Peel and small dice the carrot. Cut the lime into wedges. Peel and thinly slice the onion.

2. Season the chicken with salt and pepper and completely coat it in the Flavor Much berbere spice. In a large pan, heat some olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the chicken breast, cook 5 to 7 minutes, or until golden brown

3. Flip the chicken over and add the onion, carrot, and garlic. Cook 4 to 6 minutes, or until softened, stirring occasionally.

4. Add the chicken broth and beans and increase the heat to high. Cook 7 to 9 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through and the liquid is slightly reduced in volume, stirring occasionally.

5. Serve with couscous or rice. 

Berbere Spice Blend

Berbere is a hot spice blend that is an integral ingredient in Ethiopian cuisine.  Both full of flavor and heat, this spice is not for the faint of heart – or taste bubs. Fantastic as a rub for meat, poultry and fish, a seasoning for stews, soups, grains and vegetables.  Berbere is a wonderful all-purpose seasoning.

 Contains: Paprika, sea salt, cayenne, funugreek, coriander, cumin, black pepper, cardamom, cloves, cinnamon, giner, tumeric

 

 

 

5 Health Benefits of White Pepper

1. White pepper may help fight cancer. Research from the Dalhousie University suggests that white pepper treatment may help against colon cancer. 2.     White pepper may aid in digestion. White pepper helps the body secrete more hydrochloric acid, which is necessary for digesting proteins and other food components. Also, white pepper possesses a considerable amount of fiber. Fiber stimulates peristaltic motion and increased secretion of gastric juices, which eases digestion, prevents conditions like constipation, and protects the body from more serious conditions like colorectal cancer. Fiber can also scrape cholesterol out of the arteries and blood vessels. 3.     White pepper may improve dental health. White pepper fights tooth decay and provides quick relief from toothache. 4.     White pepper may help skin conditions. Piperine, in white pepper, has shown to be effective against vitiligo, a skin disease that causes areas of the skin to lose their pigmentation. 5.     White pepper may help with weight loss. Researchers from the Sejong University in Seoul, Korea suggests that piperine in white pepper battles fat by blocking the formation of new fat cells.  

1. White pepper may help fight cancer.

Research from the Dalhousie University suggests that white pepper treatment may help against colon cancer.

2.     White pepper may aid in digestion.

White pepper helps the body secrete more hydrochloric acid, which is necessary for digesting proteins and other food components. Also, white pepper possesses a considerable amount of fiber. Fiber stimulates peristaltic motion and increased secretion of gastric juices, which eases digestion, prevents conditions like constipation, and protects the body from more serious conditions like colorectal cancer. Fiber can also scrape cholesterol out of the arteries and blood vessels.

3.     White pepper may improve dental health.

White pepper fights tooth decay and provides quick relief from toothache.

4.     White pepper may help skin conditions.

Piperine, in white pepper, has shown to be effective against vitiligo, a skin disease that causes areas of the skin to lose their pigmentation.

5.     White pepper may help with weight loss.

Researchers from the Sejong University in Seoul, Korea suggests that piperine in white pepper battles fat by blocking the formation of new fat cells.

 

Recipe: Kaffir Lime Watermelon & Raspberry Salad

INGREDIENTS 1⁄8seedless watermelon 1⁄4pintraspberries 1tablespooncoconut sugaror turbinado sugar 1tablespoonwater 1 1⁄2kaffir lime leaves 1⁄4teaspoonapple cider vinegar 1tablespoonfresh roughly chopped mint 1⁄8teaspoonsea salt   DIRECTIONS : Remove rind, cut watermelon into bite sized pieces. Place in a large bowl with the raspberries. In a small pot bring sugar, water and Kaffir lime leaves to a boil, reduce heat and simmer, covered, for four minutes. Remove from heat and whisk apple cider vinegar into the syrup. Allow to cool, uncovered for fifteen minutes. Pour syrup over the watermelon and raspberries and toss very gently with the chopped mint and sea salt. Serve and enjoy!  

INGREDIENTS

1⁄8seedless watermelon

1⁄4pintraspberries

1tablespooncoconut sugaror turbinado sugar

1tablespoonwater

1 1⁄2kaffir lime leaves

1⁄4teaspoonapple cider vinegar

1tablespoonfresh roughly chopped mint

1⁄8teaspoonsea salt

 

DIRECTIONS :

Remove rind, cut watermelon into bite sized pieces. Place in a large bowl with the raspberries.

In a small pot bring sugar, water and Kaffir lime leaves to a boil, reduce heat and simmer, covered, for four minutes.

Remove from heat and whisk apple cider vinegar into the syrup.

Allow to cool, uncovered for fifteen minutes.

Pour syrup over the watermelon and raspberries and toss very gently with the chopped mint and sea salt. Serve and enjoy!

 

3 Amazing Benefits Of Kaffir Lime

Kaffir limes is the common name of Citrus hystrix, a tropical fruit that is native to various parts of Asia, including Indonesia, Thailand, and the Philippines.

1. Detoxify the Blood: The oil of kaffir limes is often mixed in various decoctions for those suffering from blood-borne illnesses or chronic blood-related diseases. The unique mix of volatile compounds is known to eliminate those pathogens or foreign agents in the blood, while also helping the liver and lymphatic system strain out dangerous substances and improve your overall health.

2. Insect Repellent: In the countries where kaffir lime was traditionally grown, insect-borne diseases can kill thousands of people each year. For that reason, kaffir limes are often used for their insect repellant properties. The citronellol and limonene found in kaffir limes are very unappealing to most insects, and when you put a lotion or a salve containing kaffir lime juice/oil on your skin, you can significantly decrease your chances of being bitten by bugs, whether they may infect you or not.

3. Digestive Issues: There are a number of components found within kaffir limes that are also found in lemongrass and related herbs. These organic constituents are anti-inflammatory in nature, but they are also stimulating for the digestive system. If you are suffering from constipation or indigestion, some kaffir lime decoction can clear your symptoms up and get your bowels back on a regular track. This can help prevent more serious gastrointestinal issues in the future, such as colorectal cancer, hemorrhoids, or gastric ulcers.

 

3 Amazing Benefits Of Coriander Seeds

1. Cure Skin Diseases

Coriander is quite effective in curing various skin diseases like eczema, itchy skin, rashes, and inflammation. It also helps cure mouth ulcers and sores.

What You Need

  1. Coriander seeds
  2. Water

What You Have To Do

Gargle with boiled coriander water to reduce and cure mouth ulcers.

OR

It can also be used as a cure for itchy skin and rashes.

What You Need

  1. Coriander seed
  2. Water
  3. One teaspoon honey

What You Have To Do

  1. Make a paste of coriander seeds with a little water and add a teaspoon of honey.
  2. Apply this paste on itchy skin for instant relief.
  3. Rinse it off after about 10 minutes.

Why Does It Work

Coriander seeds exhibit antiseptic properties that help fight skin problems like eczema and rashes (1). They also contain linoleic acid that has analgesic properties to reduce inflammation like rheumatism and arthritis (2), (3).

 2. Aids Digestion

Coriander seeds and fresh coriander leaves help in healthy digestion.

What You Need

  1. Coriander seed
  2. Water

What You Have To Do

  1. Soak a handful of seeds in water for a day.
  2. Filter out the seeds and drink the coriander water on an empty stomach.

How Often Should You Use It

Drink it daily to cure indigestion.

Why Does It Work

Coriander seeds have antioxidant properties and dietary fiber that promote the healthy functioning of the liver and facilitate bowel movements (6), (7), (8), (9). They help in the production of digestive enzymes and juices that ease the process of digestion (10). If you suffer from indigestion, bloated feeling, and flatulence, include coriander seeds in your diet.

3. Facilitate Hair Growth

Hair loss can result from weakened hair follicles, hormonal imbalances, stress, as well as improper diet. Coriander seeds prevent further hair fall and help stimulate the roots for the growth of new hair.

What You Need

  1. Coriander seeds
  2. Hair oil

What You Have To Do

Add some powdered coriander seeds in your hair oil and use it to massage your scalp at least twice a week.

Why Does It Work

Coriander seeds strengthen the roots of your hair and stimulate further growth, thus keeping at bay your hair fall problems.