Don't be afraid to spice things up a bit.

Herbs and spices make food come to life, so don’t be afraid to wake up your dishes! A few pinches and dashes of spices can give a dish optimum flavor. Here are a few staple ingredients that will change the way you cook!

GARLIC

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Garlic is a staple ingredient that lives up many dishes. Available all year round, the bulbs are relatively cheap and last for ages. Garlic bulbs have about 5-8 cloves that can be crushed, chopped, minces or left whole in the skin and roasted. You can even buy chopped garlic soaked in white wine vinegar that’s kept in the fridge. Garlic has a long lasting taste but not ideal if you’re on a first date! A tiny amount goes a long way!

CORIANDER spices-qm-magazine

Coriander, also known as Chinese parsley, is a plant with herbs and seeds that both can be used in cooking. It’s become a popular herb and used a lot in Asian and South American cuisine. It has a distinct citrus smell with peppery notes and adds maximum flavor to a number of dishes. Great in Thai and Indian curries and best added a minute before serving.

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Allspice is a tree grown in West India that produces peppercorn-like berries. Historically, the berry flavor was mistakes for a combination of cinnamon, nutmeg, pepper and clove, thus giving it the name. Although quite sweet, the flavors have earthy tones which can work perfectly in savory dishes such as Jamaican jerk chicken and lamb stews.

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You can’t go wrong with fresh basil topped on a Bolognese, or tossed in a fresh green salad, or scattered onto a pizza! Commonly used in Italian cookies, the herb adds an abundance of flavor to tomato based sauces and is the main ingredient in green pesto. Basil is available all year round and can be found as a pot plant, in fresh bundles, as a seasoning or even frozen in most supermarkets.

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Chinese five spice funnily enough is comprised of five distinct spices; cinnamon, star anise, fenugreek, clove, and pepper. It’s an easy spice to re-create at homes with many variations including, nutmeg and ginger. It’s a staple spice in many Vietnamese dishes and works well with pork. Herbs and spices make food come to life, so don’t be afraid to wake up your dishes! A few pinches and dashes of spices can give a dish optimum flavor. Here are a few staple ingredients that will change the way you cook!

 

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