6 Ways to Add New Flavour to Local Favourites
They say variety is the spice of life. We also say a variety of spices can bring your favourite local vegetables to life in exciting new ways. We wanted to share some of our favourite herb and spice combinations that’ll fill your plate with even more flavour.
What do you do if you’ve grown tired of boiled, baked and mashed potatoes? We have the answer. Roasted potatoes. All you need is some potatoes, a little oil and a package of CHICAGO SPICE MIX from Rub that RUBS. Cube the potatoes, toss in oil, sprinkle in the spice mix to coat them and roast in the oven. And that’s it! We served them with a little sour cream on the side.
We’re pretty lucky when it comes to finding local squash year-round, and we love the simplicity of butter, salt and pepper. But then we got our hands on THE GAME CHANGER spice blend from Big Cove Foods…and well, it changed our squash game. You can find the Game Changer roasted squash recipe we used on their website. BTW, the Game Changer is also fantastic on all kinds of game meats.
You don’t always need to buy a pre-made spice blend. It’s pretty easy to do it yourself. Case in point, we started with some Valley Harvest sweet potatoes, then cooked them and mashed them with a bit of butter. But the magic happened when we sprinkled in some ground nutmeg and cinnamon. These two simple additions brought out the sweetness, but also balanced it with a little nutty and earthy flavour. If you’re cooking sweet potatoes, this little extra step will take you all of 15 seconds to do.
Do you like tacos? We made our own taco seasoning and whipped up a batch of tacos with local ground beef (ground pork, turkey or chicken also work). And hey, if you’re looking for a vegetarian option, you can roast cauliflower and season with this mix. Here’s all you need to make the seasoning mix: 2 tbsp cumin, 1 tsp each of garlic powder, red pepper flakes, oregano and onion powder, 2 tsp paprika and 1 tbsp of salt.
SUMMER SAVOURY. Don’t let the name fool you. You can find it all year round. Farmer John’s Herbs has been growing and packaging summer savoury for over 30 years and it’s pretty delicious on pork and chicken. We picked up a package and tried it on this perfumed roast pork loin recipe from our friends at Saltscapes. The recipe also uses local apples, Nova Scotia red wine and maple syrup. We bought our pork and bacon locally as well.
The last stop on our flavour journey starts with local mushrooms and ends with a huge smile on your face. We thought we’d try this Moroccan mushrooms recipe from the Wishful Chef, and we’re glad we did. Cumin and coriander, paprika, ginger and a few other spices create a flavour playground. The mushrooms can be served cold or hot and will only take about 30 minutes to make.
Whether you buy a pre-made local spice mix, or you buy local vegetables or meat and add whatever spices you like, experiment and enjoy. You can open up a whole new world of flavour for your favourite local foods.