A dash of seasoning brightens any dish! CSL’s top 5 picks that will have you reaching to your spice cupboard more often than ever before.
Just a pinch of ground (capsicum) pepper or salt can add so much to a dish. Think: jalapeno scattered atop a soft-boiled egg, a dash of ground chipotle mixed with crema and slathered onto grilled corn, or kelp salt sprinkled on steamed fish to bring out its brininess.
Dried, ground chilies or sweet pepper keep for longer than their fresh counterparts, do not dilute sauces, and add a depth of flavour and piquancy that’s hard to beat.
1/ A smoky paprika perfect for stews, stuffing and as a breading seasoning. Qualifirst de la Vera Smoked Hot Paprika, 55g; qualifirst.com.
2/ A unique offering (one of the only ground jalapeno CSL has found), the slow-building heat lends itself to soups, marinades, and for something different, chocolate ice cream or fruit. A Spice Affair Jalapeno Green Ground, 100g; aspiceaffair.com.
3/ Himalayan salt infused with seaweed, including: sea lettuce, dulse and nori. Lumière de Sel Organic Kelp Salt Shaker, 140g; ecoideas.ca.
4/ A blend of chipotle and spices perfect for the grill. Cape Herb & Spice Chipotle Chili Seasoning, 75g; well.ca
5/ Spices and seeds often used as a dip with bread and olive oil. Use it like a seasoning salt. A Spice Affair Zaatar Extra Jordanian, 100g; aspiceaffair.com.
This original article first appeared in the Summer 2019 issue of City Style and Living Magazine.