Peter Watson’s Spices

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Spices have been used by man since our earliest civilisations. Not only as medicine or to flavour and preserve food, spices were so highly valued that certain ones, such as pepper, were used as currency. Traded first throughout Asia, India and the Middle East by sea and land on exotic trade routes, it’s suggested spices found their way to Europe by way of the crusades. They were soon traded extensively and gave rise a number of Dutch and English trading companies in the East and West Indies.

Now that a plethora of spices are readily available (and much cheaper than in centuries past), here are some fantastic spices to try from a modern day master – Peter Watson. From his shop and warehouse in Collingwood, Melbourne he passionately creates and sells some of the best spices I’ve tried in Australia. You can find out more about them, him and where to buy them here : www.peterwatson.com.au

Lamb Spice Rub

What’s in it?

  • a mix of tumeric, paprika, garlic, onions, cloves, thyme, cinnamon, cardamom, soumack, ginger, black pepper.

What to use it for:

  • a spice rub for a lamb roasts (you can use it on other red meats, it’s just that it’s created to enhance the flavour of lamb)
  • a marinade
  • to add depth of flavour to a casserole

Tangerine Peel

What’s in it?

  • Tangerine peels

What to use it for:

  • Asian style dishes
  • a lamb marinade
  • in tagine style dishes

Beef spice rub

What’s in it?

  • a mix of oregano, cumin, coriander, mustard, garlic, onion powder, paprika, black pepper, mace, mustard, brown sugar,all spice

What to use it for:

  • Casseroles
  • Curry
  • Rubbed onto steaks and then grilled

Texas Dry Rub

What’s in it?

  • a mix of onions, garlic, chili, cumin, coriander, mustard, black pepper, all spice, thyme and paprika

What to use it for:

  • BBQ chicken
  • Marinated grilled meats
  • Also great with fish

Spanish Chicken Marinade

What’s in it?

  • a mix of basil, oregano, rosemary lemon rind, garlic, paprika, thyme, , cinnamon

What to use it for:

  • Roast chicken
  • Paella

Quatre Epices (four spices)

What’s in it?

  • A mix of nutmeg, ginger, cloves and white pepper

What to use it for:

  • A famous French spice mix used in pates, terrine and many other preserves

Berbere Spice Mix (African spice mix)

What’s in it?

  • A mix of fenugreek, cardamon, coriander, chili, cumin, cloves, ginger, turmeric, ajwan, all spice,

What to use it for:

  • BBQ
  • Marinades
  • Flavouring stews

Sage and Chardonnay Jam

What to use it for:

  • Delicious with turkey, roasted lamb, pork, game roast or even cheese

Quince Jam with Thyme

What to use it for:

  • With rich meat and game dishes and cheese

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pain d’épices

 

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Pain d’épices was originally a sourdough bread without added leavening; it was left in a wooden trough to rest in a cool place for months, during which the honeyed rye flour experienced fermentation. When ready the dough was cooked in loaf moulds. The modern product usually rises with baking soda, or with baking powder, developed in the nineteenth century.

Because traditional pain d’épices is sweetened entirely with honey, honey merchants in France often stock loaves of it for sale. La Collective des Biscuits et Gâteaux de France reserves the name pain d’épices pur miel (French for: “pure honey spice bread”) for pain d’épices sweetened only with honey

 

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Pain d’épices :

Ingredients :

  • 500 g flour
  • 250 g honey
  • 250 g caster sugar
  • 400 ml milk
  • 2 whole egg
  • 4 yolk (in total)
  • 4 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon bi carb soda
  • 4 tea spoon cinnamon powder
  • 2 teaspoon ginger powder
  • 2 cloves (grounded)
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 140 g melted butter

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Place flour, spices, baking powder and bi carb soda in a bowl• In a different bowl place the honey and sugar, warm up your milk and add it to the honey, whisk the until dissolve• Stir the flour mixture, then add the honey and milk mixture, whisked eggs and butter• Whisk vigorously until all the ingredient are well mixed.  Line the cake mould with grease proof paper then pour the mixture in a rectangle cake mould, and bake for 1 hour at 190 degree Celsius.