A recipe, review and giveaway in collaboration with Cole & Mason.
Once you start cooking with whole freshly toasted and ground spices you can never go back to the ready ground variety. The difference it makes to the flavour of a dish is astounding.
As soon as you grind spices they begin to lose their potency.
As the celebrity chef Tony Singh said recently during his cookery demonstration at The Shetland Food Fair, “Spices add drama, colour and flavour to food.”
So why would you use stale spices?
For years I’ve been toasting and pounding my spice mixtures in a mortar and pestle, preparing just the amount needed for the dish I am making.
However, Cole & Mason have produced a fantastic little spice mill which means you can prepare up to three different blends of whole spices and grind just what you need on the day. Your spices stay fresh, and you only need to measure out ingredients once in awhile.
The Cole & Mason Kingsley Stainless Steel and Glass Herb & Spice Mill comes with three small removable glass jars with lids and a stainless carbon steel mechanism with a lifetime guarantee. Its adjustable grind means you can grind your favourite spice blends just the way you like them.
Bahārāt is the Arabic word for ‘spices’.
There are many different recipes out there for baharat, and this recipe is my adaptation (using whole spices) of my mother-in-law’s recipe. She explains,
You would use it almost like you use a curry spice mixture. I like to add it to kebabs, traditionally with minced lamb meat but ordinary mince is fine, use it in a casserole (like a beef stew). Use lamb, beef (beef strips) or chicken – fry meat in butter to brown well and then add the baharat and keep stirring and frying for a few minutes before adding vegetables and liquid – cook on the lowest heat for a long time, one or two hours (or even longer) depending on type of meat, it should fall off the bone. It can be used in almost any recipe where you add a bit of spice, the amount of spice depends on how much heat you like.
I’ve just taken a leg of Shetland lamb out of the freezer to defrost for Sunday dinner, and I will be seasoning it with this spice mixture before slow roasting it.
- Toast the coriander and cumin seeds in a dry pan over a medium heat until they start to pop and release their aroma.
- Leave to cool and then add to the spice jar with the remaining ingredients. Shake well and grind as needed!
Cole & Mason have kindly offered the opportunity for one of my UK readers to win one of their Cole & Mason Kingsley Stainless Steel and Glass Herb & Spice Mill sets RRP £24.99.
HOW TO ENTER
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TERMS & CONDITIONS
This giveaway is open to UK entries only. Entrants must be age 18 or over. The winner will need to respond within 30 days of being contacted; failure to do this may result in another winner being selected.
The prize is offered and provided by Cole & Mason. The prize is to win a Cole & Mason Kingsley Stainless Steel and Glass Herb & Spice Mill worth £24.99. There is no cash alternative and the prize is not transferable.
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Closing date is midnight (that’s 00:00 hours, 12 am on Sunday night/Monday morning) on Monday 14 December 2015 (GMT) and the winner will be announced shortly afterwards.
OTHER SPICE BLENDS YOU MIGHT LIKE
Garam Masala by Simply Sensational Food
Five Spice Powder (great for making a quick sticky brown sugar glaze for pork) by Elizabeth’s Kitchen Diary
Sub-ah b’har Seven-Spice Mix (used in Middle Eastern Spiced Camp Fire Chickpeas) by Elizabeth’s Kitchen Diary
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