Spice Up Your Summer Dishes With These 3 Flavour-Filled Seasonings

Jul 27, 2021 | Food, Home Cooking

Are you looking to mix things up during the dog days of summer? 

At Maunders Marketplace, we’ve got you covered. 

While we’re always featuring new dips, meats, snacks, and spreads, we also sell fresh ingredients that will make your palate sing. 

Visit us at either of our locations today to browse pre-made spices and mixes, as well as everything you need to create your own.

PS. Don’t forget to check out our tagines, stew pots and platters at the front display area as you walk into the store, they are all Tunisian ceramics — perfect for your spiced-up dishes!

Discover our top three spices for summer:

Harrissa Hot Chili Paste 

Harissa is a hot chili paste that originated in Tunisia, North Africa. The ingredients for harissa paste include red chilies, garlic, oil, an acid, and spices.

Harissa is perfect for adding smokiness and heat to dishes like hummus, lentil chili, pasta sauce, and more.

  • 10 dried New Mexico chiles (or other large dried chile with mild-to-medium spiciness)
  • 7 dried chiles de arbol (increase for more heat, decrease for less heat)
  • 1 Tbsp (heaping) cumin seeds (or sub slightly less ground // if using ground, skip the toasting step)
  • 2 tsp coriander seeds (or sub slightly less ground // if using ground, skip the toasting step)
  • 1 tsp caraway seeds (not essential, but added to most traditional harissa)
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 ½ tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp white wine vinegar or apple cider vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp tomato paste (or sub finely chopped sun-dried tomatoes)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil (if avoiding oil, sub water or omit)

Read the full recipe at Minimalist Baker, or visit us for your ingredients at Maunders Marketplace. 

Zataar Middle Eastern Spice Mixture 

Za’atar is most often a delicious combination of dried oregano, thyme, and marjoram, with sumac and toasted sesame seeds. 

In the Middle East, za’atar is often eaten with oil-dipped bread or spread onto flatbread dough before it’s baked into man’oushe.

This makes for a nutty, woodsy, tangy, snack that makes plain dishes taste exciting and unique.

Check out the ingredients we suggest, below:

  • 1 tablespoon​ roasted sesame seeds
  • 1/4 cup ground sumac
  • 2 tablespoons dried thyme
  • 2 tablespoons dried marjoram
  • 2 tablespoons dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon coarse salt

While you can purchase premade za’atar at Maunders Marketplace, you can also easily make your own with raw ingredients from our store. Read the full recipe at The Spruce Eats.

“Let’s just say that if I were in a life or death situation where I had to pick a favorite spice mix, za’atar would be it.” – SARAH JAMPEL, bonappetit

Fresh & Flavourful Zhoug Paste

Zhoug is a bold, spicy, green chili cilantro sauce hails from Yemen. Think of it as a Middle Eastern version of chimichurri sauce or salsa verde.

The ingredients for zhong paste include coriander, cloves, parsley, and a kick of green chilli.  

  • 1–3 whole jalapenos, sliced ( start with one, if unsure)
  • 2 fat garlic cloves
  • 1 bunch cilantro, small stems ok
  • ½ teaspoon ground cardamon ( or whole, see notes)
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • ½  teaspoon kosher salt, more to taste
  • 1/3 cup olive oil, more to desired consistency
  • 2 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon chili flakes (Aleppo chili is nice), more to taste (optional)

Use Zhoug on tacos, wraps , shawarma pitas, sandwiches and falafels, or on veggies, eggs, or chicken. Make it spicy or keep it mild — it’s totally up to you!

DIY with this Feasting At Home recipe and find all your ingredients at Maunders Marketplace.