Shakshuka

Shakshuka

Shakshuka

Famous Shakshuka

The origin of Shakshuka might be in Turkey, Spain, or Tunisia. The Israeli version with a beautiful top of poached eggs became famous around the world. This flavorful tomato stew with vegetables has usually a bit of heat. Our Turkish Marash pepper flakes add more flavor than heat.

The Magic of Zaatar

Pouch [2] contains the versatile Zaatar blend. The key ingredient for this magic spice blend is a Mediterranean thyme, called zaatar.

Zaatar is more flavorful than the thyme from the common spice boards. Sumac adds a citrus note and sesame seeds a slight nutty crunch. Use it for a dip or marinade.

Variations
  • Adapt the recipe to your liking: without eggs, with hot chilies, and/ or other vegetables, for instance, pumpkin, leek, sweet potatoes, or mushrooms.
  • Instead of the dip, marinate 1 lb strips from chicken breast or sirloin beef in Shakshuka Spices [2], 2 tbsp oil, and salt to taste for 1-2 hours before frying.
The Shakshuka Culinary Spice Kit includes the following spices:
[1] Cumin, paprika, Marash pepper

[2] Sesame, sumac, coriander, thyme, cumin, black pepper 

Zaatar Spice Blend
Zaatar Spice Blend
Print Recipe
Shakshuka
Cuisine Israeli
Servings
Ingredients
Shopping List
  • 1 red bell pepper diced
  • 1 green bell pepper diced
  • 3 ripe medium tomatoes chopped
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 bunch parsley chopped
  • pita bread or other flatbread
  • 3-4 eggs
  • 4 cloves garlic finely chopped or grated
  • olive oil
  • salt & pepper
Culinary Spice Kit
  • [1] Cumin, paprika, Marash pepper
  • [2] Sesame, sumac, coriander, thyme, cumin, black pepper
Cuisine Israeli
Servings
Ingredients
Shopping List
  • 1 red bell pepper diced
  • 1 green bell pepper diced
  • 3 ripe medium tomatoes chopped
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 bunch parsley chopped
  • pita bread or other flatbread
  • 3-4 eggs
  • 4 cloves garlic finely chopped or grated
  • olive oil
  • salt & pepper
Culinary Spice Kit
  • [1] Cumin, paprika, Marash pepper
  • [2] Sesame, sumac, coriander, thyme, cumin, black pepper
Instructions
  1. In a PAN, heat 2 tbsp oil over medium heat.
  2. Fry bell peppers for 10 minutes.
  3. Add garlic, Shakshuka Spices [1], and salt to taste.
  4. Stir-fry for 2 minutes.
  5. Add tomatoes, tomato paste, and salt & pepper to taste. Mix well.
  6. Cover the pan and cook over medium-low heat for 10 minutes until the sauce thickened a bit. Stir.
  7. With a tablespoon, form a little well in the sauce and crack one egg into the well. Continue with the remaining eggs.
  8. Continue to cook until the egg whites are set but the yolks are still running.
  9. Sprinkle with parsley.
  10. Dip: In a small CUP, add olive oil and Shakshuka Spices [2] to taste.
  11. Serve with warm bread.
Buddha Bowl

Buddha Bowl

Buddha Bowl

Buddha Bowl

The ‘Buddha Bowl’ is a contemporary trend of colorful vegetarian one-bowl meals. Crisp quinoa balls with nigella seeds are the stars of our vegetable bowl finished with an orange ginger dressing. 

Nigella and Quinoa for Your Health

Healthy nigella in protein-rich quinoa balls fit just right. If you are new to quinoa or short in time, you can simply add quinoa to your bowl and sprinkle the spice blend on top. For your convenience, find the recipe for a version with meatballs at the end of this page.

Your Selection of Vegetables

What kind of vegetables are best for your Buddha Bowl? It really depends on which vegetables you have available and what you prefer. Get inspired by the following recommendations:

Classic: Lettuce leaves, sliced red radish, sliced cucumber, tomato slices, and bell pepper strips.

Healthy XXL: kale chopped, baby spinach, radicchio sliced, endives sliced, and edamame.

Latino vibe: black beans, fresh corn, cilantro, tomato cubes, cucumber cubes, grilled sweet potato cubes.

The Buddha Bowl Culinary Spice Kit includes the following spices:

Coarse brown mustard, nigella seeds

nigella seeds
Nigella
Print Recipe
Buddha Bowl
Cuisine Asian
Keyword nigella
Servings
3-4
Ingredients
Shopping list
  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 1 cup panko or any fine breadcrumbs
  • 1/8 cup chives finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup orange jam
  • 1 small onion finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic grated
  • 1 inch ginger grated
  • 1 lemon for juice
  • vegetable oil
  • salt & pepper
  • Your selection of vegetables for the salad
Culinary Spice Kit
  • Coarse brown mustard, nigella seeds
Cuisine Asian
Keyword nigella
Servings
3-4
Ingredients
Shopping list
  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 1 cup panko or any fine breadcrumbs
  • 1/8 cup chives finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup orange jam
  • 1 small onion finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic grated
  • 1 inch ginger grated
  • 1 lemon for juice
  • vegetable oil
  • salt & pepper
  • Your selection of vegetables for the salad
Culinary Spice Kit
  • Coarse brown mustard, nigella seeds
Instructions
Cook
  1. Cook quinoa according to package instructions.
Salad dressing
  1. In a small POT, heat orange jam with 1/2 cup of water, half of the ginger, and salt to taste.
  2. Cook over slow heat for 10 minutes.
  3. Stir in 1/2-1 tsp lemon juice. Set aside to cool.
Prepare balls
  1. In a BOWL, combine onions, garlic, half of the ginger, chives, and Buddha Spices.
  2. Add quinoa, salt & pepper to taste. Mix well.
  3. Add 2 or more tbsp panko as needed to absorb most of the liquid.
  4. Form little balls in the size of 1-inch diameter.
  5. On a PLATE, roll the balls in the remaining panko until they are coated on all sides.
Fry
  1. In a PAN, heat 4 tbsp oil over medium heat.
  2. Fry quinoa balls on all sides until they turn brown and crisp.
Serve
  1. Distribute salad in bowls.
  2. Add quinoa balls and pour the dressing on top.
  3. Enjoy!
Recipe Notes

Variations

  • Make meatballs from poultry, pork, or veal instead of quinoa balls.
  • For the coating, add 2 tbsp or more sesame seeds to the panko.
  • Substitute chives with parsley or cilantro.
Print Recipe
Buddha Bowl with Meatballs
Cuisine Asian
Keyword nigella
Servings
3-4
Ingredients
Shopping list
  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1/8 cup chives finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup panko or any fine breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 cup orange jam
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 small onion finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic grated or chopped
  • 1 inch ginger grated or chopped
  • vegetable oil
  • salt & pepper
  • Your selection of vegetables for the salad
Culinary Spice Kit
  • Coarse brown mustard, nigella seeds
Cuisine Asian
Keyword nigella
Servings
3-4
Ingredients
Shopping list
  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1/8 cup chives finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup panko or any fine breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 cup orange jam
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 small onion finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic grated or chopped
  • 1 inch ginger grated or chopped
  • vegetable oil
  • salt & pepper
  • Your selection of vegetables for the salad
Culinary Spice Kit
  • Coarse brown mustard, nigella seeds
Instructions
Salad dressing
  1. In a small POT, heat orange jam with 1/2 cup of water, half of the ginger, and salt to taste.
  2. Cook over slow heat for 10 minutes.
  3. Stir in 1/2-1 tsp lemon juice. Set aside to cool.
Prepare
  1. In a BOWL, combine egg yolk, onions, garlic, chives, tbsp panko, and Buddha Spices.
  2. Add ground meat, salt & pepper to taste. Knead well.
  3. Add more panko as needed to absorb most of the liquid.
  4. Form little balls in the size of 0.5-inch diameter.
  5. On a PLATE, roll the balls in the remaining panko until they are coated on all sides.
Fry
  1. In a PAN, heat 2 tbsp oil over medium heat.
  2. Add balls and fry them on all sides until they turn brown and are cooked through.
Serve
  1. Distribute salad in bowls.
  2. Add meatballs and pour the dressing on top.
  3. Enjoy!
Recipe Notes

Variations

  • Use a different ground meat: chicken, pork, or veal.
  • For the coating, substitute 2 tbsp white sesame seeds for the panko.
  • Substitute chives with parsley or cilantro.
Fattoush

Fattoush

Fattoush

Classic Middle Eastern Fattoush is a fresh salad seasoned with ground tart sumac berry and topped with crunchy pita chips. 

Add Chicken or Vegetables

Serve it with fried chicken or use the Lebanese Baharat blend for oven baked vegetables.

Alternatively, go for another Lebanese classic: Shawarma.

Fattoush
Variations
The Fattoush Culinary Spice Kit includes the following spices:
[1] Allspice, black pepper, cinnamon, fenugreek, cloves, ginger, nutmeg

[2] Sumac

Print Recipe
Fattoush
Cuisine Lebanese
Servings
3-4
Ingredients
Shopping list
  • 1.25 lb chicken breast sliced into 1/2-inch wide stripes
  • 3 cups lettuce sliced into 1-inch wide stripes
  • 1/2 cup red radish halved and sliced
  • 1 Persian cucumber
  • 1/2 yellow bell pepper
  • 1 medium tomato
  • 1/2 cup flat parsley and/ or mint leaves chopped
  • 2 pita bread cut into 1-inch cubed chips
  • 2 cloves garlic crushed and peeled
  • 3 tbsp lemon juice
  • salt
  • olive oil
Optional
  • extra pita bread
  • onions sliced
Culinary Spice Kit
  • Pouch [1] allspice, black pepper, cinnamon, fenugreek, cloves, ginger, nutmeg
  • Pouch [2] sumac
Cuisine Lebanese
Servings
3-4
Ingredients
Shopping list
  • 1.25 lb chicken breast sliced into 1/2-inch wide stripes
  • 3 cups lettuce sliced into 1-inch wide stripes
  • 1/2 cup red radish halved and sliced
  • 1 Persian cucumber
  • 1/2 yellow bell pepper
  • 1 medium tomato
  • 1/2 cup flat parsley and/ or mint leaves chopped
  • 2 pita bread cut into 1-inch cubed chips
  • 2 cloves garlic crushed and peeled
  • 3 tbsp lemon juice
  • salt
  • olive oil
Optional
  • extra pita bread
  • onions sliced
Culinary Spice Kit
  • Pouch [1] allspice, black pepper, cinnamon, fenugreek, cloves, ginger, nutmeg
  • Pouch [2] sumac
Instructions
Chicken
  1. In a BOWL, mix 2 tbsp lemon juice with Fattoush Spices [1] and salt to taste.
  2. Add chicken and 1 tbsp olive oil. Mix well until evenly coated.
  3. Cover and let marinate in the fridge for 1 to 3 hours.
  4. In a PAN, heat 1 tbsp olive oil over medium heat.
  5. Fry garlic for 1 minute. Add chicken and fry until all sides turn brown.
Salad
  1. Cut cucumber, bell pepper, tomato into 1/2-inch cubes.
  2. In a large BOWL, mix 1 tbsp lemon juice, Fattoush Spices [2], salt to taste, and 1 tbsp olive oil.
  3. Add all vegetables and herbs, and toss lightly.
  4. In a PAN, heat 2 tbsp olive oil over medium heat.
  5. Fry pita chips until they turn crisp.
  6. Add the chips to the salad and toss lightly.
Serve
  1. Serve chicken over salad or in pita bread with onions (optional).
  2. Enjoy!
Aussie Burger

Aussie Burger

pineapple

A Lot on Your Aussie Burger

Pineapple and beetroot? Serious? Yes! Who dares wins!

But this is not all. The Aussie Burger is also called “Burger with a lot” due to its many layers. Beetroot and pineapple are characteristic ingredients, and so is a sunny side up egg. Add your onions, bacon, or cheese, just as you like your favorite burger anyway.

Tasmanian Tomato Salad Side

Add a fruity tomato side salad with a kick from precious Tasmanian pepperberries, also called Mountain Pepper. Notice the slightly purple color that the berries develop in the vinaigrette.

Variations
  • Substitute beef with other meat, or with large portabello mushrooms.
beetroot
The Aussie Burger Culinary Spice Kit includes the following spices:

Tasmanian pepperberries

Print Recipe
Aussie Burger
Servings
3-4
Ingredients
Shopping list
  • 4 beef patties
  • 1 jar pickled beetroots sliced
  • 1 can pineapple rings
  • 8 large lettuce leaves
  • 4 large tomato/es chopped
  • 2-3 kiwi (golden) chopped
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 4 eggs
  • 4 hamburger buns
  • olive oil
  • salt & pepper
  • mayonnaise and/ or your favorite ketchup or BBQ sauce
Optional layers
  • slices cheese
  • onion rings grilled or raw
  • bacon grilled
Culinary Spice Kit
  • Tasmanian pepperberries
Servings
3-4
Ingredients
Shopping list
  • 4 beef patties
  • 1 jar pickled beetroots sliced
  • 1 can pineapple rings
  • 8 large lettuce leaves
  • 4 large tomato/es chopped
  • 2-3 kiwi (golden) chopped
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 4 eggs
  • 4 hamburger buns
  • olive oil
  • salt & pepper
  • mayonnaise and/ or your favorite ketchup or BBQ sauce
Optional layers
  • slices cheese
  • onion rings grilled or raw
  • bacon grilled
Culinary Spice Kit
  • Tasmanian pepperberries
Instructions
Side salad
  1. Chop Aussie Spices with a sharp knife.
  2. Be careful not to shoot the spices across the kitchen.
  3. In a BOWL, mix lemon juice with Aussie Spices, salt to taste, and 1 tbsp oil.
  4. Mix with tomatoes and kiwi. Set aside.
Burger
  1. In a PAN, heat 1 tbsp oil over medium heat.
  2. Fry patties until cooked to your desired doneness.
  3. Transfer patties to a plate and cover.
  4. Shortly, fry the cutting sides of the buns.
At the same time
  1. In a second PAN, heat 1 tbsp oil over medium heat.
  2. Fry eggs to your liking.
  3. Season with salt & pepper.
  4. Transfer to a plate and cover.
  5. Fry pineapple on each side until golden and caramelized.
Serve
  1. Serve all ingredients on separate plates.
  2. Everyone can assemble the Burger with a lot to its liking.
  3. Enjoy!
Ajapsandali

Ajapsandali

Ajapsandali

Ajapsandal-i

Caucasian Ajapsandal or Georgian Ajapsandali is a perfect summer dish since this eggplant stew with fresh herbs tastes best cold. While cooling, the vegetables can absorb the complex combination of typical Georgian spices. 

Meat is Optional

Lamb or beef can be added to this dish rich of vegetables with the additional instructions at the end of the recipe. Though, prepare for about 2 hours more to cook the meat tender. Faster is to serve Ajapsandali as a side to grilled meat.

 

Variations
  • Traditionally, it has a little heat from a fresh chili pepper, but this is up to you.
  • Substitute eggplant with zucchini for a change or if you prefer so.
The Ajapsandali Culinary Spice Kit includes the following spices:

Coriander, marigold, garlic, methi, paprika, caraway, black pepper, fenugreek, hyssop, mint, savory, chili

Eggplant
Print Recipe
Ajapsandali
Cuisine Georgian
Servings
3-4
Ingredients
Shopping list
  • 1.5 lb eggplants
  • 1.5 lb tomato/es
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1/3 cup cilantro and/or parsley finely chopped
  • 8 slices dark bread
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic chopped
  • vegetable oil
  • salt & pepper
Optional
  • fresh chili pepper finely chopped
  • 1 carrot diced
  • grilled meat
Culinary Spice Kit
  • coriander, marigold, garlic, methi, paprika, caraway, black pepper, fenugreek, hyssop, mint, savory, chili
Cuisine Georgian
Servings
3-4
Ingredients
Shopping list
  • 1.5 lb eggplants
  • 1.5 lb tomato/es
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1/3 cup cilantro and/or parsley finely chopped
  • 8 slices dark bread
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic chopped
  • vegetable oil
  • salt & pepper
Optional
  • fresh chili pepper finely chopped
  • 1 carrot diced
  • grilled meat
Culinary Spice Kit
  • coriander, marigold, garlic, methi, paprika, caraway, black pepper, fenugreek, hyssop, mint, savory, chili
Instructions
Prepare
  1. Cut all vegetables into 1-inch pieces.
  2. In a BOWL, add eggplants and 2 tsp salt.
  3. Mix well. Let rest for 30 minutes.
  4. Then rinse with water and squeeze all liquid out.
Fry eggplants
  1. In a large PAN, heat 2 tbsp oil over high heat.
  2. Careful of splatters, add eggplants and fry until they turn brown outside.
Cook
  1. In a POT, heat 1 tbsp oil over medium heat.
  2. Fry onions for 5 minutes.
  3. Add fried eggplants, garlic, and Ajapsandal Spices. Mix well and fry for 2 minutes.
  4. Add tomatoes, bell peppers, optional chili and/or carrots, and salt & pepper to taste. Mix well.
  5. Cover and cook over medium-low heat for 10-15 minutes.
  6. Stir in cilantro.
Serve
  1. We recommend serving this vitamin boost hot or cold with dark bread and optional grilled meat.
  2. Enjoy!
Recipe Notes

Additional instructions for Ajapsandali with beef or lamb:

You need

  • 1 lb stew beef or lamb, cut in 1/2-inch cubes
  • 2 cups tomato puree

Prepare

  1. Season meat with salt and pepper.
  2. Dredge meat in 2 tbsp flour.

Cook

  1. Before frying the onions, add the meat, and cook about 5 minutes until it's browned all over.
  2. Take meat out and set aside.
  3. Fry onions for 5 minutes.
  4. Add meat, tomato puree, garlic, Ajapsandal Spices. and salt to taste. Mix well.
  5. Cover and cook over medium-low heat for 1.5 - 2.5 hours until the meat is almost tender. Add a bit water or tomato puree if necessary.
  6. Add fried eggplants.
  7. Continue with the cooking step 4 in the main recipe above.

 

Lebanese Chicken Shawarma

Shawarma

Chicken Shawarma

Chicken Shawarma

Bring this popular dish to your home. Chicken Shawarma with sumac and baharat spices makes a good party dish and burger-alternative. If you can marinate the chicken in advance, it will intensify the flavor.

Yogurt for Mayonnaise

The dressing basis is made with yogurt instead of mayonnaise. It’s lighter and makes up for the double oil in the chicken preparation. You might sprinkle it with extra sumac.

Not Just For Chicken

If you are not a chicken fan, mix the Shawarma Spices [1] in any other beef or vegetables dish. It always turns out delicious! We recommend this Mediterranean combination:

Greek Salad with Lebanese Potatoes
  • In a BOWL, add romaine lettuce with tomatoes, cucumber, and tomatoes. Season with lemon juice, olive oil, salt, pepper, and Greek oregano. Add feta cheese and/ or black olives. Mix well.
  • Cut potatoes in the size of large French fries. Mix with Shawarma Spices [1], salt to taste, and 3 tbsp olive oil. Bake in the oven for about 30 minutes, turning midway.
The Shawarma Culinary Spice Kit includes the following spices:
[1] Sumac, allspice, black pepper, cinnamon, cloves, fenugreek , nutmeg, ginger

[2] Mint leaves

[3] Paprika

Greek Salad with Lebanese Potatoes
Print Recipe
Shawarma
Cuisine Lebanese
Keyword baharat, sumac
Servings
3-4
Ingredients
Shopping list
  • 1 lbs chicken breast skin- and boneless
  • 1 cup yogurt plain
  • 3-8 pita breads
You might have
  • 4 cloves garlic peeled and grated
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • oil & salt
Suggested vegetables
  • 1 onion peeled and sliced
  • 1 cucumber sliced
  • 3 tomato/es sliced
  • 1/2 head red cabbage shredded
  • 1 romaine lettuce shredded
Culinary Spice Kit
  • Pouch [1] Sumac, allspice, black pepper, cinnamon, cloves, fenugreek, nutmeg, ginger
  • Pouch [2] Mint
  • Pouch [3] Paprika
Cuisine Lebanese
Keyword baharat, sumac
Servings
3-4
Ingredients
Shopping list
  • 1 lbs chicken breast skin- and boneless
  • 1 cup yogurt plain
  • 3-8 pita breads
You might have
  • 4 cloves garlic peeled and grated
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • oil & salt
Suggested vegetables
  • 1 onion peeled and sliced
  • 1 cucumber sliced
  • 3 tomato/es sliced
  • 1/2 head red cabbage shredded
  • 1 romaine lettuce shredded
Culinary Spice Kit
  • Pouch [1] Sumac, allspice, black pepper, cinnamon, cloves, fenugreek, nutmeg, ginger
  • Pouch [2] Mint
  • Pouch [3] Paprika
Instructions
  1. Preheat OVEN to 425°F. *
  2. Cut chicken into 1-inch cubes.
  3. In a BOWL, mix 2 tbsp oil with Shawarma Spices [1] and salt to taste (1 tsp recommended). Add chicken, mix well until evenly coated.
  4. On a BAKING SHEET lined with aluminum foil, spread chicken evenly.
  5. Roast in the OVEN for 15 minutes, turning pieces midway.
    Roast in the OVEN for 15 minutes, turning pieces midway.
  6. For the dressing, in a BOWL, mix yogurt, lemon juice, garlic, salt to taste, Shawarma Spices [2], and ½ tsp oil.
  7. Cut the roasted chicken in thin slices. Toss with Shawarma Spices [3].
    Cut the roasted chicken in thin slices. Toss with Shawarma Spices [3].
  8. Heat 1 tbsp oil in a large PAN. Quickly stir-fry the chicken slices until all sides are brown and crisp.
  9. Serve on pita bread topped with vegetables and yogurt dressing.
  10. Enjoy!
Recipe Notes

* If you have time to prepare the chicken in advance, marinate (step 2-3) and let it rest in a covered BOWL in the refrigerator up to 24 hours.