Currywurst

German Currywurst

Currywurst
German Currywurst with extra curry powder

A Dish With Its Own Museum

The Currywurst might be the only street food worldwide that is honored with a dedicated museum, the Currywurst Museum in Berlin. The original dish from the Fifties is a short sausage, sliced and served with a secret curry sauce and bread.

From Street Food to a Complete Meal

The key to Vaca Frita or “fried beef” is slow cooked beef the Cuban way. Quick frying is the second and last step in the preparation.

Variations
  • Substitute cabbage salad with a quick sour sliced cucumber salad or with your favorite potato salad.
  • Add mayonnaise as an additional sauce.
  • Substitute French fries with baked potato wedges and/or baked root vegetables.
  • Use any kind of sausage that you prefer, e.g. hot dog or vegan.
The Currywurst Culinary Spice Kit includes the following spices:
[1] Ginger, chili, yellow mustard, paprika, turmeric, asafoetida, cardamom, fenugreek, cinnamon, cloves, cumin, white pepper and coriander

[2] Paprika

Currywurst
German Currywurst with cabbage salad
Print Recipe
Currywurst
Cuisine German
Servings
3-4
Ingredients
Shopping List
  • 1 lb sausages e.g. Bratwurst or Nürnberger
  • 2 cups tomato puree
  • 12 oz French fries frozen
  • 4 cups white cabbage finely shredded
You might have
  • agave syrup or honey
  • white vinegar
  • vegetable oil
  • salt & pepper
Currywurst Culinary Spice Kit
  • Pouch [1] Ginger, chili, yellow mustard, paprika, turmeric, asafoetida, cardamom, fenugreek, cinnamon, cloves, cumin, white pepper and coriander
  • Pouch [2] Paprika
Cuisine German
Servings
3-4
Ingredients
Shopping List
  • 1 lb sausages e.g. Bratwurst or Nürnberger
  • 2 cups tomato puree
  • 12 oz French fries frozen
  • 4 cups white cabbage finely shredded
You might have
  • agave syrup or honey
  • white vinegar
  • vegetable oil
  • salt & pepper
Currywurst Culinary Spice Kit
  • Pouch [1] Ginger, chili, yellow mustard, paprika, turmeric, asafoetida, cardamom, fenugreek, cinnamon, cloves, cumin, white pepper and coriander
  • Pouch [2] Paprika
Instructions
Cabbage Salad
  1. In a large BOWL, add cabbage.
  2. In a small POT, mix 3 tbsp vinegar, 1 tbsp syrup, salt & pepper to taste, and 2 tbsp oil.
  3. Bring to boil, pour over cabbage. Let cool.
  4. Let marinate in fridge for 24 hours.
French Fries
  1. Prepare French fries according to package instructions.
  2. When they are ready, toss them with salt and Currywurst Spices [2] to taste.
Sauce
  1. In a POT, heat 2 tbsp oil.
  2. Careful of splatters, add tomato puree.
  3. Add 1 tbsp syrup, 1 tbsp vinegar, and Currywurst Spices [1]. Mix well. Bring to boil.
  4. Cook covered 10-20 minutes over low heat. Stir occasionally.
  5. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Sausage
  1. In a PAN, heat oil and fry sausages over medium heat until cooked through.
  2. Transfer sausages to a plate
  3. Cut sausage in 1/2 inch slices (optional).
Avgolemono

Avgolemono

Avgolemono

Greek Avgolemono

The basic recipe for Avgolemono is a healthy chicken soup thickened with eggs and seasoned with lemon juice to taste. Perfect for the cold season. We added a modern twist with our pink pepperberry-lemon thyme blend.

Soup, Pasta, or Else?

Optionally, make a delicious Avgolemono pasta sauce. You can add your favorite vegetables either in the soup or pasta sauce. Or pour the sauce over cooked or fried vegetables. A good fit is green asparagus, turnip, rutabaga, pumpkin, zucchini, and/or carrot.

Variations
  • Skip the chicken soup step and buy cooked shredded
    chicken and chicken broth instead.
  • Substitute orzo with small noodles or cooked rice.
  • Add your favorite vegetables to the Avgolemono Soup.
  • Omit the chicken in the Avgolemono Soup.
  • Add 1-2 tbsp white wine and/or olive oil to the Base.
  • For a thicker soup, dissolve 1-2 tsp cornstarch in
    2 tbsp cold water. Add it to the Avgolemono Base.
The Avgolemono Culinary Spice Kit includes the following spices:

Pink pepperberries, chives, lemon thyme, savory, green peppercorns, lemon crystals

Lemon Thyme
Lemon Thyme
Print Recipe
Avgolemono
Servings
3-4
Ingredients
Chicken Soup (see notes)
  • 2 lbs chicken pieces with skin
  • 1 each stalk celery, carrot, onion
  • salt & pepper
Avgolemono Base
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 - 4 lemons for juice
Option 1: Avgolemono Soup
  • 1/4 cup orzo
Option 2: Avgolemono Pasta
  • 12-16 oz fettuccini or other pasta
  • 1 onion finely chopped
  • olive oil
Culinary Spice Kit:
  • Pink pepperberries, chives, lemon thyme, savory, green peppercorns, lemon crystals
Servings
3-4
Ingredients
Chicken Soup (see notes)
  • 2 lbs chicken pieces with skin
  • 1 each stalk celery, carrot, onion
  • salt & pepper
Avgolemono Base
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 - 4 lemons for juice
Option 1: Avgolemono Soup
  • 1/4 cup orzo
Option 2: Avgolemono Pasta
  • 12-16 oz fettuccini or other pasta
  • 1 onion finely chopped
  • olive oil
Culinary Spice Kit:
  • Pink pepperberries, chives, lemon thyme, savory, green peppercorns, lemon crystals
Instructions
Chicken Soup:
  1. In a POT, add chicken pieces, roughly cut vegetables, and salt & pepper to taste.
  2. Cook for about 30 minutes until the chicken is cooked.
  3. Take the chicken pieces out.
  4. When the chicken pieces are cool, tear them in bite-size pieces.
Avgolemono Base:
  1. In a BOWL, whisk 2 eggs with 2 tbsp lemon juice.
  2. Slowly whisk in hot broth, 1 tbsp at a time, until the egg-lemon mixture reaches the temperature of the broth.
Avgolemono Soup:
  1. In a POT, bring 4 cups of broth to boil.
  2. Add orzo, 1 cup shredded chicken, hot Avgolemono Base, Avgolemono Spices, and salt & lemon juice to taste.
  3. Cook for 6-10 minutes until the orzo is cooked al dente, stirring occasionally.
Avgolemono Pasta:
  1. Cook fettuccini according to package instructions.
  2. Reserve 1 cup of the cooking water.
  3. In a PAN, heat 1 tbsp oil over medium heat.
  4. Fry onions until they turn translucent.
  5. Add cooking water, 1 cup shredded chicken, hot Avgolemono Base, and Avgolemono Spices, salt & lemon juice to taste.
  6. Cook for 3-5 minutes.
  7. Pour sauce over fettuccini. Mix well.
  8. 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.

 

Mastic tears of Chios in a Greek bowl

Mastic Tears

Mastic tears of Chios in a Greek bowl
No Tears Left?

Unique Mastic Tears

If a spice deserves to be labeled “unique” it is mastic, also called mastiha. There is only one place in the world where it is produced, on Chios, a small island in the Mediterranean Sea. The rarity and complex production are reflected in a price much higher than most spices.

The Mastic Tears Culinary Spice Kit includes the following spices:

  • Small Mastic Tears
  • Green cardamom pods (organic)

In case you get hooked on this distinctive spice, your “PEPPER” rewards secure you an attractive offer in our online store.

The Tears of Chios

The Mastiha tree grows in other parts of Greece and the Mediterranean, but it only “cries” in Chios, as the locals sometimes call the slitting-tearing process the tree must undergo in order to produce its resinous spice.

natural mastic drop on the tree close up
Natural Mastic Drop on the Tree

Mastiha is produced in 24 specific Mastiha Villages, Mastihohoria, in the southern, coastal area of Chios, Greece.

Greek Islands
Greek Islands
Cooking With Mastic Tears

Cooking with mastic tears is very special. Before you start, smell the flavor. How do you like it?

Mastic is a precious, extremely versatile spice that enhances just about every dish. It has a distinctive flavor, fresh and slightly pine-like. A small amount goes a long way. Too much can leave a bitter aftertaste.

Give your favorite dinner dish a new flavor, follow one of our starter recipes, or find your favorite recipe on our website. Important! Decide first how you prefer to use the included Mastic Tears pouch, as a flavored oil or ground powder. Both ways need different preparations.

Choose one of these two preparations for your Mastic Tears and find recipes below:
  • Mastic infused olive oil (see recipe below)
  • Grind Mastic Tears (see recipe below)
Print Recipe
Mastic Infused Olive Oil
Cuisine Greek
Servings
Ingredients
  • 5 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp small mastic tears
Cuisine Greek
Servings
Ingredients
  • 5 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp small mastic tears
Instructions
  1. In a small POT, heat olive oil over low heat.
  2. Add all mastic tears and stir over low heat until they are dissolved.
  3. Pour oil into a glass container and let cool.
  4. It keeps fresh in a cool, dark place.
  5. Always stir or shake oil before using it.
Mastic Recipe Inspirations for Mastic Infused Olive Oil:
  • Drizzle 1-2 tbsp mastic oil over salads, vegetables, or feta. Find the recipe for Halloumi Salad below.
  • Reheat cooked broccoli or another firm vegetable in 1 tbsp mastic oil and garlic. Serve as a side.
  • Roasted Pepper, Mastiha and Goat Cheese Spread – recipe
  • Warm Spinach-Orange Salad with Mastiha Scented Olive Oil – recipe (the recipe refers to 1/3 tbsp mastic infused olive oil)
  • Warm Vegetable Taboule Seasoned with Chios Mastiha – recipe
Print Recipe
Grind Mastic Tears
Cuisine Greek
Servings
Ingredients
  • 1 tsp small mastic tears
Cuisine Greek
Servings
Ingredients
  • 1 tsp small mastic tears
Instructions
Freeze
  1. Place pouch with mastic tears for 1 hour in the freezer.
Grind with mortar and pestle
  1. Grind with a mortar and pestle half or all mastic tears with 1 tsp salt or sugar, depending on your recipe. For sweet recipes use 1 tsp sugar, for savory recipes 1 tsp salt.
Grind without mortar and pestle
  1. Place mastic tears on a flat surface.
  2. Cover mastic tears with a large piece of plastic wrap.
  3. Roll over the plastic wrap with a baking pin until all mastic tears are pulverized.
Mastic Recipe Inspirations for Ground Mastic:
  • In a PAN, fry cardamom 1 minute in 2 tbsp oil. Add ground meat and/or small vegetables. Season with salt, pepper, and ground mastic to taste. Fry until done.
  • Savory rice porridge (see recipe below).
  • Spaghetti with Fresh Mastiha-Tomato Sauce and Bocconcini – recipe
  • Greek Fries with Homemade Mastiha Scented Ketchup – recipe
  • Plum and Purslane Salad with Mastiha-Lemon Vinaigrette – recipe
  • Orange Chicken with Cinnamon, Ginger and Mastiha – recipe (make half of the recipe for 4 servings)
  • Asparagus Sautéed with Mastiha-Butter. Optional: Double all ingredients, except the asparagus, and add 1 lb shrimps. – recipe
  • Skilled-Seared Lamb Chops Rubbed with Mastiha – recipe
  • Greek cake recipes with ground mastic tears (see recipes below).
  • Orange Poached Pears Dipped in Dark Chocolate and Mastiha – recipe (make half of the recipe for 5 desserts).
  • Greek rice pudding (see recipe below).
Print Recipe
Rizogalo Rice Pudding
Cuisine Greek
Servings
3-4
Ingredients
Shopping list
  • 1/2 cup rice rinsed with cold water
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup sugar use less or more to taste
  • 1/2-1 tsp small mastic tears ground
Optional
  • 1 stick stick cinnamon or cinnamon powder
  • 3 pods cardamom
Cuisine Greek
Servings
3-4
Ingredients
Shopping list
  • 1/2 cup rice rinsed with cold water
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup sugar use less or more to taste
  • 1/2-1 tsp small mastic tears ground
Optional
  • 1 stick stick cinnamon or cinnamon powder
  • 3 pods cardamom
Instructions
  1. 1/2 cup rice, rinsed with cold water
  2. 1/2 cup milk
  3. 1/4 cup sugar (use less or more to taste)
  4. 1/2-1 tsp mastic (ground)
  5. Optional:
  6. 1 stick cinnamon or cinnamon powder
  7. 3 pods cardamom
  8. In a POT, add rice and 1 cup cold water with a pinch of salt.
  9. Optional: Add cinnamon and/ or cardamom.
  10. Cover. Bring to boil.
  11. Turn heat to low and cook for 15-30 minutes until the rice is cooked. The time depends on the type of rice.
  12. Add milk and sugar. Mix well.
  13. Stir in ground mastic. Start with 1/2 tsp. Add more to your taste.
  14. Cover. Bring to boil.
  15. Turn heat to low and cook for about 5 minutes, until the rice thickens.
  16. Fill rice pudding in 3-4 dessert dishes.
  17. Let cool for 30 minutes.
  18. Let cool in the fridge for 1 hour.
  19. Enjoy!
Print Recipe
Halloumi Salad
Cuisine Greek
Servings
3-4
Ingredients
Shopping list
  • 2 oz pack Halloumi cheese or firm mozzarella or firm tofu about 8each
  • 1 Frisee lettuce or your lettuce of choice
  • 8 oz cherry tomatoes halved
  • 1 baguette
You might have
  • 1-2 oranges
  • 1 tbsp mastic olive oil
  • oil
  • salty & pepper
Cuisine Greek
Servings
3-4
Ingredients
Shopping list
  • 2 oz pack Halloumi cheese or firm mozzarella or firm tofu about 8each
  • 1 Frisee lettuce or your lettuce of choice
  • 8 oz cherry tomatoes halved
  • 1 baguette
You might have
  • 1-2 oranges
  • 1 tbsp mastic olive oil
  • oil
  • salty & pepper
Instructions
Prepare oranges
  1. Peel the oranges.
  2. With a sharp knife, remove the peel and white pith from the sections.
Mix vinaigrette
  1. In a BOWL, mix mastic olive oil with 1 tbsp orange juice and salt and pepper to taste.
Fry cheese
  1. In a PAN, heat 2 tbsp oil over medium heat.
  2. Cut halloumi into thin slices (8 slices per pack) and fry for about 2 minutes until golden on both sides, and it begins to melt.
Assemble
  1. Distribute lettuce on plates.
  2. Place cherry tomatoes and orange sections on lettuce.
  3. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Drizzle with vinaigrette.
  5. Place halloumi slices on top.
  6. Enjoy!
Print Recipe
Savory Rice Porridge
Cuisine Greek
Servings
3-4
Ingredients
  • 1 lb grilled meat and/or grilled vegetables
  • 2 cups rice
  • 4 cups broth
  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 1 lemon for juice
  • 1 tbsp parsley chopped
  • 4 tomato/es chopped
  • 1 clove garlic grated
  • green cardamom pods
  • 1/2-1 tsp ground mastic
  • salt
Cuisine Greek
Servings
3-4
Ingredients
  • 1 lb grilled meat and/or grilled vegetables
  • 2 cups rice
  • 4 cups broth
  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 1 lemon for juice
  • 1 tbsp parsley chopped
  • 4 tomato/es chopped
  • 1 clove garlic grated
  • green cardamom pods
  • 1/2-1 tsp ground mastic
  • salt
Instructions
Rice
  1. In a POT, add rice, broth, cardamom and salt to taste.
  2. Cover. Bring to boil. Turn heat to low. Cook until rice is done.
  3. Optional: Add 1/2 cup milk and cook about 5 minutes until the rice thickens
  4. Take cardamom out.
Mastic Butter
  1. In a small POT, melt butter with ground mastic to taste over low heat.
Serve
  1. Drizzle butter over plated rice.
  2. Serve with grilled meat and/or veggies.
  3. Add a tomato salad seasoned with 1 tbsp lemon juice, fresh parsley, and garlic. No oil.
Print Recipe
Orange Semolina Cake
Cuisine Greek
Servings
Ingredients
Shopping list for the batter
  • 1.5 cup semolina
  • 0.5 cup sugar use to taste: up to 0.25less or more
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 0.25-0.5 tsp ground small mastic tears
  • 1.5 cup yogurt
  • 0.5 c milk
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
Shopping list for the syrup
  • 0.75 cup sugar use to taste: 0.25less or up to 0.75more
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 3 green cardamom pods optional
  • 1 stick cinnamon optional
Shopping list for garnish (optional)
  • 1 orange halved and sliced
  • 0.5 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 cup ice cream vanilla or orange flavor
Cuisine Greek
Servings
Ingredients
Shopping list for the batter
  • 1.5 cup semolina
  • 0.5 cup sugar use to taste: up to 0.25less or more
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 0.25-0.5 tsp ground small mastic tears
  • 1.5 cup yogurt
  • 0.5 c milk
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
Shopping list for the syrup
  • 0.75 cup sugar use to taste: 0.25less or up to 0.75more
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 3 green cardamom pods optional
  • 1 stick cinnamon optional
Shopping list for garnish (optional)
  • 1 orange halved and sliced
  • 0.5 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 cup ice cream vanilla or orange flavor
Instructions
Syrup
  1. In a small POT, add bring 0.5 cup of water to boil.
  2. Stir in sugar until dissolved.
  3. Optional: Add cardamom or cinnamon.
  4. Mix in orange juice. Return to a boil.
  5. Turn heat to low and cook slowly for about 10 minutes. The syrup shall have thickened but still be runny.
  6. Remove and let cool.
Batter
  1. In a BOWL, mix semolina with sugar, baking soda, and mastic.
  2. Add yogurt, milk, and lemon juice.
  3. With an ELECTRIC MIXER, beat until the batter is creamy.
Bake
  1. Preheat OVEN to 350°F.
  2. Spread a thinly layer of butter onto a BAKING PAN.
  3. Pour the batter into the BAKING PAN.
  4. Bake for about 1 to 1.5 hours until its baked and lightly golden.
  5. If the top turns brown before it fully baked, cover the pan with aluminum foil for the remaining baking time.
  6. Take the BAKING PAN out.
  7. Pour syrup over hot cake.
  8. Let cool.
Serve
  1. Sprinkle cake with powdered sugar.
  2. Serve cake with orange slices and/or ice cream.
Recipe Notes

Here are some Greek cake recipes. For all you can add ground mastic tears to the batter to get this special flavor: