Since we recently released our newest blend, Blackened, which is available at our farmers markets, and will soon be available in our store, we decided to revisit one our favorite Buffy recipes. Buffy’s Slayer Helper Remoulade!!! This is a super simple sauce that is great on sandwiches, blackened fish, or french fries. Yumm
- 1/2 cup of mayonnaise
- 1 tbls Buffy’s Slayer Helper
- 1 tsp lemon juice
- 1 tbls relish or chopped up sweet pickle (optional)
- Mix ingredients together and let sit for 5 minutes, enjoy
We are always hard at work adding new products and creating new blends here at Pinch. This month we have decided to add some new blends and we will be focusing on creating some Indian spice blends. Today we began work on a classic mix, Tandoori. As always we are use the finest spices to create these blends.
Tandoori is a cooking technique that uses high heat in clay ovens. The ovens are used to create delicious flat breads like naan and meats similar to American bbq. One classic dish is Tandoori chicken, which is a made with a marinade of spices and yogurt. Then it is cooked at high heat on skewers in a tandoor oven.
Our test batch of tandoori spices includes the following organic spices: cayenne, coriander, cumin, black pepper, clove, cardamom, fenugreek, cinnamon, ginger, garlic, nutmeg, turmeric, and paprika. We will be testing it out on some chicken in the coming days, so check back to read about the results.
We are now offering handcrafted hardwood spice racks and cutting boards at our retail shop and soon on our online store. Both the racks and the boards are produced locally in Chicago and were constructed with reclaimed wood.
The spice racks were designed by Rob Christopher and were built with 200 year old reclaimed barn wood. We are excited to be working with Rob, as he brings a creative vision and high level of old world craftsmanship to our shop. We will be working together to bring a variety of custom functional wood work to our customers.
The cutting boards were a collaboration project between Pinch Spice Market and Attrill Woodworking. Back in July we went down to a friends farm in Indiana to mill an old log of white oak that had fallen in a storm years ago. We also had the opportunity to bring back some scrap black walnut. We have begun to produce hardwood cutting boards in small batches. These boards are beyond description and are like nothing available at your local megamart or online retailer. We will also be producing handmade pepper and salt mills in the coming months.
Come on over to our humble little spice shop and check them out. You will not be disappointed. We are also capable of making custom racks and boards so feel free to inquire about your dream spice rack or the most amazing cutting board you ever imagined.
After three months of research, testing, tasting and sharing we finally created our own Ras El Hanout. We have had it on the shelves for the past 2 weeks and it has been a real hit. As we set out to create this mix it seemed to be a daunting task and at one point it felt almost impossible. Along the journey we created another very traditional blend, the Ethiopian Berebere, and we were introduced to many other traditional spice mixes. So how do we feel now that the Ras El Hanout is finished?
We are very proud of this organic spice mix that takes some of our more rare organic spices and showcases them in a rich tapestry of flavor. Our customers have been over joyed to take home a jar and start cooking with this most traditional of spice blends. After working so hard on this we are now going to start selling some of our spices blends online, and thus this long road will lead us onto another road. How very appropriate.
This process has also solidified our commitment to making our blends authentic. Where as we could have made the Ras El Hanout with 10 ingredients we opted to use 26 ingredients. This takes longer, and requires a ton more testing, but the final product speaks for itself. Beyond this, it gives our customers the chance to experience our blends as though they were in the countries in which they have been traditionally used. Here are a few pictures of the Ras El Hanout as it is blended. Please come visit us for a taste and look for this to be for sale on line in the coming weeks.
So what do you do with this amazing stuff? One of the easiest and most fulfilling uses is to simply mix it in with rice. This will add a very nice floral aroma to the rice and give it a huge flavor boost. Best part is when you add the Ras El Hanout you will probably find it unnecessary to add any salt. Did we mention that the Ras El Hanout is completely salt free as well?