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Thursday, November 13, 2014

DON'T BE A CHICK NAMED "BASIC SPICE" IN THE KITCHEN

G
o to your cupboard or spice rack right now and tell me what spices you have. I bet you have salt, pepper, garlic powder, seasoning salt, maybe some lemon pepper, and perhaps even some cayenne pepper. These are the basic spices one could find in any cook's kitchen.  However, moving beyond "basic" in the kitchen will require something new.  


SPICE GAME ON FLEEK

Just the other day I spent two nights with Gluten Free-Sugar Free-Private Vegan Chef Ariella of Healthy Creations.  I have never met anyone so talented in the kitchen. Ever.  Her ability to improvise, balance flavor profiles and make anything into a delicious vegan meal is ridiculous.


Colorful Spices



Rainbow Chard Seasoned to Perfection


You know me, I had to check out her spice game and see what she had.  She even let me make my own spice combination for the empanadas we made last week.  Yeah, I did that!  Two spices that one must incorporate this year into holiday meals, snacks, etc...are smoked paprika and fenugreek.  Smoked paprika is on whole other level compared to the basic flavor profile of paprika.  I can't even describe the taste of fenugreek but Chef had it and used it in some of our dishes and it was yummay. 

Try new spices and make every meal as colorful as the rainbow and you will be on your way to extraordinary in the kitchen.




VEGAN DESSERTS FROM SCRATCH

I've expressed time and time again that the ability to create vegan desserts deserves a slow hand clap.  It's so true though!  Tell me why, Chef made me a vegan snickers AND banana sunflower vegan gelato?!  I know.  Amazing, right?!

The vegan snickers taste way better than a basic snickers.  Chef put in 3 kinds of nut butter for the "nougat."  I am not at liberty to disclose the exact ingredients used but trust me, it was extraordinary.  To put banana and sunflower together is already a step in the right direction flavor wise.  I had no idea it would taste so divine.


Vegan Snickers



Banana Sunflower Vegan Gelato


Consulting a chef like Chef Ariella, is a sure fire way to not end as a chick named "Basic Spice" in the kitchen.  You can follow her on Twitter too for more inspiration.

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