The age old saying that variety is the spice of life must have originated in the kitchen. Moms who love to cook, the original master chefs know that spices turn ordinary dishes into extraordinary ones. Moms around the world have favorite spices for their traditional ethnic dishes.
The world of e-commerce, overnight shipping, importing and exporting has truly made it a smaller world. This includes in the kitchen, now Moms and all cooks find it easier than ever to explore preparing international cuisines that are beyond their comfort zones. What moms and others have learned is that there are basics and staples that are important to every cuisine.
Beef, chicken, pork, shrimp, along with potatoes, green beans, rice and grains cross over from one cuisine to another. What makes them different is preparation and spices. Not long ago the spice cabinets in kitchens in the USA, Canada, and other western countries had similar ingredients.
The Basic Spices
Spice cabinets curated by Moms and other home chefs have included basic spices, such as:
- Garlic powder
Spice racks, cabinets, and turntables can be purchased stocked with 5 or 10 basic spices. In America, and Great Britain, salt and pepper have ben the go to spice for much of the local cuisine which consisted of a basic meat portion, vegetable and potatoes. With the introduction of international cuisines the palates of people around the world have become more sophisticated and aware of seasonings and spices.
Spices of the World
The heat spices of Mexican food along with its reliance on coriander, allspice, cloves, cumin and cacao have been eyeopeners for those that are steeped in western cuisine spiced with salt and peppers. Chinese Cuisine with its quick preparation centered on healthy fresh ingredients have led to the appreciation of Asian spice staples including:
- Cinnamon stick
- Fennel Seeds
- Star Anise
- Green Onion
From Mexico to Eastern Europe, today’s kitchen spice cabinets include a variety of spices that enable Mom and other home chefs to try their hand at cuisines of the world. Even when the staples aren’t changed, the same chicken breast, green beans and potatoes can be prepared in international styles by changing the spices.
Like Moms in America, Canada and Europe, Moms who love cooking in Africa have the spices they need in their cabinet. Spice cabinets stocked by African Moms include those recognized around the world such as basil, parsley, onion and ginger along with uniquely African spices. Funegreek, cardamon and cubed blended with well-known spices lend a unique flavor portrait to the cuisine of Africa.
Blended African Spices include favorites from cuisines around the world blended with indigenous favorites that add to the complexities and nuances of the traditional African dishes. Bailan is now offering a collection of these spice blends that makes cooking African meals or spicing up everday foods easy for Moms who love to cook.
To explore a continent of new cuisines, add the Bailan spices to your cabinet. From African Hot Chicken to Moroccan Roasted Vegetable Seasoning to South African Curry Bailan spices turn simple foods into delicious meals with bold African inspired flavors.