If you are an avid cook and creator of recipes, there is a subscription service to fresh spice blends that will help you add new flavor to your dishes called RawSpiceBar. Their Monthly Spice Box contains three freshly ground spices accompanied by recipe cards for inspiration.
In the fall RawSpiceBar sent me a complimentary Monthly Spice Box to test out. At the time, I was going through a major kitchen-rut. You know how bloggers get creative block? I had that but in my kitchen. One of my New Year’s Resolutions is to write more about food because that’s how Modern Martha got its start. When I made the resolution, I was determined to find new inspiration.
As squash season came to a close this spring, I picked up one last butternut squash, determined to make something creative and tasty. One of my favorite foods is squash. It comes it so many flavorful varieties, and there are so many applications, I’m not sure I’ll ever get tired of it. Butternut squash dukes it out with spaghetti squash fairly regularly for the spot of number one in my heart.
Beneath a stack of mail I should read but probably never will, I found my RawSpiceBar spice box with a packet of Indo-French Vadouvan spice blend. It’s made with toasted cumin, toasted coriander, turmeric, fenugreek, yellow mustard seeds, brown mustard seeds, green cardamom, aleppo pepper, cayenne, nutmeg, cloves and spices. It would be AMAZING on roasted potatoes.
I followed Cookie + Kate’s Roasted Butternut Squash Soup recipe, but I replaced her seasonings with one packet of Indo-French Vadouvan from RawSpiceBar. The flavor was wonderful and rich. If you enjoy Indian food and seasoning, this is one to try. I imagine it would be amazing on curry chickpeas or in macaroni and cheese.
What appeals to me most about this service is the promise of discovering new flavors in a way that makes money sense. Think about purchasing spices at the store, how you have to purchase a big container. While spices don’t go bad necessarily, they do lose their freshness, and so when I buy something unique and adventurous, I know I’ll only use it once or twice a year. RawSpiceBar ($7-8 per kit) lets you mix it up often without compromising on freshness.