Our New Favorite Spice Blend

As has been the case frequently lately, we are swamped here at Shami’s Gourmet.  So this will be short and to the point.

You MUST try Truffle, Parmesan & Black Garlic Seasoning.  It is our new favorite thing to add to… well… pretty much every savory dish we eat.  We have not put it on anything and regretted it.  It’s amazing.

Seriously, get this stuff. You’ll be glad you did. We promise.

Have a great weekend, and Bon Appetit!

What is Sauce Sarcenes?

Welcome to Freaky Spice Friday!

So why are we discussing a sauce on Freaky Spice Friday?  Well, because this week’s featured spice is Cubeb Berries (bear with us here).  The only modern cuisine making extensive use of Cubeb is Moroccan (though it is also used to flavor gin and as an adulterant in Patchouli oil).  But in medieval time, it was used and traded extensively throughout Europe, Asia, and North Africa.

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Have You Had Your Dukkah Today?


Since starting Shami’s Gourmet, we have learned about so many new and exotic foods. One that really caught my eye is the Egyptian spice Dukkah (or Duqqa). It is a mixture of herbs, nuts and spices and it’s most common use is as a dip with vegetables or fresh bread.

The origin of the word “Duqqa” is from Arabic which means “to pound”. The mixture of ingredients in Dukkah are pounded together after being dry roasted to a texture that is neither powder or pastelike. It is a texture all its own.

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