I wish I could take credit for this idea, but I was inspired by a woman in front of me in the check-out line a few weeks ago while I was grocery shopping. At the food co-op where I do my shopping, there is an incredible section filled with little baggies of fresh spices. Fun fact: if you’re buying jarred spices at the grocery store, chances are they’re not super fresh and may have diminished flavors as a result. Grocery store turnover of spices just isn’t fast enough to reliably ensure freshness. Anyways! This woman was purchasing about 25 little baggies of all different types of spices. My curiosity kicked in and I asked her about what she was making that she needed all of those spices for. Her reply?
“Oh, nothing! I mix them all together in a big jar and use it for seasoning salads, things I cook, all sorts of stuff.”
I was blown away. How had I never thought of such a brilliant idea? I’d made Mexican seasoning before for a recipe, but it was just a blend of 3 different spices. Now, throwing a ton of spices into a jar willy nilly and making my own custom “Amy blend”? That sounded incredible.
So the next time I went grocery shopping I stocked up on every spice imaginable that I thought I could reasonably combine into a DIY spice blend. Below is what my first iteration consisted of:
- garlic flakes
- onion flakes
- ground sage
- white pepper
- sesame seeds
- ground coriander
- ground cumin
- crumbled dulse seaweed
I’ve been putting it on EVERYTHING. Bagel with tofu cream cheese? Sprinkle of this goodness on top. Avocado toast with sliced tomato? You betcha. I’ve also been liberally using it on salads, pastas, wraps…I’m hooked. And my mind is already racing to think of what different things I can add to the next batch. YUM!