TREEBEARD'S PURE SPICE MIXES
Here is the current line-up of Treebeard's pure spice mixes, with the ingredients of each mix, and a few suggestions for use.
There is no right or wrong way to use these mixes; use them any way you want — the suggestions are just that: starting points for some creative culinary thinking.
Mix the mixes and create your own experience.
Serve some (like Ras El Hanout, Winelands Rub, Baharat, and Aladdin's Magic) with chunky/flat bread and olive oil for your own dukkah experience. (Add crushed pistacchio or hazelnuts and sesame seeds for texture.)
If you bake your own bread/rolls/roosterkoek, try adding some of these mixes to the flour (feedback from customers indicates that the Greek Mix and Rosemary & Friends add great taste to home-baked bread). Or sprinkle on top of the dough just before it goes into the oven.
Think outside the box...and the spice-bottle!
1/2/3. BBQ (Mild/Medium/Hot)
(Cumin, paprika, parsley, coriander, salt)
Great flavour for potjiekos, general cooking and braaiing! Sprinkle over or dry rub on meat and poultry, then cook, fry, or braai. Mix with olive oil and use for basting. Add to eggs, stirfry or vegetable dishes. Use as seasoning on prepared food.
4. Salt-Free Seasoning
(Basil, black pepper, cayenne pepper, garlic, nutmeg, onion, paprika, parsley, sage, thyme)
Salt-free does not have to mean tasteless! Use on beef and other dishes as you would use salted seasoning mixes; before, during or after cooking - sprinkle over, rub on, use as part of your favourite marinade. Use as table seasoning. Mix with cream cheese for potato topping. Sprinkle over fries. Be creative!
5. Lemon & Thyme
(Dried lemon, thyme, coriander, fennel, salt)
Great for grilled seafood and chicken, or mix into batter for fried fish. Sprinkle/rub on chicken and roast/grill/braai, or add as seasoning when cooking. Add to liquid when cooking rice or quinoa. Mix with cream or yoghurt for baked potatoes or other vegetables. Use in seasoning for chicken stuffing.
6. Rice Spice
(Lentils, cumin, mustard, onion, curry leaves, salt)
Use wherever you want mildly spiced rice, or to replace boring white rice. Goes well with meat and chicken dishes. Cook rice with this spice and combine with various raw or crispy cooked vegetables for a great salad; add bits of chicken leftovers and vegetables for a classy summer meal-in-one.
7/9/10. Curry Mild/Medium/Hot
(Coriander, cumin, garam masala, turmeric, cinnamon, cardamon)
A tasty curry mix for everyday use. Use to season your meat for curry and rice. Mix with oil or water for a curry meat marinade. Add to soups or noodle dishes, stews, burger patties, chutneys, or scrambled eggs.
(Garlic, fennel, black & white pepper, cumin, coriander, salt)
Use on grilled fish and chicken for a taste of New Orleans. Season or use as dry rub on pork and red meat, or thick slices of vegetables. Sprinkle over vegetable dishes, fresh popcorn or oven fries. Mix with Greek yogurt or unflavoured cream cheese as a dip, or potato topping. Mix with olive or canola oil for salad dressing; add a little bit of brown suger for a sticky chicken marinade (add chilli flakes for a bit of heat).
11. Rosemary & Friends
(Chilli, rosemary, onion, garlic, coriander, mustard, salt)
Create memorable meat, poultry and seafood dishes, and take pasta and vegetables to a new level. Revolutionise Sunday's oven roast lamb & vegetables. Rub on pork ribs, mix with olive oil & lemon juice for basting or salad dressing.
12. Italian Mix
(Basil, oregano, thyme, rosemary, garlic, onion, salt)
Rub on meat and poultry, or add to stews, casseroles, meatballs, pasta, and vegetable dishes. Sprinkle on pizza and sub sandwiches. Mix with butter and Parmesan cheese for a bread spread.
13. Himalayan Rock Salt
Himalayan rock salt is mined from an outer range of the Himalaya mountains in Punjab, Pakistan. It is a good source of minerals and nutrients, containing more than 80 trace elements, including magnesium, potassium, calcium, zinc and iron. Use like normal table salt.
14. Greek Mix
(Oregano, black pepper, basil, garlic, parsley, rosemary, thyme, nutmeg, salt)
Rub on meat and poultry, or add to stews and casseroles. Sprinkle on vegetable dishes, and French fries or potatoes. Mix with vinegar and olive oil for salad dressing. Mix with Greek yoghurt for a marinade or dip. Be creative!
15. Baharat (Middle Eastern Mix)
(Paprika, black pepper, cumin, coriander, cloves, cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg, Himalayan rock salt)
Create the flavours of Middle Eastern cuisine. Use as a dry rub on fish, poultry and meat, or add to stews, lentils, rice, couscous, or tomato sauces. Mix into ground lamb/mutton patties, grill, and serve in a pita with cucumber salad. Toss vegetables with olive oil and baharat before roasting. For a vegetable condiment mix with olive oil, garlic, and fresh parsley or mint.
16. Chip Mix
(Black pepper, chilli, garlic, ginger, onion, paprika, raw brown sugar, thyme, Himalayan rock salt)
Potatoes and other vegetables’ best friend! Sprinkle over French fries and slap chips. Mix with unflavoured cream cheese for baked potato topping. Mix with olive oil and drizzle over potatoes before roasting, or coat potatoes, wrap in foil, add to braai. Sprinkle over roasted vegetables. Be creative!
17. Aladdin's Magic
(Black pepper, coriander, chilli, cumin, fennel, garlic, onion, paprika, parsley, cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, raw brown sugar, salt)
SA braai meets the Middle East: rub onto meat, or mix with olive oil and brush onto meat, let marinate for a while, and braai! Mix with Greek yoghurt or unflavoured cream cheese and use as topping for roasted or baked potatoes, or other vegetables. Serve with olive oil and chunky bread for a delicious Dukka! Be creative!
18. Winelands Rub
(Coriander, onion, black pepper, cumin, fennel, paprika, chilli, garlic, parsley, raw brown sugar, Himalayan rock salt)
For a legendary braai, rub your meat with this blend, braai, let it rest for a while, and then enjoy with a bottle of good South African wine. Use as seasoning on large chunks of vegetables and roast as side dishes, or sprinkle over prepared vegetable dishes. Mix with cream for baked potato topping, or sprinkle over wedges.
19. Redneck Chip Mix
(Basil, black pepper, cayenne pepper, garlic, onion, oreganum, paprika, parsley, thyme, Himalayan rock salt)
For those who prefer a bit more fire, this is potatoes and other vegetables’ HOT best friend! Sprinkle over French fries and slap chips. Mix with unflavoured cream cheese for baked potato topping. Mix with olive oil and drizzle over potatoes before roasting, or coat potatoes, wrap in foil, add to braai. Sprinkle over roasted vegetables. Be creative!
20. Ras El Hanout (Moroccan Mix)
(Paprika, onion, chilli, black pepper, garlic, ginger, thyme, raw brown sugar, salt)
Traditionally used in food for special occasions, this North African legend adds a warm pungent flavour with sweet overtones. Use in marinades, as a rub, as seasoning, and as condiment for prepared food. Mix with softened butter or sour cream for food topping, or sprinkle over popcorn. Be creative!
21. Sunset Gold (aka "Golden Milk")
(Turmeric, cinnamon, ginger, cayenne pepper, cardamom)
1. For an evening health drink:
Quick and easy single:
Add 1 teaspoon honey to a glass of full cream milk, warm up to just under boiling, mix in 1 teaspoon Sunset Gold, strain through sieve or thin cloth, and enjoy!
Longer method, or for larger volume:
Mix milk and honey, warm it up over moderate heat in a saucepan, slowly mixing in 1 teaspoon Sunset Gold per serving, stirring regularly to prevent burning. Strain, and enjoy!
To make a water-based drink: Add 1 teaspoon honey and 2 squirts of lemon juice to a cup of warm (not boiling) water, add 1 teaspoon Sunset Gold, mix well, strain, and enjoy! Or refrigerate and enjoy cold!
(Why strain? Because cinnamon gives great flavour, but it does not dissolve, and will float on top of your drink. If it doesn't bother you, don't bother straining!)
2. You could also use Sunset Gold when cooking. We have had feedback that it works very well to season meatballs, also for cooking beef brisket.
For health benefits of the spices in Sunset Gold, click HERE