Piquant Post is a subscription box that delivers a package of spices to your door to help spice up your life! Monthly, you will receive an assortment of small-batch, freshly ground spices sent with recipes from a region of the world. Piquant (pronounced “PEEK” “ant”) by definition means “pleasantly spiced and appetizing flavor”, it also means “intriguing to the mind”. The spices do not contain sugar or fillers, and never have preservatives.
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March’s flavor kit included four spice packets and four recipes. The focus of the March Flavor packets was on Lebanon. While the packaging of a brown envelope is simple, the content of the Piquant Post has me reeling to get into the kitchen and cook!
Spicy Mint Blend
Mint is a popular ingredient across the Middle East and is often added to dishes with “hot” and fragrant spices like coriander and cumin. We created this blend to deliver an exotic smokey-minty-hot flavor profile of the Middle East in a couple tablespoons. Contains: spearmint, smoked paprika, cayenne, cumin, and coriander.
Given the popularity of rosewater in Middle Eastern cooking (especially desserts) AND given the cost of a bottle of distilled rosewater ($10), we wondered if we could offer our customers a simple way to make their own rosewater at home. Mission accomplished! Using our Provence Rose (culinary rose buds), you can make rosewater simple syrup recipe that transforms any ordinary dessert into one you’ll want to have on each of a Thousand and One nights!
A classic blend of the Middle East that is increasingly used by chefs in top restaurants, we think you’ll want to explore uses of this delicious blend that packs a flavor punch. Zaatar has regional variations, but we offer a delightful and authentic blend. Thyme offers a subtle woodsy-minty flavor. Sumac delivers a *lovely* tartness. Marjoram adds a hint of sweetness. Oregano provides a pungent, slightly bitter-hay flavor. Sesame seeds add a nutty note.
Baharat (7 Spice)
Baharat is the Arabic word for ‘spices’, and is also the name of a traditional spice blend used throughout the Arab world, from North Africa to the Persian Gulf. Baharat, also known as 7 spice, is a versatile blend traditionally used to season lamb, chicken, beef, fish, and stews. Great for sprinkling as a delicious and exotic seasoning on just about anything. Contains: black pepper, allspice, coriander, cumin, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, and smoked paprika.
Zaatar Roasted Chicken -Recipe 1815
Recreate the classic flavors of the Eastern Mediterranean with this easy, one-pan Zaatar roasted chicken recipe. Add fresh pomegranate seeds (superfood!) as a garnish for a subtly tart finish. Easy weeknight meals just got a whole lot more delicious.
Lamb Baharat - Recipe 1816
This is a quick one pan lamb recipe but we feel confident that you will enjoy sprinkling this blend on your favorite meals for a delicious and exotic variation.
Lebanese Moussaka - Recipe 1816
It turns out that Moussaka is an Arabic word referring to a cold vegetable stew. The better-known Greek dish Mossaka is made with spiced ground lamb, eggplant, tomato and crust topped with a creamy Bechamel sauce that looks like a Shepherd’s pie. In the Arab Mediterranean, Moussaka is prepared as shown in this recipe.
Vanilla Ice Cream with Rosewater - Recipe 1818
Served over a dish like ice cream the bitterness completely disappears and the subtle flavor of rose emerges in the nose and the palate. There are links to other desserts in the digital version of this recipe on our website, including baked goods.
What an absolute delight. This month’s Piquant Post was full of surprise for me. I can hardly wait to get cooking in the kitchen. The flavors and ingredients are none that I have or would have on my own paired together. I enjoyed learning more about Lebanese culture and the food stories to go along with them. If you are in a rut in the kitchen and want to spice up your culinary life, Piquant Post is an absolute. A great value that delivers quality, easy to prepare meals.
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