4 underrated spices you need in your kitchen!

Cooking doesn’t come naturally to everyone, and some people find it hard to work out what herbs and spices go well with each other. Equally, for a lot of people the hardest part of cooking is moving beyond what we already know- we find a herb or a spice that we like, and we stick with it ardently. With that in mind, we’ve chatted to everyone at Mak Tok Towers to come up with 5 spices that go a little bit past what some people are used to, but are a great addition to any kitchen!

Himalayan pink salt

Everyone uses salt when they cook, it’s often the first thing we reach for in the kitchen. However, cheap salt brings a lot of negative effects to our health with it- investing in some Himalayan pink salt can be a great way to avoid that. It’s PACKED full of flavour, so a little bit goes a long way, and the health benefits are numerous. It can be great for achieving peak hydration, and because it’s entirely unrefined, it’s great for your joint health.

Made up of savory, marjoram, rosemary, thyme, and oregano, often with parsley or lavendar mixed in, herbes de provence frequently get overlooked despite being one of most versatile herb mixes available. Great for stews and grilling, herbes de provence give a fragrant depth of flavour to any dish, and go well with all white meat or with stock. For grilling, the intense heat brings out the unique flavours locked within each element of the product, and pair well with any grilled meat- A great product to have for almost any dish needing that fragrance.

Thai 7 spice

Fewer health benefits, but so tasty! Black pepper, cumin, paprika, coriander, clove, nutmeg and cinnamon together equal a sweet flavour with great depth! The nutmeg and cinnamon give it a lovely sweetness, and the black pepper and paprika give it a smokiness that isn’t overly spicy.

White pepper

Most people don’t know the difference, delicate as they are, between white and black pepper. In reality, they aren’t significant, but white pepper has a little less kick to it and provides a little bit more warmth to dishes with a creamy texture- a good addition to mashed potatoes or cheese sauce.

Herbes de Provence

Made up of savory, marjoram, rosemary, thyme, and oregano, often with parsley or lavendar mixed in, herbes de provence frequently get overlooked despite being one of most versatile herb mixes available. Great for stews and grilling, herbes de provence give a fragrant depth of flavour to any dish, and go well with all white meat or with stock. For grilling, the intense heat brings out the unique flavours locked within each element of the product, and pair well with any grilled meat- A great product to have for almost any dish needing that fragrance.