I was recently contacted by RawSpiceBar, a monthly spice subscription box, inviting me to try a box myself to see what I thought about it. I love the idea of subscription boxes (who doesn’t love amazing packages delivered to their door every single month?!) but am always put off by some of the boxes’ high cost (hello, StitchFix). RawSpiceBar speaks my language – they send flavorful spice blends and recipes to their subscribers every month for only $6. SIX dollars! Yessss.
They work with top chefs to create freshly ground spice blends and their goal is to enable cooks to incorporate three unique, freshly ground spice blends (from all over the world) into everyday cooking. I was instantly intrigued. I have a huge spice collection but don’t often know which spices are best used for what dishes. I also have a toddler who is obsessed with my spice cabinet, so it was exciting to receive spices that were JUST for me. And, I love incorporating dried herbs and spices into my cooking not only for the flavor kick but also because they’re loaded with antioxidants and health benefits.
I received my first RawSpiceBar delivery in January, and love the pretty packaging which included the spice packets, a few recipes and a write up of the chef who inspired the recipes. This month’s spices included Navajo inspired spice blends: ground chiles, posole spices, sumac and herb, and juniper berries blend. I was immediately drawn to the recipe for Navajo Flatbreads with Sumac and Herbs, since it was a simple flatbread recipe, we had all the ingredients on hand, it was easy enough that my toddler could help, and I could make them in my cast iron skillet.
This is a description of the sumac and herbs blend: A New Mexican herb blend of rosemary, Mexican sage, Mexican oregano, theym and fennel plus black peppercorns, garlic, cinnamon and sumac provide and herby, peppery, spicy tanginess for our Navajo flatbreads.
I don’t recall ever having cooked with sumac before but absolutely love all of the other spices in the blend, and really like adding cinnamon for a sweet touch to savory dishes. I was sold.
Of course as soon as I ripped open the spice packet, I dipped my finger in to give it a taste. It was so flavorful, so fresh, and as I was cooking I kept trying to think of other foods I could use the spice blend for – a salmon seasoning, add to a pasta and veggie dish, a new flavor profile for simple rice and beans, and more. I’m glad I still have half of a packet left! The flatbreads were delicious, and we paired them with salmon and string beans. They were like a cross between savory pancakes and scones, but were so much more than basic flatbread.
RawSpiceBar is on to something great. At only $6 per box, this would make such a great gift for a foodie or someone who wants to experiment more in the kitchen.
Disclosure: I was provided with the January box for free but was not compensated for this post. Thoughts and opinions are my own.