Our House Blend is inspired by the Turkish tradition of using an everyday table spice to liberally sprinkle over dishes. It’s best used as a finishing flavour – a little like salt or pepper – and makes pretty much everything taste better.
The House Blend is a mixture of Turkish pul bibers: Aleppo pul biber for hot-fruity notes, Urfa pul biber to bring a smokiness to the party, and then cured sumac for a tangy, lemony finish. It’s a Holy Trinity which tastes incredible on avocado toast or Turkish eggs. Try stirring through grains, sprinkling over feta or halloumi and using it to finish roasted meat and vegetables.
As well as tasting great, our House Blend is a healthy way of introducing a whack of flavour through spices, instead of turning straight to salt. Pop a pot on your kitchen table and you’ll soon discover just how versatile it is. They say that parents shouldn’t have a favourite child ... but if we were forced to pick a single tin, we’d both reach for the House Blend every time ...
Rooted Spices started round my kitchen table, with a singular aim: to find the best tasting spices possible. I wanted to bridge the gap between those fragrant bags of spices you pick up at overseas markets and the dusty, decades-old jars found at the back of British spice cupboards.
I began to track-down samples and tasted hundreds (and hundreds!) of different spices against plain rice and lentils. What became clear is that different regions had different specialties. There was fragrant cardamom from Guatemala, sweet cinnamon from Sri Lanka and shiny black Urfa pul biber from southern Turkey. No wonder – each region has growing conditions best-suited to specific spices, and generations of farmers who know how to get the best out of a harvest.
While supermarkets often mix together spices, and list them as coming from ‘countries of multiple origin’ I set about compiling a range of ‘Single Origin Spices’, each picked for their incredible taste, freshness and potency.
Over time, the range has expanded into blends too – both traditional spice mixes as well as our own unique spice blends. The mission here at Rooted Spices is to liberate spices from the back of cupboards – after all, spices aren’t just for the occasional curry, but for giving everyday dishes a boost. Whether it’s a pinch of Turkish chilli over a fried egg or Shichimi Togarashi taking mac + cheese to the next level, using a pinch of something really potent makes all the difference.