Product Review – Spice Kitchen

Spice Kitchen are a online company specialising in homegrown spice mixes. They recently sent out a request for bloggers to review their spices, which I put my hand up for.

I received a parcel from them containing a selection¬†of their spice mixes. Before I even opened the package, there was a really strong aromatic smell coming from the package. This indicated to me that the spices used by Spice Kitchen must be of a high quality as you normally can never smell anything until you’ve opened the packet or jar!

Spice Kitchen sent me 8 of their spice mixes in small resealable pouches. The mixes I received were:

  • Mexican
  • Jerk
  • Garam Masala
  • Ras El Hanout
  • Chinese 5 Spice
  • Baharat
  • Panch Phoron
  • Sri Lankan Curry

I’ll admit some of these I had never came across such as Baharat & Panch Phoron but that just made me excited to try out something new! Once I’d had a good sniff of the mixes, I put my thinking cap on to figure out what I could make with a few of these mixes.

I opted for Jamaican Jerk Chicken made with the Jerk seasoning. In my recipe for the Jerk chicken, I opted to be conservative & use 2 teaspoons of the Jerk seasoning for the marinade. In my opinion, this was enough to get the nice smoky flavour associated with Jerk cooking. The seasoning is also not relatively spicy which makes it family friendly with the option to add more spice (like I did) if you desire.

The Panch Phoron, which is like an Indian 5 spice blend, I’ll admit I was unsure what I could use it with as I always use garam masala for curries. After a quick search, I came across a few ideas for bombay potatoes which went well with my idea for a “fakeaway” Saturday night feast. When sprinkling the spice mix over the potatoes, I honestly wished I was able to capture the smell for you as it was so aromatic & as strange as this may sound, smells exactly like what you would expect from Indian food. The potatoes were a hit! You can find the recipe here.

As a keen cook, I would definitely recommend the Spice Kitchen boxes as a unique gift for someone who likes to experiment in the kitchen. They provide sets of the spices in small pouches similar to the picture above that I received or if you’re looking for a more refined gift, they also provide cute wooden boxes with small jars of the spice mixes. And as I noticed when I was writing this they also have recipes if you’re stuck for ideas!

Disclaimer: Spice Kitchen provided the spice mixes for free & the review, suggestions & recipes as of my own accord with no outside influence.

 

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Recipe: Jamaican Jerk Chicken with Pineapple Rice

Jamiacan Jerk Chicken with Pineapple Rice

  • Servings: 2
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients (can be easily doubled)

Marinade

  • 2 tsp Jamaican Jerk Seasoning (you can make your own using this recipe
  • Red chilli – finely chopped (optional)
  • 2 tbsp dark soy Sauce (or any other soy if you don’t have dark)
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 chicken breasts, diced

Rice & Sauce

  • 150g brown rice (you can use white if preferred)
  • 1 Red Pepper – cut into small chunks
  • Small tin of pineapple chunks or rings – drained
  • 2 spring onions
  • Sweetcorn
  • 2 tbsp dark soy Sauce
  • 1 tsp Jerk Seasoning
  • tsp brown sugar
  • Red chilli – finely chopped
Macros Calories Carbs Fat Protein
Per serving, based on 2 servings 479 69 5 35

The night before or the morning of, you need to marinade the chicken. Put all of the marinade ingredients together & give it a good mix before adding in the chicken. Once the chicken is mixed with the sauce, put it in the fridge until you are ready to cook it. Tip: to really ensure the chicken is covered, I put my chicken in a tupperware tub & give the tub a good shake (or a shoogle as I call it) before putting in the fridge.

Marinading Jerk Chicken

For the rice, cook it as per the directions on the packet. You could also use some pre cooked rice like Uncle Ben’s for this to save time. While the rice is cooking, in a small pan, put in the soy sauce, brown sugar & jerk seasoning & bring to the boil. Take off the heat & put aside for later.

Jerk Sauce

Put the pepper & chilli into a frying pan & sautee for around 4 minutes. Next, add in the pineapple & cook until it starts to look slightly charred (brown around the edges).

Veg Prepped

Whilst the pineapple is cooking, heat a griddle or frying pan & add the chicken once hot. Using the sauce you created, baste the uncooked side of the chicken that you can see & turn after 2 minutes. Continue this basting & turning for another 2 times until the chicken is cooked through & you have a nice brown, charred look to the chicken.

Jerk Chicken

To your vegetables, add the spring onions & sweetcorn & cook for a minute before adding the rice & mixing it altogether.

Jerk Chicken with Pineapple Rice

Place the chicken on top of the rice & enjoy! We accompanied this with some salsa to add another kick to the dish.