Sorry, this event has been cancelled – we hope to reschedule it in the new year.
Homemade spice blends not only add dramatic flavours to simple dishes, but also make an attractive, practical and affordable gift. Join Wes Allen as he guides you through several classic spice blends from around the world and introduces the art of creating your own spice mixes from scratch
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Meaning “Head of the Shop”, every Moroccan spice merchant has their own signature blend, some of which could contain upwards of 50 ingredients. Essential to tagines and authentic couscous.
This South Indian spice blend contains roasted lentils which gives it a unique, nutty flavour. It is used to make the flavourful lentil puree of the same name, an integral part of any South Indian thali (mixed curry) plate
A hot Ethiopian chile blend used for flavouring various stews such as mesir wat (red lentils) and doro wat (chicken and egg stew), it can be mixed with oil into paste used as a condiment.
A classic English spice blend of sweet spices perfect for winter treats like biscuits, pumpkin pie and egg nog, etc.
A blend of warm, sweet and hot spices, often added as a garnish to a curry as the perfect finishing touch.
The workshop will include some light snacks featuring the spice blends. Participants will get to make all 5 mixes from scratch and take home samples of each, as well as a full bottle of their own signature mix. Additional bottles of these spice blends will be available for sale at a discounted price of $5, as quantities permit. Recipes for the spice blends and the dishes will also be included.
Wes Allen DJ’s and hosts occasional pop-up brunch and Southern barbecue events in his backyard. He has also cooked Drop In Dinners and Supper Clubs at The Depanneur, as well as selling his spices and condiments at the Toronto Underground Market.