Luke's Featured Guest Post: Sarah Jones on Spices

Luke's Featured Guest Post: Sarah Jones on Spices

Sarah Jones is author of Simmer and Zest, a food blog that’s more about the fundamentals. However, she never forgets the important parts - taste and flavor.

This week, we have a featured guest post by food blogger Sarah Jones of Simmer and Zest! Read below to find out a little more about spices, seasoning, and how different cuisines utilize them for that signature taste. We hope you’ll learning something, and maybe even get some inspiration for dinner!


Spices Explained -The Combinations That Work

Spices can add the perfect touch to any meal.  Primarily created from seeds, bark, roots, or plants, spices are used to make food items more flavorful and to also help keep from spoiling.  They can be found in dried form, usually as either fresh or dried in a ground-up consistency.  Spices are used in areas other than cooking and baking, too.  They are used for medicinal purposes, in perfume, as well as cosmetics. 

The Perfect Combo

Combining a few spices can make a regular meal taste spectacular. Adding them to meat, fish, poultry, vegetables, and side dishes can also add a flavorful and savory touch. It does not overwhelm or downplay the taste of the food item, but it merely enhances with a finishing touch.  It can also help your items from spoiling longer and they have excellent antimicrobial elements that can be useful, particularly in warmer climates where microorganisms grow more rapidly. Combining a couple of seasonings can make the perfect pairing for the perfect meal.


If you need some Cajun seasoning for your meal preparation, there are several spices you can combine to get the spicy and zesty flavor you’re seeking.  Spices such as cayenne pepper and paprika along with other items such as Cajun seasoning, oregano, and rosemary can create that perfect hint of spicy goodness for your food.


Thai food has an excellent flavor and can be spicy as well.  Certain spices such as cumin, curry powder, turmeric, and ginger can be used along with basil and garlic for the perfect taste. Thai food usually calls for yellow curry, but there are red and green curry types as well.  Red curry is used more for extra spice, as it is created from ground-up red chilis. Green curry has cilantro, lime, and basil, which normally makes it milder than the other colored curries.. 


Mediterranean food and diet are quite popular.  The food is usually made with wholesome ingredients that have a good flavor.  Typically found in Europe, this style of food has gained popularity in many other areas of the world.  Spices such as coriander, cinnamon, ginger, cardamom in combination with oregano, rosemary, cloves, basil, and thyme create a zesty dish that leaves many wanting more of this type of food.


Spices are an added benefit to any meal. Add flavor, enhance the taste, and enjoy the aroma that spices provide.  Combining them can give you the perfect taste for a wonderful meal.