Whole foods are the foundation of nutrition but without spice there is far less flavor and diversity to the meals that nourish our family. It’s amazing what a dash of turmeric or cayenne can do to bring a vibrant life to a roasted chicken. A side of tea is always delightful be it iced, herbal, breakfast or after dinner.
We live for salt in our house but we only choose unrefined sources of salt because they provide trace minerals and micronutrients that are often lacking in our diets or drinking water. Even more, different salts will have slightly varying flavors ranging from brightly salty, to smoky, to faintly sweet or sulfurous, depending on the source.
Herbs and Spices
Keeping a steady supply of herbs and spices on hand is fundamental to any delicious kitchen. It keeps the variety and interest on the plate and on the palate fresh and entertaining. Spices are expensive to continually run to the store for small bits so we buy in bulk in advance to keep our pantry well stocked.
Whether it’s chai tea in the morning or an iced tea in the afternoon or an after dinner herbal tea we like the added flavor at the table to help keep us nourished and interested in what the next meal will bring. Sourcing quality tea products can be expensive though just like herbs and spices so we also tend to purchase these items in bulk.