GO THE SPICE ROUTE
If you’re wondering what’s making your food taste more pungent when you’re dining out, the answer is probably spices.
2018 has already seen more local chefs introducing Middle Eastern ingredients to their dishes. From dates to pistachios and mint, the spice route to flavour is creeping into menus right across the country.
Celebrity chef, restaurateur and artist David Higgs agrees. “Ethnic cooking is very much on the rise,” he says. “Food is a wonderful gateway to celebrating culture. As our palates are introduced to more flavours and textures, so our curiosity grows to try new things.” Think harissa, peri-peri, shimichi, cardamom and za’atar.
Why not try eating more ethnicinspired breakfast dishes, like chorizo scramble and shakshouka? These are just a few of the key ingredients that enable you to have a taste adventure in your own home.
“There’s no right or wrong way to explore spices,” says Higgs. “Go outside your culinary comfort zone every now and again. You’ll be surprised by what you enjoy.”