The Spice Cupboard Full of Spices
Arrival with a Bang
The arrival of Spice Cupboard in Kensington on queen street was a relief to many people who live in surrounding areas. Their spices are of great quality and full of flavour. At the Spice Cupboard there is a wide range of spices to meet all their customers needs.
When I went to spend some time in their shop, I wanted to understand why their shop was popular. I was curious to understand why they chose this line of business. For the hour I was there, I witnessed that spices were bought by a variety of customers from all walks of life. One customer told me that adding spices to food is a good idea for many reasons. For starters, they explained that spices contribute rich flavour to food. They further explained that health benefits that come with certain spices.
What does Research Say?
Research shows that spices give to health just as much as fruits and vegetables. They also provide antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and anti-viral properties. While all spices are good, some focus on giving great nutrition and rich flavour. This include: cinnamon, chili peppers, oregano, basil, thyme, rosemary, garlic and ginger. Most spices are flavourful and strong in taste and aroma, so a little goes a long way. The goal is for the spices in your food to enhance the dish you are preparing rather than overpowering it.
Why a Spice Cupboard in our homes
The Spice Cupboard expanded on what the customer mentioned earlier. Spices don’t just make your food taste good, they are important for your overall health, too.
Ginger and turmeric have anti-inflammatory properties. While caraway, cumin, and cinnamon play a role in digestion and can help with weight management. Adding different spices to your meals and snacks can help spice things up … the right way.
The spices and Cooking
Spices can be aromatic or strong in flavours and peppery or slightly bitter in taste. In order to keep their scent and flavour intact, some spices are generally added in the cooking recipes at the final moment of cooking. This is because prolonged cooking results in evaporation of much of their crucial oils.
Spices are being used in the preparation of season soups, barbecue sauces, pickling. They are also needed as a main ingredient in a variety of curry powders.
Spices along with some seasonal herbs are being used to enhance the flavour. This increases taste of vegetable, chicken, fish and meat dishes.
Some healthy spices like cloves, cardamom, coriander…etc., are also being used in flavoured drinks.
For instance, a clinically notable effective dose of cinnamon powder with honey and warm water, is often recommended for managing blood sugar —quite a “cinnamon challenge” for the palate and the stomach. Impurities that can be found in cinnamon powder, such as added sulphites and naturally occurring coumarin can tip the opposing-effects equation in the wrong direction, especially when doses are in baking measurements.
On the other hand, science has proved the efficacy of concentrated, purified extracts, both from Chinese cinnamon (cassia) as well as “true” cinnamon. Both the “whole food” and the scientific approaches have merits, but the second seems to garner increasingly more credibility among top medical experts.
Comparing with other spice shops, The spice Cupboard is rated high, for the spices it has and the service it provides to its customers.
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You can find them on 148 Queen St, South Kensington, Johannesburg, 2094. Telephone 011 615 4452