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October 12, 2021
How coronavirus helped us (re)discover spices

The pandemic has changed the way we organize our kitchen. The way we shop, as well as our cooking. How? By introducing new habits that brought homemade food to the forefront, made us focus on the shopping list, and helped us discover every corner of the supermarket and specifically shelf-stable foods. Of these, the foods that -as everything shows- became part of our kitchen and came to stay, were without a doubt…spices.

You see, the increase in the cost of spices -which was strongly observed in the last two years due to the pandemic- did not negatively affect their demand, which actually -in certain types- increased by as much as 300% according to the results of relevant studies!

But really, what was it that pushed us to…(re)discover herbs and -mainly- spices, and make them part of our kitchen and our lives?

  • Spices allow us -effortlessly- to give (even more) taste to homemade food and make it reminiscent of our favorite Chinese or spicy Indian dishes, or just the cooking of our mom or grandma that is filled with aromas and flavors. So, by staying home and cooking more than ever, spices became the element that gave us the intensity we needed to give a different, more interesting note to our food.
  • By increasing spices, we can reduce the salt without losing the taste.
  • It is an inexpensive ingredient (with exceptions), easily manageable, which can lead us to many intense flavors. The main requirement? To accept the fact that we have to experiment in order to reach the result that meets our tastes.
  • Ιndia, Pakistan, North Africa – the cuisines of these areas caught our attention last year. Spices were a one-way street for those who wanted to get to know them by preparing some of their most classic recipes.
  • Some spices, such as turmeric, ginger, etc., are considered valuable for boosting our immune system. This way, and especially in autumn-winter months, many people enhance both their food and their drinks with all kinds of spices.

So, because of all these reasons, you should just get in the kitchen, open the cupboards and use your favorite spices to prepare unique recipes that will bring…warmth and taste to your winter!

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Spicy Harissa chicken with beetroot salad by the Greek chef Akis Petretzikis

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Spicy pear and ginger tart by the Greek chef Akis Petretzikis

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