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Quick Easy Versatile Seasoning

Sweet potato hash with egg, topped with a mix of black pepper, white pepper, and coriander seed.

Here's something we do every few days to add variety and flavor to our meals. It's quick, easy, and simple.

Basic spice blend: White and black pepper with one other spice (usually whole seeds) coarsely ground in a spice grinder, and stored in a small, airtight container for use as a seasoning with salt as well as a finishing spice (photo above).

Just make a little at a time--enough for a day or two. Vary the added spice as you like, it adds both complexity and variety to your meals in a very simple way.

For example, two teaspoons black peppercorns, one teaspoon white peppercorns, and one teaspoon any one of the following:

  • Black mustard seed
  • Coriander seed
  • Cumin seed
  • Fennel seed
  • Fenugreek seed
  • Sesame seed
  • Sumac

If you like it spicy, add a pinch or two of red pepper flake to the mix as well. Use any combination you like and change it often.