UC and I were lucky enough to run into a gourmet spice purveyor at a little event we went to this weekend, and we stocked up. These will be for home use, of course, but also for my clients.
The picture isn’t great courtesy of my lousy kitchen lighting, but above are vanilla beans, long pepper, pink peppercorns, star anise, cardamom pods, and cinnamon. We bought more, but most of them are powders like spicy paprika, and I don’t want to take them out of the containers just to photograph them. The smell in the kitchen is pungent, tickling my nose with a heat and sweetness I can almost taste.
This fella has some of the absolute freshest spices I’ve ever run across, and lovely loose leaf teas. His prices are very reasonable, and he ships. He carries a lot of exotics, as well. He even makes his own salts, including a hickory salt that is divine. He makes his own hickory powder over the course of several days, then mixes the powder with gourmet natural salts. Divine.
If you want to order your own, email Sands of Thyme at Troy at Comcast dot net. Tell him Shawn sent you.
Nothing makes a meal like fresh spices.