Garlic Tapenade for Tapas

Yield: Approximately 1-1/2 cups of tapenade Ingredients: 1/2 head of elephant garlic, peeled and coarsely chopped (approximately 1/2 cup of chopped garlic) 1 whole dried Sicilian red pepper, torn into flake-sized pieces 1/4 – 1/2 cup red wine vinegar (start with 1/4 cup and add more as needed to achieve the proper texture) 1/4 cup water…

Crispy Fried Calamari

Yield: 2 generous portions Truly ‘crispy’ fried calamari is a delight! In order to achieve this result, the process to follow is first to coat the squid pieces with a corn-flour mixture, then dip in egg, and finally to coat with breadcrumbs. The result is impeccable! Ingredients: 1/4 cup yellow cornmeal 1/4 cup organic, unbleached white…

Lamb Kabobs

Yield: 4 portions Originating in Yemen, the intriguing blend known as zhug has spread throughout the Middle East. Various versions can be found from Israel to Arabia. Exotically delicious, this spirited seasoning can be used to flavor all manner of meat, bean and vegetable dishes, such as this recipe for lamb kabobs, which we present…

Gazpacho, a glorious summer soup from Spain

Yield: 2 luncheon portions Gazpacho ~ a favorite light summer soup, reminiscent of wandering the back alleys in Seville, Spain, and discovering places unknown to the typical tourists. This recipe is ridiculously easy and sure to please. Ingredients: 3 large vine-ripened tomatoes 1 large cucumber 1/4 cup minced yellow onion 1 large garlic clove, minced…

Pollo en Adobo (Chicken en Adobo)

Yield: 2 servings Ingredients: 2 cups cooked & shredded chicken breast 1 tomato, diced 3 large garlic cloves, sliced 1/2 small white onion, chopped 2 green onions, chopped 1/2 – 1 cup diced chiles (NOTE: Either Hatch red or green chiles are an excellent choice.) 1 stalk celery, thinly sliced 3 tablespoons Merchant Spice Co.’s…

Homemade Olive Oil Mayonnaise

Yield:    Approximately 1¼ cups Ingredients: 1 large egg 3 teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice, or to taste 1 teaspoon yellow mustard powder (NOTE: You can use 1 tablespoon mustard powder without creating a strong mustard flavor and with the added emulsification qualities of the mustard, the mixture will thicken more quickly.) ½ teaspoon finely ground…

Escargots à la Provençale

Yield: This recipe makes 2 servings. Escargots à la Provençale ~ a formal affair to bring in the new year (perfect for any celebratory time of the year, actually)! Escargots in a savory breadcrumb mixture, accented with Merchant Spice Co.’s French Seasoning (or Herbes de Provence), are accompanied by French bread croutons topped with barely melted…

Avgolemono, Greek Egg & Lemon Soup

Yield: This recipe makes approximately 6 servings. Avgolemono is perhaps the  most iconic soup that Greek has to offer. Be transported to Greece with this delightfully simple version of avgolemono. Opa! Ingredients: 6 cups chicken-vegetable stock, preferably homemade 1 cup orzo (rice-shaped pasta) 4 large egg yolks freshly squeezed juice of 3 lemons sea salt,…

Authentic Spanish Tortas (tortas de aceite), a specialty of Seville, Spain

Yield: This recipe makes approximately 10 – 4 1/2 diameter tortas. Ingredients: 1 cup unbleached, all-purpose flour 2 tablespoons whole wheat flour 1 teaspoon malt powder, optional 1/2 teaspoon sea salt 1/4 cup spring water, at room temperature (Note: Add additional water, if needed, drops at a time.) 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil Preparation:…