7 Spices Blog

Looking for some cooking inspiration. Time to have lots of fun with our tips for cooking with spices.

What is Asafoetida? How to use this funky Indian spice!

If you’ve never tried making Indian of Pakistani food with asafoetida, this spice will be life-changing. It takes an ordinary curry or dahl to the next level, and it’s sure to become a staple in your personal spice blend. 

What’s the Difference Between Black and White Truffles?

Every year, chefs, restaurants, and people across the globe vie for the rights to purchase Italy’s biggest and best white truffle finds, paying thousands for the chance to shave them over delectable plates of food.

Zest & Zing makes this luxury more attainable by incorporating the famous Alba truffle into our white truffle olive oil and award-winning white truffle sea salt. Made in Italy, just a bit will elevate and transform even the simplest dish into something divine.

What Do Truffles Taste Like?

The exact flavour of truffles is difficult to put your finger on, but we’ll give it a try. They’re so much more than a really intense, expensive mushroom. Referred to as the diamonds of the kitchen, they’re the most sought after funghi in the world for their taste, aroma, and ability to enhance almost any dish, bringing it to a gourmet level. 

Spices to Detox - Kickstart a Healthy 2019

It’s the start of a new year and we’re all coming off of a holiday filled with heavy, rich foods and indulgent celebrations. January is a chance to start fresh and detox a little. So we’ve got a few simple recipes that we created at Zest & Zing that embrace fresh ingredients, fewer steps, and healthy, detoxifying spices. That way, you don’t feel deprived as you kickstart a healthy 2

Spicy Soups: How to Use Different Chillies in Soups

It’s officially wintertime now and we’re thinking about spicy soups that’ll really warm you up. Zest & Zing has a variety of chilli peppers to help you spice up your soups. Here’s how to add more flavour to your soups and stews with different types of chillies.

How to Use Szechuan Peppercorn: Taste, Origins, and Recipes

Szechuan peppercorns are totally unique. But contrary to popular belief, they’re not as much about heat as they are about the tingling, numbing mouthfeel they create. Here are our favorite ways to use Szechuan peppercorns with facts about its origin, taste, and recipes to get you started.

Best Foodie Christmas Gifts Ideas

What do you get for the foodie who has everything? Something gourmet? New kitchen tools? Here are 6 of our ideas for the best foodie Christmas gift ideas this holiday season.

Spice Jars By Zest & Zing | Sized for Flavour

Since it's Global Entrepreneurship Week, I thought I'd explain exactly how the idea for Zest & Zing came about. I learned to cook some years ago back when I was living in France simply because I was so inspired by the quality of the truly fresh produce available there...

A Passionate Foodie's Top 8 Simple Cooking Tips

Cooking healthy, simple food, brings people together. For me, cooking doesn't have to be an elaborate, time-consuming chore. As a foodie, I want to cook and eat delicious food, but I may not always want to spend hours putting a meal together. Here are my top 8 tips for simple, healthy cooking.

Xmas Foodie Gift Sets - Gift Ideas for Chefs

Looking for the perfect Christmas foodie gift ? At Zest & Zing, we’ve got some great gift ideas for the cook, gourmand, or food lover that are both unique and useful. Here are some of the best foodie Christmas gifts we have here at Zest & Zing. 

How to Make Quinoa Taste Good - Tips & Recipes

Everyone is trying to eat a little healthier these days and one great substitute for rice, bread, grains, and less nutritious carbs is quinoa. But it can be bland. So we've assembled some cooking tips and quinoa recipes. Here's how to make quinoa taste good.

An Easy Shawarma Recipe

One of our favourite street foods, this often late-night meal has been ingrained in Western culture. Sure, you could head out to your local kebab shop to get your fix, but why not find an easy shawarma recipe you can make at home?

Sumac: What Does it Taste Like and How Do You Use it?

Tangy and vibrant red Middle Eastern sumac is a stranger to most spice cabinets, but trust us. Once you’ve tried it, you’ll want to use it more and more. Every kitchen should have a little jar of sumac!

Dukkah Spice | Nut & Seed Blend | How to Use it

A traditional Egyptian spice blend and condiment, Dukkah lies outside of your usual spice cabinet collection, but that’s a good reason to try it. It’s a blend of toasted nuts, seeds, and spices with a nutty, earthy flavour. So how do you use dukkah? We'll give you some ideas...

The Best Basic Spices for Your Kitchen

Everyone who cooks even a little bit should have a few staple spices, right? If you’re just beginning to stock up, you need to know the best basic spices for your kitchen. Which spices will be the most useful and versatile? And where should you buy them? Can you get quality spices online?

The 5 Best (Unexpected) Spices and Rubs for the Barbecue

It’s now officially summertime and that means it’s time for grilling! Why not add some exciting flavours to your barbecue this season? We’ve got several ideas and tips to get you started, plus a couple unexpected seasoning blends for grilled meats you may have never thought of!

The Best Spice Gift Sets for Foodies

Looking for an original gift for the food lover in your life? Our premium spice gift sets are some of the best out there - perfect for your friends and family members who crave flavours from all over the world, love cooking, or just want to expand their spice cabinets. We'll help you decide what to get!

Essential Spices for Your Spice Rack

Looking to start your own spice collection? Need to fill your spice rack with spices? Or maybe you’ve gotten the basics down and want to know which other spices, herbs, and blends you should buy to finish off your collection? Here’s what Zest & Zing would recommend...

Foodie Father’s Day Gift Ideas

It’s finally heating up around here and summertime means fresh produce, outdoor eating, barbecues, and Father’s Day. Not sure what to get your dad? We’ve made a list of some great foodie Father’s Day gift ideas.

Aleppo Pepper | A mild fruity Chilli | How to use it

This recently trendy pepper packs a fruity, heat-filled punch and complex flavours. We’d recommend using Aleppo Pepper in all sorts of dishes, both sweet and savoury. Because of its versatility, it might just become your go-to chili. 

Hawaiian Red and Black Lava Salt Benefits

True unrefined sea salts contain many minerals that have been stripped away in the common table salt variety we have in our cabinets. Here's what you can get - in terms of flavour and health benefits - by using our Hawaiian Red Gold and Black Lava Sea Salt...

Unique Mother’s Day Gift Ideas from Zest & Zing

At Zest & Zing, we’ve got unique Mother’s Day gift ideas your mum is sure to appreciate, especially if she’s a foodie or just loves cooking. Show her your appreciation by getting her some gourmet ingredients for the kitchen...

Healthy Affordable Weeknight Meal Ideas (With Spices!)

Everyone likes an easy, healthy dinner when they get home from work or need something quick! One of the best things about quality spices is that they make food more delicious and complex without any extra effort - or calories! Here are a few ideas for healthy and affordable weeknight meals using spices.

5 Best Spices for Chicken Rubs & Seasonings

Want to know the best chicken rub for your next grilling session? Need a new roast chicken seasoning? Or maybe you just want to create the best spicy chicken dishes possible. We've got some ideas...

Zest & Zing Kickstarter Successful Funding raising Campaign

This news is a little late, but Zest & Zing is excited to announce that we reached our Kickstarter goal in the campaign that we launched during September 2017. Here are the numbers...

5 Best Spices to Use in Vegan Recipes

Veganism is on the rise and the health benefits are undeniable, so we’ve nominated a few of our favorite Zest & Zing products as the best spices to use in vegan recipes for 2018...

A Valentine’s Treat: Easy Almond Milk Oatmeal

Deliciously warming, this easy almond milk oatmeal recipe is perfect for wintertime mornings or an afternoon snack. The addition of spices makes it indulgent.

Health Benefits of Spices and Herbs

What spice has the highest concentration of antioxidants? Which herb is good for your cholesterol? Find out more - and see ways to include these healthy ingredients into your everyday meals. Vibrant flavours can be healthy too! Check out all the health benefits of spices...

Donating to CookForSyria

Zest & Zing has donated our top selling "Aleppo Pepper" and "A Taste of the Middle East" Gift set to the #CookForSyria Pop Up store in Monmouth Street, London to sell, with proceeds going to UNICEFs global programme to raise funds for the Children of Syria Fund.

Zaatar Spice Blend | Favourite Recipes

Dating back as far as ancient Egypt, Zaatar is a unique spice blend born in the Middle East. This aromatic mix has a reputation for being a healthy brain food, and the contents can vary depending on where you are in the Middle East. Here are a few of our favourite Zaatar recipes to get you cooking with this beautiful spice blend...

Interviewed by Monocle Radio Show Eureka

Founder of Zest & Zing, Taha Fezzani, shared the story of how he created his brand and launched his spice company on an episode of The Entrepreneurs, a weekly business podcast by Monocle Radio. Read more below and click here to listen!

Ras El Hanout - Recipes, Inspiration & More

Ras el Hanout is a pungent, unique blend frequently used in North African cuisine. It’s strong and complex. We'll explore Ras el Hanout recipes and tips for using this exotic spice blend!

White Truffle Salt : Uses & Recipe Ideas

Everybody knows that white truffles are rare… and expensive. But why do they routinely cost over £6,000 per kilo? Why are the white truffles unearthed in Italy – also known as Alba truffles – each year never enough to fill the demand for them worldwide? Here's why you should invest in white truffle sea salt, that delicious gourmet seasoning...

Easy Vegetarian Recipes with Spices

It’s no secret that going vegetarian has certain health benefits. Eliminating meat from your diet means that you consume less saturated fat and cholesterol and more vitamins, potassium, and fiber. Here are a few easy vegetarian recipes to get you started.

Harissa Spice | Aromatic Chilli Blend | Usage Ideas

It’s spicy. It’s aromatic. It’s different. And you should be using it! A typical North African spice blend, harissa is made from a combination of oil, dried chillies, and spices. There are lots of variations, but here are a few recipes, tips, and tricks for using harissa in your cooking...

Vegetables, Brunch & Barbecues

Farmer’s markets. Barbecues. Picnics. Brunches. We’re excited. Finally, spring is here and the weather is warming up! At Zest & Zing, we’re getting inspired by the longer days and seasonal produce, so we’re dreaming up creative ways to use our collection. Here are our favourite spring recipes...

Chinese Five Spice: Ideas How to Use It!

Chinese Five Spice is a unique spice blend that’s been around for over 3,000 years. Though its exact origins are unknown, it’s believed that the Chinese were trying to create a “wonder powder” which incorporated all five tastes of Chinese cuisine – salty, sweet, sour, bitter, and spicy. The number 5 has significance in Chinese food …

Fresh Spices - Why You need more Flavour ?

Fancy yourself a foodie? Me too. I’ve always loved cooking. When it comes to food, I have attention to detail. I shop for higher quality ingredients and I’m usually willing to pay more for them. Simply put, premium spices and herbs make better dishes. Here's why you need Zest & Zing...