Raw Spice Bar supplied me with a set of spices for my honest review. All opinions are 100% my own.
I love a good spice. If you looked in my spice cabinet, you would be able to tell just how much. I really need a bigger cabinet because it is packed full. Seriously. Even my friends know of my love for spices and I received some really great ones from a friend for Christmas. A while back, I was contacted by Raw Spice Bar and asked if I’d like to try out some of their spices. Of course, I said yes. I regret to say that the spices were misplaced in my house and I only recently found them. Sometimes having help cleaning up isn’t always the best thing. Please don’t tell my family. When I found the spices, it was stinkin’ cold outside, so I was happy to make this Berbere Beef Stew with the Berbere spice. I was so happy I did. (Be sure to keep reading for a great giveaway and discount.)
Raw Spice Bar is a mail order spice company where they send you a selection of spices from some country in the world, once a month. What a great thing for foodies, right? I’m thinking this would be an awesome Valentine gift for someone who loves to experiment and cook. My particular spices came from the country of Ethiopia and were quite flavorful.
RawSpiceBar is a subscription box that delivers 3 freshly ground, exotic and global flavors from around the world for $6/month. Each box includes 3 kitchen-tested recipes and an origin & history of spices from that region. We collaborate with chefs who have an expertise in one specific region or geography, ensuring authenticity of each of our flavors and dishes. Sounds really neat, right?
Pumpkin Pie Spice – I made an amazing Pumpkin pie for dessert one night with the Pumpkin Pie spice mix. I wanted to make the pie like I normally make it, so I was doing a fair comparison. The spice was very good and we enjoyed the pie very much.
Berbere – This spice had red chili powder in it, but it didn’t say it was super spicy on the label, so I thought it would be okay to try it out. It was still a little spicy, but not so bad that it hurt me. I enjoyed the flavor it gave to my beef stew, something different than I would normally use. I loved the touch of ginger it includes, as well as the cloves. I don’t really know what some of the spices are in the blend, but it was all really tasty.
Ethopian Mitmita – I didn’t actually try this one, I had my friend Candice try it. It says on the label that it’s very spicy and I can’t eat very spicy foods. However, she loves spicy foods, so she was a perfect person to have try it. She made some homemade ramen. This is her quote, “Crazy spicy hot! I just sprinkled a little but it was deliciously spicy! I especially liked how the cardamom accentuated the spicy flavor profile so it have different notes, not just HOT!” (I think she is more of a fancy foodie that I am.)
- 1 pound beef, cut into cubes
- 3 potatoes, peeled and cubed
- 4 carrots, peeled and sliced
- 1 medium onion, coarsely chopped
- 1 garlic clove, crushed and minced
- 4 ribs of celery, chopped
- 32 oz. beef broth
- 1 Tbsp Berbere spice
- 1 Tbsp olive oil
- In a large stock pot, heat oil.
- Saute onion and celery until the onions are tender.
- Add in beef and brown.
- Add in all of the remaining ingredients and mix well.
- Simmer stew until the potatoes and carrots are fork tender.
- If your broth isn't enough to cover the stew, add water just to cover.
I found the spices to be first, very high quality and flavorful spices and second, a real bargain for your money. I would love to try other country’s spices and I think this would be a great gift to give someone who enjoys cooking and trying new flavors, like myself or Candice. I really love this Berbere Beef Stew and would use this spice again in my cooking. Are you interested in finding out more? Go visit Raw Spice Bar’s website and check them out. You won’t be sorry.
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