Subscription Service Review! Raw Spice Bar, September 2017

Hello and welcome back to my little review spot!

Today we got in this month’s delivery from Raw Spice Bar and I’m excited to share it with you. In case you didn’t see my post from last month about it, Raw Spice Bar is a subscription service (we have the monthly subscription for $8, shipping included, though there is also a quarterly option). Included are individual serving amounts of three different spices and/or salts meant to represent one region. It also comes with four different recipes for suggested use of your new ingredients.

Here is what we received:

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Before I even opened the the (thick) envelope, I could detect an intense scent of anise. Not usually my cup of tea, but I was still eager to see what was waiting. After I pulled the packets out, I noticed that they were the same colors as the ones we received last month. I did look up some other reviews of this service and see some different-colored packets, though, so never fear!

First in the picture is the sky blue packet, the Seaweed & Sesame Gomasio. Goma means ‘sesame’ and Shio means ‘salt’, so as you can gather now, it’s a sesame (seasoned) salt. This one has no detectable scent through the packet and the ingredients on the packet are: “White Sesame Seeds, Black Sesame Seeds, Sea Salt, Red Chiles, Spices”. The recipe suggestion for this one was ‘Furikake Nori Edamame’. I probably won’t be preparing this one, myself. Ever since Fukushima, (which noone should forget about! It’s still happening!) I don’t eat much from the ocean, and I’ve never been a fan of the taste of seaweed anyway.

Next up, in the red packet, we have the “Turmeric Japanese Curry”, which smells of cumin and clove through the package it’s in. The ingredients list is: ‘Turmeric, Toasted Cumin, Green Cardamom, Black Peppercorns, Cayenne Pepper, Fennel, Clove”. This one came with two recipe suggestions, ‘Japanese Curry Fried Rice’ and ‘Japanese Vegetable Curry’, both of which sound tasty!

Last up is “The Super Mushrooms’, which is in a purple packet, the same as last month’s “The Super Berries”. I’m sensing a purple super-foods theme, here! This one envelope has a strong licorice scent coming through. Ingredients are listed as: “Reishi Mushroom (one of the oldest mushrooms known to have been used medicinally), Cacao, Star Anise, Rose Anise, Cinnamon, Licorice Root”. HOLY LICORICE. The recipe suggestion for this one is called ‘Reishi Cocoa Latte’. I’m not sure how this one will go over for me either, will all the licorice scent and flavor in a cocoa… but I’ll give it a try!

Overall, I’m not as excited about this month’s as I was last’s. However, I still feel that it’s well worth the price and I’m still looking forward to more from Raw Spice Bar!

Comment below if you got this month’s!

Love,

Heather & Hazel

Gin and Jam Drink Recipe

I like the idea of adding Sprite or 7-Up to fill at the end of this recipe.

Makes one drink

1 oz gin

1 oz jam (any jam will do!)

1 tablespoon of freshly squeezed lime juice

Crushed ice

Jam or mason jar that still has its lid

Pour gin, jam, and lime juice into the jam jar. Secure the lid on tightly and shake vigorously for ten seconds.

Add crushed ice and enjoy!

Green Bloody Mary Recipe

In a blender, combine and puree the following ingredients: 6 tomatillos, 2 yellow heirloom tomatoes, 1 dill pickle, 3 garlic cloves, 1 seeded Serrano chile, 1 ounce Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine, 1 1/2 tablespoons preserved lemon, juice of half a lime, 3 dashes Tabasco, and 1/2 teaspoon each sugar, salt, and pepper. Salt the rim of a glass with a mixture of equal parts salt, pepper, sugar, and Aleppo pepper. Fill the glass with ice and strain the blended mixture into it.