Flavour Bombs

Flavour Bombs

These are my ‘secret weapon’ ingredients for making my simple recipes taste AMAZING with only a handful of ingredients.

At the risk of giving away all my secrets you’ll notice that all my recipes include at least one (or more) of these.

ROAST NUTS

Walnuts
Almonds
Peanuts
Cashews
Pine Nuts
Pecans
Pistachios
Macadamias
Hazelnuts

SPRINKLES

Sea Salt Flakes
Dukkah
Shichimi Togarashi (Japanese spice blend)
Furakake (Another Japanese sprinkle)
Magic Crunchy Smoky Sprinkle
Za’atar (Middle Eastern Spice Blend)
Toasted Sesame Seeds
Gremolata

CITRUS

Lemon Zest
Lemon Juice
Lime Juice
Lime Zest
Preserved Lemon

SAUCES

Worcestershire Sauce
Pesto
Hummus
Tabasco
Mayonnaise
Soy Sauce
Miso Paste
Dijon Mustard
See my A-Z of Sauces for the complete list.

CHEESE

Parmesan
Feta
Goats Cheese
Blue Cheese

LEAFY HERBS

Flat Leaf Parsley
Mint
Basil
Coriander (Cilantro)
Chives
Tarragon

CURED MEAT

Bacon
Proscuitto
Ham
Salami
Chorizo

DELI

Olives
Capers
Anchovies

What about you?

Have any flavour-exploding ingredients you love? Share below – I’m always on the lookout for new ideas.

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  • This is a super cool list! Great to have on hand.

    Maybe it seems obvious, but having kosher salt and freshly ground pepper on hand always improves nearly any dish and I feel like it also elevates the perceived “level” of the dish – as in a higher level of restaurant than it would be with “plain” salt-and-peppa. Paprika, too, can improve many meals in my book at least, as can rosemary.

    The other day I also made a recipe with dill and that just exploded my taste buds. I’m an Israeli who is allergic to tahini/sesame and therefore to most commercially available hummus, but I love me my middle eastern Tzaziki – which is really just dill and cucumbers in yogurt…!

    Tapenade (olive paste) is another good one and can go with sun dried tomatoes a la Megan’s suggestion.

    I would also add jalapeño to the list – I’m not a big fan of spicy and can’t tolerate anything above mild spice, but I’m finding that a small bit of jalapeño to enrich otherwise boring sauces is a really great to elevate many dishes without burning my mouth.

  • Good evening, I love to combine softened butter with anchovies and sun dried tomatoes. A little of this on veggies or favourite meat is really yummy 😋

  • Hey Jules 👋 when you use roast nuts, do you roast them yourself or do you buy them roasted. I am having trouble finding roast nuts (I am in Australia). If you roast them yourself, how do you do it? I just put them in the pan on high heat, but not sure whether that’s the best way? If you buy them, could you please point me in the right direction where to get them? Thank you!

      • Great – thank you Jules! As a German, I buy most of my groceries at Aldi anyhow (in addition to my local veggie box), so will check out the nuts too. Thanks also for the link on how to roast the nuts 😊

        • Aldi nuts are amazing – and brilliant value. I actually costed out getting aldi nuts v’s buying in 10kg boxes from a bulk place and the Aldi was better value.

          And they have special runs of 1kg packs occasionally which are even cheaper. So fun!

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