Spice discovery

Anna and I often like to experiment with new spices with the hope of discovering the next best thing since sliced bread.  We were recently picking up some groceries from our local Asian shop, Atif and my eyes locked onto a spice mix I had not come across before.  The name Ras Al Hanout sounded Moroccan/Arabic.  We decided to pick it up and tried it as a marinade for fish (mixed a couple of teaspoons with olive oil to make a paste) and it worked a treat.

The spice mix contains the following ingredients – coriander, paprika, turmeric, cinnamon, cumin, ginger, black pepper, white pepper, cayenne,  salt, pimento, cardamom, cloves, nutmeg and aniseed (pretty much every spice under the sun!).  Drop us a line if you’ve got any other spice mix suggestions.