The Spice Trail

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I adore cooking with spices. And through The Spice Trail challenge, I pay homage to a different spice every month. Food bloggers from the UK (and indeed the rest of the world) help me out with this by sharing their favourite recipes featuring that month’s selected spice, and each month we end up with the most incredible round-up of spicy recipes.

The latest Spice Trail challenge is themed Summer Spice.  Enter your recipe here.

And here’s where the Spice Trail has taken us so far…

April 2014 – Mexico

mexican monthIn April it was Destination Mexico on The Spice Trail and for the first time we celebrated the food of a nation rather than an individual spice.

Food bloggers brought a a sensational array of Mexican cuisine to our table, demonstrating just how diverse and exciting this nation’s food really is.

Here’s the full Mexican round-up.

And here is the winning entry: Moreish Mexican Fish Tortillas from What the Cook.

March 2014 – Ginger

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The ginger challenge proved to be an incredible feast for the senses with a glorious collection of sweet and savoury entries from the four corners of the globe.

If you’re a fan of ginger, you’ll be in seventh heaven reading through this round-up, which features soups and stir fries, curries and kebabs, cakes and biscuits, drinks and puddings.

Here’s the full ginger round-up.

And the winning entry was Slow Cooked Pork in Tonkatsu (Japanese Barbecue) Sauce from Searching for Spice.

February 2014 – Caraway

caraway and linseed breadWe always receive such a diverse array of entries for The Spice Trail, and February’s caraway challenge was no exception. There were pretzels, shortbreads, tuiles, bread and even healthy kale crisps.

Here’s the full caraway round-up.

See the winning entry: Caraway Pretzels from GoodFoodSeeking.

January 2014 – Paprika

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The first Spice Trail challenge of 2014 received a bumper bag of spicy paprika dishes, from bread and biscuits to meaty casseroles, tasty pasta, warming soups and a whole host of exciting vegetarian dishes.

Here are January’s paprika dishes.

See the two winning entries: Food to Glow’s Pan-fried Creole Cauliflower Fritters and Deena Kakaya’s Chermoula Marinated Halloumi.

December 2013 – Cinnamon

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Used by the Ancient Greeks and Egyptians, our love of cinnamon dates back centuries. And judging by the dishes entered into December’s Spice Trail, it is clear this spice is as popular as ever.

Here’s the full cinnamon round-up.

See the winning entry: My Veggie Desserts’ Mince Pies with Spinach Pastry.

November 2013 – Chilli

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This round-up of the first ever Spice Trail challenge is a glorious celebration of cooking with chilli. From tagines and tarts, pies and pasta, to sweets, soups and salads – it’s all here.

Take a look through the full chilli round-up.

See the winning entry: My Golden Pear’s Lamb Curry.


The latest Spice Trail challenge is themed Summer Spice.  Enter your recipe here.

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