Sunday, 1 February 2015

Spice Parisienne (Seasoned Pioneers)

"Spices, of course, are essential" (Marcus Samuelsson)

Spice Parisienne, a blend of white peppercorns, nutmeg, paprika, clove buds, thyme, cinnamon, basil, savory and bay leaves, tastes as good as it sounds. It has been traditionally dry-roasted and blended by hand to a genuine French recipe. Like all the spice blends from Seasoned Pioneers that I have tried, this is a high quality product. It comes in a pouch sealed for freshness (resealable for your convenience). This warm, aromatic spice mix has a complex aroma. Smell it to unravel the bouquet of fragrant spices. It is great with chicken and pork.

Spice Parisienne 

I first tried the new spice, while roasting a whole chicken. I put a lemon sliced in half in the cavity and seasoned well with the sea salt and Spice Parisienne. Drizzle a bit of olive oil over the chicken and roast until cooked through for an hour and a half (depending on the size of the chicken).
The chicken was moist, wonderfully flavoured and very tasty.

Just a few days ago I have seen one of the bloggers asking something along the lines Have you ever had roasted grapes? as if it were an exotic rarity and a culinary revelation. Actually I had, many times, and if you haven't tried it yet, what are you waiting for?
This time I cooked pork steaks with grapes in apple cider (mildly alcoholic, just 1%) and cream, as well as Spice Parisienne.

Pork steaks in cider and cream sauce (serves 6)
6 lean pork steaks
2tbsp olive oil
2tbsp Spice Parisienne
sea salt
grapes, a small bowl of
1/3 bottle of apple cider
a small tub of single cream, 170ml
Place the steaks in a well oiled tray. Sprinkle with Spice Parisienne. Scatter a handful of green grapes. Put the tray in the oven preheated to 180C. Roast for 10 minutes, then pour some cider around the steaks to keep the meat moist. Cook for 45+ minutes, adding more cider as it cooks. Add the cream to the cider in the last five minutes or so.
Serve hot. I served the steaks with the roasted butternut squash, but mashed potatoes would be fab as well.

For the whole range of Seasoned Pioneers spices, visit Seasoned Pioneers. The choice of spices is impressive.

Disclosure: I received a selection of spices for the purposes of testing and reviewing. All opinions are mine.


  1. This looks delicious. I would leave out the cloves though x
    Laura | A Life With Frills

    1. Thank you! If you don't like cloves, they have lots of spice blends without cloves

  2. The thought of roasting grapes totally baffles me! It does look good though and that chicken is making me hungry!!!

    1. Baffles? in what sense? They are tasty roasted, try it

  3. I love the sound of this spice, I am a great fan of pepper and that mix sounds fab. Love your use of it

    1. Thank you Alison! I think you will like this spice