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Spicy Toasted Almonds Recipe

Recipes . . . where pepper grinders and peppercorns are the stars.
OK, well maybe not the stars, but at least one of the key tools and ingredients.

This is a fabulous treat.  It is perfect for snacking on while watching TV or for taking along on a hike.  You can adjust the heat by adding more or less Szechuan Peppercorn Blend and hot pepper sauce.  Enjoy!

 Ingredients:

  • 2 cups whole raw almonds
  • 1 tbsp. olive or almond oil
  • 1 tsp. chili powder
  • 1 tsp. Szechuan Peppercorn Blend (from Spicemills.ca)
  • 1 tsp. curry powder
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp. hot pepper sauce, or to taste

Directions:

  • In a medium-sized skillet bring oil to a medium heat.
  • Add chili powder, curry powder, garlic powder and cook until mixture just starts to bubble.
  • Stir in almonds, tossing until almonds are evenly coated and heated throughout.  (approx 3-5 minutes)
  • Remove from heat and let cool slightly.  (About a minute should do)
  • Stir in pepper sauce and add ground Szechuan Peppercorn Blend.
  • Allow to cool fully before serving.

 

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5th Annual Hanover Home & Garden Show: April 13 & 14, 2013

Mark your calendars for the Hanover Home and Garden Show, April 13th and 14th at Hanover’s P&H Centre.  We’ll be there with a great selection of our unique handmade spice mills (they grind pepper, salt or spices) and spice bowls, as well as our delicious hand blended peppercorn. 

Handmade artisan pepper mills from Mapleseed Gallery on spicemills.ca
Renovate, renew and refresh!  Back Porch Event Management proudly presents the 2013 Hanover Home and Garden Show!  The past four years they have attracted many great quality exhibitors, showcasing many of their new and upcoming products and services!

The folks at Back Porch are busy bringing together the very best products, services and experts for you to shop, save and discover what’s new, all under one roof.

“It’s going to be bigger and better than anything that’s hit Hanover before, It’s definitely going to be worth getting off your couch for, because whether you live in a brand new house or in an apartment, everybody needs something for their home. You’re definitely going to come away with some very cool new products and ideas.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Spicemills.ca at the Owen Sound Artists’ Co-op

Handcrafted Artisan Spice Mills by Irwin Seidman at Owen Sound Artist Coop

Discover the unique artistry of 40 local artists/artisans in one outstanding storefront gallery

“I am delighted to be a part of the Owen Sound Artists’ Co-op community and am honoured to have my work displayed along side this group of exceptional artists and artisans from across the Grey-Bruce area.  I invite you to drop by the Co-op Monday to Saturday to browse the collection of work from 40 of the regions best!”  (Irwin Seidman – Spicemills.ca)

While you are visiting the Owen Sound Artists’ Co-op make sure you take a few minutes to check out some of our newest handmade spice mills and spice bowls, as well our wonderfully fragrant and flavourful hand-blended prppercorns.

The Owen Sound Artists’ Co-op truly is an inspiring collection of art and fine craft from some of the region’s best artists and artisans. Read the rest of this entry »

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Artisan Spotlight: Michael Armstrong (Turned Out Great)

As micro producers of fine quality hand crafted goods, we are proud to be part of the independent artisan community. To help celebrate the wonderful independent spirit behind the artisans, we will periodically feature one of our fellow Owen Sound Artists' Co-op or Foodie Pages artisan producers here at Spicemills.ca. We hope you will visit them at the Artists' Co-op and Foodie Pages, in person, at shows/events, or whereever you can help to support and encourage them and the independent artisan community in general.


Michael Artmstong - Turned Out GreatMichael Armstrong - Turned Out GreatIn this Artisan Spotlight, we feature woodturner Michael Armstrong (Turned Out Great).  Michael is the guest artist at the Owen Sound Artists’ Co-op for June 2013.

Turned Out Great! features fine and functional woodturnings including hummingbird feeders, fine writing instruments, hand-turned pet urns, oil lamps, ornaments, and custom cast bottle stoppers as well as a variety of other items. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tandoori Shrimp Recipe

Recipes . . . where pepper grinders and peppercorns are the stars.
OK, well maybe not the stars, but at least one of the key tools and ingredients.

Tandoori Shrimp RecipeI found this recipe on the Traeger Grills website and absolutely loved it !

We changed it ever so slightly to reduce the butter (fat) and of course to incorporate some of the added flavours of our unique peppercorn blends. You can find the original recipe at www.traegergrills.com/recipes/detail/105.

As Traeger says “Go a little exotic for an easy weeknight dinner or one that will impress guests! This recipe riffs on India’s famous tandoori chicken-electric red chicken pieces marinated in a savory yogurt and spice mixture and cooked in a tandoor oven. But the marinade is wonderful on shrimp (or lobster), and uses ingredients you probably have in your pantry. Serve the shrimp with long grain or basmati rice.”

Ingredients:

  • 2 lbs jumbo shrimp, peeled (leave tails on) and deveined
  • 1/2 cup freshly squeezed lime or lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground Spicemills.ca Szechuan Peppercorn Blend (Traeger calls for 1-1/2 teaspoons Traeger Cajun Rub… We love their spice blends too, but are addicted to the tingly heat that our Szechuan Peppercorn Blend adds to this dish)
  • 1 cup plain yogurt  (you can cut the calories further with low fat yogurt)
  • 1/4  half and half (using heavy cream instead of half and half will boost the flavour, but will certainly add some calories too)
  • 1/2 of a small onion, coarsely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, coarsely chopped
  • 1 1″ piece of fresh ginger, peeled and coarsely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • Thinly sliced red onions, lime wedges, and sprigs of cilantro for serving
  • Traeger calls for 4 tablespoons melted butter to baste the shrimp while they are cooking.  This is absolutely the more delicious choice… but we decided to lower the calories and use good quality cooking spray instead.

Directions:

  • Put the shrimp in a large resealable plastic bag. Combine the lime or lemon juice and Spicemills.ca Szechuan Peppercorn Blend. Pour over the shrimp and refrigerate for 15 minutes.
  • In the meantime, combine the yogurt, cream, onion, garlic, ginger, chili powder, cumin, coriander, and turmeric in a blender jar and process until the mixture is fairly smooth.
  • Drain the lime juice mixture off the shrimp. Add the yogurt marinade to the bag and marinate for 1 to 2 hours. Remove the shrimp from the marinade and thread on thin metal or bamboo skewers.
  • When ready to cook, start the Traeger grill on Smoke with the lid open until the fire is established (4 to 5 minutes). Set the temperature to 450 degrees F (High) and preheat, lid closed, for 10 to 15 minutes.
  • Lay the shrimp skewers directly on the grill grate and grill, turning once with tongs, for 3 to 4 minutes per side, or until the shrimp are firm and pink. Spray* them lightly as they grill on both sides with the cooking spray (or brush them with butter).
  • Using the tines of a fork, slide the shrimp off the skewers onto a platter or serving plates. Garnish with thinly sliced red onions, lime wedges, and cilantro sprigs.

(*  Use caution when using cooking spray on a grill.  Make sure that you are cooking over indirect heat (no flame) and that spray is well away from any possible open flames.

 

Serving Suggestions:

  • Serve over a bed of basmati rice
  • Serve with Mustardseed Green Beans

 

 

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Mustard Seed Green Beans Recipe

Recipes . . . where pepper grinders and peppercorns are the stars.
OK, well maybe not the stars, but at least one of the key tools and ingredients.

Mustard Seed Green BeansThis is a wonderfully fresh tasting veggie dish.  It goes with just about anything, but was originally inspired by an East Indian recipe (and it still goes really well with a curry or either of the tandoori dishes on our recipe page). Read the rest of this entry »

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Canadian Artisan Producer Spices Things Up in the Kitchen (Media Release)


Spicemills.ca Media Release


 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Canadian Artisan Producer Spices Things Up in the Kitchen

Owen Sound, Ontario – March 22, 2013 – With customer testimonials like “Can’t wait to hold my next dinner party. The pepper and salt mill will be the centre piece of my table setting” or “I was visiting from (St Louis) . . . and purchased one of your pepper mills. OMG – it is not only beautiful but works incredibly”,  it is no wonder that proprietors Irwin and Susan Seidman are delighted with the direction their relatively new artisan micro business is taking.

After retiring from big city corporate life a few years ago, the couple decided to pursue the dream of a small town artisan lifestyle.  They settled in Southwestern Ontario (Owen Sound) and  about 2 1/2 years ago opened Spicemills.ca.  Irwin, who does all the hands-on design and fine crafting says that he has always enjoyed working with wood. “I have been a passionate hobbyist for almost 20 years, and despite some initial fears of the unknown, have been thrilled with the decision to morph this hobby into a full time endeavour.”  Looking after the businesses administration, including coordinating the more than a dozen shows and events the couple does each year, wife and business partner Susan echoes theses thoughts.

When recently asked “why spice mills?”, the couple cites synchronicity and said “it really comes down to a love of food and a love of working with wood.  Making spice mills seemed like the perfect combination.” Read the rest of this entry »

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We love Niagara Escarpment Outfitters in Collingwood

Niagara Escarpment Outfitters

Did you know that you can now find a great selection of our handmade artisan spice mills at Niagara Escarpment Outfitters in scenic downtown Collingwood (Ontario). Beyond their beautiful design and top quality craftsmanship, our grinders are designed to function equally well as a pepper mill, salt mill or spice mill.

Niagara Escarpment OutfittersReg Sheffield and the team at Niagara Escarpment Outfitters are committed to retailing quality products that have been locally hand crafted, grown or inspired. With a common belief in quality, service, and sustainability, we are very happy to have them carry our spice mill products in their beautiful store. Read the rest of this entry »

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Artisan Spotlight: Kate Civiero (Infinite Glassworks)

As micro producers of fine quality hand crafted goods, we are proud to be part of the independent artisan community. To help celebrate the wonderful independent spirit behind the artisans, we will periodically feature one of our fellow Owen Sound Artists’ Co-op or Foodie Pages artisan producers here at Spicemills.ca. We hope you will visit them at the Artists’ Co-op and Foodie Pages, in person, at shows/events, or whereever you can help to support and encourage them and the independent artisan community in general.


Kate CivieroKate CivieroIn this Artisan Spotlight, we feature Owen Sound Artists’ Co-op glassmith Kate Civiero.

Established in 2005 by Kate Civiero, Infinite Glassworks in Eugenia, Ontario, offers fresh designs in handblown glass.  Kate unites design and function in her signature handblown glassware. Through use of bold, bright colours and fluid, modern shapes, Kate elevates her items from the everyday into the extraordinary… pieces that are beautiful to view and a joy to use! Read the rest of this entry »

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Our new Spicemills.ca eStore is here!

We are proud to announce the launch of our new Spicemills.ca eStore

SpicemillsEstore

You now have four ways to buy our handmade artisan products.  In addition to finding our handcrafted spice mills and related products at the Owen Sound Artists’ Co-op, Foodiepages.ca, and at shows and events throughout Southern Ontario, you can now also purchase directly from us here in the Spicemills.ca eStore.

Our new eStore was launched this past week, and it gives customers a chance to browse and buy from the comfort and convenience of their computer, tablet or smart phone.  With a great selection of our handmade artisan spice mills, spice bowls and spice funnels, as well as our fragrant & flavourful hand-blended peppercorns, you are sure to find something special in our Spicemills.ca eStore.

eStore | Buy Pepper Mills, Salt Mills & Spice Mills OnLine at Spicemills.ca

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