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Looking for some cooking inspiration. Time to have lots of fun with our tips for cooking with spices.

What is Asafoetida? How to use this funky Indian spice!

If you’ve never tried making Indian of Pakistani food with asafoetida, this spice will be life-changing. It takes an ordinary curry or dahl to the next level, and it’s sure to become a staple in your personal spice blend. 

What’s the Difference Between Black and White Truffles?

Every year, chefs, restaurants, and people across the globe vie for the rights to purchase Italy’s biggest and best white truffle finds, paying thousands for the chance to shave them over delectable plates of food.

Zest & Zing makes this luxury more attainable by incorporating the famous Alba truffle into our white truffle olive oil and award-winning white truffle sea salt. Made in Italy, just a bit will elevate and transform even the simplest dish into something divine.

What Do Truffles Taste Like?

The exact flavour of truffles is difficult to put your finger on, but we’ll give it a try. They’re so much more than a really intense, expensive mushroom. Referred to as the diamonds of the kitchen, they’re the most sought after funghi in the world for their taste, aroma, and ability to enhance almost any dish, bringing it to a gourmet level. 

Spices to Detox - Kickstart a Healthy 2019

It’s the start of a new year and we’re all coming off of a holiday filled with heavy, rich foods and indulgent celebrations. January is a chance to start fresh and detox a little. So we’ve got a few simple recipes that we created at Zest & Zing that embrace fresh ingredients, fewer steps, and healthy, detoxifying spices. That way, you don’t feel deprived as you kickstart a healthy 2

Spicy Soups: How to Use Different Chillies in Soups

It’s officially wintertime now and we’re thinking about spicy soups that’ll really warm you up. Zest & Zing has a variety of chilli peppers to help you spice up your soups. Here’s how to add more flavour to your soups and stews with different types of chillies.

How to Use Szechuan Peppercorn: Taste, Origins, and Recipes

Szechuan peppercorns are totally unique. But contrary to popular belief, they’re not as much about heat as they are about the tingling, numbing mouthfeel they create. Here are our favorite ways to use Szechuan peppercorns with facts about its origin, taste, and recipes to get you started.

Best Foodie Christmas Gifts Ideas

What do you get for the foodie who has everything? Something gourmet? New kitchen tools? Here are 6 of our ideas for the best foodie Christmas gift ideas this holiday season.

Spice Jars By Zest & Zing | Sized for Flavour

Since it's Global Entrepreneurship Week, I thought I'd explain exactly how the idea for Zest & Zing came about. I learned to cook some years ago back when I was living in France simply because I was so inspired by the quality of the truly fresh produce available there...


A Passionate Foodie's Top 8 Simple Cooking Tips

Cooking healthy, simple food, brings people together. For me, cooking doesn't have to be an elaborate, time-consuming chore. As a foodie, I want to cook and eat delicious food, but I may not always want to spend hours putting a meal together. Here are my top 8 tips for simple, healthy cooking.

Xmas Foodie Gift Sets - Gift Ideas for Chefs

Looking for the perfect Christmas foodie gift ? At Zest & Zing, we’ve got some great gift ideas for the cook, gourmand, or food lover that are both unique and useful. Here are some of the best foodie Christmas gifts we have here at Zest & Zing. 

How to Make Quinoa Taste Good - Tips & Recipes

Everyone is trying to eat a little healthier these days and one great substitute for rice, bread, grains, and less nutritious carbs is quinoa. But it can be bland. So we've assembled some cooking tips and quinoa recipes. Here's how to make quinoa taste good.

An Easy Shawarma Recipe

One of our favourite street foods, this often late-night meal has been ingrained in Western culture. Sure, you could head out to your local kebab shop to get your fix, but why not find an easy shawarma recipe you can make at home?

Sumac: What Does it Taste Like and How Do You Use it?

Tangy and vibrant red Middle Eastern sumac is a stranger to most spice cabinets, but trust us. Once you’ve tried it, you’ll want to use it more and more. Every kitchen should have a little jar of sumac!

Dukkah Spice | Nut & Seed Blend | How to Use it

A traditional Egyptian spice blend and condiment, Dukkah lies outside of your usual spice cabinet collection, but that’s a good reason to try it. It’s a blend of toasted nuts, seeds, and spices with a nutty, earthy flavour. So how do you use dukkah? We'll give you some ideas...

The Best Basic Spices for Your Kitchen

Everyone who cooks even a little bit should have a few staple spices, right? If you’re just beginning to stock up, you need to know the best basic spices for your kitchen. Which spices will be the most useful and versatile? And where should you buy them? Can you get quality spices online?

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