I’m back! I know, I know, it’s been a while. While real-life did get in the way for almost six months, in the midst of a humid summer in Athens, I finally found the time to revisit my blog. So, I’m here to share with you a popular seasoning blend and a delicious, quick and easy breakfast recipe, that will fit perfectly into your summer mornings—and if you’re on back-to-school/office mode already, the muffins are ideal for crazy grab-breakfast-on-the-go mornings and a great addition to any lunch box.
Generally speaking, spice mixes and herb blends are an easy and yet amazing way to add an “oomph” to all your home cooking and baking. Why make your own?
- You have better control over the quality of your spices and their freshness. Commercially ground and processed spices—even when in airtight packaging—can lose their pizzazz!
- You make sure they don’t contain any hidden ingredients, like flavor or aroma additives, and preservatives.
- You control if and/or how much salt you add.
The quantity I propose will fill half or a little more than half a spice jar. That way you won’t need to spend a small fortune for all the spices and herbs, plus your mix will not stay in your cupboard for months on end, losing potency.
Even though you’re very unlikely to find jars of Greek seasoning on the shelves of the average Greek grocery store, the Greek cuisine does use flavorings more often than other Mediterranean cuisines do. Oregano, mint, garlic, onion, dill, and bay leaf are commonly used fresh or dried in numerous dishes along with basil, thyme, fennel seed, and parsley. Also, recipes of northern Greece (of Middle Eastern origin) use “sweeter” spices, like cinnamon, allspice, and cloves for stews. Here’s how to DIY your own Greek Seasoning Blend: