Harissa style spice blend


I already have an overflowing herb and spice cupboard, so I’m usually reluctant to add new jars if I think I can recreate the flavours using things I’ve already got. This is my attempt at a Harissa style spice mix. The picture shows the layers of ingredients and makes me smile as it reminds me of a childhood holiday to the Isle of White where my sister and I made souvenirs by layering the 7 different coloured sands in various glass containers. Before using, the layers will need muddling together by stirring, shaking, or ideally grinding in a pestle and mortar. Harissa paste is made with red peppers but I had to substitute that for dried tomato powder as that was what I had in the cupboard!

4 tsp dried tomato powder
2 tsp coriander seeds
1 tsp dried coriander
2 tsp cumin seeds
2 tsp smoked paprika
1 tsp garlic powder
4 tsp chilli flakes
Pinch of salt, pepper and dried mint

Stir all the ingredients together.

This is great used as a flavouring for roasted potatoes.




Mexican seasoning mix

I’ve been for a sparkling afternoon tea today and I’m so full up that I haven’t wanted anything else to eat, so my plans to blog my evening meal have gone out of the window! Today’s challenge for Blog Everyday in September was to share your camera equipment. Unfortunately, as anyone who sees my blog will find easy to spot, most pictures are hurriedly taken with my phone or tablet. The photography on my blog is definitely something I need to work on!

For today’s post, I am therefore going to share something I’ve just started making; my own Mexican spice mix, meant to replicate the fajita seasoning mixes that I used to buy in packets. Purchasing it is no longer an option for us as they contain ingredients that my husband is allergic to. Making my own means I can control what goes in, and it’s also nice to use up spices already in my cupboard.


Mexican seasoning mix

2 tbsp chilli powder
½ tsp onion powder
½ tsp garlic powder
½ tsp dried oregano
1 ½ tsp smoked paprika
½ tsp chilli flakes
2 tsp ground cumin
A pinch of salt and pepper

Mix all the spices together well to combine and store in a jar.