My Spice Collection
I’ve already given a bit of an overview about the herbs and spices I use here https://cookingenmicocina.com/2018/09/03/my-spice-cupboard-2-whats-what/ – a mix of flavours from Scotland, Perú, Spain, México, and elsewhere.
I’ve also written about Palillo (Tumeric) here https://cookingenmicocina.com/2018/08/30/my-spice-cupboard-1-palillo-tumeric/ as it’s so central to traditional Peruvian cooking.
I also use a lot of smoked paprika in my cooking. It lends a depth of flavour, heat, and rustic smokiness to savoury dishes.
Some traditional Peruvian cooking is carried out using a ‘pacha manca’ (earth oven) or a ‘briqueta’ (coal-style burner) which give dishes, especially the slow cooked ones, a smokey aftertaste which is hard to reproduce in an conventional oven. While not replicating that very specific aroma, I find that using smoked spices gives a little nod to the flavours from authentic cooking practices.
I find smoked paprika an easy spice to use in cooking. You can add a pinch to a chicken tray bake, tomato soup, rice dish, or hearty stew.
Smoked paprika works well in a bean and vegetable chilli like this one: https://cookingenmicocina.com/2018/03/07/red-fajitas/
It’s also great in a one-pot rice dish, like this one: https://cookingenmicocina.com/2018/08/28/product-review-aldi-mexican-rice-kit/
I like this smoked paprika by La Chinata and was happy when I found it in a supermarket in Scotland
Do you use paprika or smoked paprika in your cooking?
Do you like smokey flavours too?