Upgrade Your Daily Meals With These Dry Seasoning Blend Recipes
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Cooking an average of two or three meals per day can be mentally exhausting as it is and the expectation of combining taste and nutrition poses an even bigger challenge to navigate. Of course, with a pantry of spices like oregano, chilli powder, garam masala, garlic powder and more, you could infuse flavour to food and make things taste bearable, at best. Here’s where spice mixes and homemade spice blends come in; adding a spoonful or two over roast vegetables or scrambled eggs or even grilled chicken and fish, for an instant infusion of flavour that is beyond compare.

Everything Bagel Seasoning

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Although this classic seasoning is a mixture of delicious seeds and spices that you would typically find stuck to a bagel, it enlivens a plate of scrambled eggs or tofu like no other. Toss roasted potatoes in them, if you’re feeling adventurous, for the most amazing carb-loaded treat to pair with steamed fish.


  • 1 tablespoon garlic granules
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder/flakes
  • 2 tablespoons black sesame seeds
  • 1 teaspoon crushed black pepper
  • Sea salt flakes, to taste


Mix everything together and store in an air-tight container until ready to use.

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Old Bay Seasoning

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Possibly the only kind of seasoning you will ever need, Old Bay is perfect to sprinkle over all kinds of seafood. Add a generous spoon of this to crab mince before you make crab cakes or toss some butter-garlic shrimp with this to eat with bread.


  • 1.5 tablespoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon yellow mustard powder
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper powder
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon powder
  • ¼ teaspoon allspice powder
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon bay leaf powder
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg powder
  • ¼ teaspoon clove powder
  • 2 tablespoons garlic salt
  • ½ teaspoon white pepper powder


Combine all the spice powders together and use over grilled fish, chicken wings and even soft shell crabs.

Shawarma Spice

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As the name suggests, this spice mix is perfect to use as a marinade or dry rub for chicken or lamb but it goes well beyond its capacity to serve as a great flavour base to make a delicious sausage chilli fry, eaten with warm, buttered pao or even to toss a medley of roast vegetables like cauliflower and broccoli in.


  • 4 tablespoons crushed black pepper
  • 4 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon allspice powder
  • 2 tablespoons cinnamon powder
  • ½ tablespoon cardamom powder
  • 2 tablespoons dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 tablespoon chilli powder
  • ½ tablespoon clove powder
  • 2 tablespoons salt


Mix together the ground spices and refrigerate the spice mix until ready to use.