‘Chilli and Mint’ is my foodie outlet to the big wide world. I’m Torie and I am passionate about good food that is uncomplicated and easy to make. Spices and herbs are what I get most excited about and my recipes lift me and my family every day to new heights of enthusiasm. The UK, where I live, has come a long way since I was a child, and now there is no ingredient that you cannot get your hands on readily.
I am not a trained chef; I have never done a formal cooking course and in my early 20’s I would regularly burn ready-made pizza. But I took the bull by the horns and raised my game, exploring the world from my kitchen. Now, thanks to judicious use of herbs and spices, my repertoire is much broader, my confidence around food from new geographies much higher, and I can lift and put a spin on traditional favourites. Spices can transform and even a humdrum weekday meal becomes an exploratory journey. Entertaining friends has also become a much more original and relaxed venture for me…who wants to compete over soufflés when you can knock up a Burmese curry? Which is more memorable?
“But spices are spicy!” I hear you say. Think again – they are more varied and subtle than you would think. I have two little girls (referred to in my blog as ‘big A’ and ‘little Z’) whose palates are developing much better than mine was at their age. They love the warmth of cinnamon, the glow of cardamom and the zing of tamarind and what’s more they thank me for it with empty plates.
Why Chilli and Mint I hear you ask? Herbs and spices are a broad spectrum from the aromatic, fresh and fragrant mint to the feisty, strong and bold chilli- the David and Goliath of herbs and spices. My blog will guide you through the spectrum and show you step by easy step on how to move confidently forward in this stimulating world.
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