Mandarin Salad w/ Cilantro Vinaigrette & African Smoke Tilapia
As a food writer, the idea of global cooking and unique flavors from all over the world consumes my interest in so many ways. If you are open-minded enough, once you get a taste of food from the perspective of another culture, the beautiful doorway to all 10,000 taste buds begin to open and a new experience awaits you on the other side.
Unfortunately, one of the countries not covered in my upcoming cookbook is Africa. I do hope to include that country in my next book because there are so many wonderfully distinct flavors this culture has to offer that are missing in the international isle of the grocery store.
Luckily for me, a few years back, Trader Joe’s came out with a new private label spice called South African Smoke. Since I am a huge sucker for a new spice, I just had to try it, and I am so glad I did! One taste of this magical combination of smoked paprika blended with sea salt, garlic and basil packaged in a grinder, and the possibilities for new recipes ideas exploded in my head. They say, good things never last and in the case of this spice, they were right. Since Trader Joe’s specialized in a limited amount of private label spices, this spice is only sold in their stores from August until it is sold out. Urg, seriously? However, you can order it online here and even though it’s quite a bit higher online, trust me, it’s totally worth it!
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