I am so happy when something opens up on my local main street (Monkland Avenue in NDG) that isn’t a chain coffee shop, bank or ice cream store (NDG’ers I know you hear me) so when Spice Station opened up this summer I was so happy. It meant I could pretty much cook ANYTHING knowing I could get ANY spice easily. This is big. And… I’ll just let that sink in for a moment…
But I was even happier to go in and discover that the spices are affordable, and the people are so nice. I don’t know WHY those little jars of supermarket spices are so expensive, but most spices at Spice Station are around $2.50 an ounce, and really an ounce is all you need most of the time. $2.50! At that price you can pretty much go nuts choosing all sorts of spices, herbs and blends. They also have tea!
I recently went in to get some chipotle chilli, which they ground for me. It was for a wonderful recipe for Mexican Chocolate Ice Cream which was…. amazing! The smoked chipotle chilli went just so well with the chocolate. It was from David Lebovitz’s book The Perfect Scoop which I am, umm… eating my way through.
I also made this roasted vegetable salad which was based on a recipe from Mexican Food Made Simple by Thomasina Miers which I talked about ages ago. It was AMAZING and simple. BUT time consuming. I like to let my veg roast a very long time, which is why it took so long but there are a million things you can be doing while it’s roasting. I mean, you don’t have to watch it! And yes, it uses that same chipotle chilli. Enjoy the salad and CHECK OUT Spice Station!
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Spice Station, 5610 Monkland and 174A Bernard St. West