Ad: Spices were gifted in return for an honest review.
This past fortnight we’ve been trying out Life of Spice’s Italian and American Rub spice collections. After joining up to a transformation camp at the end of last month, I was suddenly needing to watch what I was eating. But with a lack of time on an evening, I needed quick solutions. The pre mixed spices have been perfect to spice up (pardon the pun!) quick and simple meals.
So far, we have managed to incorporate the spices into a variety of different meals to add extra flavour. Some, admittedly, didn’t work out but it has been trial and error. If you’re not one for experimenting then Life of Spice include some great quality recipe cards to use as well as the recipes that they feature on their website. The options for using the spices are endless!
You can find our southern style breaded chicken recipe and other ideas below.
The Italian Collection
The Italian Collection includes three recyclable, aluminium tins that hold three unique mixes of flavour: Pepper Smurf, a rub recommended for steaks; Italian Job, a salt which goes well with chicken, pasta and risotto; and Italian Herb, a selection of herbs perfect for pizzas.
We tried the Italian Herb mix on our roasted potatoes and the Italian Job on sea bass and baked them. The baked sea bass, in particular, was absolutely delicious!
The American Rub Collection
These BBQ seasonings are not just for the summer. In fact, I didn’t use them for BBQ food at all but instead used them in my everyday cooking to add more flavour.
This one comes with five tins which have a mix of flavours inspired from parts of the USA: Memphis Belle, an authentic Tennessee barbecue rub; Kansas City Rib Rub, a true taste of the Midwest; Much Adobo About Nothing, perfect as a rub on meats or used in chilli and fajita recipes; Savannah Gold, a delicious mustard and garlic rub from the Deep South; and Sweet Home Alabama, a rub that offers rich smoky heat and fragrant herbs.
These ones worked well in our Mexican chicken and southern-style breaded chicken pieces. I have included the recipe for our breaded chicken below.
Southern Style Breaded Chicken Recipe
- 320g diced chicken (13oz)
- 1 medium egg
- 100g (approx) of plain flour (1 cup)
- 2-3 slices of bread (food processed into crumbs)
- Dash of milk
- Sweet home Alabama spices
- Preheat the oven to 200°C (400°F).
- Set up three bowls: The first with flour, the second with beaten egg with a dash of milk and the final one with bread crumbs mixed with spices (amount depending on personal taste).
- Coat each piece of diced chicken into the flour then egg and finally the bread crumbs. Place then on a baking tray.
- Put the baking tray in the oven for 20 minutes (or until golden).
- Once complete, check the chicken is cooked through and serve!
Life of Spice
Buying gifts for a foodie? The collections are ideal for somebody who loves to cook. The sets above (and many others) are available at the Life of Spice website. Use promo code LOS–NDBLG to receive a free tin with your order.
We are also able to offer our readers the chance to with one of the American Rub collections. Just enter via Gleam below.