It doesn’t matter if you consider fine dining to be a full course meal packed with eloquent technique or a family throw-down on your most beloved dishes, food finds its way to bring people together. Essiespice, curated by culinary cognoscente, Essie Bartels, is bringing bold flavor everywhere her modernly packaged jars go. “My background in cooking is West-African. Therefore you see that trait a lot in my sauces, not only in the ingredients but in it’s preparation,” she shared. Each jar marks her beloved background with the Adinkra symbols as reflections of her journey. We admit, we are going to struggle making some of the mouth watery recipes that Essiespice has posted on their website such as the Cinnamon Dusted Rack of Lamb or even the Meko Dry Rub Spiced Corn, it’s worth as many attempts as it takes to get the meals offered.
The refreshing face to face presence that Essiespice brings to each customer is far more than a statement to get you to pick up a product on a shelf, but rather a time to stop and enjoy your indulgence. At recent pop up in NYC, each passerby tried a French Vanilla cake and a layer of cake with Tamarind and a chocolate ganache with tamarind sauce, red wine and chocolate. From the looks of it, it went quickly!
Spices up for grabs in the online store range from Mango Chili Medley, TamarindOH!, Coco-For-Garlic and Meko Dry Rub. Narrowing in on just one is practically impossible so we suggest the full collection of all four. “If someone likes spicy food, they would love Mango Chili Medley. “If they want something sweet with a tinge of sour, they would prefer TamarindOH!. Coco-For-Garlic and Mako Dry Rub are respectively for savory notes of roasted vegetables and the other for grilling or spicing up dishes.”