Recipes: Megan Priscott, Red Kitchen | Photography: Ashlee DeCaires

Megan from Red Kitchen shows us how to take some salt and pepper and create an array of wonderful spice mixes and rubs you can have in your cupboard to add that little bit of pizzazz to simple dishes.

Smokey Spanish Salt 

You can add this seasoning to a homemade tomato soup. Or pimp your beef stew with it and some black beans. We use this salt in our aiolis and mayos for beautiful accompaniments to meat or in sandwiches. Remember it is salt based so tread carefully.

50g coarse sea salt
2 tbsp smoked paprika
½ tsp dried chilli flakes
zest 2 limes

Pop all ingredients in a mini food processor and pulse a few times until all the ingredients are a similar texture. Store in an airtight glass jar.

Man Rub 

This is an all-rounder to rub on a fillet of beef or throw a bit in your burger patties.

40g coarse sea salt
2 tbsp onion powder
½ tsp chilli flakes
1 tsp thyme
2 tbsp paprika
1 clove garlic

Pop in a mini food processor and pulse all ingredients till incorporated. Store in an airtight glass jar.

Middle Eastern Spice Mix

40g coarse sea salt
2 tbsp pink peppercorns
1 tbsp sumac
zest 2 lemons
4 tbsp toasted sesame seeds

Place salt and peppercorns all the ingredients in a mini food processor and pulse until it is palatable. Add the remaining ingredients and pulse until it is just mixed.

Our Cacio Pepe Mix

1 tbsp black peppercorns
1 tbsp white peppercorns
40g coarse sea salt
1 garlic clove

Pop in a mini food processor and pulse all ingredients till incorporated. Note: This mix needs to be well blended and quite fine, so the peppercorns are not overpowering

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